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Sunday, November 27, 2011

DR. ANG SWEE CHAI - jihad for Palestinians

A dedication to Dr Ang Swee Chai


at 7:00:00 PM, 27 Nov 2011 posted by Barrie: http://wherebearsroamfree.blogspot.com/

Dr Ang Swee Chai. Born in Penang, raised in Singapore, studied at the University of Singapore, then studied in London. She is now a widow. The widow of the late Francis Khoo, alleged Marxist conspirator. Here is her eulogy dedicated to her late husband. A moving story of true love. Remembering Francis Khoo Kah Siang, alleged Euro-Communist security threat
There is another passion and love which Dr Ang has, which is noted worldwide. The Palestinian cause. She gave up a lucrative medical career in London to work as a volunteer to help Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. This was to change her life forever.
Dr Ang Swee Chai - Surgeon With A Mission (PDF) Excerpt below starts on page 5.
PAT: Many people who are reading this interview may not be familiar with your book and your work. Can you tell us what it is like, someone who is trained in the University of Singapore, going into what essentially was then a war zone in Lebanon? What were some of the adjustments you had to make? What were some of the mind shifts that you had to make?
DR ANG: The number one issue was my own mindset because I was brought up all along to fear Arabs and to hate terrorism, and I thought all Arabs were terrorists. Although I grew up in Singapore with Muslims, I never got to know them properly. When I found myself working in a refugee camp, for the first few days, I kept asking myself, “Are these people really Palestinians?” Because they are such wonderful people, they are so generous and such lovely people – they cannot be Arabs, not to mention Palestinians.
It took a lot of adjusting for me. I really learnt about the Palestinian people first-hand when I worked in their hospital, which was called Gaza Hospital and was built by the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and named after the Gaza Strip in the Occupied Palestinian Territories kilometers away. At that time, Lebanon had 350,000 Palestinian refugees. They were some of the people who had fled historical Palestine when Israel was formed and these people were put in tents and they grew up as refugees. They demolished their own tents and they built houses in their townships or refugee camps. They tried to remember the places they came from by calling their institutions after places in Palestine, like Ramallah Maternity Clinic, Nazareth and Gaza Hospital. Pauline Cutting, a very famous British doctor, part of Medical Aid for Palestinians and Susie Wighton, a Scottish nurse, worked in a hospital called Haifa Hospital. By default, I found myself in charge of the orthopaedic department at Gaza Hospital. In 1982, I did not think I was really good at it at all, you see – but I was all they had − most of their doctors were either imprisoned or killed, or in hiding.
And then came the massacre of Sabra and Shatila, where many Palestinians were killed. I think more than 3,000 people were killed and they were completely defenseless. They trusted their security and their lives to the hands of the multinational peacekeeping forces that did not protect them. Even right now, there is a debate as to who did it. I will not go into that. I went to Jerusalem to testify to the Kahan Israeli tribunal and it came to a very interesting conclusion, beyond the breadth of this interview.

During that period of the massacre, I spent three days and three nights operating in a basement shelter, which was converted into two operating theatres. Pierre, a Norwegian surgeon, and I were operating and operating and then on the last day, when we were ordered out of the basement, we saw so many people dead and that was heartbreaking....
The Kahan Commission of Inquiry (in Jerusalem, hence, her book titled "From Beirut to Jerusalem"), was noted world wide. Dr Ang's testimony gave the world an insight to the atrocities committed by Israel during the Sabra and Shatila Massacre, which claimed 3000 innocent Lebanese Palestinian lives. If not for this then young, brave woman, the world would not have known the genocide committed.
Dr Ang at a makeshift tent at the 2005 Pakistan Earthquake

Pic taken from http://www.sma.org.sg/sma_news/3810/Feature.pdf
Dr Ang's fight for the Palestinian Cause did not end there. Till today, she continues to fight for Palestinians. Here is one of her speeches in London recently. This is about the siege in Gaza.

