Lessons from Paracels XIX: Escalating for over a century of conflict

There is truth in the cliche’ “Enemy of your enemy is my friend” when it comes to geo-political development when Japan gets together with Vietnam. It is obvious their aggregated over century of animosity with China is very strong.

 BBC story:

 

1 August 2014 Last updated at 11:44

Japan gives Vietnam six navy ships amid regional tension

 Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (left) and his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh raise a toast after a signing ceremony at the Government Guesthouse in Hanoi on 1 August 2014


Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (left) and his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh raise a toast after a signing ceremony at the Government Guesthouse in Hanoi on 1 August 2014

Japan’s foreign minister Fumio Kishida (left) met with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh (right) in Hanoi
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Japan says it will give Vietnam six naval ships for patrols in the South China Sea, amid regional tension over competing maritime claims with China.

The offer, worth 500 million yen (£2.9 million, $5 million), was announced during a visit by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to Hanoi.

China angered Vietnam when it moved an oil rig to disputed waters in May, sparking deadly protests in Vietnam.

Japan and China both claim a string of islands known as Diaoyu or Senkaku.

The six boats are used vessels and will be accompanied by training and equipment to help coastguard and fisheries surveillance, Mr Kishida told reporters.

He also said that both Vietnam and Japan agree on “maintaining peace and stability” in regional waters, and disputes must be settled “in accordance with international law”.

Vietnam’s Thanh Nien News quoted China security policy expert Yun Sun as saying Japan’s gift could be seen as an “alignment of positions” with Vietnam that is “perceived as hostility by China”.

It comes after the Philippines, which is also locked in territorial disputes with China, signed a military pact with the United States in April to increase the latter’s troop presence in the country, a move which angered China.

A riot police officer stands guard outside the damaged Shining company building in Vietnam’s southern Binh Duong province on 16 May 2014
Vietnam saw three days of anti-China riots in May which left several factories damaged and at least two dead
This aerial shot taken on 15 September 2010 shows the disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China in the East China Sea
Both Japan and China lay claim to the chain of islands in the East China sea known as Senkaku or Diaoyu
China has repeatedly stressed that it prioritises regional stability and that it favours “peaceful development”.

But such claims continue to be met with wariness by neighbouring countries given the rapid build-up of China’s presence in disputed waters in recent years.

The moving of the Haiyang Shiyou 981 rig to waters off the coast of Vietnam, near the disputed Paracel Islands, in May triggered a low point in China-Vietnam relations.

Anti-China riots broke out in Vietnam during which angry workers targeted foreign-owned factories in some areas, leaving at least two people dead and dozens injured. Several factories were burned down or damaged.

Government ships from China and Vietnam have clashed near the rig on several occasions, bumping and exchanging water cannon fire.

China eventually moved the rig away in July, a month earlier than planned.

Sino-Japan relations have also soured of late, due to the ongoing dispute over the Diaoyu or Senkaku islands in the East China Sea, with ships from both sides regularly confronting one another.

Japan has named five uninhabited isles in that chain. Releasing their names on Friday, the government said the move was meant to raise public awareness that they belong to Japan, according to news agencies.

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The ganging-up against China, where United States and the Philippines saw the most populous nation with the largest armed forces personnel reacted aggressively in a geo-political military and diplomacy forum a few months ago.

A detailed map of China's claims into ASEAN nations' EEZ

A detailed map of China’s claims into ASEAN nations’ EEZ

Japan and Vietnam are nations in serious international diplomatic logger head against China on multiple claims of disputed territories.

Pro-actively arming Vietnam is Japan’s bold message that the land of rising sun is making prominence in regional military foray. Especially when it comes to China.

A few hours earlier, US Vice President Joe Biden praises Japan for revising its policy on military outside its role since her defeat of World War II, which would be exactly 69 years in two weeks time.

Associated Press story:

VP Biden Praises Japan’s New Military Policy

WASHINGTON — Jul 31, 2014, 9:26 PM ET
Associated Press
Vice President Joe Biden is welcoming Japan’s decision to loosen restrictions on its military to allow greater use of force to defend other countries.

Biden spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) on Thursday. The White House says the two agreed that Japan’s policy will strengthen U.S.-Japanese ties and help Japan contribute more to regional peace and security.

Japan’s move has drawn criticism from rival China as Beijing increases its own military posture.

The White House says Biden also praised Japan’s sanctions on Russia. The U.S. and Europe are sanctioning Russia over its actions in Ukraine. Japan is part of the Group of Seven nations seeking to pressure Moscow.

The two leaders also discussed the nuclear threats from North Korea and Iran, plus conflicts in Iraq and Syria.

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This should be seen as a direct escalation of opposition towards the post-China’s PLA Navy (PLAN) aggressive modernisation and arsenal building, first announced six years ago.

Under Prime Minister Shinto Abe, Japan moved towards ‘reinterpretation’ of post-World War II constitution with regards to her military as a ‘defence force’.

WSJ story:

Japan Policy Shift to Ease Restrictions on Military

Reinterpretation of Constitution Allows Military to Aid Allies Under Attack

By ALEXANDER MARTIN and TOKO SEKIGUCHI CONNECT
Updated July 1, 2014 12:02 p.m. ET

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference at prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on July 1. European Pressphoto Agency

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference at prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo on July 1. European Pressphoto Agency

TOKYO—Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his decision to expand Japan’s military role would help keep the peace by deterring aggressors, but one of the nations being deterred—China—didn’t see it that way.

Mr. Abe’s cabinet approved a revised interpretation of the nation’s pacifist constitution that would ease long-standing restrictions on military activities outside Japanese territory. That will set up debates this fall as Japan’s parliament considers bills to flesh out Mr. Abe’s vision.

“The state of the world surrounding Japan is growing increasingly severe. To prepare for every possible scenario, it is necessary to take seamless legislative measures so we can protect the lives and peace of our people,” Mr. Abe said.

Japan’s Cabinet approved a controversial change to how the country’s pacifist constitution is interpreted. The WSJ’s Ramy Inocencio talks with Narushige Michishita at the National Graduate Institute in Tokyo on international reaction to the move.
The change would permit Japan to exercise the right of “collective self-defense,” meaning its Self-Defense Forces could come to the aid of allies such as the U.S. even if Japan itself isn’t attacked.

Addressing voters at home, where the change is generally unpopular, Mr. Abe said his move would extend the peace that Japan has enjoyed since World War II by serving as a deterrent force.

China, however, has said Mr. Abe is trying to destabilize the region and return Japan to its militarist past.

“It is only natural to wonder whether Japan is going to change the path of peaceful development it has been pursuing since World War II,” said foreign-ministry spokesman Hong Lei on Tuesday in Beijing.

Japan and China are feuding over a small archipelago in the East China Sea. During his visit to Japan this week, President Obama stirred up the pot. Simon Constable explains why you should care.
Mr. Hong accused the Abe government of “stirring up trouble on historical issues” and called on Tokyo to respect China’s sovereignty and security concerns.

Washington has welcomed the changes. On a visit to Tokyo in April, President Barack Obama cited dangers from North Korean provocations and said, “This is one of the reasons why the [U.S.-Japan] alliance is so important and collective self-defense is so important.”

On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the move would allow Japan to “engage in a wider range of operations, and make the U.S.-Japan alliance even more effective.”

The Pentagon said it didn’t expect the change in Japan’s military role to exacerbate tensions in the region.

“We find it very, very helpful and there’s no reason from our perspective to believe or to worry that it will make tensions worse,” Rear Adm. John Kirby said. “Quite the contrary, we think it will help with security and stability in the region.”

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Demonstrators Challenge Abe’s Move on Japan’s Constitution
New Interpretation
Article 9 of Japan’s constitution states that its people “forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.

“In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained.”

Current interpretation: Japan can maintain military forces purely for self-defense.
New interpretation: Japan can exercise the right of “collective self-defense,” meaning it could come to the aid of allies even if Japanese territory isn’t under direct attack.
Implications
The change could allow Japanese forces to:

Help rescue Japanese citizens fleeing a war zone on an American ship
Clear sea mines in sea lanes away from Japan
Shoot down a missile aimed at an ally flying over or near Japanese territory, even if the missile isn’t aimed at Japan and doesn’t directly threaten Japanese safety.
Source: WSJ reporting

While the symbolic effect of Mr. Abe’s move is immediate, the practical military impact still needs to be hashed out in Japan’s parliament and between Tokyo and Washington.

