Anwar : Ignoring education will lead to a catastrophe

(Yusuf Muhammad contributed to this report – Samah Ali)

Anwar : Ignoring education will lead to a catastrophe

Arab News – Madinah: Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim yesterday called on Muslim countries to remove obstacles in the way of investments in the development of a knowledge-driven economy. Anwar was speaking on the second day of the three-day Knowledge Economy Forum here.”We urge the development of science because that is what our religion encourages us to do. No society can develop unless it marches forward while keeping pace with global economic and technological advances,” Anwar said, while presenting his paper.

Anwar said he hoped Madinah would once more become a world center for knowledge and culture where students could flock.

The former deputy prime minister added that impartial application of law and bureaucratic transparency are the factors that attract huge international investments.

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Good governance and accountability in the rapidly emerging world of Knowledge Economies

Good governance and accountability in the rapidly emerging world of Knowledge Economies

From Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s blog

Remarks by Anwar Ibrahim at the SAGIA Noor 2008 Forum, Madinah, 23rd June, 2008

Ladies and Gentleman.

While it would be superfluous to harp on the importance of research and development in knowledge based industries (KBIs), the issues of focus cannot be overstated. We know that the market is indeed hungry for the entire spectrum of knowledge based products ranging from aerospace and ICT products to precision and scientific tools. The more intensive the use of high technology, the greater reliance will be placed on R&D advances. We would imagine that from the vantage point of strategic policy the state’s focus will be on sustainable development.

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Mahathir: I’m glad to have a blog

Mahathir: I’m glad to have a blog

Malaysiakini news Andrew Ong | Jun 26, 08

Sorry I edited and cut it short.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad has no regrets setting a blog as it allows him to bypass the gatekeepers in news organisations and criticise the government.

Former premier turned active blogger Dr Mahathir Mohamad today revealed that he was glad to have turned to cyberspace to air his views.

chedet mahathir blog 210508“Now I’m glad I have my blog. At least I can say something,” Mahathir told reporters during a press conference at his office in the Petronas Twin Towers today.

Mahathir said this when he repeated his now familiar complaint about how the present governments and leadership around the world are silencing dissent.

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M’sian envoy: Treat Indon workers with dignity. Myanmars ?

M’sian envoy: Treat Indon workers with dignity

Malaysiakini Sep 10, 07

Malaysians must treat menial Indonesian labourers better or risk damaging relations between the two countries, Malaysia’s ambassador to Indonesia has warned.

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“It’s only fair we change our perception towards Indonesians. Even if many of them are maids and contract labourers, they are human beings and should be treated with fairness and dignity,” Zainal Abidin Mohd Zin told the New Straits Times.

Zainal said Malaysians should realise many Indonesian professionals work in Malaysia and that millions more visit as tourists, adding the treatment of Indonesians aroused strong emotions and could affect bilateral relations.

The ambassador, speaking during Malaysian Deputy Premier Najib Razak’s trip to Indonesia’s Sulawesi province, said that bad treatment meted out to Indonesians had given Malaysians a reputation for arrogance.

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No greener pastures for migrant workers

No greener pastures for migrant workers

Malaysiakini Sabrina Chan and Su Hui Hsing | Jul 11, 07

Locked up for more than a month, fed only twice a day and physically abused. This is the plight of two Bangladeshi workers who had come to Malaysia in search of a better future.

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The workers, identified only as AH and MR, related their sufferings at the hands of a labour outsourcing company to the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) yesterday.

“We want help. Please help us,” the two workers told Suhakam comissioner Chew Siew Kioh at the commission’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

It is said that former deputy home minister Megat Junid Megat Ayob is a shareholder of the company.

“I was kept there for one month and 11 days and I was locked up, I could not communicate with anybody. Some of us had mobile (phones) but the agent took them away mobile,” said MR.

“They locked us up from the outside and didn’t allow us to come out. After one month and 11 days, they gave us jobs. They didn’t give us proper food, they only fed us twice a day,” he added.

AH pointed to his bruised ear and with the help of a translator said he was slapped repeatedly. He then pointed to his leg and said he was kicked as well.

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See the difference: while coward SPDC keep quiet, Jakarta complaints

See the difference: while coward SPDC keep quiet, Jakarta complaints

Jakarta concerned over crackdown on illegals

Malaysiakini news Jun 26, 08

illegal immigrants roundup 010305 patiently waitingIndonesia has expressed concerned over Malaysia’s plan to carry out a mass deportation of illegal immigrants from Sabah.

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Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak yesterday announced a plan to clear out illegal immigrants, mainly from Indonesia and the Philippines, who have settled in Sabah.

“It is a concern when you deport hundreds of thousands of Indonesians back home,” said Eka Suripto, a counsellor with the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

Politicians in Sabah have pushed the national government to expel the illegals, saying they were a burden on the economy and pose a security threat by engaging in crime and the drugs trade.

“If you deport thousands of illegals, the local industries will not have workers. The demand for workers will only fuel the return of the illegals,” Eka said.

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Migrant workers contributed RM1.9 bil

Yoges Palaniappan | Nov 1, 07 6:13pm

The government has collected RM1.9 billion in levy and other fees from immigrant workers last year, Parliament was told today. Home Ministry parliamentary secretary Abdul Rahman Ibrahim said that the amount was collected in forms of levy, temporary working pass, and visa. Abdul Rahman (BN-Pokok Sena) was replying a query from Mohd Zaid Ibrahim (BN-Kota Baru) who asked the Home Ministry to state the amount of levy and other fees collected from immigrant workers yearly. Abdul Rahman said that in 2005, the government collected RM1.7 billion, whereas, as of August this year, the amount collected is RM1.5 billion.