Gaza Flotilla Massacre: London Demo - Dr Ang Swee Chai [inminds]
However, whenever you fight for the Palestinian cause, the Zionist Lappydogs will always try to discredit you. Here is BBC's interview with Dr Ang. Note the condescending tone of the interviewer, trying to discredit Dr Ang's work.
HARDtalk with Dr Swee Ang Part 1.wmv

1:15 min - Dr Ang grew up in a very Zionist environment (ie Singapore!). In fact, in Church, "we all" (ie the congregation) celebrated the Six Day War Israel won against the Arabs. But in 1982, when Lebanon was bombed to bits (by Israel), she began to wonder. That's when she decided give up her lucrative job in London and volunteered to help out in Beirut.
2:10 min - Dr Ang worked in a basement because of years of bombardment, the operating theatre had to be underground. She noticed that many of the wounded were elderly and very young children. She also heard horror stories from the victims themselves.

3:05 min - Interviewer comments that the bombardment by Israel was because the refugee camps hosted PLO, which was seen as a terrorist organisation then. Dr Ang replies that it was not just that. Because after the PLO evacuated 3 weeks before the massacre (of Sabra and Shatila), she discovered that the refugees have been under siege for the last 4 generations.

4:00 min - Dr Ang gave her testimony in the Kahan Commision of Inquiry (the inquiry on the Massacre of Sabra and Shatila) that led to the resignation of Defence Minister Ariel Sharon (no conviction? ... but he returned as PM from 2001 to 2006! - hypocritical on part of Israel, no?). Dr Ang highlights that the common Israeli people are in fact against killing Palestinians and 400,000 Israelis demonstrated to have the commission.

9:15 min - Interviewer questions Dr Ang that she talks about how young girls armed themselves with bombs and charged at enemy tanks, which the papers call them suicide bombers while the Palestinians called them martyrs - so what does Dr Ang calls them?

Dr Ang says this is a difficult question because some of them were her nurses she trained (medically). She wished they didn't have to do that - to defend their people. What else could they do?

Interviewer presses on to ask if suicide bombing is justified.

Then at 11:35 min, watch Dr Ang hits the nail on the head - "Is there another way?....Maybe...if NATO defended them, then they won't have to do it.."


Part 2

HARDtalk with Dr Swee Ang Part 2.wmv

Lappydog of Israel, BBC, continues to attempt to discredit Dr Ang.

My Comments -

Dr Ang has recently lost the love of her life - her husband. She was willing to marry him even though she knew the ISA was after him. In fact, she married him so that she could be his link to the outside world should he be arrested and detained by the ISD.
As it turned out, her husband managed to escape when he fled to England. Thinking that the ISA won't be after her, she stayed - and was detained for a few days.
But she bears no malice against the Singapore govt. Instead, she works for the Palestinian cause - a passion she loves as much as her late husband.
Dr Ang could have earned big bucks in England as an Orthopaedic Surgeon. Instead, she gives up all that wealth to fight for a group of Palestinians the world abandons. And worse, fighting for Palestinians makes you a political target of the Zionists too.
If there is any woman who should be recognised as the Woman of the Century, it has to be Dr Ang Swee Chai. Pity the likes of Feminist groups AWARE totally missed her world known works.

CAIRO, 1890

Outer entrance of the citadel (R) which was built by Saladin in the 12th century.

Cairo surrendered to Napoleon in 1798. The Frech were later driven out of Egypt by the English.


Arabi, an orator of Al Azhar product led a popular revolt against the English in 1881. His battle cry was "Egypt for Egyptians". He was captured and exiled in Ceylon.
In 1879, Tufik (L) repaced his father, Ismail as the Khedive of Egypt. He banned gambling throughout the country.


It was during Ismail's governancy that the Suez Canal was opened and the extravanza costed him 21 million dollars which made almost a bankcrupt. The kings and princes/princesses of Europe were at the lavish party.

The Ottoman Sultan displaced him and made Tufik as the successor.

The chief wife of Ismail with a private band (L).


