Bill against racial discrimination passed in Indonesia

Bill against racial discrimination passed in Indonesia


Comment: Not only faraway Obama but our neighbour that happened to be the young Obama stayed is showing us the right way.

The House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill that terms ethnic and racial discrimination as serious crimes.

Deputy Speaker Muhaimin Iskandar, who presided over the House’s plenary session to approve the draft law, said Indonesia no longer had any room for any form of racial or ethnic discrimination.

Chairman of the House’s special committee deliberating the bill, Murdaya Poo, said the endorsement of the bill should put an end to the long-standing dichotomy between indigenous and non-indigenous people in the country.

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Flexible permits for foreign specialists

Flexible permits for foreign specialists


COMMENT:I have few bad experiences with government departments, including Immigration, Malaysian Medical Council etc. (I have to waste few years to change hospital although one very senior minister assured the same thing like this at the WTO meeting.) (Just look at the car import duties. After signing tax reduction or tax free agreements, they charge sales tax or with other name again.

They are quite stubborn and refused to accept the ministers or even the PM’s words in the newspapers or TVs. Don’t trust them.

Just see the recent AG’s officers words in the court regarding our beloved PM’s assurance on TV and newspapers regarding DSAI.

PETALING JAYA: Foreign skilled knowledge workers need not reapply for new work permits if they switch employers as long as their present permits are valid.

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(Myanmar) Refugee for Sale Press conference

(Myanmar) Refugee for Sale Press conference


Date : 5 Nov 2008, Time : 1130am

Venue : Parliament lobby

Participants : Aegile Fernandez (Anti trafficking coordinator, tenaganita), Alice Nah (Migrant Working Group coordinator) and me.

Charles Santiago : Refugee for Sale PC 



271,000 illegal immigrants detained since 2001

   271,000 illegal immigrants detained since 2001 

   271,000 illegal immigrants detained since 2001 


KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 6 — A total of 271,375 illegal immigrants were detained by the Immigration Department, Rela and the police between 2001 and last year, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said the government estimated that there were about 1 million illegal immigrants in the country but the situation was under control, thanks to concerted and continuous enforcement by the three agencies.

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Aurangzeb (Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde)


 (Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde)




Just as a coin has two sides, every story has two perspectives. Just because one person says something doesn’t necessarily make it true. The ‘two sides of the same coin’ means you can’t have one without the other. Two people take a photograph. One photographs the front, the other photographs the rear. The photographs are different but that doesn’t mean that they photographed two different things. 

There’s a flipside of everything. For every story you hear, there is always another side of it. It is sure the words you hear are taken out of context. Every (dark) cloud has a silver lining but most of the people fails to mention or even notice the silver lining and tends to describe the darkness of the cloud and may sometimes exaggerate about the thunder storm and fearful lighting that never follows.

Aurangzeb (Persian: اورنگ‌زیب (full title: Al-Sultan al-Azam wal Khaqan al-Mukarram Abul Muzaffar Muhiuddin Muhammad Aurangzeb Bahadur Alamgir I, Padshah Ghazi) (November 4, 1618 – March 3, 1707), also known by his chosen Imperial title Alamgir I (Conqueror of the Universe) (Persian: عالمگیر), was the ruler of the Mughal Empire from 1658 until his death. He was the sixth Mughal ruler. His name literally means “Adorning the Crown”.

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AFP:Myanmar gas row highlights energy crisis in Bangladesh

DHAKA (AFP) — A simmering dispute between Bangladesh and neighbouring Myanmar in a hydrocarbon-rich stretch of the Bay of Bengal has highlighted Dhaka’s desperate plight over dwindling gas supplies, say analysts.

Bangladesh this week took the unusual step of deploying four naval ships to the disputed waters — claimed by each nation as their own — after its southeastern neighbour began gas exploration activities there.

Dhaka says it will take “all possible measures” to protect the zone, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Bangladesh’s Saint Martin Island.

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REUTERS:Bangladesh asks China for help in Myanmar sea row

DHAKA, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Bangladesh asked China on Wednesday to help it resolve a row with Myanmar over oil and gas exploration in deep-sea blocks in disputed waters in the Bay of Bengal, foreign ministry officials said.


Bangladesh sent a naval patrol to the area on Sunday after Myanmar began exploration in the blocks, thought to be rich in gas reserves. The two have been holding talks for years to demarcate their border in the Bay of Bengal.

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