Monday, 29 September 2014
The Falkland Islands will hold a referendum on its "political status" in a bid to end the dispute with Argentina over the archipelago's sovereignty.
The islands' government made the announcement ahead of the anniversary marking 30 years since the end of Argentina's 74-day occupation in 1982.
It said it wanted to send a firm message to Argentina that islanders want to remain British.
The UK prime minister said Britain would support the result of the vote.
The referendum will be organised by the Falkland Islands government and will take place in the first half of next year.
The announcement comes amid growing tensions between the UK and Argentina surrounding the anniversary commemorations marking the islands' liberation by British forces on 14 June, 1982.
Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne is currently there on an official trip.
Argentina claims sovereignty over the islands it calls the Malvinas, and wants the UK to negotiate over their rule.
Recently, UK ministers have accused Argentina of trying to impose an "economic blockade" on the islands.
The South American country has been turning away cruise ships carrying the British flag and is taking legal action against five British oil firms exploring the coast of the islands.
Gavin Short, chairman of the islands' legislative assembly, said they were holding the referendum "to show the world just how certain we are about it [our future]".
"I have no doubt that the people of the Falklands wish for the islands to remain a self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom.
"We certainly have no desire to be ruled by the government in Buenos Aires, a fact that is immediately obvious to anyone who has visited the islands and heard our views.
"But we are aware that not everybody is able to come to these beautiful islands and to see this reality for themselves.
"And the Argentine government deploys misleading rhetoric that wrongly implies that we have no strong views or even that we are being held hostage by the UK military. This is simply absurd."
Prime Minister David Cameron said it was "absolutely right" that the islanders set out how they intended to "make their voices heard once more".
"And Britain will be resolute in supporting their choice," he said.
"Next year's referendum will determine beyond doubt the views of the people of the Falklands. Britain will respect and defend their choice.
"We look to all UN members to live up to their responsibilities under the UN charter and accept the islanders' decision about how they want to live."
Foreign Secretary William Hague said: "I hope very much that Argentina, and indeed the whole of the international community, joins the UK in listening carefully to what they have to say."
The prime minister's official spokesman later confirmed the UK government had been aware of the plans and had been in discussions with the Falklands government before the announcement, but said "it was their decision and we fully support it".
Argentinian president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, is due to attend a meeting of the UN's decolonisation committee on Thursday.
The Falkland Islands, a rocky archipelago in the South Atlantic, are 7,780 miles from the UK and 1,140 miles from Buenos Aires.
With the exception of the 1982 occupation by Argentina - which sparked the Falklands War - they have been under British control since 1833.
Monday, September 29, 2014 Exposing the Truth , Fact , Sabah , Sabah Sarawak Union (SSU) , Sarawak , SSKM No comments
Jika anda bebas untuk memasuki perkongsian, anda juga bebas untuk meninggalkannya. Jika anda tidak bebas untuk meninggalkan perkongsian, maka ia bukan suatu perkongsian. Ia pendudukan dan penjajahan semula.
Isunya ialah bahawa Malaysia tidak mempunyai legitimasi di Borneo. Jika seseorang mencuri tanah anda, anda perlu mendapatkanya kembali. Jangan hidup sebagai seorang hamba di atas tanah anda sendiri dengan pencuri.
Meninggalkan atau mengakhiri perkongsian bukan pemisahan dan tidak boleh diklasifikasikan sebagai hasutan atau pengkhianatan.
Artikel 160 Perlembagaan Persekutuan dengan jelas menyatakan bahawa Persekutuan Malaysia, yang sebelum ini dikenali sebagai Persekutuan Tanah Melayu (Malaya), adalah berdasarkan kepada Perjanjian Persekutuan Tanah Melayu 1948 yang ditandatangani oleh semua negeri-negeri di Malaya. Borneo Utara dan Sarawak tidak menandatangani Perjanjian ini. Negeri-negeri lain di Malaya pun tidak bersetuju untuk Borneo Utara dan Sarawak menjadi negeri ke-12 dan ke-13 Persekutuan ini.
Kedua-dua negara di Borneo tidak MASUK Persekutuan ini. Mereka BERSAMA Persekutuan ini melalui Perjanjian Malaysia 1963 (MA63) sebagai rakan kongsi sama taraf dengan Malaya.
Jesteru, berdasarkan interpretasi Artikel 160 bahawa Persekutuan Malaysia sebenarnya adalah Persekutuan Malaya yang dinaik taraf, secara logiknya North Borneo dan Sarawak adalah sama taraf dengan Malaysia.
Sebenarnya perkataan "kongsi" itu tidak pernah dikatakan oleh Datuk Dr.Jeffrey. Perkataan itu sebenarnya daripada musli oli...
Apabila si musli oli mengatakan "Maksud Datuk kita boleh "berkongsi" negeri Sabah dengan puak-puak ini andaikata cita-cita self determination itu berjaya? Maksud saya menyerahkan sebahagian Sabah kepada puak Sultan Sulu yang menuntut Sabah?"
