Jeswan Kaur, FMT to Najib Stop just threatening and playing with people’s sentiments

ll these acts of hooliganism and violence perpetrated by Umno/MCA/MIC/Perkasa goons will not be reported in the Umno-BN controlled media.The only way for such kind of news to reach the rural Malaysian folks is by word of mouth. Everyone going back home to their kampongs and towns should spread these news to their family members, relatives and friends. Violence and intimidation is a sign of weakness, not strength. The display of power cannot instill loyalty and submission, but only resentment and has led to the eventual downfall of many regimes in the world.The Umno hooligans are not only on destruction path, but by throwing nails they are also endangering the lives of other motorists who are using the same road.What if one of the innocent motorist suffered a puncture and the car crashed as a result. Worse, what if he or she dies in the crash? Will the home minister be held responsible?PKR Wanita chief Fuziah Salleh, you are right. In splashing your bus and offices with red paint, Umno Baru is throwing all its ‘ong’ at your coalition.
“No need for guarantees. It is decided by the people of Johor themselves,” said Hishammuddin
In any mature democratic country, politicians are well experienced in dealing with the media. They are expert at making statements that cannot be twisted and are doubly careful to make sure that what they say is exactly what they mean.the people or the majority of people in Johor wants. So, did he understand what “guarantee” the reporter was asking him? And what did he mean by “political risks”? Did he mean that being stoned and having splashed with red paint are “political risks”?Can he confirm this is what he meant? If so, it looks like he may not be able to step foot in five states. Hishammuddin, your elegant silence on the political hooliganism and violence will only tell Malaysians one thing – that you are a liar and you actually knew and condone these incidences.

As such, Malaysians are of the opinion that you are unfit to hold the position of home minister.
No need to spin further. Is the minister willing to provide safety fpr the opposition leaders in the same manner as is accorded to BN leaders like himself in the run-up to GE13?

Not only the Umno members, the police who allegedly harassed the family members at the wake for the PKR party headquarters staff member’s mother have no respect for the deceased.
How come paying solemn condolences for their member’s mother death can even start a fracas? Doesn’t Umno respect the sanctity of the occasion when one’s loved family member had passed away? the Malay culture but definitely Umno’s culture. Their violence reaction to the PKR entourage further confirms Umno’s arrogance and their inability to defend the state against the opposition onslaught in a proper political campaign.

Instead, this incident will boost PKR’s image in Johor and lead to the downfall of Umno in its own backyard It’s about time Umno-BN realises that the country belongs to the rakyat – it does not belong to Umno-BN. The rakyat will decide who they want to govern the country. The problem is that Umno-BN thinks that the country belongs to them. It seems like Umno is filled with hooligans, emotional women who know nothing but shout hysterics at the enemy and immature imbeciles who resort to violence.

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution was right – it is not Malay culture and/or Islamic teaching to shout obscenities and harass people, especially when they are grieving over the loss of a loved one.

My message to these Umno goons is simple (since they can’t understand complicated concepts): How would you feel if other people treated you like that?

Your actions only serve to taint the image of Muslims and your own race. Violence and vandalism is never a solution to any problem.
In recent years, they have plundered the country’s wealth. When their dominance is threatened, they resort to violence to stay in power. They behave just like gangsters.

Even in war, sometimes there was a temporary ceasefire to remove the bodies from both sides – that is the ultimate respect for the dead. Is this the way Umno members behave, even to the extend of creating trouble for the deceased family?

In the eyes of all religions, including Islam, this is unforgivable.

Anwar and Pakatan leaders may just end up as new cabinet ministers, so they need to be protected.Excuse me, Mr Home Minister, I am a Johorean and I am not a ‘samseng’ (gangster). Do not attribute the gangsterism of your supporters to decent and innocent Johoreans like myself.

We are sick of this new culture of gangsterism and intimidation which you are condoning by your silence and inaction. Now we know who is the chief ‘samseng’ in our country and we are ashamed that you are a Johorean.

