26 Nov 2013

London 'slavery' case: suspect was communist activist in 1970s

Aravindan Balakrishnan, aka Comrade Bala, ran separatist party-cum-commune from bookshop in Brixton, south London

Peckford Place in Brixton, where Aravindan and Chanda Balakrishnan were arrested on suspicion of holding three woman captive. Photograph: Guy Corbishley/Demotix/Corbis

The 73-year-old man arrested on suspicion of holding three women captive in a south London flat for 30 years is a one-time Maoist activist who was well known within far-left circles in London during the mid- and late 1970s as the leader of a separatist party-cum-commune.

Aravindan Balakrishnan, known as Comrade Bala, had been a senior member of the Communist party of England (Marxist-Leninist) and a member of the party's central committee‚ but according to a history of the movement he split from the Maoist party in 1974.

His new organisation, described in one account as being "characterised by the ultra-left posturing and Mao worship", was called the Workers' Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought. But the group is not thought to have been active since the 1970s ‚ before one of the women, now aged 30, was born.

Local sources said the woman arrested last week was his wife Chanda Balakrishnan, aged 67, a fellow activist, known during her party days as Comrade Chanda. They were both arrested last week on suspicion of holding three woman captive in a cult-type arrangement at a series of addresses in south London, including most recently at Peckford Place in Brixton. Both have since been released on police bail.

The women have been described by police as a 69-year-old Malaysian, a 57-year-old Irishwoman and a 30-year-old Briton, believed to be the daughter of the Irishwoman and Aravindan Balakrishnan. On Monday night, police issued a clarification confirming that the man arrested is 73, not 67 as previously claimed.

Balakrishnan, who came to the UK from Malaysia, was formally expelled from the Communist party of England, which also no longer exists, due to "conspiratorial and splittist activities", according to a party statement of the time. He formed his own group, and in 1976 opened a bookshop, community centre and commune in Acre Lane, Brixton, at the time still a deprived area. The group's own manifesto described itself as multiracial, with women taking a leading role.

While some reports say the organisation was based as a squat, reports from the time say Balakrishnan's group took out a long lease on the building. The handful of business owners on the road who remember the centre say it was always busy, with large numbers of young people coming in and out of the large, three-storey Victorian corner property at all hours.

Balakrishnan's beliefs, niche even among the ultra-left groups of the time, styled his group as a direct component of Maoist China, calling on the Red army to come to south London to liberate working people. Members carried portraits of Mao.

The Acre Lane building was also run in part as a shrine and memorial to the Chinese communist leader, who died that year.

The manifesto from the group, reproduced on the internet, described it as "a workers' centre, library and bookshop", adding: "Thousands of people, in particular the poorer working people in the area, began to visit and use the centre. Already two years before the centre was established our comrades had begun to boldly arouse the people of Brixton with the proletarian revolutionary line of beloved Chairman Mao."

The group's beliefs were regularly mocked in the diary column of the Times newspaper, bringing speculation that it became the part-model for the Tooting Popular Front, the ludicrous political movement set up by Robert Lindsay in Citizen Smith, a BBC sitcom that began broadcasting in 1977.

According to another history of far-left groups in the period, the Acre Lane community was broken up in March 1978 following a police raid. A total of 14 people were arrested, including six female commune members, according to reports from the time. Balakrishnan was among those held, along with his wife, referred to in reports only as Comrade Chanda.

The owner of a DIY shop adjoining the former Maoist centre‚ now an Algerian restaurant‚ said his father used to own the building in question, but sold it shortly before Balakrishnan's commune opened in 1976. The shop owner, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was told Balakrishnan's group took out a long lease on the building, which would have cost a significant sum of money, and there was speculation as to how they raised the money.Police car in Peckford Place in Brixton where the women were allegedly held. Photograph: Velar Grant/ Velar Grant/Demotix/Corbis

The man said: "There was always lots of young people going in and out of the building, but they were never any trouble."

Rev Bob Nind, who was the vicar of St Matthew's church in Brixton and a well-known community figure at the time, said he went to the Maoist group's centre once, and also knew of them by reputation. "The place itself didn't see that remarkable. It mainly looked like a bookshop," he told the Guardian. "There were a lot of young people around, including a lot of women. There was a lot of literature connected to Mao."

Nind said that by reputation, Balkrishnan's group was known as the most far-left even among the many Marxist-linked groups in the area at the time. "There were a lot of leftwing groups active. I remember very well that at the 1978 byelection after Marcus Lipton died, there were 10 candidates and five were to the left of Labour. But even among these, the people from Acre Lane were known as being particularly doctrinaire, and quite centralist."