An Egyptian dancing girl (L). The men's favourite pastime was playing chess and watching dances at times perhaps.

The road to Choubra (R) where Mehmet, predecessor to Ismail had his summer residence.

Porch of Al Azhar (L). The university was founded in the 9th century.

Napoleon used to goto Al Azhar in full Arab robe to listen to the Quran recitation. It is believed that he was a Muslim.

Students in the outer court, Al Azhar (L).

Praying at the mosque built by Mehmet (R).

Thursday, November 24, 2011

ANAK KERA KU TETEKKAN inikan pula anak sendiri



Anak kera ku tetekkan inikan pula anak sendiri. Walaupun tetek ku sudah kempis dan melanduh. Inilah gambaran betapa rapatnya hidup kami dalam jalinan ekosistem hutan belantara.

Hutan itu kami, kami itu hutan semenjak ribuan tahun.

We the proto-Malays.

Orang luar tiada faham dogma hidup kami. Dengan itu mereka mudah mengancam dan menganiaya kami baik dari segi tanah, tumbuhan dan binatang liar. Padahal itulah sumber bahan makanan, perlindungan dan kesihatan kami.







Di mana dikatakan Malaysia bertamadun, high income economy, Malaysia negara Islam?

Gigi ku sakit dimana dentistnya? Tampal koyok dan tahan sakit berdenyut. Kena cari juga gaharu untuk dijual atau ditukar dengan makanan.

Lebih2 kami dapat RM100 sebulan. Sesungguhnya ahli politik cerita fasal high income economy pandai bermimpi. Masih hendakkan undi kami? Janji atas janji?




Makanan harian kami bergantung kapada ubi kayu dan padi huma. Bukan senang hendak tanam padi kerana musuhnya banyak - babi hutan, kera, serangga, burung. Setenngah-tengah binatang tersebut dapat kami sumpit, panggang dan makan.

Sudah lama kami tahu fasal kacip fatimah, tongkat ali, rafflesia. Sebab itulah kami dapat lawan beberapa penyakit.





Apakah permainan yang kami ada? Tak kan nak panjat pokok atau main air sungai hari2. Kalau ada tapak main guli, lebih padang takraw pun cukuplah.







Pembalakkan yang rakus mengancam kehidupan dan kesihatan kami.

Ramai orang2 kerajaan dan ahli politik yang bertanggung jawah tutup mata sebelah.

Air sungai kotor dimana kami hendak mandi, menangkap ikan.

Sesungguhnya manusia tidak berhati perut bila nampak duit. Hokap.




Penulisan diubahsuai daripada artikel  Star.


Anak kera ku tetekkan inikan pula anak sendiri, walaupun tetek ku sudah kempis dan melanduh. Inilah gambaran betapa rapatnya hidup kami dalam jalinan ekosistem hutan belantara.

Hutan itu kami, kami itu hutan, semenjak ribuan tahun lagi.

We the proto-Malays.

Orang luar tiada faham dogma hidup kami. Dengan itu mereka mudah mengancam dan menganiaya kami baik dari segi tanah, tumbuhan dan binatang liar. Padahal itulah sumber bahan makanan, perlindungan dan kesihatan kami.






Di mana dikatakan Malaysia bertamadun, high income economy, Malaysia negara Islam?

Gigi ku sakit dimana dentistnya? Tampal koyok dan tahan sakit berdenyut. Kena cari juga gaharu untuk dijual atau ditukar dengan makanan.

Lebih2 kami dapat RM100 sebulan. Sesungguhnya ahli politik cerita fasal high income economy pandai bermimpi. Masih hendakkan undi kami? Janji atas janji?



Makanan harian kami bergantung kapada ubi kayu dan padi huma. Bukan senang hendak tanam padi kerana musuhnya banyak - babi hutan, kera, serangga, burung. Setenngah-tengah binatang tersebut dapat kami sumpit, panggang dan makan.

