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“They asked me whether I was from China’

By Adib Zalkapli

SHAH ALAM, July 17 — A Kajang municipal councillor who was also interrogated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) alleged commission investigators hurled racist remarks at him during questioning at the state MACC headquarters here.

“They called me a stupid Chinese… Are you from China? You can’t speak Malay?” said Tan Boon Wah.

Tan was called in by the MACC as part of the investigation into the alleged misuse of public funds by state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah.

Tan, who is also a businessman, had last year supplied flags worth RM2,400 for Ean Yong’s constituency of Seri Kembangan.

“They asked whether I supplied flags. I said yes but then I was forced to admit that I did not supply the flags,” said Tan.

He added that he could not furnish the MACC with details of the transaction during the investigation because he needed time to look for the documents.

Tan, who went to the MACC office on Wednesday evening, also claimed that he was subjected to torture and was threatened that he would be beaten if he refused to admit to allegations made by the investigators.

“I was shouted at: ‘This is my place, you better believe that I can hit you’,” said Tan.

“I was then asked to stand and look straight. I was not allowed to rest my head. I was made to stand for four hours,” he added.

Tan said the MACC officials also threatened to arrest his wife and detain his children .

He denied that detainees were provided with beds to sleep on after interrogation.

He said that while under detention, he met Teoh Beng Hock early yesterday morning at the MACC office pantry and he looked tired.

Tan added that he was also told by an MACC investigator not to talk about the interrogation, before he was released yesterday afternoon.

“The MACC officer said don’t bring the matter outside, but one life has ended, so now I have to,” said Tan.

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I wonder how those MCA and Gerakan reaction will be?

My worries after the death of Teoh Beng Hock is not WHAT next but WHO is next.

We are not less then the regime controlling Myanmar, we have our own JUNTA now…

By the way, what MCA and Gerakan will do?  Dont ask PPP – They cant even settle their own kitchen.


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So desperate for power? Shame on MACC…

Forensic investigators examine the body of Teoh Boon Hock for clues. Teoh was found dead next to the MACC’s office today, after being taken in for questioning yesterday.

Forensic investigators examine the body of Teoh Boon Hock for clues. Teoh was found dead next to the MACC’s office today, after being taken in for questioning yesterday.

The death of TEOH BENG HOCK is a shame to MACC.  They must explained why they must questioned him until 3.45 am as there is no tomorrow?  They must know that he will be having an important moment the next day.  Who is the last person who intterogate him?  How many of them?  Any recorded conversation?  Any photo taken? 

Dont tell us that the CCTV is not working or the picture is blur.

How many more should die in the hand of the authorities? 

Someone must be responsible or there will be someone who will be blamed?

SHAHRUL PESHAWAR – What a shame to the world community…

SHAH ALAM: Teoh Beng Hock, political secretary to Selangor executive council member Ean Yong Hian Wah, died under mysterious circumstances after plunging Thursday from a building where the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is located.

Teoh was taken in for questioning by the MACC Wednesday evening in relation to a probe on several Pakatan assemblypersons. DAP has issued a statement only saying that DAP Socialist Youth (DAPSY) leaders, to be led by its
national chairman Rasah MP Loke Siew Fook, will hold a press conference Friday at its head office in Petaling Jaya on the death.

The 30-year old Teoh was a former Sin Chew Daily journalist before leaving to take up his appointment after the 2008 general elections. The Sin Chew newsroom received the news with shock, especially those who had worked with him previously.

His body was discovered by a cleaner around 1:30pm on Thursday on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam which houses the Selangor head office of MACC on the 14th floor.

It is believed MACC released Teoh around 4am on Thursday after having been held overnight.

Selangor Chief Police Officer Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar, is reported as saying that police would be interviewing the man who was last seen with Teoh.

He assured there would be no cover up and there would be a thorough investigation into Teoh’s death.

“We have requested for private and government pathologists to be present and assist us in our investigations, ” he said.

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said he and other Pakatan Rakyat leaders would be meeting the MACC at 10am on Friday. Several Selangor executive council members were at the scene Thursday afternoon. Other DAP leaders at the MACC
headquarters are Ronnie Liu, Teng Chang Khim and Tony Pua.

On Wednesday, MACC officers seized a desktop computer belonging to the government as well as Teoh’s personal notebook when they raided Ean Yong’s office at the state secretariat building.

