- Rohingyas living in 21st century Concentration Camps
- Wan Azizah can succeed with team effort, says Guan Eng
- Sesuatu meragukan bila pemimpin pembangkang dapat tempat di waktu perdana TV3
- Something’s rotten when opposition leaders get prime-time focus
Posted: 07 Sep 2014 07:41 AM PDT
Atrocities continue to be committed against Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya who appear to be doomed for destruction if the international community persists in overlooking their plight.
Through decades of systematic discrimination worse than even the apartheid system, hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas are treated worse than animals and confined in 21st century concentration camps.
They are denied their right of citizenship, cut off from the mainstream of economic activity, living in abject poverty, and deprived of schools and medical care.
The Myanmar government continues to commit the genocide of minority Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar with impunity.
For those who remain sceptical, here's NYT journalist Nicholas Kristof's report on the plight of the Rohingyas that would turn our stomachs:
It is shocking indeed that the world has remained largely silent about this. These crimes against humanity must stop.
Posted: 07 Sep 2014 12:40 AM PDT
DAP is standing by Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail's nomination as Selangor Menteri Besar even as its coalition partner, PAS, continued to dismiss her as unqualified and incapable for the post.
Its secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the PKR president and Kajang assembly member would be able to succeed with team effort, as she is already proven to be academically superior and politically experienced.
Lim, who is Penang chief minister, said Wan Azizah should be given a chance to perform, in view of her record in excelling in the field of medicine and in leading the PKR since 1999.
"When I first took over as chief minister, I also had no experience," Lim said. "But in the last election (in 2013), under my leadership, we won by a bigger mandate than in 2008."
He said although he did not have much experience, he had a team that showed that the Pakatan Rakyat government could deliver.
"So I think it is basically a team effort," he said today, when asked to comment on PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's assertion that Dr Wan Azizah was neither capable nor qualified to be menteri besar.
Lim said Dr Wan Azizah was the first Malaysian to be awarded a gold medal in obstetrics and gynaecology before graduating as an ophthalmologist at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
"In terms of intelligence she is far superior to many of us," he said.
Noting her qualification as a specialist in a medical field, he said: "I am sure she is also equally qualified for other positions. I don't see why she is qualified to be an ophthalmologist but not qualified for other posts."
He added that the DAP supported her also because of her leadership of PKR since 1999 when she became party president of the party (then called KeAdilan) after her husband, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who has been the de facto head of the party, was imprisoned.
Lim was speaking to reporters after officiating at a charity event at the Silver Jubilee Home for the Aged in Penang.
Hadi had told a dialogue session for PAS members in Terengganu on Friday that he was not keen for Wan Azizah to be menteri besar, not because she is a woman, but because she was neither qualified nor capable.
He said a leader of a state had to fulfil many criteria, including the ability to answer in legislative houses like the Parliament and the state assembly.
Asked about a PAS faction called Parti Ummah Sejahtera Malaysia (PasMa) and its aim of ensuring that PAS stayed within Pakatan Rakyat, Lim said this was an internal issue for PAS.
"I think it is not appropriate for me to make any comment, to avoid us being construed as interfering in the internal affairs of PAS," he said, adding that PAS was facing an upcoming assembly amidst turbulence within its ranks.
Posted: 06 Sep 2014 10:04 PM PDT
Sangat jarang pemimpin pembangkang dapat muncul dalam berita televisyen di waktu perdana di Malaysia.
Ini kerana RTM terikat sebagai agen penyiaran kerajaan yang lurus bendul dan sempit manakala stesen televisyen swasta TV3 dimiliki oleh syarikat Umno iaitu Media Prima Bhd.
Ahli politik pembangkang yang dialu-alukan oleh akhbar arus perdana juga amat sedikit kerana sebab yang sama.
Jika mana-mana ahli politik pembangkang mendapat 15 minit waktu utama itu, biasanya selepas mereka berpaling tadah kepada Barisan Nasional (BN) atau pandangan mereka merosakkan pakatan mereka sendiri.
Senarai mereka yang mendapat masa perdana dan di halaman utama akhbar sebelum ini adalah bekas ahli politik PAS Selangor Datuk Dr Hassan Ali, bekas Ahli Parlimen PKR Datuk Zulkifli Noordin, Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed dan Wee Choo Keong.
Jadi apa yang membuatkan Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang mendapat 15 minit waktu perdana di Buletin Utama TV3 malam tadi?