Sudah lama kami tahu fasal kacip fatimah, tongkat ali, rafflesia. Sebab itulah kami dapat lawan beberapa penyakit.




Apakah permainan yang kami ada? Tak kan nak panjat pokok atau main air sungai hari2. Kalau ada tapak main guli, lebih padang takraw pun cukuplah.


Pembalakkan yang rakus mengancam kehidupan dan kesihatan kami.

Ramai orang2 kerajaan dan ahli politik yang bertanggung jawah tutup mata sebelah.

Air sungai kotor dimana kami hendak mandi, menangkap ikan.

Sesungguhnya manusia tidak berhati perut bila nampak duit. Hokap.


Penulisan ini diubahsuai dari artikel Star.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

EMAS KU CARI, PASIR KU DAPAT

Seketika dahulu lombong emas di Raub terkenal di Tanah Melayu. Fraser (peneroka Bkt Fraser) sendiri mencari emas dengan menonggang keldai merentasi kawasan pergunungan. Akhirnya dia hilang begitu sahaja. Entah di baham harimau!

Emas menjadi igauan/kegilaan manusia semenjak tamadun Mesir. Tamadun kemudian seperti Aztec, Mughal terkenal dengan harta emas mereka.
Nabi Musa dihalau dari Mesir olih Firaun. Apabila turun dari gunung selepas diberi wahyu terus dari Allah mendapati antara pengikut2nya menyembah patung lembu emas. Pengikut2 tersebut dibunuh.
Selepas itu Nabi Musa, Nabi Harun (adik kapada Musa) serta pengikut2 sesat dalam perjalanan padang pasir Sinai berpuluhan tahun.
Amerika setelah Persefahaman Breton Woods tidak perlu menggunakan emas untuk nilai wang. Sekarang wang dicetak sebanyak yang dikehendaki ia-itu fiat money. Gedung emas di Fort Knox perlu dikosongkan untuk membayar hutang negara!
Harga emas telah melonjak kepuncaknya dan kini menurun sedikit ke paras RM174/gramme.



Nak cepat kaya ku cari emas.
Pertama kali di Lubuk Mandi dekat Marang. Alat mini dredge diimport dari US. Ia ringan dan boleh dibawa seperti backpack.
Malangnya bila sampai di Lubuk Mandi pump Penyedut air lumpur tidak beroperasi. Enjinnya rosak atau saya sendiri tidak mengerti menggunakannya.
Balik ke Cameron Higlands dengan jerih dan tangan kosong. Bila naik bukit dari Tapah, kereta Subaru pula buat hal, hanya gear 4 dan 3 sahaja boleh digunakan. Ingat tak boleh sampai rumah malam tu!



Alat2 yang dibawa untuk mencari emas.

Palong mini dredge ditengah. Ia diapungkan menggunakan tiub kereta semasa menyedut air lumpur.

Pump air di buat khas telah dirosakkan langsung oleh seorang yang memandai mekanik konon!

Nak cuba fabricate pump 1HP untuk disesuaikan dengan mini dredge.





Di kawasan lombong emas diLubuk Mandi, 1993(?).

Frust, mini dredge tidak dapat digunakan!

Orang2 kampung datang beranakpinak memasang khemah untuk melombong. Ada yang mengangkutt tanah dalam guni dan tanah-batu dipecahkan dekat khemah untuk diayak dengan dulang.

Ada yang menggali buat terowong dan bila tanah runtuh beberapa orang mati terkambus.

Beberapa tukang beli emas sedia menunggu dengan timbang elektronik.
Rahsia!!

Dalam kebun getah saya di kampung ada sungai kecil yang dipercayai ada emas alluvial.

Baru sekali ku cuba mendulang emas tetapi pasir yang dapat! (lihat gambar atas, pasir dalam dulang plastik hitam yang direka khas). Sampel hendak dibawa ke Mining Institute, Ipoh untuk pengesahan.

Perlu sabar dan cuba lagi untuk meperkemaskan cara mendulang. Sakit pinggang dibuek eh!