If a member of PKR gets seriously injured or even killed, is that a “political risk” which need not be investigated by the police? Did he imply that should he come into a Pakatan area and he gets pelted with stones, it is a political risk that he has to take and the police will not take action?Even if a single individual’s right is transgressed, it is the responsibility of the state to protect that individual.The Malaysian home minister foot-in-mouth minister should clarify which part of that statement was spun by Malaysiakini.is clearly not well-versed in making public statements. How the heck could he be a lawyer? In court, what you say is extremely important as it will affect the outcome of a case.a Why do you have to say “the position of the opposition in Johor cannot be guaranteed”? Did the opposition ask you for that guarantee? Taking into consideration Hishammuddin’s history of blurting out idiotic statements, I can assume Hishammuddin is looking for a scapegoat, in this case Malaysiakini, to blame in order to mask the bad publicity his statement is generating.Don’t be an oxymoron, Hishammuddin. You are answering when no such question was asked.nd while he is at it, he must also explain since when did Johoreans get to decide on safety and security matters? And since when did that responsibility get outsourced to the locals?To people denser than two short planks, Malaysiakini may have spun Home Minister Hishammuddin’s statements. To those who are even reasonably intelligent, Malaysiakini has not.
Granted, it is almost certainly a misquote – it is improbable that the home minister had given such a foolish answer to ridicule himself and the government.

All that is now required of the government is to seriously investigate all such political intimidation fairly to continue to remain relevant and be respected as the ministry responsible for law and order.

 

 

All freedom is an illusion. Then where did you get this notion that you are free? When did this realisation occur that you could express yourself in earnest and honest tones, say what you feel against whom so ever you wish. You weren’t even born free. Your birth was the result of a confluence of erotica and gene manipulation putting you in contention for a human slot. Nurtured by a parental gaze your early destiny was a product of your father’s wisdom and mother’s blind affectation, torn as they always are in their division of emotions.

School and college curriculum were thrust by an archaic system bowing to a convoluted history choosing to impose forced facts on an impressionable mind. Through chalk and cane you slowly realise that the blood in your brains is pumped by an ideology you don’t necessarily subscribe to. Life chugs along and you are constantly in the midst of friends and colleagues who walk your walk cause you silently mould yourself to keep pace. Relationships sprout and the first casualty is by now that tiny little flicker you once referred to as freedom. A man-woman tryst expressed through a maze of romance, intimacy and commitment is invariably built around the graveyard of assorted corpses of individualism, self-worth and free thought. You express yourself through your vocation, but hold on the state operates through its socio- politico grid, hence you can’t stand up and spit at the martyrs statue nor can you salute any hallowed institution with a Full Monty salute.

Though you assume as a free man you can think stupid, glare with a dare and choose your silences as long as no one’s hurt and you haven’t coveted your neighbor’s wife. But there is an eye that is constantly watching. You would want your inner little voice to be the barometer of your thoughts and a beacon for your actions but the bigger voice outside will drown it. And it’s a loud voice resonating from fear, prejudice, ignorance and a colored pomposity. You still retain muffled screams and garbled words and now the freedom chant has become a ‘Vox lunatic Populi’. One fine day life ebbs and you have barely skimmed the freedom you assumed was in your air.

Alas! Six feet under, or in the embers of the ashes, where freedom exists as a withered legend will you have true freedom. Who said you are free. All freedom is anillusion.

Nation belongs to rakyat, not Najib and Co

If the premier amidst all protest dare make the country’s 55th independence celebration a ‘Najib affair’, it will come as no surprise if the Budget 2013 is accorded the same fate, misusing and turning it into a ‘general election’ budget.

Looks like the 59-year-old Najib and his ‘followers’ have forgotten who really are the stake holders of the nation. The country does not belong to the prime minister and his cronies for them to act as they wish, paying no heed to the voices of the grassroots.

Impressing the rakyat with themes like ‘Janji Ditepati’ is not good enough. The assurance that the Barisan Nasional government cares has yet to shine through if seen from the demands made by electoral watchdog Bersih, which among others wants the Najib-led government to clean-up the electoral roll before the 13th GE takes place.

The question is, has the Election Commission started ‘cleaning- up’ the electoral roll or is it still awaiting orders? And should the general election take place in November, it is obvious that the electoral roll would be ‘dirty’ as ever or ‘dirtier’ still.

As PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar told FMT on the November general election speculation:

“We have been prepared since the beginning. The only thing we are not prepared for is the dirty electoral roll. We are not ready for that.