Nind said he never met Balakrishnan but knew of "Comrade Bala", and was told he was considered a "dominant force" within his organisation.

After leaving the Acre Lane centre it seems the couple lived at more than a dozen addresses around south London, most lately Peckford Place, in Angell Town, north of Brixton. One of the longer-used properties is believed to be a Victorian house in Herne Hill, adjoining Brixton. Electoral records show a Chanda Balakrishnan living at the address from 1998 to 2004, though Aravindan Balakrishnan is not listed.

Prof Steve Rayner, now head of Oxford University's institute for science, innovation and society, studied Balakrishnan's group in the late 1970s, and noted the leader's "superior ability to manipulate" other members, despite the supposed non-hierarchical structure. Rayner's report made it clear the group had elements of a cult, calling it the "clearest case of far-left millenarianism which I have encountered".

The group had about 25 members, who in 1977 "confidently predicted" they would be liberated by the Red army by the end of the year, the report said. In all, 13 people lived at the Acre Lane centre, with a few having outside jobs but handing all their earnings to the group. The centre's location was chosen because it was seen as "the worst place in the world", Rayner's report said.

Despite very regular meetings, there was very little apparent debate and most of the discussion seemed to be people parroting Mao texts, he wrote, adding: "The members are required to witness their beliefs at all times. They talk of little else and are rarely to be seen without their prominent Mao badges."

Speaking on Monday, Rayner recounted the group was tiny and tight-knit, and "clearly under the spell of their leader, 'Comrade' Balakrishnan".

He added: "Their membership was overwhelmingly overseas in origin. Most were foreign students who seemed to have difficulty adjusting to life in the UK. They refused to recognise the legitimacy of the state and maintained a hostile attitude towards the establishment and towards the rest of the far-left in Britain at that time. Their ideology was profoundly detached from reality."

In a statement Lambeth Council said: "Lambeth Council worked closely with the police in the weeks leading up to the three women leaving the house and continues to do everything to assist with the police investigation.

"This is an extremely complex case involving a number of individuals going back decades. It is too early at this stage to provide the detail of any contact we may have had with them.

"Lambeth is committed to openness and transparency and we will provide further information in due course.However we do not want to prejudice the ongoing police investigation. Right now the security, confidentiality and well-being of those involved is paramount."

London slaves' captors linked to 13 addresses

Apartment in Brixton, south London is only one piece in a complex jigsaw that police are trying to piece together

Metropolitan police officers at the home in Peckworth Place, Lambeth, south London where three women were held as slaves. Photograph: Johnny Armstead/Demotix/Corbis

Police have identified 13 addresses in London linked to the couple suspected of holding three women as prisoners for at least 30 years in a cult-type arrangement dominated by physical and mental abuse.

The number of properties associated with the couple, who are both aged 67, suggests the victims were moved around several times over the past three decades.

The police continued to carry out house-to-house inquiries on Sunday at the latest address where the "family" lived – a ground-floor flat in Peckford Place, Angell Town, Brixton, south London, owned by Lambeth council.

That flat is only one piece in a complex jigsaw that the police are trying to piece together over a 30-year period. Many of these locations may have been home to the women – two of whom joined the male suspect 30 years ago because they followed the same ideology.

The police have likened the social setup in which they lived to a collective, and other sources have described the extreme emotional control which held the women within the household as "cult-like".

The two suspects arrested over the discovery are believed to have also been arrested several times in the 1970s, linked to their roles in a far-left political movement based in Brixton.

The Metropolitan police said on Sunday that it had not received any contact from neighbours or members of the public raising concerns about the suspects, and the women living with them. But the police have admitted they had originally arrested the suspects, who are of Indian and Tanzanian descent, in the 1970s.

The three women allegedly kept as slaves are a 69-year-old Malaysian, a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 30-year-old Briton. Police confirmed the youngest woman – whom sources suggest is the Irish woman's daughter – has a birth certificate.

There is also a suggestion that the police and social services were contacted by a member of the public 15 years ago to alert them to the fact the youngest woman was not attending school.

Lambeth social services have had contact with the family, it is understood. But there is a suggestion that the authorities might have been prevented from taking any action because the victims vetoed it.

An impassioned letter to a neighbour, written by the youngest woman in the apartment where the family lived, revealed her desperate situation. The woman, who is aged 30 and is understood to have been born within the collective, told her neighbour in one letter that she felt "like a fly trapped in a spider's web".

