Obama’s audacity of improbable hope

Obama’s audacity of improbable hope

Article by Dr David KL Quek | Aug 8, 08 in Malaysiakini


Four years ago, when Barack Obama was given the podium to address the Democrat convention, it raised many an eyebrow. Mainly because, as an African American, he had been given such an accolade, and at such a tender age at that.

At that time, I remembered downloading his speech, and comparing it with others including Al Sharpton, John Kerry, John Edwards and Al Gore. Even then, he had shown remarkable talent in rhetoric in an evangelical, inspiring, rabble-rousing, exhortation sort of way.

Since then, I must confess that I have become one of the religiously-converted hordes of Obama-manic fans.

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Five new crucial parameters for politicians

Five new crucial parameters for politicians

Malaysiakini letterby JD Lovrenciear | Aug 8, 08


Against this backdrop of developments, politicians need to come to terms with reality. The time has come upon our fifty-year old nation to have politicians who are professional and not merely the ‘street smart’ type that we have been putting up with.

There are five crucial parameters that politicians must quickly grasp with integrity if we are to see any progress for the nation.

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Unstoppable people’s power against immovable Tatmadaw

Unstoppable people’s power against immovable Tatmadaw

Adapted and edited from Malaysiakini’s article by Har Wai Mun | Aug 8, 08


‘Batman: The Dark Knight’ make its remarkable debut recently and threatened to rewrite some of those movie blockbuster records.

Besides adoring the battle action and Batman’s high-tech gadgets, the Malaysian audience could seriously ponder the Joker’s metaphor about his battle with Batman, mentioned towards the end of the movie: ‘Unstoppable forces meets immovable object’.

Well, is it similar with the battle between the NLD’s ‘unstoppable’ forces of People’s Power lead by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi against the ‘immovable’ dominance of the SPDC and Tatmadaw?

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Rais called for the creation of a council to monitor bloggers


 Blogger apologises for

defacing police logo

Malaysiakini news by Syed Jaymal Zahiid | Aug 11, 08

abu bakar mohd rashid penarik beca 0808081Penarik Beca webmaster Abu Bakar Mohd Rashid has expressed regret for defacing the Royal Malaysian Police logo in his blog.


However, the blogger insists that he will continue to express himself in his writings even if they incur the wrath of certain quarters.

Abu Bakar – also known as Bakaq Haq – who was detained at the Bukit Aman federal police headquarters for two days following the debacle last Wednesday, apologised for his action and admitted he might have upset “the good cops.”

“This is life. In life there are the good guys and there are the bad guys. My action was targeted at the bad guys but I am sorry for upsetting the entire police force,” he told Malaysiakini today.

“But I would like to stress that I am only apologising and expressing regret for the crest. I will not retract anything I have written in my posting,” he added.

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Playing for human rights at Beijing

Playing for human rights at Beijing

Malaysiakini article by Vaclav Havel, Desmond Tutu et al | Aug 8, 08

beijing olympic games bird nest stadium with military personnal looking at fireworks display 040808VÁCLAV HAVEL is a former president of the Czech Republic, DESMOND TUTU is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, WEI JINGSHENG is an activist in the Chinese democracy movement, most prominent for authoring the document ‘Fifth Modernisation’ on the ‘Democracy Wall’ in Beijing in 1978 , ANDRÉ GLUCKSMANN is a philosopher and essayist.

The selection of Beijing to organise and host the 2008 Olympic Games was accompanied by the Chinese government’s pledges of visible progress on respect for human rights.

beijing olympics stadiumWe understood these as a condition whose fulfillment the International Olympic Committee would demand.

That is how this year’s Olympics could contribute to a greater openness and respect for international standards of human rights and liberties in the host country.


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Twenty years on, Burma’s opposition lacks unity

WHILE the whole world is busy watching the Beijing Olympics, many Burmese are preparing for the 20th anniversary of the August 8, 1988 uprising, or “8888”. But the question now is how many Burmese can seriously review this journey of 20 years and the goals of the democracy movement? There is no sign of any big ceremony inside the country as all key members of the 88 Generation Student Group, including Min Ko Naing, are in jail.

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