Khamis, 1 September 2011

The Spirit of Lubok Kawah/Semangat Lubok Kawah

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The Spirit of Lubok Kawah/Semangat Lubok Kawah

Posted: 01 Sep 2011 09:38 PM PDT


Posted: 01 Sep 2011 03:50 PM PDT

Anwar Ibrahim

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Anwar Ibrahim

Program Salam Aidilfitri  YB Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim & YAB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim Di Sabah dan Sarawak Pada 3 & 4 September 2011

Posted: 01 Sep 2011 02:55 PM PDT

3 September 2011 (Sabtu)  – Sabah

Program YB Dato' Seri Anwar  Ibrahim

1)      11.00  – 2.00 ptg –Kampong  Lot M, Kinabatangan.  

2)      3.00 – 6.00 ptg – Sabah Hotel, Sandakan.

3)      7.00 – 11.00 mlm – Kampong Petagas Lama, Petagas, Putatan

4)      7.00 – 11.00 mlm – Kampong Batangan, Tuaran  

Program YAB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, Menteri Besar Selangor

1)      11.00 – 1.00 ptg – Ocean Restaurant, Tawau

2)      2.00 – 5.00 ptg –  Lorong 6,  Taman Aman Jaya, Lahad Datu

3)      7.00 – 11.00 mlm – Kampong Batangan, Tuaran

4)      7.00 – 11.00 mlm – Kampong Petagas Lama, Petagas, Putatan

4 September 2011  (Ahad)  – Sarawak

Program YB Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim

1)      12.00 – 2.00 ptg – 133, Jln Bunga Tanjung, Kg Pinang Jawa, Petra Jaya, Kucing

2)      2.30 – 4.30 ptg -   RPR Batu Kawa, Lorong 20, Phase 2, Kucing

3)      5.00 – 6.00 ptg – Perjumpaan Bersama Majlis Pimpinan Negeri Sarawak

4)      7.00 – 9.00 mlm – No 11, Kramau, Kg Besira Rayang, Jln Liuk, Padawan,

Program YAB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, Menteri Besar Selangor

1)      12.00 – 2.00 ptg – 133, Jln Bunga Tanjung, Kg Pinang Jawa, Petra Jaya, Kucing

2)      2.30 – 4.30 ptg –  RPR Batu Kawa, Lorong 20, Phase 2,  Kucing

3)      4.00 – 7.00 ptg – Lot 12, Kampong Tunku Abd Rahman, Lambir, Miri

4)      8.00 – 11.00 mlm – Beverly Café, Taman Tunku, Miri

Malaysian Solution: Always a Bad Idea

Posted: 01 Sep 2011 02:02 AM PDT

by Julian Burnside

The High Court ruled yesterday that the Malaysian Solution was not lawful.

The majority decision turns on the nature of Australia’s obligations under the Refugees Convention. They held that, if Australia sends boat people away without considering their claim for protection, it can only do so if the receiving country offers the same protection as Australia is obliged to offer. The result is entirely consistent with the spirit of the Refugees Convention, which was designed to spread the burden of refugee flows, rather than leaving them to be borne by countries adjacent to trouble spots.

Leave aside the politics of it, the Malaysian Solution was always a bad idea. We can assume that the Australian Government intended to treat the 4,000 refugees resettled from Malaysia as part of our offshore resettlement quota. It presently offsets informal boat arrivals against the offshore resettlement quota. Accordingly the Malaysian arrangement was neutral on total refugee arrival rates. So it was not going to reduce the number of refugees received in Australia each year, but it was going to cost the Australian taxpayer about $200 million. Weird economics.

Paradoxically, the arrangement may have constituted a significant pull factor, at least for a time. The reason for this is that Malaysia does not allow refugees to work. The deal with Malaysia would have notionally allowed transferees to work. Refugees currently living in Malaysia waiting for resettlement would have had a powerful incentive to try to get to Australia in order to be transferred back to Malaysia and receive work rights. For a person who faces the prospect of waiting up to 15 years before being resettled, the incentive to act this way would have been very strong. If that pull factor had in fact operated, it is likely that the quota of 800 transferees would have filled pretty quickly, and would have achieved very little for Australia apart from adding significantly to the cost of deterring boat arrivals. If, as a result, Australia and Malaysia increased the quota under the arrangement, then the cost would have increased proportionally, but so would the pull factor.

So what should be done now?

At present, Australia has a system of indefinite mandatory detention of boat people. The detention is mandatory, because the Migration Act requires that non-citizens without a visa must be detained and must remain in detention until given a visa or until removed from Australia. While the Minister has a discretion about the mode of detention, detention remains mandatory, and even “community detention” falls far short of actual freedom.

