Monthly Archives: June 2010

Pudu Jel… tiada lagi nostalgia

Nak kata selalu aku ke Pudu Jel, tak lah jugak, cuma semasa sekolah menengah dulu, hari-hari aku lalu pudu jel bila nak balik rumah.  Aku balik rumah naik dua bas, satu dari Kg. Pandan, turun di Cahaya Suria, pastu ambik bas pegi Sentul pulak, aku sekolah kat Aminuddin Baki…

Aku aktif dengan Pengakap, 18 Kuala Lumpur Bandar tu… jadinya hujung minggu selalu gak aku lepak kat Kem Pelanduk, kat sebelah jalan keretapi tu… kem ni dibawah kelolaan Cikgu Aziz Majid (salah sorang yang kena tawan dalam Peristiwa Tawanan Penjara Pudu tahun 80 an dulu dengan geng banduan dari Singapura tu).

Kat sebelah luar penjara nie, ada sebuah Masjid kecil, aku pernah gak solat jumaat kat sini.  Aku ingat lagi senario bila dinding penjara nie dilukis oleh banduan, ramai warden jaga banduan yang tengah melukis tu.. pemandangan yang dilukis segar sekali.

Masa aku ikut Kursus Asas Bomba dengan Balai Bomba Jalan Hang Tuah sekitar tahun 1988 kalau tak silap, aku bermalam kat Kem Pelanduk ni jugak.  Enjoy duduk kat Kem nie, di celah-celah bangunan batu bata boleh terselit sebuah kem pengakap, cuma tak de sungai yang boleh mandi saja…

Dari Aminuddin Baki, yang selalu lepak kat sini, batch aku lah… antaranya Sutan Mustaffa, Husni, Baba (nama cina dia aku tak ingat)… 

Pada aku, Penjara Pudu, paling tidak – tinggalkan sedikit kenangan sebagai pengajaran dan peringatan kepada generasi baru.  Dengan usianya yang panjang dan historik tu tak keterlaluan kalau kita jadikan sebagai salah satu monumen sejarah.  Di luar negara, penjara dimana berlakunya kekejaman rejim-rejim tertentu terhadap rakyat dijadikan tapak lawatan – boleh jual tiket, adalah sedikit pendapatan untuk tampung kos harian.  Ada menteri kata tak ada apa yang boleh dibanggakan dengan Penjara Pudu – pandai gak menteri bercakap rupanya… yang ISA tu apa pulak yang boleh dibanggakan wahai pak menteri? bangang.

Sekali Pengakap terus Pengakap

Shahrul Peshawar, cuma yang lecehnya sekarang nie, ramai orang politik nak masuk pengakap… ini bukan pengakap tapi perangkap.

Kredit gambar kepada Mahathir Abd. Latiff, thanks bro.

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ancaman JI… betul ke? rakyat dah banyak kali dibohongi…

betul ke ada ancaman JI?  macam citer hantu kom-kom je..  semacam nak mengadakan ala-ala Memali siri ke 2 pulak… tak pun nak buat episod Sauk part 2.

ini macam nak pilihanraya aje… nak tarik undi orang bukan Islam dan bukan Melayu. 

Pada pengamatan aku, JI nie muncul selepas keterbukaan sebuah parti politik di Malaysia yang sebelum ini dilabel sebagai ekstrimis dan jumud, tertutup dan beku untuk menerima mereka yang belum muslim menjadi ahli bersekutunya.

Ancaman JI atau terroris adalah salah satu label yang boleh menyebabkan orang melarikan diri dan tak mahu turut serta dengan mana-mana organisasi.  Ini teori akulah.  Tapi, ianya juga adalah satu label lama yang dah lapuk… menjadi sebahagian dari versi lapuk warisan penjajah yang masih diwarisi.  Ingat tuduhan dan label “lanun” yang diberikan British kepada orang Bugis? 

Ingat lagi label pengkhianat yang diberikan kepada Tok Janggut, Mat Kilau, Dato’ Bahaman, Dato Dol Said, Dato Maharajalela, Si Puntung dan lain-lain lagi?  Siapa yang berikan label ini? Kenapa ia diberikan?  Tidak lain gelaran ini diberi oleh pemerintah ketika itu kerana mereka menentang sistem dan caragaya yang ingin dipaksakan kepada rakyat terbanyak.

Aku tak pertikaikan inteligentsia pihak-pihak tertentu.  Aku cuma risaukan campurtangan “tangan busuk” (bukan tangan ghaib) dalam hal ini.  Yang bakal menyebabkan pihak-pihak tertentu dipandang leceh dan lekeh oleh rakyat.  Apa tidaknya, perkara yang berbentuk dan mempunyai bukti terang seperti pedagang haram CD cetak rompak dan Dadah asyik terlepas dan kemudian kembali membuat jenayah yang sama tidak pernah dapat dicekup dan dihukum tetapi tiba-tiba sesuatu yang tidak berjasad, cuma dikatakan “ideologi”, lebih kepada tanggapan dan syak wasangka hendak dijadikan suatu ancaman kepada negara – nampak sangat tidak lojik dan ada kepentingan tertentu yang hendak di selewengkan…

Kedai Urut “Haram” pun ada bersepah tak diselesaikan lagi… entahlah… mungkin mati nanti korang tak disoal atas penyelewengan dan pemesongan fakta yang dilakukan… wallahualam.