“We just want clean and fair management of the elections. Is the EC ready? There are many issues they must handle such as phantom voters, immigrants given citizenship, etc. ”

It is not just the dirty electoral roll that begs notice. The issue of influx of immigrants in Sabah who apparently have been given blue identity MyKad in return for their vote for BN too is not being given due attention, in spite of Najib assuring the rakyat a Royal Commission of Inquiry would be set up to look into the issue.

November is just around the corner and with not much time on his hand, how does Najib intend to settle the many outstanding issues that have long been plaguing the nation’s ‘well-being’? How is he truly working at earning the rakyat’s nambikei or trust?

A nation’s general election cannot be held at the whims and fancies of its leader and for that matter based on a ‘number’ the leader has taken a fancy to.

But the scenario is otherwise in this country where its leader finds it such a pleasure calling the shots from his plush office and ‘reaffirming’ to the rakyat yet again that as far as power and control go, he is in charge.

13th GE might just spell disaster

Should Najib keep playing with the people’s sentiments where the general election is concerned, he is definitely courting disaster as far as the rakyat’s trust in him goes, what little of that trust is still left.

The people know Najib has not taken the demands from Bersih seriously; if he had, the premier would stop fooling around with the GE date and his fascination with the number 11 and instead put in the yet-made effort into sprucing up the electoral roll.

Forget about the fact that November is an auspicious time to hold the GE all because “Six times 11 equals 66, five times 11 equals 55 and 2 times 11 equals 22. The 11 factor appears in all, it is unique and good,” PM Najib was quoted as saying on Sept 2 in Sandakan, in reference to Umno’s age, Malaysia’s 55th National Day and Sabah Umno’s age.

Instead, it would be in the nation’s best interest if Najib who is also BN president, listens to the words of caution from Bersih co-chairperson S Ambiga.

Ambiga said Bersih had called for the election to be postponed in the past with regard to the implementation of electoral reforms.

To Bersih, the only justifiable answer to the delay in holding the 13th GE would be that the BN government needed time to push through the reforms to the electoral.

“But everyone has forgotten about electoral reforms. So the election is being dragged for no reason.  It seems the government is concerned about the results [of the election]. Otherwise, they would have called for it,” she said,

Ambiga chided the Malaysian political leaders for keeping busy engrossing in politicking while their counterparts in other parts of the world discussed the economic crisis and recession.

“So who is running the country? This is unacceptable,” she asked.

Yes, the ‘on’ ‘off’ button on the GE date will no longer be tolerated. If the BN government has failed in its long overdue ‘homework’, the forgiving rakyat will grant it time to do the necessary to ensure the coming GE is held on a clean slate.

If the ruling government does otherwise, the price to pay is going to be far too heavy for the Najib-administration.

When that happens, the tables would have turned with the rakyat calling the shots.

Every day thousands of Americans working for the U.S. government spend all their waking hours keeping their fellow citizens safe. The vast majority of them work quietly — and anonymously — as they track our enemies, aid our allies, and seek out any and all threats to our country. And most of the men and women don’t give a damn about the absurd posturing and contrived drama generated by America’s political process. As I learned first-hand in 2003, there are times when the politicians bring the posturing and drama to you.

I served my country, loyally and well, as a covert CIA operations officer focused on stopping nuclear weapon proliferation until the Bush administration decided to betray my secret identity as payback for my husband questioning the White House’s justification for the Iraq War. The lesson was simple: If you offer the public a true story that is at odds with what the government wants you to know, they will stop at nothing to destroy you, your reputation, and the reputations of the people around you.

In the past few weeks, we have heard riveting stories of heroism and valor from one of the U.S. soldiers who participated in the combat mission that killed Osama bin Laden. His book, written under a pseudonym (his true identity was subsequently made public by Fox News), is by most accounts devoid of any classified information. In fact, most of what is in the book had been already leaked by top officials of the U.S. government themselves. I am dismayed to read the steady stream of criticism flowing from the U.S. government aimed at the book and its author. The Defense Department and administration officials havecalled the author’s decision to publish the book the “height of irresponsibility.” Former CIA Director and current Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has even gone so far as to say, “I think we have to take steps to make clear to him and to the American people that we’re not going to accept this kind of behavior.”

