Saturday, 27 July 2013

Isu Kantin Sementara Di 'shower room'

Perbincangan isu kantin sementara di SK Seri Pristana, menjadi diluar kawalan apabila media memainkan menyiarkan dan membincangkan isu tanpa mendapat sumber asli.
Keperihatinan ibu kepada pelajar terlibat dapat difahami. Namun yang tidak jelas kepada umum adalah samada Ibu tersebut membawa persoalan tersebut untuk dibincangkan dengan pihak pengurusan, khususnya Guru Besar. Persoalan juga timbul samada ibubapa terlibat turut menyertai PIBG yg dimaklumkan antara pembuat keputusan tentang pengubah-suaian kantin sediada serta urusan menyediakan kantin sementara.

Kesempatan bulan ramdhan diambil oleh pihak sekolah untuk baik-pulih kantin, berlaku di mana-mana sahaja. Cumanya, urusan penyedian kantin sementara bagi menampung sebilangan kecil pelajar yang tidak berpuasa biasanya perlu dibincangkan dengan PIBG. Malah sesetengah sekolah, PIBG antara pihak yang mengusahakan dana ubah-suai demi keselesaan anak-anak pelajar.

Dalam kes SK Seri Pristana ini, isu menjadi BESAR melalui tindakan MEDIA. sehingga Gurubesar diminta bercuti. Walhal, Gurubesar lah pihak yg berwajib yg sepatutnya menjawab dan menjelaskan keadaan sebenar. Tetapi, dalam kes ini, Gurubesar tanpa peluang membuat penjelasan telah menerima ugutan bunuh!
Yang peliknya, 2 orang Menteri yang mengetuai Kementerian ini masih membisu.
Timbalan Menteri, Kamalanathan telah melawat sekolah dan mengarahkan supaya kantin asal dibuka semula. Persoalannya, apa jadi kepada proses ubah-suai? apakah Kamalanathan mendapat pandangan Gurubesar dan PIBG? Apakah kantin sementara dibuka secara terdedah begitu sahaja sepanjang Ramadhan?
Difahamkan, SK Seri Pristana mempunyai sekitar 1,300 pelajar.

Memandangkan isu ini telah menjadi perhatian Kementerian, kita mohon sangat agar YB Menteri-Menteri segera kenal-pasti beberapa lagi sekolah yg menghadapi masalah yg sama, iaitu kantin yg tidak memadai dengan bilangan pelajar, serta keperluan kantin semaasa bulan Ramadhan.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Sikap Positif Anak Bekas Tentera Israel

