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Gong Xi Fa Cai – Selamat Tahun Naga (air)

My Chinese friend told me this year will be a very cold year, many disasters based on water will emerge… Hopefully with our consistent prayer, those disasters wouldnt happen here in Malaysia.

Wallahualam, Shahrul Peshawar

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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

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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.

http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/wjb/zwjg/2490/default.htm

CHINA should treat Uighur in a respectful manner.

SHAHRUL PESHAWAR

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URUMQI RIOT – do not supress the Uighurs

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Uighur are being treated as a second class citizen and received the same harassment as Tibetian.

This is a systematic ethnic cleansing campaign by the China government to wipe out or at least to outnumbered the Uighur by exporting Han ethnic to their land, Xinjiang.  For thousand of years, the world knew that Xinjiang that lies in the Turkistan was the land and place of the Uighur and any attempt to break the majority will definately end with bloody campaign.

The process of bringing other ethnic to mix up with local ethnic is a tactic of multiple regime in the world to ensure continuous support and to stop nationalism from getting support.  Some succeed but some failed.

Another issue, the uprising of the Uighurs had been blanket by the government of China as the movement of terrorist or Islamic resistance.   By claiming that, they hope the world and the western media especially will not look into the matter deeper.  It is a cheap and dirty tactics to surpress its own citizen. 

The absence of international media in Xinjiang will be the golden opportunity for the government to launch the same scale or even worst ethnic cleansing than Bosnian war.  I have doubt that the police and military will protect the Uighurs, China record on handling crisis and uprising is not good at all.

China is using various NGOs and pro-China media to cover up the bloody riot in Urumqi as a terrorist plot to the topple the legitimate government.   They critisize western medias as being bias in reporting and supporting terrorism.  This propaganda game is well orchestrated and being monitored to ensure the world not to get the real story happenned on the ground.

I demand that the government of China to stop torturing and opressing Uighur Muslim and to stop transporting immigrant Han to the Xinjiang Land immediately.

Shahrul Peshawar, Alor Setar

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Eavesdropping on a slave trader

RANGOON, Feb 15 — Her glasses were Gucci and her bag YSL. The smart Burmese businesswoman was perched neatly on a sofa in the lobby of a Rangoon hotel, delivering her sales patter to a small group of businessmen.

Her product? Human beings.

“We supply only strong bodies,” she says crisply. “That is our guarantee.’” I am sitting at the next table using the hotel Wi-Fi, and, as she speaks in clear English, I am drawn into a world of desperation and exploitation.

The woman is a supplier of workers for deep-sea trawlers, and her stock of men come from Burma’s beautiful but impoverished Inle Lake area, where fishing the tranquil waters no longer makes enough to feed a family.

“These are just simple fishermen; they are not educated, but what we promise you is strong bodies,” she says, using a phrase she repeats again and again.

It appears the businesswoman’s potential customers are middlemen, probably Chinese. Through a translator, they discuss placing the men on boats in the South China Sea, trawling for tuna.

First, they will be flown to a Chinese city. In echoes of the slave trade, she describes a selection process worthy of a livestock market. In a 21st century twist, she does so with the aid of pictures on her notebook PC.

“We make them stand in the sun for one hour,” she says. “In the middle of the day when it is very hot. We see how they manage, if they look uncomfortable.” The group leans in to see the pictures on her computer.

“We make them carry 20kg, like this,” she continues, showing them photographs I cannot see. “For deep-sea fishing, they may need to carry very big fish for long distances across the ship.”

Then comes the seasickness test. “We put them in here,” the woman says, but I can’t see the picture. I think it must be an enclosed truck or some sort of container on water. “Then we start to move them around. If they are sick or find it hard to breathe we don’t select them. This is how we select the best bodies.”

The group nods. The images of Burma’s Rohingya boat people, fleeing oppression only to be allegedly abused and cast adrift by the Thai military, has drawn international attention to the plight of one of the world’s most downtrodden people.

The Muslim Rohingya face particular persecution in military-ruled Burma, but throughout the country, impoverished men and women who see no future at home are embarking on risky journeys abroad in search of an income for their families.

During the eavesdropping session, I learn more about the business. The fishermen are to earn US$2,400 (RM8,640) a year, an enticing wage in Burma, where average rural incomes are about US$300 (RM1,080) a year.

