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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Tragedi Waco, Texas

Mungkin ramai rakyat Malaysia yang tidak pernah mendengar nama David Koresh dan Waco. David Koresh atau nama sebenarnya Vernon Wayne Howell, merupakan ketua sekumpulan ajaran sesat yang terpesong daripada ajaran agama Kristian. Menunggang agama demi mendapatkan peluang mengamalkan perhambaan seks, David Koresh juga mempercayai bahawa dia adalah nabi terakhir.

Mengetuai kumpulan agama pecahan bergelar Branch Davidian, ataupun Cabang Keturunan David (Daud), dia dan pengikutnya telah melawan kerajaan Amerika Syarikat.

Sebagai persediaan menghadapi ancaman kerajaan, dia dan pengikutnya telah membeli pelbagai jenis senjata termasuk rifle secara haram. Tindakan mereka mengumpul senjata secara haram telah dihidu oleh pasukan petugas Biro ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearm) melalui pengintip mereka. Mereka percaya bahawa kumpulan tersebut telah membeli komponen senjata yang berupaya menukarkan rifle AR15 semiautomatik yang boleh dibeli secara sah di pasaran kepada rifle automatik.

Dalam percubaan serbuan ke atas markas kumpulan tersebut di Waco, Texas, 4 orang ejen ATF telah terkorban bersama 6 orang pengikut David Koresh.

Nama-nama ejen ATF yang terkorban adalah Steve Willis, Robert Williams, Todd McKeehan, dan Conway Charles LeBleu.

Serbuan tersebut tamat apabila pasukan ATF kehabisan peluru.

Selepas berundur bersama ejen yang cedera dan terkorban, markas kumpulan tersebut di Waco dikepung selama 51 hari sebelum diserbu semula. Serbuan kali ini disertakan dengan bantuan sebuah APC. Namun, serbuan kali ini mengundang padah dan titik hitam dalam sejarah AS. 76 pengikut Branch Davidian termasuk kanak-kanak terbunuh, sama ada ditembak ataupun terbakar. Antara yang terkorban adalah David Koresh sendiri.

Sehingga ke hari ini, insiden ini telah menjadi tumpuan kepada ahli teori konspirasi. Insiden ini juga menyemai sikap anti-kerajaan di kalangan warga Amerika, terutamanya mereka yang hidup di kawasan Bible Belt yang merasakan kerajaan AS cuba memaksa mereka meninggalkan cara hidup mereka. Malahan, tragedi ini dikatakan antara pendorong kepada Timothy McVeigh untuk melancarkan serangan bom kereta di Bangunan Persekutuan Alfred P Murray di Oklahoma yang mengorbankan 168 nyawa serta mencederakan 680 lain. Antara yang terkorban adalah 19 kanak-kanak yang menghadiri pusat asuhan kanak-kanak yang terletak di bangunan tersebut.

Tragedi di atas menjadi asas kepada filem tv "In The Line of Duty: Ambush at Waco".

Terbaru, kisah ini didramakan semula oleh HBO.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Abolishment of Death Sentence - A Win for Human Rights? Or a Massive Step to the Back for Humanity?

When baby Zara's mother, Noraida Abdul Aziz sent her to her children's baby-sitter on 7th November, she did not know that this would be the last time she would be holding her baby alive.  By the end of the day, baby Zara was hospitalised for physical abuse and rape.  Two days later, she died of her injury, which included fractured skull and torn hymen.  The suspect, the husband of the baby-sitter, was tested positive of methamphetamine abuse. 

Yet, today (13th November 2018), Malaysian Cabinet had decided to abolish the death penalty.

A massive win for human rights activists.  But is it the right move?  Or is it a move that would bite Malaysians in the future?

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

A Strong Case to Maintain SOSMA

When then Prime Minister DS Najib abolished the ISA or Internal Security Act in 2011, Tun Dr Mahathir was amongst those that had criticised the move, which he had said that was to appease government detractors and foreign governments. In place of the abolished ISA, SOSMA or Security Offences Special Measures Act was enacted.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

16 Sept

To many Malaysians, it is just another public holiday.  But 16 September is not just another pulbic holiday.  It is a day full of significance for our country.  Yet, many of our people do not understand the significance of this date and what it reminds us.  Allow me to remind us its significance.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Should We Procure New Jets?

Recently, Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu had highlighted that there are only 4 Russian-made jets that are operational.  Which leads to the question of were there any misadventures, so to speak, in our Air Force?  Fortunately, or unfortunately, the issue was not spinned out of control by the Opposition, which incidentally were the previous government, which accounted for their tameness in this issue.  Hence, I did not really need to write much on this issue.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Gaji Minima - Apabila Pemikiran Rasional Mengatasi Janji Politik

Ucapan tahniah kepada kerajaan Pakatan Harapan hari ini kerana telah menaikkan gaji minima daripada RM1,000 ke RM1,050. Lebih menarik, kenaikan gaji minima kali ini memperlihatkan penyeragaman gaji minima bagi seluruh negara. Terdahulu, gaji minima bagi Sabah dan Sarawak adalah lebih rendah pada RM920 sebulan.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

To Trade or Not To Trade

GE14 had led to a change in the national political landscape.  Amongst other, the ruling party in Sabah had changed hands from Barisan Nasional to Warisan.  One of the earliest initiatives made by Datuk Seri Shafiee Apdal was to revoke the ban on barter trade with Southern Philippines and the usage of water pump sampans.