Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Why are our students in Yemen?

For a decade Yemen's Sunni government has been battling Shia rebels in the north, separatists in the south and Islamic extremists groups as well. These wars have taken many lives.
education_war_600Should we send our children to pursue their education in a war-torn country?
Apparently our government thinks we should. At this exact moment, there are more than 400 Malaysian students hiding in shelters provided by the Malaysian Embassy in Sana’a while civil war rages in Yemen.
While our Defence Ministry and Foreign Ministry should be applauded for trying to rescue our students from the war zone, one wonders why our students are there in the first place.
For a decade Yemen’s Sunni government has been battling the Shia rebels in the north, separatists in the south and Islamic extremist groups as well. These wars have taken many lives.
People have died over control of mosques. Civilians have been killed in roadside ambushes. There have been riots. Mortars and rocket-propelled grenades have been fired. Crime rates have gone high. People walk the streets with guns. Civilians, even young children, carry daggers. Murder is an everyday event. There is death everywhere.
Yet, our students are sent to Yemen to pursue their education. Why?
Yemen is one of the poorest nations in the Arab world. It has an unemployment rate of about 35 percent. More than 45 percent of the population live below the poverty line. The average literacy rate is 49 percent.
The international media refer to the country as a failed state and people in the Arab world call it “the next Afghanistan”. It is facing serious economic, social and environmental problems. Most disturbing of all, Sana’a will be the first capital in the world to run out of water.
Yet, our government sends students there. Why?
YouTube has some interesting videos about Malaysian students in Yemen. Apparently, some time last year, a number of our students were already evacuated from Yemen. All of them speak of hiding in rescue areas for weeks, during which time they heard the sounds of explosions continuously. But what is really shocking is how young some of these students are. They look nowhere older than 16 years.
Why are children sent for their education in a war zone? No one can deny that Yemen is a hotspot for terrorism. What education can our students possibly gain in such a godforsaken place? What are they studying anyway? Will their education be recognised in other parts of the world? Are their education expenses covered by tax payers?
The people of Malaysia have a right to know the truth. The Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs should come clear on this issue and stop feeding us with the rescue mission bullshit.
Perhaps Muhyiddin Yassin, as Education Minister, can answer this question: Why the need to send our children to a war-torn, failed, fragile country if the Malaysian education system is one of the best in the world?


Many do not understand why the Middle East is in such a mess. Some think this has something to do with Islam. Some even think there must be something wrong with Islam. I have written about this a number of times before but maybe the following BBC special report of 2013 can help you better understand what went wrong and who is to blame for it –Raja Petra Kamarudin
By Tarek Osman (@TarekmOsman) Presenter: The Making of the Modern Arab World
A map marked with crude chinagraph-pencil in the second decade of the 20th Century shows the ambition – and folly – of the 100-year old British-French plan that helped create the modern-day Middle East.
Straight lines make uncomplicated borders. Most probably that was the reason why most of the lines that Mark Sykes, representing the British government, and Francois Georges-Picot, from the French government, agreed upon in 1916 were straight ones.
Sykes and Picot were quintessential “empire men”. Both were aristocrats, seasoned in colonial administration, and crucially believers in the notion that the people of the region would be better off under the European empires.
Both men also had intimate knowledge of the Middle East.
The key tenets of the agreement they had negotiated in relative haste amidst the turmoil of the World War One continue to influence the region to this day. But while Sykes-Picot’s straight lines had proved significantly helpful to Britain and France in the first half of the twentieth century, their impact on the region’s peoples was quite different.
The map that the two men drew divided the land that had been under Ottoman rule since the early 16th Century into new countries – and relegated these political entities to two spheres of influence:
* Iraq, Transjordan, and Palestine under British influence
* Syria and Lebanon under French influence
The two men were not mandated to redraw the borders of the Arab countries in North Africa, but the division of influence existed there as well, with Egypt under British rule, and France controlling the Maghreb.
A secret deal
But there were three problems with the geo-political order that emerged from the Sykes-Picot agreement.
First, it was secret without any Arabic knowledge, and it negated the main promise that Britain had made to the Arabs in the 1910s – that if they rebelled against the Ottomans, the fall of that empire would bring them independence.
When that independence did not materialise after World War One, and as these colonial powers, in the 1920s, 30s and 40s, continued to exert immense influence over the Arab world, the thrust of Arab politics – in North Africa and in the eastern Mediterranean – gradually but decisively shifted from building liberal constitutional governance systems (as Egypt, Syria, and Iraq had witnessed in the early decades of the 20th Century) to assertive nationalism whose main objective was getting rid of the colonialists and the ruling systems that worked with them.
This was a key factor behind the rise of the militarist regimes that had come to dominate many Arab countries from the 1950s until the 2011 Arab uprisings.