But their rights are few, and they are expected to work very long hours for their money. “During the high season, they can work 23 hours a day,” says the saleswoman. “Then in the low season they can relax a little and rest.”

Any fee the agent wishes from the salaries is up to them, the woman says, and the fishermen should only be paid every six months “in case they fall sick, or violate the contract”, she said.

Finally, one of the businessmen appears to ask a question about the welfare of the fishermen. The saleswoman suggests there should be an area on board the ships for the fishermen to live and cook, and says that those who operate machinery should get a bonus.

“We hope they can make money to help their families,” she says, smiling, and the group nods again.

Hit by the global recession and the mismanagement and neglect of Burma’s ruling generals, in power for nearly 50 years, the country’s farmers and fishermen are suffering as never before, say aid workers.

“The agricultural sector, which employs 80% of the population, is imploding,” said Kerren Hedlund, an adviser to a consortium of aid agencies in Rangoon. “People are getting into greater and greater debt to finance a livelihood that’s not possible.”

In the cities, there is high unemployment, frequent power cuts and ever-climbing prices for food and basic goods. Most people try to scratch a living in the informal economy or the black market.

A lack of opportunity has driven millions of Burma’s young people on dangerous journeys to Southeast Asia’s wealthier nations. They sneak across the border to Thailand, to work illegally as domestic help, labourers, or in the fish-processing industry.

Many young men make perilous sea voyages in the hope of reaching Malaysia, paying agents hundreds of dollars for places on rickety boats.

If they make it, construction work is relatively well-paid, but migrant workers run the risk of abuse at the hands of employers and the authorities.

The migrants live simply, and try to send all the money they can back home. “There is a huge exodus of people from Burma,” said Debbie Stothard, of the Bangkok-based Burma lobby group Altsean.

“It is a land of no opportunity. The only way people can survive is to have a family member overseas, sending money home.” — The Independent

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/world/18406-eavesdropping-on-a-slave-trader

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ULASAN PANDANGAN TUN MAHATHIR TENTANG PPSMI

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Pandangan Tun Dr. Mahathir dalam Wacana Dilema Melayu anjuran GAPENA baru-baru ini bahawa PPSMI patut diteruskan tidaklah memeranjatkan kerana beliaulah pencetus, pemutus dan pelaksananya. Tun masih dengan dengan sikap biasanya yang tidak sesekali berubah atau berpatah balik apabila telah membuat keputusan.

 

Isunya ialah bahawa hujah Tun merupakan hujah yang tergelincir daripada hakikatnya. Dalam laporan Bernama, Tun mengatakan bahawa PPSMI penting agar anak-anak Melayu menguasai sains dan matematik dan sekali gus meningkatkan penguasaan bahasa Inggeris. Ketika Tun membuat keputusan untuk melaksanakan PPSMI, tiada kajian yang dibuat yang menunjukkan bahawa kelemahan penguasaan sains dan matematik dalam kalangan pelajar Melayu (jika benar anak-anak Melayu begitu lemah  dalam kedua-dua subjek itu) disebabkan oleh pengajarannya dalam bahasa Melayu. Kita malah sebenarnya telah melahirkan ribuan sarjana dalam bidang sains dan teknologi yang berwibawa dan bertaraf antarabangsa melalui Dasar Pendidikan Kebangsaan yang berteraskan bahasa Melayu.

 

Adakah Tun bermaksud bahawa Dasar Bahasa Kebangsaan dan Dasar Pendidikan Kebangsaan yang digubal dan dilaksanakan oleh Kerajaan sejak merdeka merupakan dasar negara yang silap? Jika benar, adakah kesilapan itu patut diatasi dengan suatu keputusan yang bersifat ad hoc, dengan membuat keputusan pada tahun 2002 dan terus melaksanakannya pada tahun 2003?

 

Tun menekankan bahawa bahasa Inggeris patut dijadikan bahasa penghantar sains dan matematik kerana bahan ilmu kedua-dua bidang itu banyak tertulis atau terbit dalam bahasa Inggeris. Fakta itu tidak cukup kuat untuk kerajaan mengetepikan peranan bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa penghantar sains dan matematik kerana bahasa Inggeris itu sendiri asalnya hanya bahasa vernakular, bukan bahasa yang diturunkan dari langit sedia sempurna. Sebelum bahasa Inggeris menjadi bahasa besar, orang Eropah bergantung pada bahasa Latin dan bahasa Perancis dalam bidang ilmu, pentadbiran, undang-undang dan ekonomi.