South Korea, which like Japan is a close U.S. ally, didn’t directly criticize the move but made clear its uneasiness.

“Any issues that affect the security of the Korean peninsula and national benefit in regard to Japan’s practice of right of collective self-defense cannot be approved without our request and agreement,” foreign-ministry spokesman Noh Kwang-Il said.

Mr. Abe’s plans have generally been welcomed by Southeast Asian nations, in particular the Philippines and Vietnam, which are locked in territorial disputes with China.

Spending on military

Spending on military as percentage of annual government budget

Mr. Abe, who is facing declining poll ratings over the defense issue, frequently referred to his commitment to uphold Japan’s constitutional renunciation of war.

The change drew rare crowds of demonstrators outside the prime minister’s office. “It’s obvious that if we fight wars overseas, the Japanese will be seen as enemies by people we thought we had little to do with, and we will become targets of attacks,” said Mayu Ushio, 27 years old, who works as a caregiver.

Mr. Abe and his aides have described several scenarios in which Japan’s military restrictions could hobble its security. In one, a nation like North Korea might fire missiles at U.S. ships or bases in the western Pacific U.S. territory of Guam.

The new constitutional interpretation could allow Japan to shoot down those missiles even if Japan isn’t directly targeted. Mr. Abe also says Japanese troops should be able to assist the nation’s citizens fleeing war zones. It is also possible Japanese ships could be sent outside Japan’s waters to clear mines.
Mr. Abe said he would submit specific bills to parliament laying out how Japan would exercise its collective self-defense rights. Passage of such legislation is likely because Mr. Abe’s ruling coalition controls both houses of parliament.

The document approved Tuesday was itself the product of tough negotiations in which Mr. Abe’s pacifist-leaning coalition partner, the New Komeito party, won changes to make clear that Japan’s own security must be seriously threatened before it goes to battle on behalf of allies.

The U.S. and Japan are negotiating new defense guidelines with a goal of reaching agreement on the end of the year. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera is set to meet next week with Mr. Hagel to discuss the guidelines.

American officials expect the Japanese decision to make it much easier for Japan to help the U.S. military on everything from refueling ships in the Indian Ocean and protecting them from potential missile threats in the region.

“We do see this as adding a lot of flexibility to oncoming challenges, both in Northeast Asia and around the world,” said one senior administration official.

Japan’s budget for the current fiscal year, which ends in March 2015, calls for defense spending of about 4.78 trillion yen, or about $47 billion, up 2.2% from a year earlier. Tuesday’s decision isn’t expected to lead to immediate changes in the budget.

—Dion Nissenbaum in Washington, Paul Mozur in Beijing, and Min Sun Lee in Seoul contributed to this article.

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Although these patrol boats ‘gift’ from Japan to Vietnam is not really substantiative, an adverse reaction from China is expected.

Published in: on August 1, 2014 at 23:30  Comments (1)  

Not so much lesson to be learnt

Malaysia Airlines B777-200ER 9M-MRD as MH17 AMS-KUL which was shot down at an elevation of 33,000ft  in Eastern Ukraine at 1230GMT on 17 July 2014 with 298 souls onboard

Malaysia Airlines B777-200ER 9M-MRD as MH17 AMS-KUL which was shot down at an elevation of 33,000ft in Eastern Ukraine at 1230GMT on 17 July 2014 with 298 souls onboard

The United Nations organ for civil aviation International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) convened in Montreal, Canada upon the shocking and rude awakening of the Malaysia Airlines B777-200ER 9M-MRD on a scheduled flight 17 AMS-KUL on 17 July 2014 which saw 298 souls perished. However, mere rhetorics were resulted from it.

The Canadian Press story:

 

14:30 on July 29, 2014, EDT.

ICAO to set up task force in wake of downing of Malaysia Airlines flight

The Canadian Press

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) headquarters are pictured in Montreal, May 3, 2013.
MONTREAL – The UN body that governs civil aviation says it is setting up a task force aimed at improving security measures in the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.
The plane was shot down in mid-July by a surface-to-air missile while flying over a war-torn section of Ukraine.
Top officials from four international organizations met in Montreal today to discuss risks to civilian aviation in conflict zones.
The head of the International Civil Aviation Organization told a news conference that the agency will convene a high-level safety meeting with its 191 member states in February 2015.
Raymond Benjamin says states have also been reminded of their responsibilities to address any potential risks to civil aviation in their air space.
Benjamin also said there is a pressing need for information and intelligence that can potentially affect the safety of passengers and crew members.

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This rather quick meeting, would be continued again in February which is six months away to detail the recommendations for the collection, management and dissemination of information with regards to civil aviation security and threats.

Apparently, there is no call for the perpetrators for the brutal shooting down on Mike Romeo Delta to be brought to face criminal charges.

What is appalling, there is no statement made by ICAO senior office bearers for the demand of safe and open passage for investigators to have unhindered access, space and time in getting to the truth and eventually process of justice for the downing of the airliner in levelled flight.

Burning wreckage of Mike Romeo Delta a few hours after she was brutally downed by shooting over the plains of East Ukraine

Failure is nothing but humiliating spit-on-the-face for the families and loved ones of the 298 souls brutally killed and Malaysia Airlines, who are the obvious victims.

On the same note but harsher topic, EU is going for diplomatic escalation and an escalation which shall see the imposition of a very stiff economic sanctions against the Russian Federation for its role in the separatist armed rebellion in Ukraine, which has now been compounded by the perceived Russian role in the shooting of Mike Romeo Delta on 17 July.

The Washington Post story:

Europe agrees to sweeping new sanctions against Russia

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By Griff Witte July 29 at 1:56 PM
LONDON — The European Union on Tuesday overcame months of misgivings about forcefully confronting Russia and agreed to unleash a wave of tough economic sanctions intended to push Moscow into backing down from its destabilizing role in eastern Ukraine.

E.U. ambassadors agreed to the measures at a meeting Tuesday, and officials said the details are likely to be released later in the evening. The agreement came after an unusual videoconference on Monday among President Obama and his counterparts in Germany, Britain, France and Italy. The United States is expected to announce its own heightened sanctions, in coordination with the European move.

The European measures have the potential to inflict serious damage on the already listing Russian economy, which relies heavily on Europe as a market for its oil and gas, as a source of financing and as a supplier of components for its military. All three areas will take a hit under the measures slated to be announced Tuesday.
Europe’s harder line has long been sought by Washington, but it was resisted by European officials anxious about the implications for their own economies. German Chancellor Angela Merkel led a faction of European leaders who sought to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine through dialogue with Moscow, rather than punitive measures.

But the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine this month, which the West has blamed on pro-Russian rebels, galvanized politicians in capitals across Europe to move swiftly against Moscow.
Sanctions on Russia may hurt E.U. players
“The plane changed everything,” said Sophia Pugsley, a specialist in E.U.-Russia relations at the European Council on Foreign Relations. “And it’s really the German attitude that has changed. They’re the ones that are going to feel the pain in the parts of the economy that rely on Russia.”

Germany is heavily reliant on Russian energy supplies, with Russia providing up to a third of the gas used in Germany. The other European heavyweights also have strong economic ties to Moscow, with Britain relying on Russian money to help fuel its thriving banking sector, and France selling warships to Russia to buoy its flagging defense industry.

Analysts expect that the new European sanctions would include measures targeting nearly $10 billion worth of bonds issued in Europe by Russian state-owned banks, an arms embargo, and restrictions on dual-use technology and energy industry equipment.

The impact of the much-anticipated sanctions was already rippling across Europe on Tuesday, with companies rushing to pull back on their dealings with Russian partners. In London, the effect was being felt most acutely among financial firms, which are trying to limit their exposure to any segment of the Russian economy that might be caught up in the new measures.

“The European and U.S. sanctions regimes have been evolving so rapidly that it’s becoming harder and harder for them to feel comfortable,” said Ben Kingsley, a partner at Slaughter and May, a law firm rooted in London’s financial district.