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Bill in the works to curb illegal migrants

Bill in the works to curb illegal migrants

Malaysiakini Yoges Palaniappan | Nov 14, 07

The Foreign Workers Bill will be tabled in Parliament in the first quarter of next year, in a bid to control the influx of illegal migrant workers. Deputy Home Minister Tan Chai Ho told the Dewan Rakyat during question time that this is among measures to manage related issues more effectively.

He was replying to a supplementary question from Morkiman Kobiran (BN-Hulu Langat) who asked if the government intends to introduce a new law to prevent the influx of foreigners.

“Even though our immigration laws are tight, we still see many foreigners entering the country to work here. Employers seem to hire them without working permits. Does the ministry plan to introduce a new law to solve this problem?” asked Markiman.

He also wanted to information on how the ministry deals with employers who prefer foreign to local workers.

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Gov’t urged to halt crackdown on refugees

Gov’t urged to halt crackdown on refugees

Malaysiakini News Aug 6, 07

Campaigners representing ethnic Burmese people today appealed on the Malaysian government to halt a crackdown on illegal immigrants which it said has also targeted political refugees.

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The Myanmar Ethnic Rohingyas Human Rights Organisation said that close to 1,000 illegal immigrants were picked up by authorities in the past week alone, including 200 Rohingyans from the military-ruled state.

The Rohingyans are an ethnic Muslim minority in Burma (now renamed Myanmar)who have been denied citizenship status by the junta, forcing them to seek refugee status elsewhere.

“We came to this country because we have nowhere to go and although we were promised a chance in Malaysia, it looks like we are never going to get it,” the group’s leader, Zafar Ahmad said in a statement.

He said most of those picked up were not registered with the Malaysian government but were official asylum seekers given status by the UN Rights Council for International Refugees.

Government officials were not immediately available for comment.

 

‘Give us a chance’

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Hell Hounds at large. Who let them out?

Hell Hounds at large. Who let them out?

Burmese illegal immigrants are hunted down and some were tortured according to the internet news.

Who ordered to black out the detention centre riot news at Semenyih Malaysia (24-June 2008)?

We all could read this news initial phase on Malaysiakini news yesterday.

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Min Ko Naing still denied medical treatment

Jun 25, 2008 (DVB)–The health of prominent 88 Generation Student leader Min Ko Naing is suffering in prison due to the authorities’ refusal to grant him proper medical access, a fellow prisoner’s relative said. 

The student leader has been held in the notorious Insein prison since August 2007. He asked prison authorities for an emergency medical treatment two weeks ago because his health had deteriorated, but his request has still not been granted.

 

A family member of a political prisoner who visited the prison on Monday told DVB that Min Ko Naing’s family was worried about him.

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Where to participatory governance?

By Dr Chandran Jeshurun

WHILE some of us in Asean are languishing in the luxury of experiments in democratic evolution, the recent Malaysian upset by the successful emergence of an alternative party to govern the country has apparently caused some soul-searching in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

In stark contrast to the reactions of these “core” members of Asean, other parts of the region are quite clearly less impressed. Even a tiny sultanate such as Brunei has tried to respond to the global phenomenon of democratisation by exploring the possibility of an elected legislature within the construct of a constitutional monarchy.

The real question about the likely direction of regional political evolution, however, concerns the so-called CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam) members of Asean whose communist totalitarian or military dictatorship styles of government are increasingly becoming a source of acute embarrassment to their neigbours. How then can we expect the future process of change in these new Asean member states to proceed along stable and forward-looking parameters?

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The thug who rules Burma

Posted on 30 September 2007

By Mashuqur Rahman, USA

Bangladesh has its own illegal immigration problem. The country plays host to approximately 200,000 refugees from the bordering country of Burma. Unofficial estimates, however, put the number at 800,000. The refugees belong to the Rohingya minority, a persecuted Muslim population who are being methodically ethnically cleansed by Burma’s ruling military junta. They live in Bangladesh under desperate conditions, battling for scarce jobs and resources in the already desperately poor south eastern region of Bangladesh. It is just one of the silent tragedies of the forgotten people of Burma.

Burma, or Myanmar as the ruling military junta would like to be called, is one of the most brutally repressed countries in the world. It has been under military rule since 1962. An impoverished country of 50 million people, Burma boasts an army of over 400,000 active personnel. It’s yearly military budget stands at an estimated 7 billion dollars and is greater than Pakistan, Iran and North Korea. Burma has the 12th largest standing military in the world and spends an astounding 19% of its annual gross domestic product on the military. While the junta leaders live in luxury the rest of the population lives on less than $1 a day. Burma is the most corrupt nation on Earth.

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The Junta’s Criminal Constitution

by Janet Benshoof and U Aung Htoo

 Posted May 5, 2008

Burma’s military dictators now say Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, under house arrest or in prison for 12 of the past 18 years, can cast her vote in the May 10 constitutional referendum—a bitter irony if ever there was one. Ms. Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy are calling on voters to reject the military-backed constitution, calling it “undemocratic.” Meanwhile, the U.N. Security Council perpetuates the charade that the referendum is legitimate by asking the ruling junta to respect “fundamental political freedoms” at the polls.

The junta, led by Gen. Than Shwe, continues to deploy torture, rape, forced labor, murder and imprisonment as tools to consolidate its absolute power. Emboldened by impunity, Than Shwe is now trying to transform his rule by crime into a constitutional right by inserting criminal immunity for himself and his cohorts into the constitution. It is beyond discussion that blanket amnesties for all crimes—much less one issued via fiat, by a dictator, for himself—violates international law.

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