MACC investigation division director Shukri Abdull (right) told reporters that Teo was released at 3.45am but the deceased did not go home and was seen still loitering in the building.

“Nobody saw him after that until his body was found at around 1.30pm,” he said.

Kota Alam Shah assemblyperson M Manoharan, who accompanied Teoh to the MACC office yesterday was the last to see Teoh at around 7.00 p.m.

The MACC also raided the office of Kampung Tunku state assemblyperson Lau Weng San yesterday.

Apart from Ean and Lau, six other Pakatan elected representatives are also under investigation -, Teresa Kok (Kinrara), Hannah Yeoh (Subang), Elizabeth Wong (Bukit Lanjan), Dr Cheah Wing Yin (Damansara Utama) and Edward Lee (Bukit Gasing).

The commission had earlier questioned several people, including the personal aides of five assemblypersons – Ean, Lau, Kok, Wong and Yeoh. (*MySinchew* )

MySinchew 2009.07.16

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The Uighur Massacre: We don’t need your solidarity Al-Qaeda!

Media Statement 15th July 2009

The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia aligns itself with the rest of the world in condemning the recent unrest in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region caused by the Chinese Government’s mishandling of an alleged delicate internal matter. While we see that the root cause of this problem is simply human greed and arrogance, we strongly feel that there is no justification for the actions by the Chinese government in creating the conditions that caused the conflict and participating in fueling further the recent violence in Urumqi.

We are also extremely appalled by the apparent call for reprisals made by the Algerian-based offshoot of Al-Qaeda in Morocco (p.23 NST 15 July 2009) which does not in any way help to end the unrest. Violence begets violence; the only solution to this issue is through peaceful resolution and not conflicted approach. Al Qaeda and the likes are at best short-sighted and opportunistic political groups that have manipulated Muslim sentiments; their threat no longer originates from the secluded areas of the borderlands, but from its extremist symbolism that has long since metastasized to other organizations and individuals of the Muslim world.

Death totals and injury figures increase daily. The factory violence, rumors of this incident, and the government’s inaction, sparked an estimated 10,000 Uighur protestors to take to the streets in Urumqi. Heavy-handed policing toward Uighurs is thought to have played a role in turning the initially peaceful protests in Urumqi into violent riots. It is probable that the substantial influx of Han Chinese to the region has played a role in the current unrest. China’s Uighurs are undoubtedly amongst the most repressed peoples of the world.

Unlike the violent reaction called for by the Algerian-based offshoot of Al-Qaeda in Morocco, we reiterate the call by our fellow civil society organizations on the Chinese government:

• To allow external, impartial observers and journalists to report the unrest in an uncensored manner;

• To carry out an open and independent investigation into the ethnic clash and deaths that took place in Guangdong in late June.

• To deal with the protestors in a proportionate and even-handed manner and provide those arrested with fair trials in accordance with international standards. Adequate investigations on the circumstances surrounding all deaths should be carried out.

• To respect and provide opportunities for Uighurs to enjoy their human rights including their religious and cultural rights.

• To abandon the policy of changing the demography of the region through Han migration and trying to assimilate them into the Han community.

• To recognize and give effect to the right of self-determination of the Uighurs in accordance with international law and China’s own grant of autonomy to the region.

• To establish inter-ethnic goodwill councils to address inter-ethnic problems and promote unity through peaceful conflict resolution.

There is an extremely urgent need for the world community to end all the continued brutalities, murders and violence against Muslims and other minorities. Al-Qaeda’s response aggravates but does not alleviate. Our failure in this instance and like instances to do so reflects a condoning of violence and discrimination and proves that the mere passage of resolutions of condemnation is not the answer.

Azril Mohd Amin
Vice President Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia

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Urumqi Riot – Express your view to the Government of People’s Republic of China




Attached hereby is the link to the Embassy of People’s Republic of China in your country, express your feeling and concern over the fate of  Uighur people.   You may send it through email or by hand to the official at the Embassy.

Send your email NOW to the Embassies to remind them that world is watching  the matter closely.

CHINA should treat Uighur in a respectful manner.


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Desperate or Sincere? Najib and Muhyiddin went to Ijtima’ Tabligh


Muhyiddin: Foster Islamic brotherhood


NILAI: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday urged tabligh (a movement of Muslim missionaries) leaders to place emphasis on fostering Islamic brotherhood and strengthening unity. He also urged them to adopt a moderate attitude on their stand in the propagation of Islam.

