Archive for February, 2013

Land, Natural Resources and Security – meeting over the land claim had attracted a large crowd at Lahad Datu

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 14, 2013 — Malaysian security forces have surrounded about 100 armed men believed to be from a breakaway rebel faction in the southern Philippines, Malaysian police and a government official said today, but a Philippine official said they were unarmed Filipinos who had been promised land.

The standoff in Malaysia’s eastern Sabah state on Borneo island threatened to stir tension between the Southeast Asian neighbours whose ties have been periodically frayed by security and migration problems caused by a porous sea border.

“Our firepower is more than enough to arrest them but the government has chosen to negotiate with them so they leave peacefully to return to the south of the Philippines,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, on a visit to Sabah ahead of national elections, was quoted as saying by state-run Bernama news agency.

Malaysian police said in a statement the situation was under control, but did not say whether the men had agreed with a request to surrender.

A high-ranking Malaysian government source with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters the gunmen were suspected to be from a faction unhappy with the Philippines’ recent peace deal with the main Muslim rebel group.

Raul Hernandez, a spokesman for the Philippine Foreign Ministry, said his government was trying to get information about the incident and was in touch with Malaysian officials.A senior Philippine military official said navy boats and an aircraft had been sent to the border area. He dismissed the Malaysian account of the group, saying they were unarmed Filipinos who had been promised land in Sabah.

He said a meeting over the land claim had attracted a large crowd and drawn the attention of Malaysian authorities.

Read More : HERE

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State Said: There are five ways in which Natives can acquire land, but Natives demand that the ADAT Systems be recognised as the Number One

According to the State, there are five methods through which natives could apply for land and for the State to protect and preserve native land ownership as well as the Native Customary Rights.

The first method was to give ownership to natives through land application approval and up to December 2011, the State Government through the Land and Survey Department had registered 348,652 land titles.

The second method for Natives to acquire land was through the gazettement of State Land as Natives Reserve under Section 78 of the Sabah Land Ordinance.

The third method was through Communal Land Title under the amended Section 76 of the Sabah Land Ordinance that was gazetted on Dec. 10, 2009.

The fourth method was under Section 9 (1) of the Sabah Land Ordinance, which was to give ownership of the land to a government agency for agricultural development through a smart partnership with in-situ natives.

The fifth method through which land is given to Natives was through the enforcement of Section 9 (1) of the Sabah Land Ordinance, which required native equity ownership for 1,000 acres awarded to a company.

NOTE: Time and again, it was proven that all five methods have been abused and became the main source of Native land related problems. They have forgotten the 6th, well actually the 1st and foremost – the Adat Systems which is recognised under the law

Source: HERE

Sabah Snake Grass : Herbal Cancer Treatment

This article is more for local readers in Malaysia. However the information is useful wherever you are located. It is about a herb called Sabah snake grass, effective for curing cancer. So this article is aptly titled “herbal cancer treatment”.

I got this from a viral email and I traced the source as well as other sites that featured this similar subject on this herb locally called “Sabah snake grass”. It is about this local herb that has cured many cancer patients. As I cautioned in my other articles on “alternative cancer cure”, this particular herbal treatment is no exception. It is not likely that one method or a single herb can cure everyone of cancer. Each individual is different and the condition of the disease is also different. In this article, I merely like to share the information that some cancer patients have been successful in curing their sicknesses by using this herb. Who knows, someone reading this article may also benefit from this piece of information.

The name of this herb is locally called in Malaysia as the “Sabah Snake Grass”. Sabah is a state in Malaysia. Apparently the “scientific” name is Clinacanthus, or Clinathanus. But I don’t think it is, as I can’t find such terms in the internet. The Chinese name is Yu Xun Cao. There are also “local names” like Belalai Gajah and Gendis. But never mind; you can take a look at these photos (link below).

Read More: HERE

Semiotics Analysis of Landscape and Culture

Semiotics can help to denaturalize theoretical assumptions in academia just as in everyday life; it can thus raise new theoretical issues. Whilst this means that many scholars who encounter semiotics find it unsettling, others find it exciting. Semiotic techniques ‘in which the analogy of language as a system is extended to culture as a whole’ can be seen as representing ‘a substantial break from the positivist and empirical traditions which had limited much previous cultural theory’.

Robert Hodge and Gunther Kress argue that unlike many academic disciplines, ‘semiotics offers the promise of a systematic, comprehensive and coherent study of communications phenomena as a whole, not just instances of it’.  Semiotics provides us with a potentially unifying conceptual framework and a set of methods and terms for use across the full range of signifying practices, which include gesture, posture, dress, writing, speech, photography, film, television and radio. Semiotics may not itself be a discipline but it is at least a focus of enquiry, with a central concern for meaning-making practices which conventional academic disciplines treat as peripheral. As David Sless notes, ‘we consult linguists to find out about language, art historians or critics to find out about paintings, and anthropologists to find out how people in different societies signal to each other through gesture, dress or decoration. But if we want to know what all these different things have in common then we need to find someone with a semiotic point of view, a vantage point from which to survey our world’. David Mick suggests, for instance, that ‘no discipline concerns itself with representation as strictly as semiotics does’ Mick 1988, 20; my emphasis. Semiotics foregrounds and problematizes the process of representation.

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Malthus and more than Seven Billion mouth to feed

Malthus rose to fame with his Essay on the Principle of Population of 1798, which argued that the capacity for population expansion could far outstrip increases in food production. Population could only be kept in line with food by ‘checks’, which included war, famine and disease.

Malthus wrote this at a time when global population was probably around the one billion mark. Does the expansion of the world’s population to seven billion really prove his work is so much outmoded bunk?

I would like to explore this and look at current trend in SEA….

Source: Malthus and the Seven Billion | History Today.

Eco-villages instead of eviction

It is a unique solution to a problem that is plaguing national parks all over Indonesia: instead of trying to evict local communities, who have long lived within the boundaries of these protected areas, carve out an “eco-village,” where they can still make use of nuts, berries, medicinal plants and other non-timber products collected from the tropical forests.

Various local groups are making claims in Kutai National Park in East Kalimantan province based on historical rights of access, raising complex legal and governance issues and hampering conservation of an area that has already been subjected to logging, coal mining and oil exploration activities.

Read More: HERE