Maka beliau terus menyambung ulasan seperti berikut "Kenapa tidak? Sabah negeri yang kaya. Kita mempunyai cukup sumber untuk menyelesaikan apa juga masalah di negeri ini. Kita boleh berunding dengan mereka secara baik tanpa perlu kekerasan. Jika boleh dirunding dengan baik dan dapat ditangani dengan bijak tidak akan timbul insiden seperti di Lahad Datu”."
Disini, si musli oli telah menggunakan perkataan "kongsi" yang terhasil daripada perkataannya sendiri untuk menyebarkan fitnah dengan kenyataan "Kita Boleh "Kongsi" Sabah Dengan Kesultanan Sulu"
Anda nampak semua bagaimana si musli oli ini cuba memesongkan kenyataan Datuk Dr.Jeffrey G.Kitingan????
Nicola Sturgeon has said she is “more convinced than ever” that Scotland will one day be independent, but made it clear it would only happen when Scots “choose that course in the polling booth”.
Launching her bid to replace Alex Salmond as First Minister, she distanced her from his suggestion at the weekend that there could be short-cuts to separation, and that Scotland could “declare” independence once the Scottish Parliament had sufficient powers.
Ms Sturgeon, who has been Deputy First Minister since the nationalists came to power at Holyrood seven years ago, is the clear favourite to take over from Mr Salmond, who announced he was stepping down after Scotland rejected independence.
She said she was not preparing for another referendum and the timing would be dictated by circumstances, including the outcome of any in/out referendum on the EU.
But she also refused to rule out the possibility of a commitment to a referendum being part of the SNP’s manifesto as early as the 2016 Holyrood election, saying: “If there is a commitment to a referendum in a manifesto of the SNP at an election and we win that election then that is a mandate for a referendum."
Ms Sturgeon, 44, who has already been endorsed by most of the Cabinet and may not face a leadership contest, also said she would be a “willing partner for progress" in talks about transferring responsibility for more areas to the Scottish Parliament.
She added: "I believe as strongly today as I did last week that independence is the best future for Scotland. And I am more convinced than ever that we will become an independent country. But that will happen only when the people of Scotland choose that course in the polling booth.
“I accept that last week the majority did not choose that future at this time. 1.6 million people is a remarkable number, but it wasn't enough.
“So my task will be to lead Scotland into an exciting new chapter in our national story. To unite our nation around a common purpose so that we can write that story together, and do so in a way that lives up to the hopes, aspirations and expectations of a country that is, on both sides, engaged, inspired and empowered by the referendum experience."
Ms Sturgeon said it would be the “greatest honour” and an “immense responsibility” to become First Minister of Scotland at such an “exciting and optimistic time”.
"I am putting myself forward for two simple reasons: I want to serve my party and my country,” she said. “And I believe I am the best person for the job.
"I also hope that my candidacy, should it succeed, will send a strong message to every girl and young woman in Scotland - no matter your background or what you want to achieve in life, in Scotland in 2014 there is no glass ceiling on ambition."
Her candidacy will also trigger an election for the post of Deputy First Minister. The winners of both will be chosen in a postal ballot of all 52,000 party members, with the results to be announced at the SNP conference in Perth on November 13.
The 26,000 new members the SNP has recruited since the independence referendum will be entitled to vote, as long as they signed up before Wednesday.
Paying tribute to Mr Salmond, she said he had transformed the SNP and made Scotland a better place, adding: “He also helped to make me the person and politician I am today."
Adding that she planned a “different approach” after the referendum, she said: “His are big boots to fill, but if given the opportunity to lead, I will wear my own shoes, and they will certainly have higher heels. I will be my own person and set my own course.
"We would not have come so far as a nation without Alex's vision, tenacity and statesmanship.
"But the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow require a different approach. They will demand the ability, not just to argue a case with determination and conviction, but also to reach out, to work with others and seek common cause on the issues that unite us."
She pledged to hold the UK parties to account on their "vow" of delivering more powers to Scotland's devolved parliament.
More than 100,000 register under the e-Kasih programme.
KUCHING: Going by the figures for the e-Kasih programme to combat poverty, Sarawak has taken over Sabah as the state with the largest number of poor people in Malaysia. More than 100,000 people registered under the programme so far this month.
The candid admission comes from the Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development, Fatimah Abdullah.
“A total of 102,549 people have since registered for the e-Kasih programme,” she said after chairing a meeting on the eradication of poverty here yesterday.
She said 26,335 of the total earned less than RM600 a month, putting them in the “absolutely poor” category, 31,441 earned RM920 or less and 9,633 earned RM1,500 or less.
She pledged that more mobile teams will be deployed to reach out to target groups to ensure that they get the aid they required.
“We will also determine the number of eligible people who are yet to register for the e-Kasih programme,” she said.
Fatimah said mobile teams managed to reach out to five hotspots last year and approved 676 of 2,072 applications for aid.
“For this year, we are reaching out to several other hotspots,” she added.