 

Demikianlah maka bahasa Melayu perlu diberi waktu untuk menjadi mantap semula sebagai bahasa ilmu, termasuk dalam bidang sains dan teknologi. Amat malang halnya apabila kita sendiri tidak mempunyai perancangan dan kesediaan untuk menjadikan bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa sains dan teknologi, dan cukup sekadar puas hati menyaksikan bahasa Melayu menjadi bahasa percakapan, seperti yang dibanggakan oleh Tun tentang kebolehannya menggunakan bahasa Melayu walaupun belajar di sekolah Inggeris. Kita perlu membedakan taraf bahasa ilmu daripada bahasa perhubungan sehari-hari jika kita mengimpikan bahasa Melayu menjadi bahasa besar pada masa hadapan. Tentulah aib bagi bangsa Melayu yang berhasrat menjadi bangsa besar di dunia tetapi hanya memiliki bahasa perhubungan sehari-hari dan untuk hal ehwal ilmu dan budaya tinggi terpaksa menggunakan bahasa asing.

 

Hujah Tun bahawa bangsa Arab menjadi maju kerana mempelajari bahasa Greek untuk menguasai sains dan teknologi juga ternyata meleset. Mempelajari bahasa asing dan menggunakan bahasa asing untuk mengembangkan ilmu kepada masyarakat atau bangsa merupakan dua hal yang sama sekali berbeda. Maka itu tidak ada pejuang bahasa manapun yang menolak hakikat pentingnya kita mempelajari dan menguasai bahasa asing sebagai jambatan ilmu dan tamadun. Namun, PPSMI bukan program pemelajaran bahasa asing, sebaliknya program pengembangan ilmu kepada bangsa kita dalam bahasa asing!

Pada hakikatnya, orang Arab yang mempelajari dan menguasai bahasa Greek ialah para sarjananya, sementara ilmu kepada masyarakat dan bangsanya dikembangkan dalam bahasa Arab.

 

Hal yang sama dilakukan oleh bangsa-bangsa Barat yang memperoleh pelbagai disiplin ilmu daripada sarjana Arab. Mereka mempelajari dan menguasai bahasa Arab untuk memindahkan ilmu dalam bahasa Arab ke dalam bahasa mereka sendiri. Oleh itu bangsa Barat tidak menggunakan bahasa Arab untuk mengembangkan ilmu kepada bangsa mereka, tetapi sebaliknya menggunakan bahasa mereka sendiri. Itulah hakikat jalan sejarah perkembangan tamadun di dunia. Seluruh bangsa dan negara yang besar dan maju di dunia sekarang ini pun masih tetap memajukan bangsa dan negara mereka dalam bahasa masing-masing. Angkasawan kita yang ditumpangkan dalam Soyuz Rusia pun terpaksa beberapa bulan mempelajari bahasa Rusia untuk mengikuti misi ke angkasa perlepas. Kekuatan bahasa Inggerisnya rupa-rupanya belum cukup melayakkan dia untuk diterima mengikuti misi tersebut!

 

Tun turut menggunakan contoh yang silap apabila mengatakan bahawa buku panduan atau manual telefon bersel yang dicetak dalam bahasa Inggeris oleh pengeluar menyebabkan ilmu sains yang diajarkan dalam bahasa Melayu menjadi tidak berguna. Bukankah buku panduan itu dapat diterjemahkan ke dalam bahasa Melayu, atau pelajar kita yang diajar dengan baik bahasa Inggerisnya dapat memahami buku panduan dalam bahasa Inggeris itu. Mungkin Tun belum pernah melihat adanya telefon bersel yang panduannya ditulis dalam bahasa Melayu pada perisian telefon itu sendiri! Pokoknya, apabila sesuatu bangsa berilmu, bahasa sumber ilmu itu bukanlah masalah yang besar.