Adakah akhbar milik Umno Utusan Malaysia menyokong pendirian beliau mengenai kebuntuan menteri besar Selangor dalam edisi Ahad hari ini? Mesti ada sebab mengapa Hadi menjadi kesayangan media BN.
Lagipun inilah ahli politik yang dicerca di waktu perdana sebelum ini kerana Amanat Haji Hadi yang dikeluarkan kira-kira 30 tahun yang lalu.
Beliau diserang habis-habisan kerana berusaha melaksanakan undang-undang jenayah Islam hudud.
Tetapi sekarang, Hadi mendapat ruang masa perdana untuk menjelaskan pendirian beliau mengenai kebuntuan pelantikan menteri besar Selangor.
Dan Utusan Malaysia membuat keputusan pandangan beliau adalah betul: Presiden PKR Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail bukan calon yang sesuai untuk jawatan tertinggi itu.
Sudah tentu Hadi harus mengambil peluang untuk menjelaskan sikapnya. Ini sebuah negara demokrasi.
Tetapi beliau perlu ingat semua yang disahkan oleh Utusan atau mendapat tempat di waktu perdana berita televisyen biasanya berakhir dengan tentangan daripada rakan mereka sendiri.
Media pro-kerajaan hanya mengambil pendapat anda jika ia menyokong agenda mereka. Dan anda akan digugurkan bak kentang panas apabila anda mengatakan sesuatu yang sukar bagi perjuangan mereka.
Tetapi Hadi sedar semua ini. Beliau bukan budak baru dalam politik. Melainkan jika beliau fikir boleh mainkan media pro-kerajaan seperti yang dilakukan sekutunya di Selangor, beliau perlu tahu beliau bekerja dengan sekutunya daripada Pakatan Rakyat (PR).
Itu tidak wajar untuk sekutu anda sendiri. Bukan sesuatu yang kita jangka daripada pemimpin parti Islam yang keputusannya berdasarkan kepada tradisi suci Al-Quran dan sunnah Nabi Muhammad.
Lagipun, Hadi hanya seorang ahli politik dan seperti kebanyakan mereka, jika tidak semua ahli politik pun, beliau percaya kepentingan yang kekal, bukan kawan yang kekal.
Posted: 06 Sep 2014 10:02 PM PDT
Very few opposition leaders get to appear on prime-time news in Malaysia. Mainly because the state broadcaster RTM sticks to the straight and narrow government news while private broadcaster TV3 is owned by Umno-linked Media Prima Bhd.
And very few opposition politicians get endorsed by mainstream newspapers for exactly the same reasons, too.
If any opposition politicians get their 15 minutes of fame, it is usually after they have defected to Barisan Nasional (BN) or their views damage their own coalition.
The list of those who get the prime-time and pages treatment is not that long and includes former Selangor PAS politician Datuk Dr Hassan Ali, former MPs Datuk Zulkifli Noordin, Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed and Wee Choo Keong.
So what can one make of PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang who had his 15 minutes of fame on TV3′s prime-time news Buletin Utama?
Or that the Umno newspaper Utusan Malaysia has endorsed his stance on the Selangor menteri besar impasse in its Sunday edition today? There must be a reason Hadi has become the darling of the BN media.
After all, this is the politician who has been vilified on prime-time news for his Amanat Haji Hadi issued some 30 years ago. He has been demonised for seeking to implement Islamic criminal law hudud.
But now, Hadi gets prime-time space to explain his stand on the Selangor MB impasse.
And Utusan Malaysia has decided that his views are right about PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is not the right candidate for the top job.
Of course, Hadi should take the opportunity to explain himself. It is a democracy. But he must remember all those who have been endorsed by Utusan or on prime-time television news usually end up opposite their own colleagues.
That the pro-government media only takes your opinion if its supportive of their agenda. That you can be dropped like a hot potato once you say something inconvenient to their cause.
But Hadi knows this. He is no political greenhorn.
Unless he thinks he can outfox the pro-government media as he has done his allies in the Selangor MB impasse, he should know that he is working with the kryptonite of the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition.
And that is nothing short of being evil to your own allies. Not something one would expect from the leader of an Islamist party, whose decisions are based on the Quranic traditions of Prophet Muhammad.
Then again, Hadi is just a politician and like most if not all politicians, he believes in permanent interests, not permanent friends.
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