“I am happy and honoured to be here,” he said after meeting tabligh leaders at the World Tabligh Assembly at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) quarters mosque near here.

Muyhiddin spent 45 minutes with the more than 200,000 delegates from the United States, Germany, France and India who are attending the gathering which began last Wednesday.

He was also briefed on the assembly by Syura Malaysia member, Sheikh Mohamad Sheikh Ali before joining them for zohor prayers.

“This is among the largest assemblies so far and I am thankful to have been here,” he said.

The assembly is the second Tabligh World Assembly to be held in Malaysia since Terengganu played host 27 years ago.

Later, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak spent time with the delegates attending the assembly.

Najib, who arrived at 5.10pm, joined the delegates for Asar prayers and later delivered a brief welcome speech.

He later had a 30-minute closed door dialogue (muzakarah) with the Syura members Sheikh Mohamadi.

Later, one of the delegates who attended the dialogue said the prime minister had asked them to pray for the country’s peace and unity.

“We did not discuss anything political.

“It was purely a discussion on how we should become closer to Allah and spend more time in prayer,” he said.

KARKUN should think how to bring them next to IPB (India Pakistan Bangladesh), to visit Tongi and Raiwind.  Najib is no more scared to SINDROM Qiamullail I guess…

Shahrul Peshawar


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Somalia donor alert

Deteriorating health situation in South and Central Somalia calls for urgent humanitarian action


The civil strife in Somalia has had a debilitating effect on the social services infrastructure particularly health, in the South and Central parts of the country. The widening of life threatening gaps between essential and life saving health services coverage are compounded by inadequate access to safe water and sanitation, increasingly eroded livelihoods, and mass displacement.

The increasing frequency of communicable disease outbreaks, rising rates of severe acute malnutrition, decreasing immunization rates, and other serious health risks for vulnerable groups, particularly women and children, are symptomatic of the poor coverage and quality of essential health care (including maternal, neonatal and child care), and shortages of life saving medicines and trauma supplies.

With the country already facing one of the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the world, the humanitarian health community is finding itself constrained by the health funding deficit, leaving a number of critical life saving health projects uninitiated and ongoing ones under threat of cessation.


A new wave of fighting in Mogadishu since early May 2009 has displaced approximately 200 000 people in addition to over 400 000 already displaced in and around Mogadishu and along the Afgooye Corridor.

There are approximately 105 Mother and Child Health Centres, 31 hospitals and five operational mobile clinics in the affected areas that function by receiving critical life-saving medicines, trauma supplies, financial support for health work force and basic operations from Health Cluster partners. These facilities are able to extend essential health services including maternal care, childhood immunizations and other life saving interventions to these internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Currently hospitals in Mogadishu are facing pressure on clinical and emergency surgical services. At least 650 people were injured in the last round of fighting. Medical facilities are overcrowded with insufficient safe water, poor hygiene and sanitation leading to a high risk of communicable disease outbreaks and an increase in avoidable death and disease. Pregnancy related complications, vaccine-preventable childhood illnesses, unmanaged chronic diseases, and complications of trauma are also a strong possibility.

As it is, confirmed cholera outbreaks have been reported in Lower Juba, Lower Shabelle, Bay, Mogadishu and the Afgooye corridor. Since 2007, significant gains have been made in reductions in the frequency (> 25%) and deaths (> 60%) from diarrheal diseases attributable mainly to pre-positioning of drug stocks and better surveillanceearly detection and out break response, health education and better coordination among health partners. These gains, however, are at serious risk of reversal and continued provision of essential health services in jeopardy due to an acute funding deficit.

Geographic areas

Southern Central Somalia (Lower Shabelle, Lower Juba, Bay, Mogadishu and areas in Afgooye corridor hosting IDPs).

Critical health needs

– Improve access and availability of skilled, and emergency obstetric care where and when required, during pregnancy and childbirth for IDPs and vulnerable host communities.

– Sustain the coverage of basic primary and secondary health care services including life saving drugs and other medical/trauma supplies, especially for expanding IDP camps and other informal settlements in remote areas.

– Improved surveillance, early detection and timely outbreak response capacities for communicable disease outbreaks (especially cholera).

– Immunization coverage for vaccinepreventable diseases, especially measles and tetanus.

– Clinical and emergency surgical services in Mogadishu.