Hutang emas boleh dibayar,
Hutang budi dibawa mati.
Seketika dahulu lombong emas di Raub terkenal di Tanah Melayu. Fraser (peneroka Bkt Fraser) sendiri mencari emas dengan menonggang keldai merentasi kawasan pergunungan. Akhirnya dia hilang begitu sahaja. Entah di baham harimau!

Emas menjadi igauan/kegilaan manusia semenjak tamadun Mesir. Tamadun kemudian seperti Aztec, Mughal terkenal dengan harta emas mereka.

Nabi Musa dihalau dari Mesir olih Firaun. Apabila turun dari gunung selepas diberi wahyu terus dari Allah mendapati antara pengikut2nya menyembah patung lembu emas. Pengikut2 tersebut dibunuh.
Selepas itu Nabi Musa, Nabi Harun (adik kapada Musa) serta pengikut2 sesat dalam perjalanan padang pasir Sinai berpuluhan tahun.

Amerika setelah Persefahaman Breton Woods tidak perlu menggunakan emas untuk nilai wang yang dikeluarkan. Wang dicetak sebanyak yang dikehendaki - fiat money.
Entah gedung emas di Fort Knox perlu dikosongkan untuk membayar hutang negara!

Harga emas telah melonjak kepuncaknya dan kini menurun sedikit ke paras RM174/gramme.


Nak cepat kaya ku cari emas.

Pertama kali di Lubuk Mandi dekat Marang. Alat mini dredge diimport dari US. Ia ringan dan boleh dibawa seperti backpack.

Malangnya bila sampai di Lubuk Mandi pump penyedut air lumpur tidak beroperasi. Enjinnya rosak atau saya sendiri tidak mengerti menggunakannya.

Balik ke Cameron Higlands dengan jerih dan tangan kosong. Bila naik bukit dari Tapah, kereta pula buat hal, hanya gear 4 dan 3 sahaja boleh digunakan. Berensot-ensot kereta Subaru, ingat tak sampai rumah malam tu!



Alat2 yang dibawa untuk mencari emas.

Palong mini dredge ditengah. Ia diapungkan menggunakan tiub kereta semasa menyedut air lumpur.

Pump air di buat khas telah dirosakkan langsung oleh seorang yang memandai mekanik konon!
Nak cuba fabricate pump 1HP untuk disesuaikan dengan mini dredge.





Di kawasan lombong emas di Lubuk Mandi, 1993(?).
Frust, mini dredge tidak dapat digunakan!

Orang2 kampung datang beranak-pinak memasang khemah untuk melombong.

Ada yang mengangkut tanah dalam guni dan tanah-batu dipecahkan dekat khemah untuk diayak dengan dulang.

Ada yang menggali buat terowong dan bila tanah runtuh beberapa orang mati terkambus.
Beberapa tukang beli emas sedia menunggu dengan timbang elektronik.

Rahsia!!

Dalam kebun getah saya di kampung ada sungai kecil yang dipercayai ada emas alluvial.

Baru sekali ku cuba mendulang emas tetapi pasir yang dapat! (lihat gambar atas, pasir dalam dulang plastik hitam yang direka khas). Sampel hendak dibawa ke Mining Institute, Ipoh untuk pengesahan.

Perlu sabar dan cuba lagi untuk meperkemaskan cara mendulang. Sakit pinggang dibuek eh!

Hutang emas boleh dibayar,
Hutang budi dibawa mati.

REMEMBERING ALIJAH GORDON - fi-sabil-Allah

How ignorant I could be of Alijah Gordon of MSRI (Malaysian Sociological Research Institute) and her monumental efforts to save and ease the pain of Palestinian refugees?

It was towards the end of her lifespan I came to know her personally. It was the Letters column in the NST of August 15, 2001 that alerted me that MSRI was looking for sponsors for Palestinian children in refugee camps.