At the same time that they threaten the author and try to “make clear” they’re not going to accept an honest account of what happened in Abbottabad, Americans have also recently learned that the CIA and other U.S. government agencies have been cooperating with Hollywood figures on a movie about the same topic. In fact, according to CIA emailsreleased recently, one writer was given a “deep dive” inside the Agency as they wrote a screenplay on the bin Laden raid. Are U.S. government officials angry that the author wrote a book, or that his book came out before their movie? This, of course, comes after the U.S. government officials have participated in and been sources for newspaper articles, magazine features and even movies — like Act of Valor.

It is time for the public to make clear to our government that we will no longer accept their unsubstantiated or spoon-fed version as the only one of significant historical events. I don’t believe that cooperating with an author or a screenwriter or even a movie producer on an authentic account of what happened in war is necessarily a bad thing, as long as no classified information is jeopardized. In fact, it has happened throughout American history and inspired many Americans to serve our country in their careers — myself included. However, next time you hear an American government official attacking the author of No Easy Day — stop and ask yourself why they are trying to bully an American hero. I just wish the officials making these threats would do the same. Our government has survived as long as it has because there are those prepared to hold it to account for its words and deeds. It’s the essence of our democracy.

You may know me as one of the three American Hikers held hostage in Iran. I was released two years ago today. It was, in many ways, the best and worst day of my life. I was finally in my mother’s arms, but Shane and Josh were completely out of my reach.

While waiting to board the Omani plane that would take me out of Iran on September 14, 2010, I briefly spoke to the media:

“My first priority is to help my fiancé Shane and my friend Josh to regain their freedom because they don’t deserve to be in prison. Even when that’s finished my work has just begun repaying the world for what its done for me. I realize that there are many innocent people in prison that don’t have the kind of support that I’ve had. I feel humbled and grateful and ready to be free in the world again and to give back what’s been given to me.”

 

The promise I made that day will take a lifetime to fulfill and it’s good to know I’m not alone. To commemorate this day I’m helping to launch a month-long campaign for my friends in Syria and I need your help. As many of you know, before we were captured my now-husband Shane Bauer and I lived in a Palestinian refugee camp, Yarmouk, on the outskirts of Damascus. It was one of the best years of my life and the friendships I made there will last forever.

Yarmouk is now a war zone, with frequent shelling, ground fighting and a constant influx of newly displaced refugees. This month, we’re trying to raise $5,000 to help a grassroots organization, The National Committee for the Palestinian Camps, distribute much-needed food and medical supplies to refugees in Yarmouk.

To see a short video and learn more about the campaign click here.

When I lived in Yarmouk, it was a vibrant neighborhood packed with schools, hospitals, parks, small businesses and boutiques. It was the kind of warm, welcoming community where an American woman like myself could attend a concert or poetry reading, grab a bowl of steaming hot beans on the corner, then walk two miles home at midnight without feeling unsafe. It was a place where people looked out for one another.

In many ways, Yarmouk is even more like that today. Though shelling and death are a constant threat, the camp has become a place of refuge for a huge influx of newly displaced Syrians. Makeshift shelters have sprung up around the city, houses have been filled with multiple families and everyone, from local businesses to individuals has found a way to pitch in. In a miraculous show of solidarity, Palestinians displaced since 1957 have welcomed Syrian refugees with open arms.

Still, with new families flooding into the camp everyday, there is simply not enough food and shelter to go around. In response to the crisis, a grassroots non-aligned group, The National Committee for the Palestinian Camps, has formed. They have already been able to work wonders, distributing hundreds of bags of bread, meals, food hampers, mattresses, milk and nappies for infants. They have also conducted critical first-aid workshops, led by local doctors, so that citizens can respond to victims of shell attacks. In short, they’re saving lives.

What they lack is resources. Most people in the camp have now lost their jobs because of the collapse in the economy. Although some aid has arrived from NGOs, Red Cross and Red Crescent, their access to the camp is extremely limited and the aid is nowhere near enough to meet the needs of the camp’s population.

With $5,000 we hope to raise, the Committee will be able to deliver 60 food hampers to needy families, each one lasting approximately one week. They will be able to provide milk to 125 infants for two weeks, distribute antibiotics to children and provide life-saving medicine to people with diabetes and heart conditions.

Every day I wake up afraid that my loved ones in the camp may have been hurt or killed. What reassures me is how strong and organized Yarmouk’s community is, how skilled and determined they are to survive. Still, they can’t move mountains with a pitchfork. They need our help. Thank you for giving what you can.

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