For further details, contact:

OCHA Somalia
Kiki Gbeho, Head of Office


Health Cluster lead agency
Marthe Everard, WHO Representative Somalia

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Diambang pilihanraya…janji Manek Urai

161207 Bukit Kala 10

Celah mana pulak nak mansuhkan PPSMI – Kata mansuh hari nie tapi kena tunggu tahun 2012.  Nie nak MANSUH betul-betul atau nak MANEK URAI je…

2012 lama tu beb!  Mahu bertukar kerajaan dah waktu tu…  Inilah namanya cakap orang politik – halus dan sopan tapi penuh taktik licik dan sadis.

Lepas tu bila orang tanya kenapa lama sangat kena tunggu 2012 – jawabnya mudah aje – tak boleh buat terburu-buru… hmmm masa nak laksana dulu tu tak terburu-buru ke?  Udah hilang undi Melayu, udah hilang dua-tiga negeri, udah jatuh terbongkang barulah nak dengar kata orang di akar umbi…

Kalau nak mansuh – mansuhkan aje sekarang.  Terus buat reformasi pendidikan sekarang., tak payah “pledge” je tapi dalam hati niatnya entahkan apa… Entah nak bagi jadi atau entahkan tidak. 

Secara peribadi, aku melihat jangkamasa yang diberikan adalah tidak munasabah, ada berniat tidak baik dan tidak telus. 

Anak Nyatoh bangsanya kayu
Pastinya kayu ada berharga
Nak jatuh bahasa Melayu
Pastilah dia Melayu juga
Shahrul Peshawar
Alor Setar, Kedah

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G8 joint statement on global food security – L’Aquila Food Security Initiative (AFSI)

1. We, Heads of State, Government and International and Regional Organizations convened in L’Aquila, remain deeply concerned about global food security, the impact of the global financial and economic crisis and last year’s spike in food prices on the countries least able to respond to increased hunger and poverty. While the prices of food commodities have decreased since their peak of 2008, they remain high in historical terms and volatile. The combined effect of longstanding underinvestment in agriculture and food security, price trends and the economic crisis have led to increased hunger and poverty in developing countries, plunging more than a further 100 million people into extreme poverty and jeopardising the progress achieved so far in meeting the Millennium Development Goals. The number of people suffering from hunger and poverty now exceeds 1 billion.

2. There is an urgent need for decisive action to free humankind from hunger and poverty. Food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture must remain a priority issue on the political agenda, to be addressed through a cross-cutting and inclusive approach, involving all relevant stakeholders, at global, regional and national level. Effective food security actions must be coupled with adaptation and mitigation measures in relation to climate change, sustainable management of water, land, soil and other natural resources, including the protection of biodiversity.

3. We therefore agree to act with the scale and urgency needed to achieve sustainable global food security. To this end, we will partner with vulnerable countries and regions to help them develop and implement their own food security strategies, and together substantially increase sustained commitments of financial and technical assistance to invest in those strategies. Our action will be characterized by a comprehensive approach to food security, effective coordination, support for country-owned processes and plans as well as by the use of multilateral institutions whenever appropriate. Delivering on our commitments in a timely and reliable manner, mutual accountability and a sound policy environment are key to this effort. We see a comprehensive approach as including: increased agriculture productivity, stimulus to pre and post-harvest interventions, emphasis on private sector growth, smallholders, women and families, preservation of the natural resource base, expansion of employment and decent work opportunities, knowledge and training, increased trade flows, and support for good governance and policy reform.

4. Food security is closely connected with economic growth and social progress as well as with political stability and peace. The food security agenda should focus on agriculture and rural development by promoting sustainable production, productivity and rural economic growth. At the same time, coherent policies to foster economy-wide growth, which is inclusive and environmentally sustainable, are to be pursued in conjunction with social protection mechanisms such as safety nets and social policies for the most vulnerable. Our attention to promoting access to health care and education in rural areas will substantially contribute to productivity and economic growth and, as importantly, improve nutrition and food security. It is necessary to improve access to food through more equitable income generation and distribution, employment creation and income prospects in developing countries.

5. Sustained and predictable funding and increased targeted investments are urgently required to enhance world food production capacity. Commitments to increase ODA must be fulfilled. The tendency of decreasing ODA and national financing to agriculture must be reversed. We are committed to increase investments in short, medium and long term agriculture development that directly benefits the poorest and makes best use of international institutions. We support public-private partnerships with adequate emphasis on the development of infrastructure aimed at increasing resources for agriculture and improving investment effectiveness.