Selamat Menunaikan GST

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A Kadir Jasin

GST bukan jenaka, lawak, tipu atau olok-olok April Fools. Itu bukan kata saya. Itu kata Timbalan Menteri Kewangan, Ahmad Maslan.

Dalam bahasa orang putih dia kata: "This is not an April Fool's joke, GST will be implemented."

(Ini bukan jenaka April Fools, GST akan dilaksanakan.)

Ahmad Maslan: GST (6%) bukan olok-olok
Tidak siapa pun, kecuali “fools” (orang bangang*) menganggap Cukai Barangan dan Perkhidmatan sebagai jenaka, lawak, tipu atau olok-olok.

Semua orang yang siuman, termasuk kanak-kanak sekolah, dan orang yang tidak nyanyuk tahu bahawa menjelang 12 tengah malam ini, bersamaan 1 April 2015, GST akan dikuatkuasakan.

Selamat menunaikan tanggungjawab membayar GST.

Saya kurang pasti sama ada perkhidmatan menggunting, mendandan dan mewarnakan rambut serta membuat rawatan kuku tangan (manicure) dan kuku kaki (pedicure) di rumah dikenakan GST.

Gambar hiasan: Mewarna sendiri tak kena GST
Kalau hendak tahu, tanyalah Ahmad Maslan. Tapi kalau tidak yakin juga boleh tanya Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan, Hasan Malek.

Kalau kena GST tentu membebankan sebab khabarnya khidmat mewarnakan rambut di rumah memakan belanja hingga RM1,200. Kalau RM1,200 GSTnya RM72. Jadi kos mewarnakan rambut di rumah mulai tengah malam ini RM1,272.

Tak yakin Ahmad Maslan tanya Hasan
[Tuan punya salah sebuah kedai kopi yang kerap saya kunjungi memberitahu mulai 1 April dia akan mengenakan GST 6%. Sebelum ini dia tidak kenakan apa-apa cukai.]

Jangan mungkiri janji GST
Harap-harap benarlah ikrar GST yang berbunyi “membangun dan maju bersama” selaras dengan slogan Rakyat Didahulukan, Pencapaian Diutamakan kerana GST adalah cukai yang terangkum (inclusive). Siapa berbelanja, tak kira miskin atau kaya, akan kena.


*Istilah ini dipinjam daripada Perdana Menteri.

