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DO YOU REMEMBER ..9 April 2003...

(President George W.Bush leaves the White House on Jan 20,2009 with unpopular Iraq war that toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein after the US led troops invaded Iraq in March 2003..More than 4,200 US troops have died in Iraq..but today ..

It was the single image which came to define the war: the huge bronze statue of Saddam pitching forward and falling from its plinth as a roar went up from crowd.

Saddam statue falls
Like many iconic images, the depiction of Saddam's fall is bitterly contested
The hollow, metal dictator hadn't even come to rest before dozens of Iraqis leapt on it: screaming, stamping, cursing, crying, laughing, hitting, remembering, grieving and rejoicing.

Traitor, liar, infidel, thief, coward," they shouted: insults which would have got them all killed only the day before came out in a torrent.

Like many iconic images, the image of Saddam's fall is bitterly contested.

Was it American "propaganda by deed", or the spontaneous act of a free people?

Why was the US flag placed over Saddam's face?

Why did so few people come out to celebrate?

Was this the moment of liberation, or the beginning of occupation?

Cameras close to the statue, in the melee, captured the intensity of feeling and projected it around the world.

The wide shot from those on the roof of the Palestine hotel, 150 metres away, seemed to show Paradise Square almost empty.

It is true that the crowd was just a few hundred strong. Some see this as an early sign of Iraqi ambivalence towards the Americans.

But mainly, I think, people were still scared. Most Iraqis didn't learn until the following day that the war had ended.

White bed sheets flapped from the windows of the Sheraton hotel. No one knew then if the last few hundred metres of Baghdad still nominally under Saddam's control would fall peacefully.

The first sledgehammer blows were being struck at Saddam's plinth by a little group of scarcely half a dozen young Iraqis while US Marines were still crouching by their armoured vehicles and warily sweeping their M16 rifles left and right.

That same small group of Iraqis then started to climb up onto the statue, to try and pull it down with their bare hands. They draped a makeshift noose around Saddam's neck.

okers murmured: "We'll be doing this for real soon."

Saddam remained stubbornly unyielding. That was when the Marines brought up an armoured vehicle with a winch.

It was, though, the Iraqis who had taken the initiative, calling on US military muscle to finish the job of toppling Saddam.

By then a few more people had begun to come out. A little girl stretched up her arm to touch one of the Marines.

A small boy sat on his father's shoulders to get a better view.

I shook hands with a Marine who had a dandelion flower in his combat webbing, a gift from a grateful Iraqi.

Then one of the Americans climbed up to drape the US flag over the top of the statue. The focus of the whole square became the small triangle of white stars and red stripes masking Saddam's face.

Saddam Statue falls
US troops were accused of triumphalism

The next day, the Arab media reacted with fury about American "triumphal-ism".

The flag had been in the Pentagon on 11 September 2001. So there were conspiracy theories about how the flag had been carefully brought to Paradise Square by the White House.

But to the Marines, this was just a fitting end to three weeks of hard, dangerous slog up from Kuwait.

An Iraqi flag was quickly found to replace the Stars and Stripes. For people I spoke to in the crowd, the presence of the two flags seemed a natural gesture of partnership.

The Marines' armoured winch took the strain. There was a grinding of gears and for an awful second it seemed as if the armoured vehicle, not Saddam, would buckle.

Then the knees of the statue bent and Saddam was at 90 degrees, then on the ground.

"Down, down, Saddam," said one man, frenziedly interrupting my piece to camera so we should see him use his shoe to repeatedly strike the face of the statue, which had come down a few moments earlier.

Saddam Statue falls
A year ago in Paradise Square, there were hints of problems to come

Another man grabbed the satellite phone out of my hand to shout to the live studio in London that he had been a political prisoner for ten years.

"Thank you, America, thank you," he said. Others just bellowed: "Saddam finished" or "Saddam donkey".

It was hard to maintain journalistic objectivity in those circumstances. It was impossible not to get swept up in the overwhelming joy of a newly free people.

Saddam's 25 year death grip over Iraq had been broken; the suffocating sense of fear had been lifted.