Shahrul Peshawar, JM (Jemaah Masjid)

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Displacement inside Kyrgyzstan reaches 300,000 Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

 Date: 17 Jun 2010

Some 300,000 people are now estimated to be internally displaced in Kyrgyzstan, according to information from the Kyrgyz Interim Government and non-governmental organizations on the ground. While many among this population are being sheltered by family and host communities, it is also estimated that at least 40,000 people are in need of shelter.

The Kyrgyz authorities are trying to restore law and order, and have reported that some 180 people have been killed and a further 1,900 injured. The situation in Osh and nearby villages appears to be volatile. Sporadic clashes have reportedly taken place around the town of Jalal-Abad and the situation there is tense. Many families have left from Osh and Jalal-Abad to Bishkek and other areas, fearing further violence.

UNHCR and other UN humanitarian agencies currently have no access to southern Kyrgyzstan. Despite this absence UNHCR has made available its stocks of relief items to ICRC for distribution to some 10,000 displaced people in Osh. A UN security assessment in the south is underway today. UNHCR hopes this assessment will allow operations to commence in some areas in Osh. A UNHCR airlift to Kyrgyzstan is scheduled to begin this weekend. Two planes loaded with 80 tonnes of relief from UNHCR’s emergency stockpile in Dubai will bring assistance for 15,000 people.

Members of an emergency response team are already in country or en route to Kyrgyzstan. Additional staff are being deployed to help respond to the unfolding humanitarian crisis. Meanwhile, the government of Uzbekistan has been providing assistance and shelter to an estimated 100,000 refugees who have fled spiraling violence in Kyrgyzstan.

The influx has been mainly to Andijan province where some 80,000 people have arrived since last Friday. The provinces of Fergana and Namangan host some 8,000 and 3,500 people respectively. Most of the displaced are being accommodated in schools, warehouses and in several sports centres. The freshly arrived refugee population in Uzbekistan is in need of additional humanitarian support including water, food and shelter.

The UNHCR emergency airlift to Uzbekistan that began on Wednesday, continues today (Thursday 17 June) with further flights having landed in Andijan, bringing the total aid delivered so far to 160 tonnes. Another two flights to Andijan are scheduled for tomorrow (Friday 18 June). UNHCR plans to complete the deployment of its emergency response team in Uzbekistan by Sunday. Some members of the response team are already on the ground.

The total value of UNHCR’s humanitarian assistance to both Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan amounts so far to over USD 2.5 million.

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Kyrgyz & Uzbek clashes in OSH… no one wins…

No one wins… what a waste.

Shahrul Peshawar

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Few refugees opt to go home

GENEVA – ONLY 251,000 of the world’s 15 million refugees returned to their home countries last year, the lowest rate in two decades, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo forced many refugees from those countries to stay put last year.

Other crises that had appeared to be abating, such as in Iraq and southern Sudan, also proved stubbornly stagnant in 2009, discouraging uprooted people from returning home, Guterres said in a statement accompanying a UNHCR report.

‘Already a majority of the world’s refugees have been living as refugees for five years or more,’ the former Portuguese prime minister said. ‘Inevitably, that proportion will grow if fewer refugees are able to go home.’ About 1 million refugees normally voluntarily repatriate every year, according to the UNHCR.

The world’s overall number of refugees – defined as those who flee conflict or persecution across international borders – was stable last year at 15.2 million.

Over the last decade, at least 1.3 million refugees have been naturalised in another country, more than half of them in the United States. — REUTERS

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kembalinya Ust. Hassan Shukri

 

Al Fatihah

Semoga ALlah merahmati beliau. 

Masa aku tinggal di Padang Balang dulu, selalu jumpa Al Marhum, terutama bila solat di Surau Taman Melewar ataupun ketika program di Markas Taman Melewar.

Last sekali jumpa Ust. Hassan ialah di PUTIK semalam.

Shahrul Peshawar

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stop ethnic genocide in Osh! Uzbek & Kyrgyz are brothers

Why should this happened?  Is there any invisible hands involved? or is there any provocateur taking advantage on the newly formed interim government? 

I was in Osh somewhere in 1995, a very nice place full with nice people, located in Ferghana Valley, the bed of Islamic movement in the region.  Stop fighting, concentrate on nation building.

Shahrul Peshawar, Kota Bharu

Kyrgyzstan asks Russia to help quell ethnic clashes

By Hulkar Isamova Hulkar Isamova 1 hr 36 mins ago

OSH, Kyrgyzstan (Reuters) – Kyrgyzstan appealed for Russia’s help on Saturday to stop ethnic fighting that has killed at least 75 and left parts of its second-largest city in flames, the worst violence since the president was toppled in April.