The woman was said to have become infatuated with the neighbour, Marius Feneck, 26. Feneck's partner claimed the woman sent him more than 500 letters over seven years, some scented and with kisses on them. According to reports, she wrote in one letter: "They imprisoned me here, locking all the doors and windows." The letter also claims that she suffers "unspeakable torment" and repeatedly criticises her alleged captors "who dare to call themselves my 'relatives'".

More than 30 police officers are now dedicated to what Commander Steve Rodhouse has said is a "painstaking" investigation which centres on how they met and what happened between them. "We believe that two of the victims met the male suspect in London through a shared political ideology, and that they lived together at an address that you could effectively call a 'collective'," he said.

"Somehow that collective came to an end and the women ended up continuing to live with the suspects. How this resulted in the women living in this way for over 30 years is what are seeking to establish, but we believe emotional and physical abuse has been a feature of all the victims' lives. The people involved, the nature of that collective and how it operated is all subject to our investigation and we are slowly and painstakingly piecing together more information. I will not give any further information about it."

The suspects are on police bail. They are suspected of keeping the women in a state of domestic servitude, of false imprisonment and carrying out physical violence towards them. Police said that emotional and physical abuse appeared to have been a feature of all the victims' lives.

The three women were helped to escape from the apartment by charity workers and police on 25 October.They had allegedly been held against their will since the eldest two first joined what police called "a collective", organised around a shared political ideology, more than 30 years ago.

25 Nov 2013

Elak cukai khianati negara - Korang Buka Mata.. Pengkhianat Negara sebenar korang tak bayar cukai.

Kuala Lumpur: Datuk Seri Najib Razak menyifatkan rakyat yang mengelak daripada membayar cukai sebagai pengkhianat negara.

Perdana Menteri berkata, kewajipan membayar cukai satu daripada semangat patriotik, iaitu melaksanakan tanggungjawab kepada negara demi kebaikan semua. 

Patriotisme tidak semestinya hanya dengan menghunus senjata untuk mempertahankan tanah air, katanya. 

“Saya tidak pernah sebut sebelum ini. Apa definisi patriotisme? Apabila kita melunaskan tanggungjawab kepada negara demi kebaikan semua. Kalau kita boleh meng-hunuskan senjata (untuk membela tanah air), hunuskanlah.

“Kewajipan membayar cukai juga adalah patriotisme. Mengelak daripada membayar cukai adalah pengkhianatan kepada negara,” katanya berucap merasmikan Seminar Pemerkasaan Ekonomi Nasional (PENA) di Dewan Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan, Jalan Duta di sini, semalam.

Hadir sama, Menteri Kewangan II, Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah; Pengerusi Sekretariat PENA, Datuk Ahmad Maslan; Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia, Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad dan Ketua Eksekutif Unit Peneraju Agenda Bumiputera Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Husni Salleh.

Seminar sehari itu memberi penjelasan kepada pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) dan pemimpin masyarakat mengenai Cukai Barangan serta Perkhidmatan (GST) yang akan dilaksanakan mulai 1 April 2015, Bajet 2014 dan Agenda Memperkasa Ekonomi Bumiputera. 
Program itu adalah yang pertama dalam siri penerangan ke seluruh negara sehingga Februari depan.

Ia dimulakan dengan Khazali memberi penjelasan mengenai kesan GST terhadap masyarakat, diikuti penjelasan mengenai Agenda Memperkasa Ekonomi Bumiputera oleh Husni.

Biaya program

Najib berkata, daripada 14 juta tenaga kerja di negara ini, hanya 1.34 juta atau 10 peratus yang layak membayar cukai dan hasil pendapatan kerajaan itu diguna untuk melaksanakan pelbagai program ekonomi, infrastruktur, pendidikan dan sosial rakyat.

“Kita nak jalan raya baru, sekolah dan universiti baru dan ini memerlukan peruntukan lebih, jadi kita tidak boleh tidak ada hasil, kalau tidak siapa hendak bayar semua ini.

“Pilihannya adalah dengan membuat pinjaman, tetapi kalau asyik pinjam apa akan jadi, tidak terbayar kita, rating negara akan menurun, kita akan muflis, rakyat susah, kita tidak boleh uruskan negara macam ini,” katanya.

Perdana Menteri berkata, rakyat tidak perlu takut dengan GST. 

“Kalau harga barangan naik pun, hanya sedikit. Hendak kata harga barang tidak naik langsung, itu mustahil. Saya jamin rakyat akan mendapat faedah GST,” katanya. 