The energy giant BP released a statement Tuesday saying that new sanctions on the Russian oil firm Rosneft could “have a material adverse impact on our relationship with and investment in Rosneft, our business and strategic objectives in Russia and our financial position and results of operations.”
Until now, European sanctions have been limited to travel bans and asset freezes against individuals and entities directly involved in Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and its backing for pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.

But Tuesday’s move brings Europe into line with the United States in taking broader aim at entire sectors of the Russian economy.

Europe is Russia’s largest trading partner, and the new sanctions promised to deal a significant blow to Russian businesses, which until this month had largely been insulated from the measures coming from the United States and Europe.

Russia’s main MICEX stock index had largely recovered by mid-July from the economic tumult since the March annexation of Crimea. But the dual blow of tougher U.S. sanctions on July 16 and the shooting down of Flight 17 on July 17 sent the Russian stock market tumbling 7 percent since then, and international investors appear increasingly fearful about the stability of any future investment.

Karla Adam in London and Michael Birnbaum in Moscow contributed to this report.

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The focus is in of the international sanction on allowing Russia to have access for banking and financial services, importation of arms and materials and goods which could be used both for civillian and military applications.

The fact is that, there is yet any proof on Russian’s role in the shooting of Mike Romeo Delta.

It is expected that President Barack H. Obama would be issuing a statement within the hour, with regards to Russia’s role and support in the separatist rebellion in Ukraine.

The more interesting note, there is a hyprocracy on a gargantuan proportion on this majority decision by EU to reprimand Russia if compared to the criminally-instituted-unlawful State of Israel.

A Gazan father holding up the remains of his child, an obvious victim of the brutal Israeli Forces bombing on civilian targets

In the recent IDF campaign in Gaza the past ten days, more than 1,000 persons of which majority are unarmed non combatants such as women, children and old folks have been killed by incessant and indiscriminate bombing on buildings such as schools, hospitals and mosques.

The Week of United Kingdom story:

Tough sanctions against Russia – but what about Israel?

New measures risk a return to Cold War relations while some ask: why no action over Gaza crisis?
COLUMN LAST UPDATED AT 10:07 ON TUE 29 JUL 2014
David Cameron faces a possible backlash at home over the decision by Europe and the US to get tougher with President Vladimir Putin – and risk an unwelcome return to Cold War relations with Moscow – while doing nothing to halt Israel’s bombardment of Gaza.

The new measures against Russia, which are expected to hit EU exports of high-tech energy technology, future arms sales (though not the French contracts for two warships) and Russian investments in the City of London, won the immediate approval of the former Tory Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind.

Appearing on Radio 4’s Today programme, Rifkind dismissed earlier sanctions involving travel bans on Putin’s cronies as “pretty useless” and said the tougher sanctions were needed to make Putin change his policy of interference in the Ukraine.

Rifkind, today a respected if rather pompous Tory backbencher, also took a hefty sideswipe at Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the Lib Dem leader, for calling for Fifa to stop Putin hosting the 2018 World Cup. “I was not very impressed about that,” said Rifkind. “It was pretty amateur.”

No doubt Rifkind is speaking for many in his party who think Putin needs to be brought down a peg or two after the downing of Flight MH17 over Ukraine. Their view is that tough measures are the only language that a bully like Putin understands.

But the Tory press is not so sure. A Daily Telegraph editorial calls for calm heads: “This exercise seems largely designed to damage the City of London, while enabling other EU countries to carry on with the essentials of their relationship with Moscow largely intact…

“Europe needs to spell out what its objectives are, while avoiding steps that lead to a new Cold War, or worse. That means talking directly and firmly to Putin with a clear goal in sight – and without the strident grandstanding that ends up punishing us more than him.”

The Times claims the curbs on Russian investors could cost the City of London “hundreds of millions of pounds”. The paper also comments on today’s parallel announcement that Britain is to send more than 1,300 troops and tanks to join a training exercise on Nato’s eastern border in Poland.

“The move is designed to reassure allies in Eastern Europe,” says the Times, “but the stark return to Cold War tactics will further inflame tensions in the region.”

So, are we looking at a return to the Cold War, Checkpoint Charlie, Zil lanes in Moscow, the re-erection – metaphorically if not literally – of the Berlin Wall? No! Rifkind responded cheerily, claiming that the sanctions will all be chucked overboard the moment Putin changes his foreign policy over Ukraine.

An academic invited onto the same programme, Sergei Markov, director of the Institute of Political Studies in Moscow, warned against the sanctions, however, saying all they will do is create “more popularity for Vladimir Putin”. Markov added: “It will lead to a consolidation of the Russian people around President Putin.”

Rifkind: “That is not the point – this is not about his popularity; this is about sanctions that will oblige him to change his policy.”

The one issue that was not raised in Today’s sanctions slot was waiting in the wings – the Israeli army incursion into Gaza.

A cursory glance at social media shows that outside Broadcasting House there is boiling resentment that while the West is taking measures against Putin over the Ukraine, it is not proposing sanctions against Israel over its continuing bombardment of Gaza.

A tweet by Norman Smith, a BBC political correspondent, on the sanctions against Russia provoked a landslide of furious posts about Israel. They included this: “Sanctions for SM gossip, hearsay & BS while Israel murdering people & are allowed to get away with it.”

A BBC tweet announcing that Rifkind was due on the Today programme to discuss the Russian sanctions was met with an equally angry response: “How have we ended like this with Russia but not Israel? Just shows how selective our moral obligations are.”

These could be orchestrated tweets, posted by anti-Israeli Palestinian campaigners, or they could suggest that while Cameron and his EU partners are marching in step with Obama over Russian aggression, they are avoiding an issue that raises far greater public outrage. ·

Read more: http://www.theweek.co.uk/politics/59707/tough-sanctions-against-russia-but-what-about-israel#ixzz38t0fCVOO

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The major players and protagonists of all these international politics of sordid staging of “Punch and Judy” are obvious without any conscience against this particular prolonged pure evil-induced racism crime of humanity, which already extended for almost 70 years.

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As expected, President Barack H Obama came with damning call for Russia to be reprimanded through economic sanctions, designed to strangle United States real political and adversary since the 1920s.

The Fox News story:

Obama joins EU in announcing expanded economic sanctions against Russia

Published July 29, 2014FoxNews.com

President Obama on Tuesday announced expanded U.S. sanctions on Russia, joining the European Union in a coordinated effort to use Russia’s economy as leverage to compel Moscow to stop fueling the deadly conflict in Ukraine.

“Russia is once again isolating itself from the international community,” Obama said, claiming that the U.S. sanctions will have an “even bigger bite” thanks to action by the Europeans.

The coordinated sanctions by the U.S. and European Union were aimed at increasing pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his country’s support for separatists in eastern Ukraine whom the West blames for taking down a Malaysian airliner nearly two weeks ago. Obama and U.S. allies also warned that Russia was building up troops and weaponry along its border with Ukraine.

Europe’s actions were particularly significant given that the continent has a far stronger economic relationship with Russia than the U.S. does. Until this week, the EU sanctions had lagged behind American penalties, in part because of leaders’ concerns about a negative impact on their own economies.

But Europe’s calculus shifted sharply after a surface-to-air missile brought down the passenger jet, killing nearly 300 people including more than 200 Europeans. The new European penalties include an arms embargo on Moscow and a ban on the unapproved sale to the Russians of technology that has dual military and civilian uses or is particularly sensitive, such as advanced equipment used in deep-sea and Arctic oil drilling.

Obama said the U.S. sanctions would hit the finance, arms and energy sectors of Russia’s economy. Among the U.S. sanctions, according to the Treasury Department, are U.S. penalties that target the Bank of Moscow, the Russian Agricultural Bank and VTB Bank. Also listed on the Treasury designation is the United Shipbuilding Corp., which is based in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Obama said the U.S. is also blocking the export of certain goods and technologies to the Russian energy sector, and suspending credit “that encourages exports to Russia and financing for economic development projects in Russia.”

In making the case for the additional steps, Obama said Russia has continued to support the separatists, “and encourage them and train them and arm them.” He said forces inside Russia are launching artillery strikes into Ukraine, which he called a “major violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty.”

He also said Russia continues to build up its own forces near the border.