I volunteered and MSRI arranged an 11-year old girl by the name of Dina Miri in the Borg ash-Shemali Camp, Tyre, South Lebanon to be my god-daughter in December 2002.

Her father was bedridden and she had 4 siblings.Alhamdullillah, she is now happily married about 2 years ago.






Refugees fled from Palestine and living in a camp at its early state (R).




Alijah, born on March 29, 1929 was the eldest of four siblings. She began a few words like 'good girl' 'doll' at the age of 7 months.

With the Egyptian Ambassador to the UN, 1951 (R).

Alijah's 406-paged autobiography was published in 2003. My wife and I visited her on August 25 of that year and she was already bedridden. On the second page of the book we bought she signed and said " In-sha-Allah this will be followed by Part II - pray for me ...." She completed writing Part II. I got to check whether it has been published yet.

Alijah wrote 4 other books including 'In the Time of the Mishmish'. In the dedication page of 'The Real Cry of Syed Shaykh al-Hady' she penned a message (R) which I have yet to fulfill.



Moga Allah cucuri rahmat kapada jasad Alijah yang sentiasa berjihad semasa hidupnya.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

IS NOH OMAR BRAVE ENOUGH?

Padi planting is a culture and tradition. When we see sawah terbiar it means that part of our culture - customs, celeberations, community  are lost. It is a sign that the rural youth has migrated to urban areas to find work.
When done manually as in the olden days it is backbreaking work in the padi fields - cangkuling, pulling weeds, harvesting, and carrying padi .

The feet get soaked in mud for hours, plus the rain, hot sun, lintah, cuts by the razor sharp padi leaves do not make work easier.  I have done it all.










The Bario rice produced in the Bakalalan highlands in Sarawak is done manually with some help from buffaloes. The area is isolated and not accessible by road so the Kelabit villagers have to produce their own crop of rice. It is a specialty rice which they are proud of.


Even with the aid of machines work is still not easy.











Harvesting machines increase work and production efficiency but still we need to import 30% of rice from Thailand,Vietnam, and Cambodia. There will be rice shortage for export because the flood in Thailand wiped out 1.4 million hectares (14%) of padi land.

In September Noh Omar said that we have rice stockpile to last for 45 days (300,000 metric tonnes) and in October he said enough for 4 months (1 million tonnes)!! Whatever it is that is good for short term only.

For the long term food security measure there are 2 things he must do if he is brave and smart enough:

1. Open up another mega padi area the like of MADA in East Malaysia;
2. Beef up rice research by setting up a National Rice Research and Development Institute/Board (like MPOB).

A budget of RM5 billion is needed initially to kickstart the two-prong approach.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

OWC and KAMA SUTRA


Sex is in the air. The Obedient Wives Club (OWC) made it known that they are enjoying 4+1, 3+1, 2+1 sexploits. Ashaari, long gone can still excite them! Alas, their book is banned, we would not know the details.

There must be something missing in the majority of 1+1 romp. The enlightened PIL (Persatuan Isteri Lebih) members are quietly keeping their secret.

The ancient Indian civilisation came up with a dogma on sexual customs and techniques 'Kama Sutra ' centuries ago. Richard Burton had its translated and published in 1962. Have yet to read the copy  and do not know what it says about orgies.


The many sultans, kings and emperors of past kingdoms kept harems for indulgence.

This African man has 40 wives. Lucky guy!

How does a man cope with many wives. No problem. Today we have many types of enablers, pills, rub-ons, supplements - Viagra, gambir Sarawak, ubat kuat, minyak belacak, dhab etc. that purportedly do the job.

Live dhab at Sunday market, Ipoh.












This could be the first Malay sexology book  by a lady author published in mid 70s by Syarikat H.C Muhammad Abd. Rahman, Marang.


The book says one can tell a few things by looking where the tahi lalat is, shape of face, nose etc.

Walla hu alam.


Pantun malam pertama dimuatkan dalam buku.



Apa buku panduan yang digunakan dalam kursus kahwin? Bab2 seperti ini tak masukkah?