Mengenai Agenda Memperkasa Ekonomi Bumiputera, Najib berkata, ketika ditemubual CNN di London, baru-baru ini, beliau menjelaskan, 67 peratus penduduk negara ini adalah Bumiputera dengan 59 peratus daripadanya Bumiputera Islam yang perlu diberikan keadilan untuk berkongsi peluang ekonomi dengan kaum lain.

Keadilan sosial

“Apa akan jadi kalau golongan majoriti ini terpinggir? Sudah tentulah tidak wujud keadilan sosial dan sama sekali tidak akan memberi sumbangan kepada pembangunan ekonomi pada masa depan.

“Kita hendak tolong Bumiputera yang rajin bekerja. Falsafah keadilan untuk semua bangsa sudah ditentukan dalam Islam. 

“Adakah anak yang dilahirkan Ulu Jerantut mendapat peluang untuk berjaya sama dengan anak yang dilahirkan di Damansara? 

“Sudah tentu tidak. Oleh itu, kita harus menyediakan peluang yang sama rata,” katanya.

Penjenayah Cyber Cabaran dan Cara Mengatasinya

Pagi ini 25.11.2013 aku menerima email daripada laknatullah orang yang menghantar email penipu. tetapi pengirim email ini tidak tahu aku bukan orang yang mudah percaya kepada email-email ANDA MENANG, ANDA BERTUAH, TAHNIAH dan sebagainya yang mempunyai persamaan dengan nya.Di bawah ini adalah capture skrin INBOX email aku.

Berhati-hati jika anda menerima email seperti ini. Jangan percaya 100%. lihat dulu secara teknikal email ini. adalah pengirim nya boleh dipercayai atau tidak.

Kandungan SISIPAN email yang di hantar oleh mereka yang MENGAKU dari Google Coorporation
Capture skrin di atas nampak sangat penipu. Antara aku dapat kenalpasti adalah seperti berikut :-

1. Jika aku memang pemenang daripada Google User kenapa tidak email terus ke email google saya? kenapa nak send ke akaun email bukan email google?. harus beringat !!!!

2. Pengirim email "yychoy@uthm.edu.my" bersembunyi disebalik nama Google Coorporation. kalau diikutkan kenapa pengirim email dari syarikat yang besar menggunakan XXXXX@uthm.edu.my. ini bukan daripada syarikat google. ini email organisasi pendidikan malaysia atau universiti yang ada di malaysia. Aku telah mengkantoikan modus operandi mereka ini.

3. Sejak bila pihak google menganjurkan pertandingan seperti ini. Sepatutnya perlu di maklumkan terlebih dulu pertandingan seumpama ini. tetapi agak mustahil syarikat besar macam ini akan membuat pertandingan yang melibatkan negara-negara. Ini satu yang sukar aku percaya. Jelas sangat ini adalah pemBOHONGAN babi oleh Pembohong scammer. KANTOI lagi modus operandi mereka.

4. Paling ketara sekali modus operandi nya sama sahaja dengan modus operandi yang lainnya apabila dalam email tersebut meminta kita menyediakan maklumat peribadi kita hahaha sama siot dengan pembohongan email yang lain. bezanya penganjurnya kononnya... bye the way kita berhati-hati dengan email yang kita terima.

5. Perlu anda ketahui dan berfikir secara logic syarikat yang menghantar email kemudian mengarahkan membalas email ke email lain. agak tidak logik kan. perlu lah kita berfikir soal ini. lebih-lebih lagi kalau email tersebut berbeza sekali.

oleh itu, pembaca sekalian kena berhati-hati walaupun kita bukan pakar IT perlu berjaga-jaga. di alam maya @ cyber @ internet sekarang penjenayah ni sentiasa ada mereka akan sedaya upaya untuk bermain tali dengan kita jika kita lemah dan tertarik dengan mereka makanya peluang keemasan untuk mereka mengenakan anda adalah cerah.

sebagai pengguna internet, jangan mempercayai apa yang kita terima jika kita tiada urusan dengan mereka yang menghantar ini. fikir itu sahaja. contohnya jika kita tak pernah masuk peraduan dan tetiba menang ini memang ANeh dan PElik.

dengan ada informasi ini pembaca dapat berhati-hati. wahhh tajuk entri aku bukan main lagi hahahahahahah tapi isi kandungan lain ye... 

oke lah nanti jumpa lagi di enteri yg seterusnya

24 Nov 2013

Kad Pengenalan Palsu

Sejak kes pembunuhan pegawai bank Ambank oleh Pengawal Keselamatan warga asing yang menggunakan kad pengenalan palsu semuanya terbongkar banyaknya lambakan kad pengenalan palsu yang dimiliki oleh warga asing.