The new EU sanctions mirror steps announced by the U.S. the day before the Malaysian airliner was shot out of the sky. The White House has been pressing Europe in recent days to bring its penalties in line with the U.S., both to increase the economic pressure on Moscow and present a united Western front.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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It is yet to be proven that Russia is directly involved in the brutal downing of Malaysia Airlines’ Mike Romeo Delta. However, the massacre of unarmed non combatant populous of Gaza is a direct incessant and indiscriminate action of Israeli Forces.

Again, yet United States did not issue the same call against Israel even with the same tone despite the brutal attacks, bombings, shelling and now ground forces incursion by Israeli Forces into civilian population of Gaza which already saw over 1,000 persons killed and over 200,000 civilians displaced.

Published in: on July 30, 2014 at 02:00  Comments (8)  

Back-stabbing-strange-bedfellows

PAs has been playing into DAP's whims and fancies, but it is not actually working for them

PAS has been playing into DAP’s whims and fancies, but it is not actually working for them

In the turn of events lately, the loose coalition of backstabbing-strange-bedfellows-in-an-(un)holy-marriage of-covenience may crumble sooner than many expected and the true gluttony for power shall prevail.

It seems that in all the scheme of intra-internal-conflict between PAS-DAP-PKR on issues such as Hudud, ‘Kalimah Allah’ and now the attempt to dismiss Khalid Ibrahim as MB Selangor and appointment of PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, had been engineered by non other than the Chinese Chauvinist DAP.

The Mini Emperorissimo of Neo Middle Kingdom engineered all these with the machiavellian strategists within, to cause serious destabilisation of Pakatan Rakyat and eventually, the partnership would crack and done with.

It is clear that they got want they wanted, which Penang.

The objective of this strategic move engineered by Mini Emperorissimo of Middle Kingdom is to expel PAS from Pakatan Rakyat. DAP and PAS never saw anything eye to eye except to mutually want to grab power from BN, in the pretext of “Justice and fairness to all, combatting corruption and open economy and society” .

When push comes to shove, the majority of conservative Malays who are the backbone of politics in Semenanjung Malaysia, expressed their deep dissatisfaction with PAS for slowly relinquishing their struggle for Islam at the expense of political commonality with DAP and PKR. An example “Welfare State” Vs “Islamic State”.

Hence, PAS had to re-track and go back to their fundamental political ideology and struggle. This include the call for Hudud.

The Star story:

Published: Saturday April 26, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday April 26, 2014 MYT 7:24:37 AM

PAS to go ahead despite protests by DAP and PKR

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS is adamant about implementing hudud and tabling it in Parliament despite protests by its partners DAP and PKR.

PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub said the party would stay true to its stand over hudud.

“We also have an important role to play in explaining the concept and objectives behind its implementation to all Malaysians,” he told news portal Malaysian Times yesterday.

“It is also the responsibility of all Muslims to explain to all parties about hudud.”

Salahuddin, who is former Kubang Kerian MP, said Malaysians had the right to voice their opinions, regardless of whether these were positive or negative.

“We are not angry or disappointed with the action and words of those who opposed hudud,” he said.

“We will give our detractors the avenue to speak their minds as Malaysia is a democratic country.”

Fellow party vice-president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan man said PAS would offer a special briefing to the DAP and PKR on Tuesday.

“We are ready to explain in detail … in complying with the requests of our Pakatan Rakyat coalition partners,” he said.

He denied talks that Pakatan had refused to hear PAS’ argument on hudud.

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Also the contentious issue about the raid of Bible Society of Malaysia and JAIS confiscated 231 bibles in Malay on 2 January 2014. Although some PAS leaders are trying to echo the strong calls by Chinese Chauvinist DAP leaders but on a much softer tone, majority of the conservative Malays who are the backbone of PAS’s support is very uneasy on this.

The fact that they don’t really care about Selangor and strategically induced the destabilisation of the PR Leadership in Selangor because the state was wrestled from BN in 2008 and most strategic jobs within the Selangor State Government  are still being held by Malays (PKR and PAS).

Even after two GEs, UMNO still is an important adversary which could in time rally the ADUNs from PKR and PAS, to form a coalition government with excuses such as “For the sake of Islam and the Malay heritage”, probably with the strong endorsement of HRH the Constitutional Ruler.

Emperorissimo of 'Middle Malaysia' Lim Kit Siang would never allow any agenda PAS to be followed through

Emperorissimo of ‘Middle Malaysia’ Lim Kit Siang would never allow any agenda PAS to be followed through

Chinese Chauvinists DAP believed that the PKR would crack after Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim goes to jail sometime late this year, for sodomising political aide Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan in 2008. The reminiscence of the party which was created to champion the former abuse-0f-power-convict would rally around the Chinese Chauvinists, which now have 37 seats in Dewan Rakyat.

They also believe that on that strength, they might have a 50% odds for Perak in the next round.

If the exercise for  re-allienation of parliamentary areas is not careful, DAP could get Selangor within the next two GEs. Their strategic move to get more professional Malays as stooges in the Chinese Chauvinist party is still strong and well on the way.

After all, the Chinese Chauvinists within DAP never had serious dream about going to Putrajaya. It was Anwar Ibrahim, who all along managed to hoodwinked so many including PAS.

Mini Emperorissimo of Neo Middle Kingdom also fully understand the deep scar and distrust of PAS leaders towards UMNO and the over-extended psychological game of making PAS grass roots hate UMNO, which now has been deeply entrenched and almost irrevesible. Thus the likeliness of PAS and UMNO form a strategic coalition against DAP would not really materialise.

When PAS is out of the way, then their struggle for their socialistic Chinese Chauvinism of ‘Malaysian, Malaysia’ shall be on the play.

Published in: on July 29, 2014 at 14:00  Comments (1)  

Distasteful and de-dignifying

Berita Harian frontpage 25 July 2014

Berita Harian frontpage 25 July 2014

In the eagerness of getting attention or a sordid way of generating sympathy towards the victims of the brutal downing of Malaysia Airlines B777-200ER 9M-MRD on scheduled flight MH17, Berita Harian presented a distasteful front page story with uniforms of MH stewardesses.

The picture depicts that these uniforms must have came of corpses. What is more sad, these corpses must be naked.

The Malay Mail online story on 18 July 2014:

Bodies rained down on Ukraine village after MH17 disaster

JULY 18, 2014

 

ROZSYPNE, July 18 — First came the loud explosion that made buildings rattle: then it started raining bodies.

One of the corpses fell through the rickety roof of Irina Tipunova’s house in this sleepy village, just after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 exploded high over eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are fighting government forces.

“There was a howling noise and everything started to rattle. Then objects started falling out of the sky,” the 65-year-old pensioner said in front of her grey-brick home.

“And then I heard a roar and she landed in the kitchen, the roof was broken,” she said, showing the gaping hole made by the body when it came through the ceiling of the kitchen in an extension to the house.

The dead woman’s naked body was still lying inside the house, next to a bed.

About 100m from Tipunova’s home, dozens more dead bodies lay in the wheat fields where the airliner came down yesterday, killing all 298 people on board.

Still visibly shaken by her experience, Tipunova said: “The body’s still here because they told me to wait for experts to come and get it.”

Another local resident in her 20s who refused to give her name said she ran outside after hearing the plane explode.

“I opened the door and I saw people falling. One fell in my vegetable patch,” she said.

Red rose and plastic sheets

IN THE GALLERY

It was not only bodies that fell from the sky. Chunks of metal, pieces of luggage and other debris came crashing down to the ground in this agricultural area about 40km from the border with Russia.

The front of the plane fell in a field of sunflowers about one km from Tipunova’s home. Debris, bodies and body parts were scattered for miles around.

Rescue workers say they have found most of the corpses, some of them largely intact, others mangled. Some have been piled together but others lie where they fell, the place identified by sticks placed in the ground with white cloth attached.

Some of the corpses have been wrapped in almost transparent plastic sheets, the corners held down with small mounds of soil or stones. Pairs of uncovered legs poke out from under some of the sheets, and at least one had a red carnation on top.
Among the dead were many women and children, including a boy of about 10 still lying beside the cockpit, his small body covered by a plastic sheet.

Much of the scene was in chaos 24 hours after the plane was brought down. Abandoned shoes lay all around, with boxes of tablets that spilled out of a medical cabinet, empty suitcases and articles of clothing strewn over the fields.