Transcript of television interview by Jessica Mutch on TVNZ One's Q + A programme, 23 June 2013:
JESSICA Miko Peled, thank you very much for your time this morning.
MIKO Thank you. It’s a pleasure.
JESSICA You are the son of an Israeli general, and you’re now fighting for a free and democratic Palestine. What was the turning point for you?
MIKO Well, you know, these things don’t happen as a result of one thing. It’s always a gradual process. But probably the strongest thing that drove me was my sister’s daughter was killed in a suicide attack. And more than anything, probably, that drove me in the direction of looking into the other side, meeting the other side, speaking to Palestinians and so forth to better understand what this conflict is about.
JESSICA You write in your book about how you were watching CNN at the time. Can you walk me briefly through that story?
MIKO Well, I live abroad. I live in the US. And when you live in the US, especially in the second half of the 1990s, there was a lot of violence going on, and typically there would be an act of violence and I would call home and make sure everybody’s OK. This time, I got a call from home, which was very strange, and I was watching this unfold on CNN and I could see a girl on a stretcher, which I didn’t think anything of it, you know. Of course, I didn’t see the face. And then my mother told me – it was my mother on the phone saying that she had — my niece was missing. And by the end of the day, we knew what had happened.
JESSICA And that for you was one of those turning points that just got you thinking? Is that what happened?
MIKO Well, after this — You know, this is big news, obviously, always. But in Israel this was even bigger news, because she was the granddaughter of a well-known general and a general who had also made a name for himself as an advocate for Palestinian rights after he retired. And then when my sister finally came out to speak to reporters and so forth, she was asked the usual questions about revenge, retaliation and all of that. And she said, “First of all, no real mother would want to see this happen to any other mother. The idea of killing people in response to the death of someone is repulsive and absurd.” And she quoted a well-known Jewish poet who said, “There is no revenge or vengeance that’s appropriate for the death of a child.” And as for who’s responsible, she said, “Well, the Israeli government’s responsible, because these two young men were driven to do this horrific act as a result of years of a brutal oppression and a brutal occupation that has brought them to this place where they took their own lives and the lives of others.” And this had a huge impact on me, besides what had happened. But her words had a huge impact on me. When I returned to the US, I looked for ways to get engaged and I began becoming engaged.
JESSICA Another thing you mentioned in the book about really what engaged you was a story about your mother, and the Israeli Army would go through and confiscate houses, and some of the most beautiful houses they would give to high-powered families like your own. Your mother refused to take on one of those houses. What impact did that have on you?
MIKO A lot of confusion. She was talking about 1948, and as Israelis we grew up learning that 1948 was an act of heroism. This is when the Jewish people rose like the phoenix from the ashes and so on and established a Jewish state and it was an act of heroism and the fighting we took on, you know, we were defending ourselves and so forth. And we made sure to do the right thing, we didn’t hurt women and children, we didn’t steal, we didn’t loot, because we don’t do these things. My mother told a story. She was a young mother in 1948. She was living in a small apartment with her parents. And when the Palestinian communities in Jerusalem – not the Old City but, you know, outside the Old City – these neighbourhoods were taken by the Israeli forces, the Zionist forces. They were forced to leave, and these homes were made available to Israeli families, like you said. And she told me this story, and then she went on to say, “How could they possibly think I would take the home of another mother? How could I take the home of another family?” And she would say – and she still talks about this today. She's 86 years old, and she says, “And to see the looting, to see the Israeli soldiers looting and all this, it was terrible.” And this was very troublesome to me, because this stands in the face of the national narrative – that we were heroes, that we were attacked, that we do not loot, we do not do these things. We took the homes only because we asked the Arabs to leave and they didn’t— we asked them to stay and they left anyway. And for many years, this was in the back of my mind, and this was the first crack in that wall of myth that Israelis have built around themselves to justify what really was a terrible act of terrorism and land theft that took place in 1948 and at the end of which the state of Israel was established.
JESSICA Because you mentioned that your father was a peace activist later in his career as well.
MIKO Yes, yes.
JESSICA When he first started exploring that and you did too, what were those initial conversations like for you? That must have been really difficult.
MIKO Well, I was rather young and he was rather knowledgeable, so he knew what he was talking about. He was quite convincing. But he maintained that the safest thing for Israel would be to allow the Palestinians to establish a state in the West Bank in Gaza and then move on, otherwise we would become a bi-national state. At this point – and this he said while still in uniform at the end of the 1967 war – but as he was saying this, the Israeli state went on to destroy towns and villages in the West Bank, like they did in parts of Palestine after ’48, and massively build for Israeli Jews only in West Bank, again on Palestinian land. So as he was saying this, Israel was actually integrating the West Bank into Israel, and this became— the rift between him and the establishment became greater and greater with time.
JESSICA And that brings us nicely to our next point. Our Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully, has just returned over the last couple of days from meeting with the Israeli prime minister and also with the Palestinian president as well. We, obviously, in New Zealand – our government supports a two-state policy. You are speaking out on behalf of one. Why is that?
MIKO Well, the whole idea of a two-state solution is really code for allowing Israel to continue to oppress the Palestinians, to continue to steal their land, take their homes, to maintain policies where Israel has thousands of political prisoners and to pretend that Israel is a democracy, but there's really not a partner and they just need to work things out. This is not the case, and all of Israel’s supporters, like the US and its followers in the West, allow Israel to continue doing this by talking about this two-state solution, which everybody knows is non-existent.
JESSICA You mention in your book – I’ll read out a quote for the audience: “Both Jews and Palestinians as equals living together in a state that is neither Jewish nor Arab.” Is that not a little bit simplistic?
MIKO It’s not simplistic at all. Today the state of Israel is neither Jewish nor democratic. They claim it’s a Jewish democracy. It’s neither Jewish nor democratic. Half of the population under Israeli control is not Jewish. You have six and a half million Israelis and around six or a little over six million Palestinians. Israel governs Israeli Jews under one set of laws, Palestinians who are Israeli citizens under a different set of laws, and the Palestinians on the West Bank and in Gaza who have no citizenship at all with no laws to protect them at all. They are at the mercy of the Israeli military, which shoots to kill, destroys homes and so forth on a regular basis with impunity. So to support the state of Israel means to support a racist state. There's no question about it. And the reality is that when Israel conquered the West Bank in 1967, it became a bi-national state, but with no intention of ever allowing it to be a democracy, because of course then it would not be a Jewish state, which of course I think is a racist idea which I think most Jews have never bought into.
JESSICA Well, look, that’s a nice place to leave it. Thank you very much for your time this morning. I really appreciate it.
MIKO Thank you.