Detention is indefinite because it has no fixed end point: detention continues until the person receives a visa (which may take years) or until they are removed from Australia. Removal from Australia may not happen until after years of processing, and in some cases turns out to be impossible – for example, where a person is stateless. Where a person is refused a visa but cannot be removed from Australia, the High Court decision of al Kateb says that they may be held in detention for the rest of their life, notwithstanding that they have not committed any offence.

Changing policy in an attempt to deter boat people from seeking entry to Australia rests on several important assumptions. The first is that the fear of what Australia might do to them exceeds the fear from which they are fleeing. That proposition is quite implausible. In the past 15 years, most boat arrivals have been Afghan Hazaras fleeing the Taliban, Iraquis fleeing Saddam Hussein, Iranians fleeing the theocracy in that country, and Tamils fleeing genocide in Sri Lanka. Not surprisingly, a very high percentage (approximately 80-95 per cent) of boat people ultimately establish an entitlement to protection.

The second assumption is that asylum seekers have the wherewithal to research the treatment they are likely to receive if they seek safety in Australia. There is no evidence to suggest that people desperate enough to take the risks associated with unauthorised arrival in Australia have ever had the time or resources to investigate the many changes in Australia’s policy settings concerning asylum seekers.

The third assumption, which is bound up with the second, is that people smugglers are a reliable source of information for their passengers. It is in the highest degree unlikely that people smugglers reveal candidly to their customers that they face mandatory detention, or removal to Malaysia, or any other hardship which the government of the day seeks to impose as a deterrent.

It is therefore difficult to assume that anything done by Australia will make any appreciable difference to the arrival rate of boat people.

If things are left as they are, Australia will continue to face the following problems associated with the present system: needless infliction of mental harm on detainees and damage to Australia’s reputation as a nation which cares about human rights. And don’t forget the huge cost: mandatory detention costs us about $1 billion a year.

There is simply no merit in the idea of detaining people indefinitely just because they have arrived in Australia by boat. Asylum seekers also arrive by air: typically they arrive on short-term visas such as business, tourist or student visas. Once in Australia, they apply for asylum. Once their initial visa expires, they are given a bridging visa pending assessment of their claim for asylum. This may take years, but they remain in the community while it happens. Most of these asylum claims fail on the merits (only about 20 per cent succeed). By contrast, about 80-90 per cent of boat arrivals ultimately succeed in their claim for asylum, but they are detained during the entire process.

The arrival rate of asylum seekers who come by air is two or three times greater than the arrival rate of boat people.

A question inevitably arises: what is the justification for detaining boat people indefinitely, at vast expense, when most of them will ultimately succeed in their claim for protection but will be damaged more or less severely by the process? To this question, it seems that the only genuine answer is an appeal to political advantage.

There was one interesting feature of the Malaysian deal. Australia negotiated an arrangement with Malaysia which involved minimal detention before the transferees were to be released into the community with work rights. What a cracking idea! If Australia capped initial detention to just a month for health and security checks, overcrowding in detention would be solved instantly; the cost of operating the detention system would reduce dramatically; and the foreseeable mental harm which is caused by indefinite detention would stop.

It is not clear why the Australian Government thinks it necessary or desirable to detain boat people indefinitely when they do not think it necessary or desirable for Malaysia to detain those same boat people (except for preliminary health and security checks), and do not think it necessary or desirable to detain asylum seekers who come to Australia by plane.

The big question is whether the Government or the Opposition can forget about populism and point scoring, and see their way clear to solving the detention problem by acting decently: they could save our reputation and our taxes.

Julian Burnside AO QC is an Australian Barrister and an advocate for human rights and fair treatment of refugees.

Perutusan Hari Kemerdekaan ke 54; 31 Ogos 2011 “Memaknai Jiwa Merdeka”

Posted: 01 Sep 2011 01:56 AM PDT

Assalamualaikum wbt, Salam Sejahtera dan Salam Kemerdakaan! Tanggal 31 Ogos 2011 adalah hari baru untuk kita lakarkan kemerdekaan negara. Tahun 1957 yang lalu, laungan Merdeka! bergema dan disambut dengan suara rakyat yang ternyata amat menghargai sebuah kemerdekaan dan kebebasan di dalam negara sendiri. Kemerdekaan yang diburu adalah kebebasan hati.

Bukan kemerdekaan yang hanya sekadar mengibarkan Jalur Gemilang. Seharusnya rakyat mesti dipupuk untuk melahirkan jiwa merdeka. Justeru, marilah kita sama-sama memaknai kemerdekaan ini dengan memerdekakan sepenuhnya jiwa kita dari cengkaman dan kezaliman demi membina negara yang aman harmoni antara semua bangsa. Kemerdekaan tidak semestinya ditafsirkan sebagai bebas dari tekanan dan cengkaman penjajah. Malah ianya merangkumi segala aspek kehidupan, politik, ekonomi, moral dan masyarakat.