The interim government in Kyrgyzstan, which hosts U.S. and Russian military bases, said it was powerless to stop armed gangs from burning down the homes and businesses of ethnic Uzbeks in parts of Osh. Gun battles raged throughout the night.

Violence and shooting spread to the neighboring region of Jalalabad, scene of deadly clashes last month.

“We need the entry of outside armed forces to calm the situation down,” interim government leader Roza Otunbayeva told reporters. “We have appealed to Russia for help and I have already signed such a letter for President Dmitry Medvedev.”

Russia said now was not the time to intervene.

“It is an internal conflict and for now Russia does not see the conditions for taking part in its resolution,” Natalya Timakova, Medvedev’s spokeswoman, was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

Kyrgyzstan, a poor former Soviet state of 5.3 million people, declared a state of emergency in Osh and several rural districts early on Friday after rival ethnic gangs fought each other with guns, iron bars and petrol bombs.

Renewed turmoil in Kyrgyzstan will fuel concern in Russia, the United States and neighbor China. Washington uses an air base at Manas in the north of the country, about 300 km (190 miles) from Osh, to supply its forces in Afghanistan.

The Kyrgyz Health Ministry said at least 75 people had been killed — six of them in Jalalabad — and nearly 1,000 wounded in the violence in the southerly power base of former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, deposed by a popular revolt.

Otunbayeva said the eventual toll was likely to be greater.

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Otunbayeva accused supporters of Bakiyev — like her, an ethnic Kyrgyz — of stoking the violence to disrupt her government’s plans to hold a national referendum on June 27 to vote on changes to the constitution.

“This event shows that the push by these people to turn backwards is extraordinarily great,” she said.

She added more reinforcements would be sent to Osh. The interim government has already deployed troops and armored vehicles and declared a night-time curfew in Osh, to no avail.

The curfew was extended to Jalalabad region on Saturday.

“There is shooting, clashes. People are gathering … trying to build blocks, barricades. The police are patrolling,” government spokesman Farid Niyazov said of Jalalabad.

“These are echoes of the events in Osh.”

Interim government deputy chairman Omurbek Tekebayev called for peace between the Uzbeks and the Kyrgyz, saying they are “brotherly nations” who share a religion and similar languages.

The Uzbek Foreign Ministry expressed “great concern” about the events in Osh, saying there were “reasons to conclude that such events are organized, managed and provocational.”

A Reuters correspondent in Osh said gun battles were still taking place in an Uzbek neighborhood. Gas was shut off to Osh and some neighborhoods had no electricity.

“Everywhere is burning: Uzbek homes, restaurants and cafes. The whole town is covered in smoke,” said local human rights worker Dilmurad Ishanov, an ethnic Uzbek.

“We don’t need the Kyrgyz authorities. We need Russia. We need troops. We need help.”

The European Union said it would send its special representative for Central Asia, Pierre Morel.

Asked about possible Russian help, an EU spokesman said, “We would welcome any effort from one of our international partners to help the situation in Kyrgyzstan.”

Otunbayeva said Osh was also facing a humanitarian crisis as food was running out. She said her government had decided to open the border to Uzbekistan to allow fleeing Uzbeks to escape, although it was not clear who controlled the frontier.

One witness said some women and children had made it across to the Uzbek town of Marhamat, 60 km (38 miles) from Osh, and camps had been set up for those without family in Uzbekistan.

Russia offered humanitarian aid and sent in a helicopter with doctors to fly out some of the wounded, the Kremlin said.

ETHNIC VIOLENCE

Kyrgyzstan, which won independence with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, has been in turmoil since the revolt that toppled Bakiyev on April 7, kindling fears of civil war.

Supporters of Bakiyev, now in exile in Belarus, briefly seized government buildings in the south on May 13, defying Otunbayeva’s central authorities in Bishkek.

The latest clashes are the worst ethnic violence since 1990, when then-Kremlin leader Mikhail Gorbachev sent in Soviet troops after hundreds of people were killed in and around Osh.

This time, Russia said it would discuss the situation within in the security bloc of former Soviet republics known as the Collective Security Treaty Organization on Monday.

Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan intertwine in the Fergana Valley. While Uzbeks make up 14.5 percent of the Kyrgyz population, the two groups are roughly equal in the Osh and Jalalabad regions.

The government now faces a major test in trying to reassert control, said Lilit Gevorgyan at IHS Global Insight, “The explosive combination of a counter-revolution and an ethnic conflict poses the greatest threat to the future of the Kyrgyz revolution.”

(Additional reporting by Olga Dzyubenko in Bishkek, Robin Paxton in Almaty, Toni Vorobyova in Moscow and Philip Blenkinsop in Brussels; Writing by Robin Paxton; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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