Pencerahan Isu Erdogan dan Turki

In Defense of Erdogan and the AKP
Dr Jeffery Abu Hassan, Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin
Board of Directors, Muslim Professionals Forum
Much has been written about the political impasse in the Turkish capital. More recently commentaries and opinions have been expressed in the local media extrapolating the recent events as symptomatic of Erdogan’s autocratic rule and taking AKP to task for its failure to exemplify itself as authentic Islamic democrats. The complexity of the turn of events in Taksim Square should not exempt us from rationally examining history and contemporary evidence in our shared quest to separate fact from fiction.
What initially began as a small protest against the uprooting of a few trees grew into a protest of a few thousands. The supposedly “Green Protest” needs to be contrasted against the AKP Green Project which have planted in excess of 3 billion trees across Turkey since it came to power and for this PM Erdogan was honoured with the UN Habitat award.
Any discerning political analyst worth his salt would have immediately understood that the protest first mooted by the environmentalist have been politically hijacked by opposition parties and anarchists – it does not require rocket science to fathom this equation!
These political opportunists abused the democratic space and illegitimately expressed their hostilities against a prime minister and Party that has been elected democratically and with increasing majorities for three consecutive terms. No government elected on such a convincing mandate would tolerate any form of illegitimate means to undermine public order, attack the police and destroy public and private property. Even minority governments would not condone such public display of vandalism and atrocities. The Occupy Movement in the US and the demonstrations against the G8 meetings have all been handled the same way but when it happens in Turkey it is exaggerated to such an outlandish degree. Is this an unconscious expression of one’s Islamophobic traits? As it is we have one too many of such nuances in both the international and local print media.
PM Erdogan and his senior government officials have met the protesters and both parties have agreed to put the issue of the park to a referendum for the residents of Istanbul, pending a court decision. PM Erdogan in no uncertain terms stated that a full investigation would be undertaken to examine if excessive force had been used by the police force. How much more democratic can you get?
Turkey took its first loan from the IMF in 1961. When the AKP came to power, Turkey owed the IMF US$23.5 billion. She has now repaid all her loans to the IMF and is now a net lender rather than a borrower to the fund when she recently pledged US$5 billion to the IMF to help with the European crisis. Turkey has since reduced its government debt to 40% of GDP from 78% when Erdogan took office in 2002. As stressed by the deputy Prime Minister, Ali Babacan, with an inflation rate at its lowest since the last 44 years, a 1 million rise in employment, near zero interest rate and improved credit ratings, Turkey must be doing something right. With the looming economic meltdown in the EU, one just wonders who is today the “sick man of Europe.”
In the international arena Turkey is the only country that has stood against the illegitimate Israeli occupation of Palestine putting to shame all the democracies in the modern world and its agencies. This she did openly via the Mavi Marmara flotilla, PM Erdogan's standoff against Peres at the World Economic Summit, Davos and it's support for the many fledgling democracies that have mushroomed in the Middle East.
On Sunday, 16 June 2013, a million people rallied in support of PM Erdogan and the AKP. This was a fact that has gone unnoticed, not surprisingly in the sensation-seeking foreign press. (
Thus the problem is not with the Islamic democrats.
As in Egypt, the problem lies with the reactionary, ultra secular regimes who have been overthrown by the masses in free and fair elections. These are the beneficiaries of the previous non-democratic regimes corrupted to the core, milking the nation’s wealth for their self-aggrandizement. These are the irreligious politicans and their cronies who would like to maintain their lavish lifestyles that are not compatible with the majority. These are the minorities that are bent on wreaking tyranny on the majority. They desire to continue looting the nation’s wealth and continue business as usual but the Arab Spring has thrashed them into the bin of history. To paraphrase Martin Luther King, Junior; “The arc of the moral universe is long but it always bends towards justice.”
Both Turkey and Egypt have massive bureaucracies and judiciaries that continue to be beholden to the previous regimes. In Egypt the Judiciary has cancelled virtually all the elections which the Muslim Brotherhood has won convincingly. They have won five of the elections since the overthrow of Mubarak but their legitimacy is still doubted and progress for the country is stymied by these political reactionaries. Elections outlawed calls for new elections and millions of dollars that is scarce in Egypt.
President Morsi is not yet a year in power and there are already voices for his removal. He had won fairly and squarely in the first elections post Mubarak.