 

Sebagaimana pendukung PPSMI yang lain, Tun mengulang lagu lama bahawa penggunaan bahasa Inggeris dalam pengajaran sains dan matematik bukan langkah meminggirkan bahasa Melayu. Namun, dengan terang di hadapan mata kita bahawa apabila bahasa Melayu akan hanya berfungsi pada sekitar 40 peratus atau kurang di sekolah dan sekitar 30 peratus atau kurang di IPT, maka amat jelas bahawa bahasa Melayu memang terpinggir dan tidak berperanan sebagai bahasa pengantar utama dalam sistem pendidikan negara, sebagaimana yang ditetapkan dalam Dasar Pendidikan Kebangsaan dan Akta Pendidikan 1961 dan Akta Pendidikan 1996.

 

Pada hemat saya, manfaatkanlah pepatah kita yang berbunyi “Sesat di hujung jalan balik ke pangkal jalan”. Kita belum pun sesat sehingga di hujung jalan, maka tidaklah sulit untuk kembali ke pangkal jalan, iaitu melaksanakan semua program pembangunan negara dengan berlandaskan dasar-dasar negara yang telah difikirkan, dirancang dan dilaksanakan dengan jayanya selama ini. Usahlah kita mengalami nasib “Yang dikejar tak dapat, yang dikendong berciciran”. Ingatlah juga kata orang tua-tua “Sesal dahulu pendapatan, sesal kemudian tiada gunanya”.

 

Prof. Dr Awang Sariyan

Penyandang Kursi Pengajian Melayu Malaysia – China

Universiti Pengajian Asing Beijing

 

25 November 2008.

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10,000 Chinese children still sick from milk

BEIJING – More than 10,000 children remained hospitalized after being sickened in China‘s tainted milk scandal, eight of whom were in serious condition, officials said.

The Health Ministry said in a statement on its Web site Wednesday that 10,666 children were in hospitals after drinking milk powder contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine, which can lead to kidney stones and possibly life-threatening kidney failure.

No new deaths have been recorded, it said. The scandal has so far been blamed for the deaths of four babies and the sickening of about 54,000 others in China.

But the effects of the scandal continue to be felt, forcing the government to deal with festering health and public relations issues. China’s food exports have increasingly suffered, with more nations issuing import bans.

Singapore’s food safety agency said Thursday it found traces of melamine in three more Chinese-made products. The authority said the chemical was detected in samples of blueberry and chocolate flavored Cadbury Choclairs and Panda Dairy-brand Whole Milk Powder imported from China.

Also on Thursday, Hong Kong‘s Centre for Food Safety said in a statement it found melamine in EDO Pack Almond Cacao Biscuit Sticks produced by Hong Kong company EDO Trading Co.

Philippine Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said at a meeting of health ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Manila that member nations should strengthen regulations to shield people from potentially harmful imports.

Dairy suppliers have been accused of adding melamine — used in products including plastics, paint and adhesives — to watered-down milk to make the product appear rich in protein and fool quality control tests.

There had been no standards for the amount of the chemical allowed in food products.

Under Health Ministry guidelines released Wednesday, melamine is now limited to one part per million for infant formula and 2.5 parts per million for liquid milk, milk powder and food products that contain more than 15 percent milk.

Wang Xuening, a ministry official, acknowledged that small amounts of melamine can leech from the environment and packaging into milk and other foods, but said deliberate tainting was forbidden.

Levels of melamine discovered in batches of milk powder recently registered as much as 6,196 parts per million.

In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration says its experts have concluded that eating 2.5 parts per million of melamine — a minuscule amount — would not raise health risks, even if a person ate food every day that contained it.

Guidelines in Hong Kong and New Zealand say melamine in food products is considered safe at 2.5 parts per million or less, though Hong Kong has lowered the level for children under 3 and pregnant or lactating women to one part per million.

China’s food exports have suffered significantly from the scandal, with more than 30 countries restricting Chinese dairy products, and in some cases all Chinese food exports.

The Finance Ministry said Thursday the government has allocated $44 million to help dairy farmers who have been hurt by declining demand for milk. Many farmers have been tossing out raw milk as they are squeezed by feed costs they cannot recoup.

SHAHRUL PESHAWAR – If we stick to give our newborn with the best food on earth that is mother’s own milk – breastfeeding – not many will be affected by the poisonuos milk.

original posting:  http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081009/ap_on_re_as/as_china_tainted_milk;_ylt=AkMmeJSe3etcMRNrPQfJlLDuOrgF

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