In an effort to clean up some of the carnage, body parts have been washed off the pot-holed road where they fell to the earth, along with parts of the fuselage and wings showing the red and blue Malaysia Airlines logo.

Emergency workers, few in numbers yesterday, had arrived in force by today, setting up base in two large tents. Journalists and local residents wandered largely unimpeded through the ashes and charred wreckage.

Rebel fighters in combat fatigues watched the proceedings nervously. Kiev has accused them of shooting down the plane, but they have denied this and are pledging not to prevent an international investigation going ahead.

The constant sound of mortar fire and shooting in the distance served as a reminder of the conflict raging between the separatist rebels and the government forces who are trying to quell their three-month old revolt against rule from Kiev. — Reuters

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Nevermind the fact that the explosion at 33,000ft when 9M-MRD was probably flying at 90% the speed of sound caused the energy to even have clothes dislodged from the bodies.

However the worse tragedy is for Berita Harian to provide the evidence in living colour which very much corroborated the Reuters story that there were “Naked bodies rained from the sky” and probably strewn all over the plains near Grabovo is very distasteful.

That also means the the paper failed to treat the remains of the victims of the MH17, which in this case is probably Malaysians since they are Malaysia Airlines cabin crews, in the dignified manner.

The brave athletes of the Malaysian Team Commonwealth Game 2014, demonstrating espirit de corp towards Malaysia Airlines and the nation in mourning, with the spirit of sportsmanship at the opening ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland

The brave athletes of the Malaysian Team Commonwealth Game 2014, demonstrating espirit de corp towards Malaysia Airlines and the nation in mourning (wearing black armbands and flag flown half mast), without in anyway impair the spirit of sportsmanship at the opening ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland

The story about the remains of the 298 souls perished in Malaysia’s most trying moment should be presented with a lot more respect and honour. Just like how the athletes of the Malaysian Team Commonwealth Games 2014 honour and tribute the victims of the brutal downing of 9M-MRD in the opening ceremony in Glasgow.

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Foreign Ministership, par excellence

Foreign Minister Dato’ Seri Anifah Aman is effectively carrying through the Malaysian flag in his capacity as a Cabinet member, in handling of the shocking downing of Malaysia Airlines B777-200ER 9M-MRD MH17 AMS -KUL on 17 July 2014.

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Today, he presented himself to His Majesty King Willem and Queen Maxima of Netherlands.

The Dutch lost 193 souls in the horrid mishap, which is believed to be caused by surface-to-missile whilst flying 10% short of the speed of sound at the elevation of 33,000ft.

One of the 40 caskets with remains of MH17 victims is being loaded onto a waiting hearse in Eindhoven

The first 40 caskets carrying the remains of the 298 souls perished with 9M-MRD arrived in Eindhoven yesterday, via special militaryi transports from Kharkiv, Ukraine. King Willem, Queen Maxima and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte along with Foreign Minister Anifah and Transport Minister Dato Seri Liow were present in the very sombre military affair.

Now begins the forensic process of identification, before these remains could be handed over to their loved ones for proper religious service and send of.

Foreign Minister Anifah has provided examplry top level diplomacy, in sorting out priorities preceded upon the confirmation of the brutal downing of 9M-MRD. He was with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko when he was in Kiev.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on Foreign Minister Dato' Seri Anifah Aman at the Malaysian Embassy in Kiev

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on Foreign Minister Dato’ Seri Anifah Aman at the Malaysian Embassy in Kiev

He obtained full Ukrainian and Russian co-operation, in the effort to extract the remains and the same time having three Malaysian investigators visit the crash site where OSCE were not allowed.

It is obvious that Malaysia’s long standing international diplomacy since the early 60s in the intracacy of cold war especially in South East Asia, were followed through. Now, Anifah even strengthened it further, in the nation’s most trying moment.

Published in: on July 24, 2014 at 19:00  Comments (3)  

Wisdom

Malaysia Airlines B777-200ER 9M-MRD as MH17 AMS-KUL which was shot down at an elevation of 33,000ft  in Eastern Ukraine at 1230GMT on 17 July 2014 with 298 souls onboard

Malaysia Airlines B777-200ER 9M-MRD as MH17 AMS-KUL which was shot down at an elevation of 33,000ft in Eastern Ukraine at 1230GMT on 17 July 2014 with 298 souls onboard

In this hour of national mourning for the downing of Malaysia Airlines B777-200ER registration no 9M-MRD on a scheduled flight MH17 AMS-KUL with 298 souls onboard 17 July 2014, all Malaysians should come together.

The hostile fire which brought the 200 tons aircraft down should be regard not only attack against Malaysia’s sovereignty but also a hedious crime against humanity.

The importance of understanding what happened to the final hour of the doomed aircraft and who is directly or indirectly responsible by no means of lessen the priority of retrieving the remains of the 298 souls and sorting it out for the sake of grieving loved ones.

One of the remains of an MH17 victim is being removed from the ground zero by Ukrainian Emergency Services worker, under the watch of armed pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists

Of course, the diplomats and civil servants have to do what is expected from them. They are now busy sorting out all the internal laws and protocols necessary to present the case against this rare tragedy. Even the expertise of international legal professionals amongst Malaysians are sought, to build the case.

The fact is that there is an internal conflict in Ukraine for several months. There are many Eastern Ukrainians either want to go back with the Russian Federation or be independent away from the former Soviet Union republic.

The site where Mike Romeo Delta was shot down is an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

As such, rescue workers and investigators at this point of time have been barred to enter into the ground zero area, to do their work. Ukrainian forces do not have access to ensure safe passage and Russia is sluggish to admit they have direct access to this conflict area.

This shocking tragedy already sent ripples across Malaysia. Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak on Friday requested a special Dewan Rakyat sitting on Wednesday 23 July 2014 to debate a motion on the downing of MH17.

However there are some really half-baked imbeciles attempted to make a big fuss about the motion.

This is really sad. Even pro-Opposition news portal set the priority to stand up to be Malaysians, first.

Stop blaming Malaysia Airlines for downed MH17

BY JAHABAR SADIQ, EDITOR

Published: 19 July 2014

Malaysia Airlines shares its ‘MH stands for Malaysian Hospitality’ experience with all and sundry. It has every right to a safe flight over Europe or anywhere else in the world. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, July 19, 2014.
Malaysia Airlines shares its ‘MH stands for Malaysian Hospitality’ experience with all and sundry. It has every right to a safe flight over Europe or anywhere else in the world. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, July 19, 2014.
No words can take away the great pain that all of us feel for flight MH17. Nothing could have prepared us for what happened on July 17 as much as nothing had prepared us for flight MH370’s mysterious disappearance on March 8.
No country, no airline and no one deserves a single or double tragedy that has struck Malaysia Airlines, Malaysia and Malaysians. And those who died or vanished in either MH17 or MH370.

It goes without saying then that we should not add words to deepen the pain in our hearts for these two tragedies. Malaysia Airlines – one of the world’s safest carrier – lost 510 passengers, 27 crew member and two planes in the space of 131 days.

But no, some people want to speculate and assign blame immediately to our flag carrier and linking what happened to its lacklustre financial performance. Would any airline try to save fuel and fly over a conflict area?
Several journalists in international magazines and business websites are asking that question. Even the PAS Youth leader is asking why the Malaysia Airlines pilot took a risky route and that MH17 should have followed other commercial planes and flown around Ukraine.

Here’s the thing. The route was declared safe above 10,000 metres and MH17 was not operating in restricted airspace, according to a preliminary assessment from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The Flightglobal website said while eastern Ukraine has been the scene of armed conflict, including attacks on low-flying military transports, IATA stated that the airspace in which the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER was flying “was not subject to restrictions”.

Why this condescending attitude that it is Malaysia Airlines’ fault?

Would it be fine if the pro-Russian separatists’ boast that it shot down an AN-26 transport plane was correct? Would it be different if another commercial jet crashed?

“They were the wrong airline in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Vivian Lines, global vice-chairman and crisis-management expert at Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Singapore, told the Wall Street Journal.

But is there ever a right airline, a right place and a right time? Any commercial jet that is brought down by a missile is wrong. It does not matter where.