Those who screamed for the ballot box now do not agree with the results. Is it democracy only when the liberal and secular minority wins? Is it democracy only when foreign powers gives its stamp of approval? The military coup to deprive the pivotal Islamic Salvation Front ballot box victory in Algeria in 1992 and more recently Hamas in Palestine are just 2 cases in point.
The AKP in Turkey despite having won convincingly was nearly outlawed by the judiciary and thus the will of the people was to be sidelined for the sake of the minority.
A virtual collapse of Turkey’s economy and gross violations of human rights was the order of the day during the years preceding 2002. Since PM Erdogan took office, a steady reduction of these abuses and violations were kick-started. On-going efforts are in place to replace the Constitution dictated by the military junta with a democratic one. Peace process has recently been in place that has witnessed no major clashes with the Kurdish Workers Party (deemed as terrorist by Turkey, the US and Europe). The loud accusations regarding productive rights, abortions, alcohol sales, freedom of immodesty in public and the government’s efforts to Islamisize Turkey holds no water.
Unlike in the US where Bibles are a common item in a hotel room, one will not find Qurans in hotels in Turkey. Catholic schools in Ontario are state funded, but not Islamic schools in Turkey. In Finland, no sale of liquor is allowed between 10pm to 6am while in Taksim Square one can see liquor being sold 9pm to 9am. Yes, there are limitations on liquor advertising. But how is that different from the US?
Ten (10) years is very much a short period of time to undo a country that has experienced four (4) military coups against the popularly elected governments between 1960 and 1997 under the guise of the Ataturk legacy, that practiced autocratic rules.
As the Turkish foreign minister puts it,
“Elections are the only way to change a democratically elected government. Our party has built a first-rate democracy that we value more than ever – since 1950; legitimate governments have been toppled four times from outside the political sphere. We represent the will of the people, and our political power is the power of all of our citizens.”
Thus the problem again is not with the Islamic Democrats. They were voted into power by the rules of the game but when they won, the rules are changed and the goal post moved to make life as difficult as possible and not to allow them the liberty to go ahead with nation building. In some countries they are not even allowed the prospect of gaining power by the politics of gerrymandering and electoral fraud. The secular fear of Islamic democrats and democrats in general is so perverse that the lay person is indoctrinated to the hilt and bribed handsomely to vote against them. And when they do by some miracle get to power, the bureaucrats and supporters of previous regimes make life hell for them. I suspect this scenario is much familiar to many amongst us!
The outright fact remains that that this AKP government has presided over the most successful era in Turkish politics for well over 100 years. The ultra- seculars in Turkish politics are completely oblivious of the fact that for 60 years when Turkey was under their charge, its prestige and power had declined to levels lower than meat in a Doner Kebab. They closed religious schools, banned hijabs and imprisoned members of Islamic organisations. Are these just some of the “freedoms” which the protesters now miss?
PM Erdogan had to serve 120 days of a 10-month prison sentence for simply reciting this poem:
"Our minarets are our bayonets,
Our domes are our helmets,
Our mosques are our barracks.
We will put a final end to ethnic segregation.
No one can ever intimidate us.
If the skies and the ground were to open against us.
If floods and volcanoes were to burst, We will not turn from our mission.
My reference is Islam. If I am not able to speak of this, What is the use of living?"
The higher than average levels of imprisonment of journalists however needs to be addressed by the AKP. Apart from this blemish, PM Erdogan has in a relatively short space of time recorded a stellar political report card. He has won a convincing majority at the ballot box for every election in the last 10 years. Against all odds he restricted the power of the coup-happy army. He virtually ended the perpetual Turkish war against the Kurds. On most occasions he was the first world leader to stand firm with the masses in their democratic expressions against the autocratic regimes from Tunisia to Syria. Despite the current hyped trials and tribulations, in our opinion PM Erdogan and the AKP still represent the best examples of Islamist democrats there are.
But in the protesters narrative, now echoed by some political analysts, only one thing matters. If you are for Islam – they are against you. The protests in Turkey are simply put, a desperate attempt to instigate a coup against a democratically elected civilian government. They are the last sigh of a secular liberal elite who have realized far too late that the future does not belong to them anymore.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Ibadah Yang Disyorkan Sempena Ramdhan