Kemerdekaan ini juga harus menjadi asas keterbukaan khususnya kepada golongan muda yang bakal mewarisi pentadbiran negara suatu masa nanti. Sehubungan dengan itu, negara sepatutnya mampu menyediakan prasarana ekonomi agar kekayaan negara dapat dikongsi bersama tanpa membataskan kedudukan bangsa dan agama.

Rakyat terus ditindas dengan desakan dan tekanan sara hidup yang membebankan, sedangkan pemimpin yang ada duduk gah di atas dengan sewenangnya membelanjakan hasil negara untuk kepentingan tertentu. Saban hari kita dipinta untuk "berkorban" dan ubah gaya hidup dalam menampung

Wee Choo Keong

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Wee Choo Keong

How many years did Khazanah sleep on the huge debts owed by Alwafeer Air to MAS?

Posted: 01 Sep 2011 12:53 AM PDT

MAS has leased three jumbo jets to Alwafeer Air, a Jeddah based charter airline, in HERE. It was part of the agreement that MAS seconded our pilots and stewardess to it. Our Malaysian pilots and stewardess were having problems in receiving their due salaries. I am told by informed sources that documentation for the leasing [...]

Anak Muda Kampung Nak Senang

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Anak Muda Kampung Nak Senang

Dah 100 tahun masih tiada bekalan air di Johor

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 04:35 PM PDT

Penduduk Orang Asli tadah hujan untuk minum

31 Ogos 2011 - Ulu Tiram, Johor : Lebih 140 Orang Asli Seletar di Kampung Pasir Salam, di sini, masih mengalami masalah mendapatkan bekalan air bersih walaupun sudah mendiami kampung berkenaan sejak lebih 100 tahun lalu.

Ketiadaan bekalan air yang disalurkan ke kampung itu menyebabkan penduduk terpaksa menadah air hujan untuk mendapatkan sumber bekalan minuman dan keperluan harian lain seperti memasak dan membasuh.

Malah, mereka dihantui kebimbangan setiap kali musim kemarau hingga terpaksa mencari sumber air di kawasan hutan paya berhampiran.

Penduduk, Tipah Tammat, 40, berkata, penduduk kampung turut mengalami nasib buruk apabila terpaksa meminum air hujan kerana tiada bekalan air bersih di penempatan mereka.

"Pengalaman yang tidak dapat saya lupakan ialah terpaksa minum air hujan yang ditadah kerana kami sendiri tidak tahu bila akan hujan.

"Jika tidak hujan berhari-hari bekalan air yang ditadah akan habis menyebabkan penduduk terpaksa ke hutan berdekatan bagi mencari air di paya bakau," katanya.

Menurutnya, ketiadaan air menyulitkan urusan harian penduduk seperti mandi, memasak dan membasuh baju.

"Susah hidup kami kerana segalanya memang perlukan air dan kadang-kadang kesihatan kami tidak dihiraukan lagi kerana terpaksa tidak mandi atau membasuh pakaian dan pinggan mangkuk kerana ketiadaan air," katanya.

Sementara itu, Tok Batin, Sotti Akun, 48, berkata, ketika musim kemarau penduduk terpaksa menempuh perjalanan sejauh lapan kilometer semata-mata mahu membeli bekalan air bersih di hujung kampung.

"Kami terpaksa membeli air dengan harga kira-kira RM5 bagi setong 20 liter air bersih. Penduduk yang tidak mampu bayar bergantung ihsan pemilik kedai yang bermurah hati memberikan air secara percuma," katanya.

Iran Produksi Massal Rudal Anti Tank

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 04:34 PM PDT

30 Agustus 2011, Tehran (Berita HanKam): Kementrian Pertahanan Iran mulai memproduksi massal rudal anti-tank 73 mm, Senin (29/8), peresmian dihadiri Menteri Pertahanan Iran Brigadir Jenderal Ahmad Vahidi.

Rudal memiliki hulu ledak khusus dimana dapat menembus sasaran sedalam 300 milimeter dan menghancurkannya, diungkapkan Menhan Vahidi, dalam sambutannya.

Rudal dapat menghancurkan sasaran berupa tank, ranpur pengangkut pasukan, ranpur ringan dan gudang senjata.

Rudal dapat dibawa kendaraan maupun prajurit dan mampu menjangkau sasaran sejauh 1300 meter.

PKR DUN 19 Kepayan P174 Penampang, Sabah.

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PKR DUN 19 Kepayan P174 Penampang, Sabah.

Lawatan DSAI & TSKI ke Sabah - 3 Sept 2011

Posted: 01 Sep 2011 05:39 AM PDT

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