In conversations later that evening, there were the first hints of the troubles the Americans are now facing in Iraq.

In remarkably similar terms one man, a Sunni, and another, a Shia, both thanked the US for getting rid of Saddam, but warned the Americans not to stay too long.

But in the crowd that afternoon, there was another roar of celebration as Saddam's head was broken clean off.

It was wrapped in chains and dragged towards me. I scrambled to get the BBC's expensive satellite phone antennae out of the way. Saddam's head missed it by an inch.

Iraq has turned out to be more complicated than the Americans ever thought. But the final glimpse I had of Saddam's statue was a simple, clear and unambiguous image of the new freedoms Iraqis were enjoying.

Saddam's head was scraping and bouncing across the tarmac of Saddoun Street, dragged in chains by four of five men.

A small boy was bending double to strike it with his shoe every step of the way. Then they all disappeared from sight.


smile..smile..and smile..

These would be funny, if they were not so true!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Umno:Pemecatan Datuk Zaid Ibrahim ..apa kata mereka?

Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim(calon Naib Presiden Umno):
selaras dengan dasar parti iaitu seseorang yang tidak lagi membawa perjuangan parti dan telah melakukan perkara bertentangan dengan dasar parti. Sekiranya tiaa tindakan,MT akan nampak sebagai satu badan yang tidak berwibawa, sedangkan perkara-perkara yang dilakukan bertentangan..

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PKR):

PKR selesa dengan prinsip Zaid.Berpendirian tegas dalam menentang undang-undang yang bertentangan dengan hak asasi manusia termasuk Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA).Kami mengalu-alukan beliau untuk bersama kami...


Ayub Jamil (BN-Rengit): Malay supremacy was not a "slave and master" relationship. It was a concept that was long held in the highest regard by people in the country, which was the authority of the Malay Rulers.
There is no such thing of Malays being the 'master race' while others merely serve as slaves.

Tahir Taat (BN-Bukit Serampang): the country's forefathers who fought.The Malay rulers did not see themselves as kings only for the Malays.
For example, Sultan Iskandar of Johor had never addressed the Malays as his only subjects.
Whenever his majesty called upon the rakyat, he would address us as rakyat (people) of Johor.
He did not address them according to races. He is the sultan for all.

Datuk Seri ShafieApdal
Tidak betul jika kita katakan wujud hubungan tuan dan hamba antara UMNO dengan MCA dan Gerakan. Tidak ada, tak kan bekas Menteri Kesihatan itu menjadi hamba ketika menjawat jawatan berkenaan.

Tidak ada penghambaan kepada seorang menteri iaitu satu jawatan begitu tinggi dalam kerajaan yang boleh memutuskan projek sehingga berbilion-bilion ringgit.

Just A Note..2 Dec, 2008...

It is my birthday today..

The mall was so busy, the crowd kept jostling me. It was like entering a football stadium 10 minutes before kickoff...

The mall's stores were aimed at teenagers and 20-somethings. There were no furniture or baby clothes shops here... just trendy boutiques carrying the latest zany fashions from Japan, beauty products, and video games.

The manager was showing me around. He was trying to explain some of the financial metrics of his business to me... like price per square foot and occupancy rates. But there were so many people, it was impossible for us to walk side by side.
Plus loud music was pulsing from almost every store, different music coming from each one. I couldn't hear what the manager was saying..

Is it the new life of our young generation?- yunus alias.