RM30 million flowers

Disaster round the corner

Since the GE13th we have been in a time zone that stood on disaster.
We live and strive for disaster.
Forget about PAS, DAP, PKR, MIC, MCA, PPP, PSM, Bar Council, NGOs or Bersih.
Today it is either you are with UMNO or Anwar.
To UMNO - Race, Religion and Law must be used to silence the voice of the Rakyat who are frustrated and angry over the mismanaged Nation.
To those who opposed UMNO their interest and hope lies within the four walls of Sungei Buloh.
So who will lead the Rakyat out from our troubled nation?
Today till next year Malaysians rich or poor will experience suffering and sorrow which will lead to lives being lost in the hands of its own people or rather the Malays.
Signs are aplenty but no-one notice or care what it means.
PDRM or rather the Telur Thosai has instructed 126,000 police personnel to play twitter instead of catching criminals.
From students, lecturers, NGOs, MPs, Journalists to the Rakyat are given the Sedition Treatment. 
Then we have a sadist who is buddy with a Mafia.
Yet the Malays and Muslim who threatened to burn the bible, destroyed properties, swindle our money, murdered innocent victims and one even steal Thesis are protected at all cause.
Chinese Schools are given Teachers who are not qualified nor have basic knowledge of Mandarin to teach.
Muslim Teachers are protected when they convert non-Muslim students.
Students with good grades are not given their choice of course for they are not Malay enough.
Public Transport licences given to Ministers and cronies are told they can raise their fare.
MAS already on the bankruptcy list is firing its staff but the top management gets fantastic increment, bonus and allowance.
The Federal Otak Kosong and the Mayor who was supposed to be clean and humble but now not so clean tells MPs and Rakyat not to question why RM300 million must be used to demolish a recent renovated building to make way for a bigger building because the money belongs to them.  Maybe someone can give a clearer picture as to how DBKL money became their grandfather’s money.  Does the assets and liabilities becomes private property just because an UMNO man sits in the mayor office.  HOW MANY SEATS DID UMNO WIN IN WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN?
We have a Prime Minister who keep saying “THERE ARE PEOPLE I NEED TO PAY OFF.”
Did we not pay for the life from MH370?
Did we not pay off the Sultans?
Did we not pay off the cronies?
Did we not pay off his so-called buddies?
Did we not pay off Mahathir Kutty?
Did we not pay off his so called in laws debts?
Yet the wife is never satisfied.
Soon he is selling off the country to TPPA.
We are also very lucky to have an MB who wants to show off his power by telling Federal Government that they cannot build nor run their water pipe in the State. So soon we will have water pipes floating around Selangor air space and if that is also not allowed then WE WILL HAVE WATER PIPES COMING FROM MARS.


Akhirnya kerisau rakyat selama ini terbukti dan ternyata benar. 

Sebab itu bila sembang jangan terlampau kencang sangat .... mendabik dada jangan terlalu kuat  .. cemuh jangan terlalu nyaring sebab akhirnya bila terbukti segala pertuduhan itu sahih lagi benar maka mana nak sorok muka. 

Inilah yang terjadi kepada pengendali/pentadbir suatu akaun laman sosial Facebook Friends of BN - Barisan Nasional yang bersungguh-sungguh cuba memberi keyakinan betapa para pengguna dan pelanggan talian pra-bayar (prepaid) tidak perlu risau dan khuatir, sebab setiap kali top-up tidak akan dikenakan GST sebab prepaid sudah dikenakan SST sebelum ini. 

Nah!!! sekarang apa nak cakap apabila salah seorang pengguna prepaid telah dikenakan GST ketika beli di kedai 7-Eleven awal pagi tadi sebagai menguji kebenaran kata-kata pengendali/pentadbir Friends of BN - Barisan Nasional. 

Apakah setiap kali beli to-up prepaid selepas itu pergi buat aduan?????? 

Kalau tanya Hasan Malek dia akan jawab KPDNKK tidak cukup kakitangan untuk pantau.

Gambar2 Perkahwinan Anak Najib Tersebar Di Laman Sosial.

Beberapa jam sebelum GST dilaksanakan, gambar2 perkahwinan anak perempuan Najib, Nooryana Najwa Najib telah tersebar secara meluas di laman sosial terutamanya di whatsapp.

Sebelum ini dilaporkan, para tetamu Najib dilarang daripada berkongsi gambar2 perkahwinan tersebut di laman sosial namun entah macam mana akhirnya gambar2 perkahwinan tersebut tersebar.

Lihat ;

Kesahihan gambar2 yang tersebar itu masih sedang dikenalpasti namun jika terbukti sahih sudah tentu yang menyebarkannya bukan la orang luar melainkan para tetamu Najib itu sendiri.

Ini bermaksud Najib telah ditikam oleh tetamu2 kehormatnya sendiri.

Jika diperhatikan dari gambar2 tersebut, majlis perkahwinan yang dijalankan memang agak super grand, mungkin itulah punca Najib tidak mahu ianya disebarkan di laman sosial.

Entah sapa la punya kerja p sebarkan gambar2 tersebut kepada pengetahuan umum.

Agaknya, dia pun meluat kot kat Najib.