Khamis, 5 September 2013

Suara Sri Andalas

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Suara Sri Andalas

Pemaju: Harga Minyak Naik, Harga Rumah Juga Naik

Posted: 04 Sep 2013 11:29 PM PDT

Peningkatan harga minyak sebanyak 20 sen yang diumumkan kerajaan pada hari Isnin lalu dijangka akan turut menyumbang kepada peningkatan harga rumah sehingga 10 peratus.

Laporan The Star yang memetik kenyataan dari wakil pemaju perumahan menyebut, peningkatan harga minyak itu menyebabkan kos bahan binaan meningkat.

Selain itu, peningkatan harga rumah berkenaan juga berpunca dari kekurangan jumlah tenaga kerja asing ekoran operasi besar-besaran yang dijalankan kerajaan untuk membasmi pendatang asing tanpa izin.

Presiden Persatuan Pemaju Perumahan dan Hartanah Datuk Seri Michael Yam Kong Choy dalam laporan itu berkata, kontraktor akan memindahkan kos yang ditanggung akibat kelewatan projek berkenaan kepada pembeli.

"Operasi ke atas tapak pembinaan juga menakutkan pekerja asing yang sah," katanya seperti dipetik dalam laporan itu.

Beliau berkata golongan pekerja berkenaan akan ponteng kerja atau menangguhkan kepulangan mereka ke negara ini, sehinggalah operasi penguatkuasaan itu berakhir.

Menurutnya, pemaju terpaksa menanggung kos lebih tinggi untuk tenaga kerja untuk mengelakkan daripada didenda kerana tidak mengikut perjanjian.

Yam berkata pemaju berkenaan terpaksa membayar ganti rugi kepada pembeli rumah sekiranya projek tersebut lewat disiapkan.

Tambahnya, peningkatan harga minyak tersebut akan menjejaskan rangkaian bekalan melibatkan lebih 100 jenis perniagaan.

Sumber: Malaysiakini

Anwar Ibrahim

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Anwar Ibrahim

[PROGRAM] World Conference On Islamic Resurgence — Challenges, Prospects And The Way Forward

Posted: 04 Sep 2013 09:22 PM PDT

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Responsibility to Protect — Or to Punish

Posted: 04 Sep 2013 09:19 PM PDT

Foreign Affairs

Morality and the Intervention in Syria

There are two distinct conversations going on about the legitimacy of the West's expected military campaign against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. The first has to do with whether military action is an appropriate response to the wanton violation of a near-universally held norm — in this case, the taboo against the use of chemical weapons, which the Assad regime allegedly violated last week. The second centers on whether military action is an appropriate means for protecting civilian populations from atrocities (of whatever kind) committed by their governments. These conversations, although often conflated, have very little to do with one another, since each policy goal suggests a very different form of intervention.

Despite diplomatic rhetoric, the goal of upholding the chemical weapons taboo is not the same thing as the goal of protecting civilians. It has more to do with protecting aset of shared international understandings about the proper conduct of warfare. If the goal were really to protect civilians, the West would have intervened long ago: bombs and guns have killed far more civilians, at least as horribly, as last week's gas attack.

The Obama administration has already confirmed that its primary concern is with protecting the norm and punishing its violators. Given that goal, the appropriate course of action would be to, first, independently verify who violated it. The United States claims that it has "no doubt" that Syria was behind last week's chemical attack, but that remains an open question until the UN inspectors have completed their investigation. Second, the United States would have to consider a range of policy options for affirming, condemning, and lawfully punishing the perpetrator before resorting to force, particularly unlawful force. As, a nongovernmental organization notes, these might include condemnation, an arms embargo, sanctions, or any of the other bilateral and multilateral measures that are typically used torespond to violations of weapons norms (and which might be at least as effective as air strikes, if not more so). Third, should the United States decide on military action, with or without a UN Security Council resolution, it would need to adhere to international norms regulating the use of specific weapons in combat.

It is thus worrying that the proposed military strikes against Syria rely on Tomahawk missiles, which are capable of carrying cluster munitions and which have been decried on humanitarian grounds by numerous governments and civil society groups. Equally alarming is that the planned strikes would likely involve the use ofexplosives in populated areas, which is in violation of emerging international concerns about such behavior. Although there is historical precedent for the legitimacy of violating the UN Charter in order to enforce global humanitarian norms, it would be seen as hypocritical to violate those very norms in the service of their affirmation.

Such strikes should not be confused with military action to protect civilians. Indeed, even a by-the-book strike meant to punish Syria for the use of WMD, although perhaps ethically justifiable as a way to affirm and promote politically important global norms, would look very different from a robust military intervention to protect Syrian civilians. In that case, R2P doctrine should come into play. Although the doctrine does sanction the otherwise unlawful use of force in certain grave circumstances — a threshold arguably met in Syria quite some time ago — it also treats military force as a last resort. And it requires states to consider both just cause in terms of civilians lost, not the type of weapon that killed them, and right authority. That means opting for multilateralism at minimum, which suggests that the United Kingdom's new statement in favor of unilateral intervention would not be consistent with R2P. Right intention also matters: the goal would have to be actually protecting civilians as far as possible within the bounds of international law, rather than maintaining credibility or protecting brute national interests.

Most importantly, R2P requires policymakers and military planners to weigh just cause against the question of whether there is a reasonable prospect of success at reducing civilian bloodshed, given the available resources and constraints, and to select the best type of intervention to meet the goals, which generally means a much longer commitment of blood and treasure than punitive air strikes. (During the intervention in Kosovo, to which the expected Syria intervention has been compared, Western powers sought not just to cripple Milosevic from the air, but also to end combat, negotiate a settlement, and insert ground troops under the mandate of a robust multi-national peacekeeping operation.) In certain scenarios, military strikes simply wouldn't pass these various tests. In cases in which forceful action would risk more civilian lives than it could save, continued diplomacy and non-coercive measures are more consistent with R2P.

It is a matter of argument whether that is the case here. Smart people have made the case for and against military intervention in Syria on humanitarian grounds. But the question of whether intervention — at this time, in this way, for this reason — will protect civilians in Syria is a very different question than whether punishment for violating the chemical weapons taboo is warranted. Since each policy goal suggests a different type of intervention, Western powers shouldn't try to have it both ways.



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