(seperti tersiar dalam Akhbar Hari Ini RTM1 pada 3.12.08)
Cadangan ahli parlimen Jerlun Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir supaya hanya satu sistem pendidikan diwujudkan bagi menyatupadukan rakyat dan mengelak polarisasi kaum mengundang pelbagai reaksi.
Ada anggapan cadangan itu bukan pendekatan terbaik, juga di pihak lain sebaliknya.
Isu pendidikan terbuka untuk dibahaskan jika tujuannya untuk membaiki sistem yang ada agar meningkatkan lagi mutu pendidiklan negara.
Tetapi ia mungkin menjadi sensitif jika ia dijadikan isu politik hingga polimik megenainya menyentuh soal kepentingan sesuatu kaum.
Dalam hal ini analisis melihat polimik yang tercetus daripada cadangan Datuk Mukhriz menjurus ke arah kepentingan kaum yang wajar diperjelaskan.
Dan bagi tujuan itu kita analisis kepentigan sekolah pelbagai aliran yang ada kini agar semua Pihak memahami matlamat pendidikan negara.
Sekolah satu aliran atau Sekolah pelbagai aliran?
Apakah kebaikan dan apa pula kekuranganya?
Perkara itu kini dijadikan polimik hingga ke parlimen.
Soalnya apakah resolusi kita?
Kita harus melihat matlamat pendidikan di negara kita.
Sistem pendidikan yang ada kini berdasarkan Penyata Razak 1956.
Antara yang ditekankan dalam Penyata Razak ialah menjadikan bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa Kebangsaan,bahasa perpaduan dan bahasa pengantar di sekolah .
Matlamatnya untuk mengeratkan perpaduan kaum dan mengembangkan sistem pendidikan agar jurang perbezaan antara kaum dapat dikurangkan.
Inilah yang telah digariskan oleh Allahyarham Tun Abdul Razak Hussein ketika menggubal dasar pendidikan negara lebih 50 tahun lalu.
Sistem itu telah dikembangkang dengan mewujudkan sekolah aliran Kebangsaan ,China dan Tamil .
Tujuannya untuk memberi peluang pendidikan samarata bagi rakyat negara ini.
Sekolah pelbagai aliran itu berjaya membentuk generasi Malaysia pasca-merdeka.
Apakah asas untuk merombak sistem pendidikan model Penyata Razak itu ?
Kita perlu bersikap rasional dan melihat jauh ke depan sebagaimana bijaksana Allahyarham Tun Razak menggubal sistem pendidikan negara dahulu.
Kita mungkin melakukan kesilapan jika memaksa bahasa Melayu dijadikan bahasa pengantar bagi semua sekolah di negara ini.
Apa yang perlu kita lakukan ialah menaik taraf pembelajaran bahasa Melayu di sekolah aliran China dan Tamil.
Pelajar-pelajar di sekolah berkenaan perlu diajar bahasa Melayu,kebudayaan Melayu,sejarah Melayu dan peradaban Melayu secara lebih meluas agar mereka memahami nilai sosial dan budaya orang Melayu.
Jumlah waktu pembelajaran subjek berkenaan wajar dikaji semula bagi memberi ruang yang lebih kepada pelajar di sekolah berkenaan mempelajari bahasa dan kebudayaan Melayu.
Menghapuskan sekolah aliran China dan Tamil dan menggantikannya dengan sekolah kebangsaan yang menggunakan bahasa Melayu sepenuhnya tidak harus dilihat sebagai jalan mudah untuk memupuk perpaduan kaum.
Tindakan itu tentulah mencetuskan rasa tidak puashati di kalangan kaum berkenaan yang akan memberi kesan kepada masa depan negara.
Satu mekanisme yang sesuai perlu dicari jika kita ingin memupuk perpaduan melaui pendidikan. dasar pendidikan hari ini bertujuan membolehkan setiap rakyat memilih jenis sekolah yang mereka mahu .
sekolah jenis kebangsaan juga telah dijadikan sebahagian sistem pendidikan nasional seperti termaktub dalam Akta Pelajaran 1996.
kewujudan sekolah berkenaan sudah termaktub dalam undang-undang negara.
keadaan in i sudah difahami oleh rakyat dan tidak perlu ditimbulkan lagi apalagi dijadikan polimik politik.
Penyata Razak 1956 sentiasa ditamabah baik dari masa ke semasa.
Ia disesuaikan dengan Laporan Barnes yang disediakan oleh L.J,Barnes pada 1951.
Laporan itu mencadangkan dua jenis sistem sekolah iaitu sekolah menggunakan bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa pengantar dan pelajaran bahasa Cina dan Tamil dibenarkan jika terdapat 15 orang murid atau lebih yang ingin belajar bahasa ibunda mereka.
Sistem ini diamalkan di negara kita dan memenuhi kepentingan rakyat pelbagai kaum sejak merdeka lagi.