No one here wants to state the obvious. That the 298 people on board MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17 had nothing to do with the conflict raging 10,000m below them.

Based on American intelligence that says a missile brought down MH17, it is logical to say that the person who ordered or who pulled the trigger to launch a missile had no business aiming it at any plane in the sky.

They don’t own the sky. The passengers and crew of MH17 were entitled to a safe flight over Europe or anywhere else in the world. Why blame Malaysia Airlines for using that route when others use it, too?

This is the typical mindset of people who also blame skimpy clothed women for rape cases. The only cause of rape is the rapist, not the victim. So it is with MH17.

Malaysia Airlines’ business is to fly people to their destinations. It has suffered so much over the years, due to mismanagement and lopsided deals, but it has given its “MH stands for Malaysian Hospitality” experience to all and sundry.

The flight and cabin crew have done exemplary work, so it is illogical that any of them would take such a risk if they were told of potential dangers flying over Ukraine.

It speaks so much for Malaysia Airlines that MH17 was packed and some had to take another flight to Malaysia and thus saved from the tragedy.

It also speaks much about those who question Malaysia Airlines or Malaysia, just because both performed badly in the MH370 disappearance.

Both events are separate. We still do not know what happened to MH370 but we know what happened to MH17. But in both cases, let us not assign blame to the Malaysia Airlines flight crew without any evidence.

The prime minister is right to say we are united by grief but you know what, we as a country should be united by purpose.

The political bickering since election 2008 and election 2013 must be set aside and the government must run the country as much as some politicians should stop taking the opportunity to score cheap political points.

Perhaps it is true that Malaysian politicians from all sides have a unique ability to put their foot in when opening their mouths. That could explain the PAS Youth leader’s appalling and disgusting comments.

We need to nurse Malaysia Airlines back to good health because it carries our flag colours and our name. We need to heal this sick divisiveness in Malaysia and come together to mourn the 298 souls on MH17 and 239 on MH370.

Can we do that? Or are we way past caring and having any empathy? – July 19, 2014.

* Jahabar Sadiq runs The Malaysian Insider.

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There is another interesting fact. The constant critics of Malaysia Airlines who all along been taking pot shots against the losses accumulated by the national carrier despite increased in revenue and strong cash position must be surprised that all MH aircrafts bearing the 9M registration are even insured against “War and terrorism”.

It means that the financial losses from the downing of this aircraft and liability that is possibly incurred are covered.

At no accord, anyone would hoped for tragedy in any form. Never the less, the wisdom of the management and business and operational policies of an experienced full service airline is being implemented here, at this lowest point of crime against humanity of a commercial carrier in international airspace.

 

Published in: on July 20, 2014 at 19:00  Comments (11)  

Liow: This cannot go unpunished

A stern section of Malaysia Airlines B777-200ER 9M-MRD as MH17 AMS-KUL which was shot down in Eastern Ukraine with 298 souls onboard on 17 July 2014

Malaysian Minister of Transport Dato’ Seri Liow Tiong Lai issued a press statement today for the shooting down of MH17 at East Ukraine.

MH17 PRESS BRIEFING BY LIOW TIONG LAI, MINISTER OF TRANSPORT

INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT

Today Malaysia Airlines have released the final list of nationalities on board flight MH17. Each of the numbers represents a life lost, and a family in anguish. After this press conference, Malaysia Airlines will release the full passenger manifest.

Malaysia mourns the loss of all 298 passengers and crew. We feel for their families. And we promise to do all we can to ensure that the investigation is completed, and that justice is done.

ON THE INVESTIGATION:

Malaysia is deeply concerned that the crash site has not been properly secured. The integrity of the site has been compromised, and there are indications that vital evidence has not been preserved in place.

Interfering with the scene of the crash risks undermining the investigation itself. Any actions that prevent us from learning the truth about what happened to MH17 cannot be tolerated. Failure to stop such interference would be a betrayal of the lives that were lost.

Malaysia calls for all parties to protect the integrity of the crash site, and to allow the investigation to proceed. We urge all those involved to respect the families, and the nations who have lost their sons and daughters in this attack.

Yes, MH17 has become a geopolitical issue. But we must not forget that it is a human tragedy. Days after the plane went down, the remains of 298 people lie uncovered.

Citizens of eleven nations – none of whom are involved in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine –cannot be laid to rest. Their lives were taken by violence; now violence stops them being accorded their final respect. This cannot continue.

ON DEPLOYMENT:

Earlier today, Malaysia’s special team arrived in Kiev. We ask for continued support from the Ukrainian government, and the other parties involved, as the team seeks to assist the Ukrainian authorities in recovering and identifying the remains of the passengers and crew, and with the wider investigation.

The world has a moral obligation to ensure that the remains of all victims are recovered and treated with respect. We will play our part in fulfilling this obligation. That is why, later today, I will join the Malaysian team in Kiev, where I will work with my counterpart in the Ukraine government, to support efforts to retrieve the remains, and to assist with the investigation.

I will be joined by the Director General of the Department of Civil Aviation, the Malaysian investigator in charge, and the Chairman of Malaysia Airlines. The CEO of Malaysia Airlines is already in Kiev.

ON THE FLIGHT PATH:

On the matter of MH17’s flight path, I would like to refer to recent reported comments by officials from Eurocontrol, the body which approves European flight paths under ICAO rules.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the officials stated that some 400 commercial flights, including 150 international flights crossed eastern Ukraine daily before the crash. Officials from Eurocontrol also stated that in the two days before the incident, 75 different airlines flew the same route as MH17.

MH17’s flight path was a busy major airway, like a highway in the sky. It followed a route which was set out by the international aviation authorities, approved by Eurocontrol, and used by hundreds of other aircraft. It flew at an altitude set, and deemed safe, by the local air traffic control. And it never strayed into restricted airspace.

The flight and its operators followed the rules. But on the ground, the rules of war were broken. In an unacceptable act of aggression, it appears that MH17 was shot down; its passengers and crew killed by a missile.

CONCLUDING REMARKS

This outrage cannot go unpunished. Once again, Malaysia condemns this brutal act of aggression, and calls for those responsible to be found, and to face the full force of justice without delay.

-ENDS-

Published in: on July 19, 2014 at 19:30  Comments (4)  

Let the professionals do what they are trained to do

The downing of MH17 AMS-KUL with 298 souls at 1415GMT yesterday brought unsurpassed shock through spine of hundreds of millions global television viewers, not just Malaysians. The fact that high on speculation is that the downing is believed to be caused by hostile fire, from unidentified forces on ground in the eastern most parts of Ukraine brought the complication another notch down.

Again from the experience of the missing MH370 on 8 March earlier this year, speculations are freely offered especially in the advancement of communication technology which include round-the-clock international news networks and social media.

Arm chair critics, experts and philosophers suddenly pop from the least expected corners, where Malaysians are part of them.

The fact is that, Malaysia Airlines as the commercial national carrier and Malaysian Government as the custodian and steward of Malaysian interests more over if it involve lives  and asset of GLCs, are working very hard to sort things out.

Hence, they would need time to do all the necessary in the standard operating procedure already prepared for crisis such as this. This include contacting all the families and kins of the 298 souls who are believed to have died instantly when the B777-200 mysteriously exploded at 10% short of the speed of sound, six miles above the ground almost twenty nautical miles to the Russian Federation border.

Let them sort out what they need to do first, high on the priority list. When they are ready, they would come and face the world media.

Yes, the world demand minimal answers to this shocking story. However the world should owe it to the grieving families, kins and loved ones of the 298 souls onboard before they want to satisfy their curiosity.

As for now, all the conspiracy theory about the pro-Russian Federation separatists versus the Ukranian hardliners could just wait. Remains of the 298 souls got to be sorted out first and the bereavement of the affected families and loved ones must be the priority.

This include the 22 Malaysian passengers and 15 Malaysia Airlines crew onboard.