6. Access to adequate and affordable nutritious food is a critical aspect of food security. Emergency assistance will remain an important means through which national authorities, supported by WFP and other specialized Agencies, Funds and Programmes, together with non-governmental organizations, can provide help to people facing acute hunger. Delivering food, cash and vouchers through effective emergency assistance as well as through national safety-nets and nutrition schemes, such as food and cash for work, unconditional cash transfer programs, school feeding and mother-and-child nutrition programs, is an imperative goal. In the long-term, government led, cash based social protection systems and targeted nutrition interventions are needed to support the poorest and excluded populations. We call upon all nations to support these aims by providing sufficient, more predictable and flexible resources. We also call upon all countries to remove food export restrictions or extraordinary taxes, especially for food purchased for humanitarian purposes, and to consult and notify in advance before imposing any new restriction. The feasibility, effectiveness and administrative modalities of a system of stockholding in dealing with humanitarian food emergencies or as a means to limit price volatility need to be further explored. We call upon the relevant International Institutions to provide us with evidence allowing us to make responsible strategic choices on this specific issue.

7. Open trade flows and efficient markets have a positive role in strengthening food security. National and regional strategies should promote the participation of farmers, especially smallholders and women, into community, domestic, regional and international markets. Markets must remain open, protectionism rejected and factors potentially affecting commodity price volatility, including speculation, monitored and analysed further. We are therefore committed to reduce trade distortions and refrain from raising new barriers to trade and investment and from implementing WTO-inconsistent measures to stimulate exports. To this end, we aim at an ambitious, comprehensive and balanced conclusion of the Doha Development Round and call for renewed, determined efforts to bring it to a timely and successful conclusion. We are committed to improve access to information, promote conducive business environments and investment in rural infrastructure, such as transportation, processing, storage facilities and irrigation schemes.

8. Strengthening global and local governance for food security is key to defeating hunger and malnutrition, as well as to promote rural development. Improved global governance should build on existing International Organizations and International Financial Institutions, making use of their comparative advantage, enhancing their coordination and effectiveness and avoiding duplications. To this end, we support the UN High Level Task

Force on the Global Food Security Crisis. At the same time, we support the fundamental reform processes underway in the FAO, the Committee on World Food Security, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research and the global agricultural research system through the Global Forum on Agricultural Research.

9. By joining efforts with partners and relevant stakeholders around the world, we can together design and implement an effective food security strategy, with priority on the world’s poorest regions. We agree to support a global effort whose core principles are country ownership and effectiveness. We pledge to advance by the end of 2009 – consistent with our other actions aimed at an improved global governance for food security – the implementation of the Global Partnership for Agriculture and Food Security. Its mission includes enhancing cooperation in achieving global food security, promoting better coordination at the country level and ensuring that local and regional interests are duly voiced and considered. We intend that the Global Partnership will count on a reformed and effective Committee on World Food Security involving all relevant stakeholders, including Governments, International and Regional Organisations, IFIs, civil society and farmers organizations, the private sector and scientific community.

10. We support the implementation of country and regional agricultural strategies and plans through country-led coordination processes, consistent with the Accra Agenda for Action and leveraging on the Comprehensive Framework for Action of the UN High Level Task Force and on existing donor coordination mechanisms. Building on the experience of FAO, IFAD and other Agencies, special focus must be devoted to smallholder and women farmers and their access to land, financial services, including microfinance and markets. Sustained efforts and investments are necessary for enhancing agricultural productivity and for livestock and fisheries development. Priority actions should include improving access to better seeds and fertilizers, promoting sustainable management of water, forests and natural resources, strengthening capacities to provide extension services and risk management instruments, and enhancing the efficiency of food value chains. In this regard, the increased involvement of civil society and private sector is a key factor of success. Investment in and access to education, research, science and technologies should be substantially strengthened at national, regional and international level. Their dissemination, as well as the sharing of information and best practices including through North-South, South-South and Triangular cooperation, is essential to promote knowledge-based policy and national capacity. We recognize the opportunities and challenges associated with renewable energy production from biomasses. Related investment should be promoted in a sustainable way compatible with our food security goals.

11. In Africa, NEPAD’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) is an effective vehicle for ensuring that resources are targeted to a country’s plans and priorities. Local ownership must begin with the national political will to develop and implement comprehensive food security strategies, based on sound scientific evidence, inclusive consultation, domestic investment and clear directions. We also acknowledge the positive contribution of African-led public-private partnership such as the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. We commit to provide resources – whether financial, in-kind or technical assistance – in support of CAADP and other similar regional and national plans in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia.