Antara Ibadah yang disyorkan untuk dilaksanakan pada Ramdhan kali ini. InsyaAllah bakal meningkatkan qualiti Keislaman dan Keimanan serta KeTAQWAan kita kepada Allah Maha Pencipta.

Solat Subuh Berjamaah
Solat Sunat Dhuha
Solat Zuhor Berjamaah
Solat Asar Berjamaah
Solat Maghrib Berjamaah
Solat Isya Berjamaah
Solat Sunat Tarawikh
Menghadiri Majlis Ilmu
Solat Sunat Witir
Tadarus Al-Quran
I'tikaf di Masjid
Zakat Fitrah
Infaq Derma Sedeqah

Puasa 6 di Bulan Syawal

Kematian Semasa Dalam Tahanan Polis Mengecewakan

Kejadian kes demi kes kematian OKT semasa dalam tahanan Polis amat mengecewakan.
Rakyat rasa keliru dan terkilan kerana ianya melibatkan kematian demi kematian yang tidak pernah nampak tanda penghujungnya.
Alasan mudah sentiasa diberikan oleh Pegawai atasan Polis setiap kematian berlaku dengan amaran keras kepada Rakyat agar jangan dipolitikkan kematian yang berlaku. Kononnya ini bukan kes kematian akibat kecuaian Polis. Namun, bila siasatan dijalankan, akhirnya, terbukti bahawa OKT yang asalnya sihat, tiba-tiba menjadi kritikal dan meninggal ketika masih dalam tahanan Polis.
Menteri KDN yang baru cuba menafikan, dengan mengatakan bahawa dari sejumlah lebih 200 kematian OKT, hanya 2 sahaja yang disebabkan oleh pegawai Polis.
Apakah jika benar hanya 2 ?
Apakah jika 2 dibolehkan ?
dimaafkan ?
Kredibiliti dan keyakinan Rakyat kepada pegawai keselamatan dan Polis tidak pernah meningkat sejak sekian lama, disebabkan kes-kes yang terus berlaku tanpa ada usaha dan komitmen yang bersungguh-sungguh untuk menaikkan imej pasukan keselamatan.
Telah sampai masanya, rombakan besar-besaran bukan sahaja kepada perjawatan malah yang lebih penting, procesure perlaksanaankan tugas, agar dirasai bahawa tugasan yang dilaksanakan di bawah pemantauan. Malah bakal di audit.