Published in: on July 18, 2014 at 13:30  Comments (5)  

Mike Romeo Delta “MH 17″ downed in East Ukraine

Malaysia Airlines B777-200ER 9M-MRD as MH17 AMS-KUL which was shot down at an elevation of 33,000ft  in Eastern Ukraine at 1230GMT on 17 July 2014 with 298 souls onboard

Malaysia Airlines B777-200ER 9M-MRD as MH17 AMS-KUL which was shot down at an elevation of 33,000ft in Eastern Ukraine at 1230GMT on 17 July 2014 with 298 souls onboard

A 17 years old Malaysia Airlines B777-200 with 280 passengers and 15 crew was believed to be shot down in East Ukraine. The aircraft 9M-MRD departed Amsterdam Schipol at 1215pm (local time) on 17 July 2014, was downed just after two hours in flight towards KLIA.

Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s statement:

18 July 2014

Statement by Prime Minister Najib Razak:

Malaysian Airlines flight 17

Yesterday evening, I was informed of the terrible and deeply shocking news that a Malaysia Airlines jet went down in eastern Ukraine.
Malaysia Airlines has confirmed that the jet was Malaysia Airlines flight 17, which was on a scheduled flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
The flight departed Amsterdam at 12.15pm, local time. It was scheduled to arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 6.10 am, local, Malaysian time.
The aircraft was a Boeing 777-200.
The aircraft’s flight route was declared safe by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
And International Air Transportation Association has stated that the airspace the aircraft was traversing was not subject to restrictions.
Malaysia Airlines has confirmed that the aircraft did not make a distress call.
The flight was carrying a total number of 295 people – comprising 280 passengers and 15 crew members.
Malaysia Airlines is in the process of notifying the next-of-kin of the passengers and crew. All possible care will be provided to the next-of-kin.
The Government of Malaysia is dispatching a special flight to Kiev, carrying a Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team, as well as a medical team.
According to information provided by Kiev Air Traffic Control, the location of the plane’s emergency locator beacon is 48 degrees 7 minutes and 23 seconds North; and 38 degrees 31 minutes and 33 seconds East.
The Ukrainian authorities believe that the plane was shot down.
At this early stage, however, Malaysia is unable to verify the cause of this tragedy.
But we must – and we will – find out precisely what happened to this flight.
No stone can be left unturned.
If it transpires that the plane was indeed shot down, we insist that the perpetrators must swiftly be brought to justice.
Emergency operations centres have been established. In the last few hours, Malaysian officials have been in constant contact with their counterparts in Ukraine and elsewhere.
And I will be speaking to a number of world leaders over the coming hours.
I have had several conversations with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands.
I have also spoken to the President of Ukraine. He has pledged that there will be a full, thorough and independent investigation, and Malaysian officials will be invited to take part.
The Ukrainian president also confirmed that his government will negotiate with rebels in the east of the country, in order to establish a humanitarian corridor to the crash site.
Just now, I received a call from President Obama.
He and I both agreed that the investigation must not be hindered in anyway.
An international team must have full access to the crash site.
And no one should interfere with the area, or move any debris, including the black box.
This is a tragic day, in what has already been a tragic year, for Malaysia.
As we work to understand what happened, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those onboard the flight.
I cannot imagine what they must be going through at this painful time.
The flight’s passengers and crew came from many different countries.
But today, regardless of nationality, we are all united in grief.
ENDS

Published in: on July 18, 2014 at 06:00  Leave a Comment  

MP, Murka

HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah expressed his gross displeasure (Murka) to MP for Shah Alam Khalid A Samad for rude critiques against Majlis Agama Islam Selangor’s (MAIS) role as advisory agency to HRH Sultan Selangor and authority in matters pertaining Islam.

The Star story:

Published: Tuesday July 15, 2014 MYT 8:38:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday July 15, 2014 MYT 10:20:54 PM

Selangor Sultan raps Khalid Samad for questioning Mais’ executive powers

BY A. RUBAN
SEPANG: Selangor Sultan, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has rapped Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad for questioning the powers of the Selangor State Islamic Council (Mais).

“It is rude to make such a statement by questioning the powers of Mais, as it is also like questioning my powers as head of the religion.

“This is not the first time Khalid Samad has questioned issues pertaining to the executive powers of the council and the State Islamic Enactment which he thinks is obsolete,” Sultan Sharafuddin said in his address before launching the Sepang town mosque Tuesday.

Labelling Khalid as “ignorant towards state Islamic laws and Mais’ role”, Sultan Sharafuddin urged him to study the history of the state and its laws before making any comments that could cause a stir among Muslims.

“I hope he is more careful when issuing statements that touches on the roles of the Sultan and Mais,” he said.

The Sultan also stressed that Mais had guaranteed the rights and freedom of non-Muslims.

“Mais respects the non-Muslims as stated in the Federal Constitution.

“Any action by Jais (State Islamic Religious Department) and Mais is to champion the rights of the Muslims without disturbing the non-Muslims,” he said.

He also urged politicians not to use Islam for their own political mileage, adding that they should instead issue statements that would ensure the purity of the religion in the country.

Last month, following the refusal by Jais and Mais to return the seized bibles to the Bible Society of Malaysia, Khalid had suggested for the executive powers of Mais to be reviewed.

He said Mais, being the religious advisory council to the Sultan, must be “studied” again to ensure it did not taint the Malay Rulers institution.

Separately, Sultan Sharafuddin called for all Muslims to practise moderateness during the Ramadan, advising them not to fight and slander each other.

“If these continue to happen, the Malays will be extinct and do we want this to happen in our own country? Imagine who is going benefit and who is going to lose from this,” he added.

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Khalid Samad, who is PAS Commisisoner for Selangor, attacked MAIS on the decision of not returning the 231 bibles in Malay confiscated by Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS) after an inspection of Bible Soceity of Malaysia office in Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya on 2 January 2014.

In the same breadth, he inadvertently asked for MAIS’s authority be curbed.

The Malay Mail online story:

Defang Mais, PAS MPs urge Selangor after bible row

BY SYED JAYMAL ZAHIIDJUNE 17, 2014
PAS MP Khalid Samad called for Mais to be ‘defanged’ in order to prevent the council from acting independently of the Pakatan-led state government.
KUALA LUMPUR, June 17 — Selangor should consider amending the enactment that allows the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) to directly control the state’s religious authorities, PAS lawmakers said today.

Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad said the move would ensure that Mais follows the policies of the Pakatan Rakyat state government and prevent the council from acting independently, following its refusal to return the hundreds of bibles seized from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM).

“We want the state government to study the enactment that gives executive power to Mais where it can order Jais (Selangor Islamic Affairs Department) and such and if necessary, amend the enactment.

“As we know it Mais is an institution close to the institution of the Selangor Sultan. And their actions can tarnish the Sultan’s image,” he told a press conference in Parliament here.

He added that PR has the two-thirds majority in the state legislature assembly needed to make the amendments.

Khalid said the move was necessary to preserve interfaith harmony in the state.

“The state must study how to rectify this problem and the Islamic affairs exco (executive councillors) must look into this problem to preserve relations between Muslims and non-Muslims in the state and to protect the image of the Sultan,” he said.

The Shah Alam MP added that the state PAS chapter should spearhead the initiative.

The view echoes that of former president of the BSM who yesterday called on the Selangor government to strip the state Islamic authorities of their enforcement powers, arguing that the religious council and its officers were overstepping the scope of their powers to police other faiths.

Lee Min Choo claimed there was now a “crisis of confidence” in Selangor after Mais and Jais refused to return the hundreds of bibles seized from the BSM’s office in Petaling Jaya earlier this year despite orders from the state government and advice from federal authorities.

Khalid said today Mais and Jais’s defiance had tarnished Islam’s image as a religion that stresses respect for other faiths.

“They have damaged Islam’s image because Islam demands its followers respect the faiths of others and their holy books,” he said.

The Islamic authorities are now seeking a court ruling, which will enable them to dispose the Malay-, and Iban-language bibles they had seized on January 2.

Mais has consistently said they will not return the bibles, claiming the AG erred by deciding not to pursue charges in the case.

Mais reiterated that Jais, which comes under the council’s purview, will not adhere to the directive issued by the Selangor government because the state had “no power” in the matter.

Mais insisted that there are grounds to “prosecute” BSM under the Selangor Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Among Muslims) Enactment 1988.

- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/defang-mais-pas-mps-urge-selangor-after-bible-row#sthash.gmmieg9s.dpuf

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Tuanku Sultan Selangor was firm about JAIS acting based on the Federal and State Constitution in the subsequent actions after the raid and seizure, which was a point of contentious especially by Opposition, which include PAS Selangor.