12. We are determined to translate these principles into action and take all the necessary measures to achieve global food security. We will aim at substantially increasing aid to agriculture and food security including through multiyear resource commitments. In this respect, we welcome the commitments made by countries represented at L’Aquila towards a goal of mobilizing $20 billion over three years through this coordinated, comprehensive strategy focused on sustainable agriculture development, while keeping a strong commitment to ensure adequate emergency food aid assistance. We encourage other countries and private actors to join in the common effort towards global food security through a coherent approach. We are determined to improve coordination of financing mechanisms and stand ready to ensure that new resources complement existing facilities and programmes and catalyse additional funds around country-owned strategies, in particular to increase food production, improve access to food and empower smallholder farmers to gain access to enhanced inputs, technologies, credit and markets.

L’Aquila 10 July 2009

The Joint Statement on Global Food Security (“L’Aquila Food Security Initiative”) is endorsed by the G8 and by Algeria, Angola, Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Libya (Presidency of the African Union), Mexico, The Netherlands, Nigeria, People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Senegal, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, Commission of the African Union, FAO, IEA, IFAD, ILO, IMF, OECD, The Secretary General’s UN High Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis, WFP, The World Bank, WTO who attended the food security session at the G8 Summit in L’Aquila on 10 July 2009 and by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Bioversity/Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), Global Donor Platform for Rural Development , Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR).

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UN humanitarian chief: We are at a critical moment

 Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Date: 10 Jul 2009 (Islamabad/New York, 10 July 2009):

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) John Holmes today briefed the press in Islamabad on the last day of his mission to Pakistan.

On his first visit to the country in his current capacity as Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Holmes expressed his appreciation for the cooperation of the Government of Pakistan in helping meet the needs of those displaced in recent months.

“The Government of Pakistan and the humanitarian community have done a commendable job in the circumstances in tackling a massive and very rapid displacement crisis,” he said, pointing to the provision of food, water, sanitation and health care, among other necessities, to up to two million people.

He stressed, however, that more is required to reach all those in need. While it is easier to reach those in camps, 90% of the displaced are elsewhere, in schools or other public buildings, and with host families. Acknowledging the generosity and selflessness of host communities, he said that more had to be done in particular to help both the displaced and their hosts in these situations.

This could be seen in his trip to the village of Jamal Garhi, in Mardan district, where there were as many displaced people as residents, and in one case, one family was hosting some 95 displaced people. The ERC lauded the fortitude of the displaced, saying that he was astonished at their “resilience and ability to cope under very difficult circumstances.

I was struck,” he said, “by the many, many children I saw, who are living in abnormal and unfamiliar situations but who are trying to lead normal lives as children despite that. They and their families are in need of urgent help right now, and we will need to help them live even better lives later,” he concluded. The ERC focused particularly on the timing and nature of the return of the displaced.

In Buner district, officials had told him that already, more than half of the displaced had returned. Mr. Holmes said that, from his own observations during his trip to Buner, normal life did appear to be resuming to some extent. He said that the situation in other districts, where the UN has so far had no access due to security concerns, was harder to assess.

The UN supported the desirability of returns as soon as possible, and people wanted to return as soon as they can. At the same time, Mr. Holmes underlined that returns must be genuinely voluntary, and that conditions on the ground must be right, including security and the restoration of basic services.

In the meantime, preparations continue for the monsoon season and for further displacement that may come as other military operations are undertaken. Mr. Holmes emphasized the need for respect for International Humanitarian Law in all cases, and stressed that the attention of the media and donors continues to be vital.

“We are at a critical moment. The suffering we see here is every bit as real and as deserving of help as suffering we see elsewhere,” he said. “I therefore urge the donor community to respond generously.” Mr. Holmes also met the President of Pakistan, Asif Zardari, civil society, non-government organisations and donors on 10 July.

He leaves Pakistan on 11 July.

For further information, please call:

OCHA Pakistan: Stephanie Bunker, mobile +92 300 850 2397,;
OCHA New York: Nicholas Reader, +1 212 963 4961, mobile +1 646 752 3117,
OCHA-Geneva: Vanessa Huguenin, +41 22 917 1891,
OCHA press releases are available at or
For more information about CERF, please see

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