Published: Thursday June 19, 2014 MYT 4:02:00 PM
Updated: Thursday June 19, 2014 MYT 6:48:20 PM

Bible seizure: Selangor Sultan orders Jais to act in accordance with the law

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PETALING JAYA: The Sultan of Selangor has ordered the Selangor Islamic Affairs Authority (Jais) to refer the matter of the bibles seized from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) to the public prosecutor, so the courts can determine if they should be returned or disposed of.

“The current law procedures provide that in disposing any case items which was seized during raids or investigation can be referred by the public prosecutor to the Court by either obtaining a disposal or return order.

“This decree is in line with the minutes issued by the Attorney-General’s Chambers that ‘Jais has to act in accordance to the law on the issue of the seized bibles’,” according to a statement issued by the Selangor Sultan’s private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani, on behalf of the palace.

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah said the move was necessary to protect the sanctity of the law and the sensitivities of the sides involved in the issue.

The ruler also called for the politicians to “stop confusing and distressing the public with solutions that do not follow the course of the law and proposals that were unreasonable.”

The Sultan expressed his hope that politicians do not use the issue for their self-interest or the interests of their groups and political parties.

“Let the matter be settled by parties that are directly involved in the matter and those given the powers to solve it.

“Religious matters are sensitive issues. Therefore, the Sultan advises those who are not directly involved in the matter to refrain from issuing irresponsible statements and to refrain from interfering in the issue that can worsen the situation,” he said.

He stressed that every action and decree made by the Sultan of Selangor in all issues either the religion or the state, had never disregarded the law nor acted above it.

It was reported that the fate of the 321 Malay and Iban language Bibles seized by the Selangor Islamic Affairs Authority (Jais) from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) on Jan 2 will only be known on Monday.

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has set Monday as a target date to settle the matter.

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This is actually the third time Tuanku Sultan Selangor expressed his displeasure (Murka) about matters relating to the ‘kalimah Allah’ issue. The first time was in January 2013.

The Star story:

Published: Wednesday January 9, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday April 22, 2013 MYT 5:06:38 PM

Non-Muslims can’t use ‘Allah’

SHAH ALAM: The Sultan of Selangor has decreed that non-Muslims in the state have been barred from using “Allah”, saying it is a sacred word exclusive to Muslims.

A statement yesterday from Selangor Islamic Affairs Council (Mais) secretary Datuk Mohd Misri Idris said Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah had expressed shock and regret over DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng’s recent statement urging the Government to allow the word “Allah” to be used in the Malay version of the Bible.

Lim, who is the Penang Chief Minister, had stated this in his New Year message.

The Ruler had called for an emergency meeting with officials of Mais, the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) and the Selangor mufti on Sunday.

“The Sultan made a decision and decreed that the word Allah’ is a sacred word specific to Muslims and it is prohibited to be used by any non-Muslim in Selangor, as stated in a fatwa and gazetted on Feb 18, 2010,” Mohd Misri said.

“Tuanku is disappointed that the decree had been taken lightly by some parties until the issue was brought up again,” he said, adding that the Sultan also stated that Mais and Jais could take stern action against anyone who questions the fatwa that was issued according to state laws.

To know in detail these state laws and fatwa over the word “Allah”, visit http://www.mais.gov.my.

The Ruler’s decree came ahead of a Pakatan Rakyat meeting at which the word “Allah” had been allowed to be used by even non-Muslims.

PAS ulama chief Datuk Harun Taib expressed shock that Pakatan leaders, including party chief Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, had reached that consensus.

He said the matter was never discussed, not even in the Syura council – the party’s supreme body.

“As far as I can remember, we never reached a decision on the matter,” he said, adding that it was wrong to misuse the kalimah “Allah” for any politically-motivated agenda.

In SEREMBAN, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that Sultan Sharafuddin had every right, as head of the state’s Islamic affairs, to issue the decree.

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Then HRH Tuanku Sultan Selangor reaffirmed his earlier titah for the second time, without reducing the message nor the tone.

Published by then Riong Kali dot com story:

Sultan Selangor gesa Herald, Bible Melayu henti guna kalimah Allah

OLEH MOHD FARHAN DARWIS
Published: 14 November 2013
Akhbar mingguan Katolik, Herald dan Bible versi bahasa Melayu perlu menghentikan penggunaan Allah dalam akhbar mingguan dan kitab berkenaan kerana kalimah itu adalah perkataan yang khusus untuk umat Islam, kata Sultan Selangor.

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah selepas persidangan di Dewan di-Raja Selangor pada 11 November lalu, berkata rakyat negeri Selangor tanpa mengira kaum dan agama perlu akur dan patuh kepada larangan menggunakan kalimah berkenaan.

“Baginda juga menasihatkan mana-mana pihak tidak mengambil kesempatan menjadikan kalimah Allah ini sebagai agenda politik mereka kerana kalimah Allah ini ialah satu kalimah suci dan melibatkan akidah umat Islam,” kata kenyataan berkenaan yang dikeluarkan Setiausaha Dewan di-Raja Selangor, Hanafisah Jais, di Shah Alam.
Baginda turut bertitah bahawa isu yang berkaitan dengan agama tidak seharusnya dipandang ringan kerana ia boleh membawa implikasi buruk kepada keselamatan negara dan boleh menimbulkan ketegangan antara kaum di negara ini.

Ini adalah kali kedua baginda mengeluarkan arahan seumpama itu berhubung isu penggunaan kalimah Allah di Selangor.

“Umat Islam digesa supaya merapatkan barisan dan bersatu padu dalam mempertahankan kesucian kalimah Allah dan menghalang segala usaha mana-mana anasir yang tidak bertanggungjawab untuk menyalahgunakan dan menghina kalimah Allah yang suci ini,” kata baginda.

Tegas baginda, rakyat negeri Selangor perlu patuh terhadap keputusan Muzakarah Jawatankuasa Fatwa Negeri Selangor yang telah membincangkan isu berkaitan tuntutan penganut agama Kristian terhadap penggunaan kalimah Allah.

“Muzakarah tersebut telah memutuskan bahawa kalimah Allah adalah kalimah suci yang khusus bagi agama dan umat Islam dan ia tidak boleh digunakan untuk merujuk kepada tuhan dalam agama-agama lain.

“Kedudukan agama Islam di Malaysia telah didaulatkan dalam Artikel 3 Perlembagaan Persekutuan sebagai agama bagi Persekutuan dan mempunyai kedudukan istimewa,” titah baginda lagi. – 14 November, 2013.

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On 23 June 2014, Federal Court decided on a landmark case of Non Muslims attempting to use ‘Allah” to depict ‘God’, by upholding the authority that Home Ministry was right in denying the Christian Federation of Malaysia’s Herald to use ‘kalimah Allah’ in their Malay publication.

In all, this landmark Federal Court decision is demonstrating that Articles 3(1) and 11(4) of the Federal Constitution still prevail and in the Tuanku Sultan Selangor’s strong titah on the subject matter within the span on 18 months  is clear demonstration that the Non Muslims are in direct confrontation against HRH Malay Rulers and their role and absolute authority of Islam.

The stature of Islam has been a defining element of this nation and is also the religion of the Federation of Malaysia.

Any persons, citizens or aliens, who dare to attempt against all these exhaled and democratically in acted role and position of persons, agencies and roles and authorities to administer matters pertaining Islam, as provided in Articles 3(1) and 11(4) of the Federal Constitution.

Make no mistake about that. Challenging these laws are outright, seditious and those continue to commit offence against it is treacherous.

The irony of this episode is that HRH Sultan Selangor expressed his gross displeasure (Murka) at an event to launch a mosque in Sepang and today is public holiday for Nuzul Quran.

Lessons to be learned by this is that there a small bunch sinister worshippers having a demented agenda on matters already been decided by the Parliament as part of the formation of this nation. Not only that, they tone the issue up with political connotation and used political means through manipulation to get the matter across using international media..

Hence, NGOs sympathetic to their cause by being “Oppressed minorities” a loudly echo the message to the world as they lie about Federal Government decisions against these errand protagonist.

Published in: on July 15, 2014 at 23:30  Comments (10)  
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