sehinggakan ada yang sudah memiliki akaun bank. Bab ini aku lucu dengan pihak bank. beberapa tahun lepas aku berurusan untuk mengantikan kad ATM Baru. disebabkan Kad Pengenalan aku tidak dapat di baca oleh alat pembaca kad pihak bank suruh aku  ganti kad pengenalan baru. nak ganti kad pengenalan baru bukan macam buat kad ATM 2jam siap dik oiiii. 1 bulan lama nya baru siap. bererti sebulan lagi ler aku nak ganti kad. sudahlah aku perlukan kad ATM. aku dah pujuk guna manual pun tak nak. alasan pegawai tu "Peralatan kami mahal" Tahi palat peralatan mahal. aku pelanggan ngok. duit aku dalam bank korang. takkan tak ada alternatif lain. berkeras juga minah tu dengan muka sombong tak nak.

dari pengalaman itu aku terfikir. Macam mana pihak bank boleh terlepas dapat register akaun pendatang asing menggunakan kad pengenalan paslu. sedangkan CAP IBU JARI dalam CIP Kad Pengenalan itu harus sama.

Kelemahan di pihak bank nampak tiada integriti sebagai agensi kewangan yang selamat tetapi sebenarnya tidak selamat.

Berbalik daripada itu, Pihak Kementerian yang berkenaan telah mula membuat satu gerakan besar-besaran untuk memeriksa semua pendatang asing yang bekerja di Malaysia. 

Ada juga mulut-mulut busuk dan bernanah menuding jari kepada pihak kerajaan punca sebenarnya masalah kad pengenalan paslu ini berlaku ada juga menyalah orang sabah beri kad pengenalan kepada orang asing, bukan hendak menyelesaikan masalah mengeruhkan keadaan lagi ada.

Mereka yang bermulut longkang dan berotak plastik ini suka bising seperti Tong kosong. hahahahah aku sebagai rakyat Malaysia berfikir secara waras harus mengorek sedalam-dalam kenapa masalah ini berlaku.

Daripada penglihatan aku bukan satu agensi sahaja yang perlu bertanggungjawab dalam menyelesai masalah ini. tetapi semua kita rakyat malaysia jadi apa guna kita tinggal di malaysia? kalau tidak mahu bersama-sama membasmi masalah ini.

yang aku hairan rakyat asing ini satu masalah juga. masuk negara orang tanpa dokumen sah. lepas tu perangai tak tahu malu dan buat macam negara sendiri.

What happen to all Malaysian people.... OMG mari kita bersatu padu bukan hendak menuding jari ke mana mana pihak. jadikan sebagai rakyat yang bertanggungjawab.

23 Nov 2013

Harga Barang, Harga Minyak dan GST

Setelah PM kita membentang bajet 2014 oktober yang lepas ada satu isu yang menarik perhatian aku iaitu Harga Barang, Harga Minyak dan GST.

Antara korang sedar atau tidak harga barang siap atau produk yang sudah siap naik sedikit demi sedikit. walaupun barang ini bukan daripada barang kawalan. aku tak nak cerita pasal barang kawalan sebab harga tetap sama. 

korang tahu tak harga ubat gigi colgate, darlee dan sebagai nya naik sedikit-sedikit setiap bulan?. Kita tidak tahu adakah Peniaga yang sengaja nak untung atau pengeluar atau pengilang nak untung lebih. barang ini bukan barang kawalan pun tetapi akan mempengaruhi perbelanjaan bulanan. kalau nak jimat tak payah jaga kesihatan gigi. begitulah seperti yang kerajaan saran pada hakikatnya kerajaan tidak ambil indah harga barang ini. aku ingin bercakap depan menteri ke tak berus gigi. sebab kita nak jimat harga colgate naik.

bukan itu sahaja, sabun mandi juga naik tak kirapun jenama murah ka jenama mahal tetap juga naik. aku tak tahu kenapa barang ni boleh naik sedangkan harga minyak naik dan tak naik tetap harga barang benda alah ni tetap naik.

Aku klasifikasi kan harga barang ini sikap manusia yang TAMAK dan HALOBA nak hidup senang. Manusia ini memang ada di mana ada sahaja. Cuba kita lihat jarang kita lihat peniaga hidup susah sehingga merempat di tepi jalan. mereka untung sebenarnya serta memberi alasan kos minyak mahal. hahahahahahha kadang-kadang aku lucu alasan tu sedangkan harga minyak tak naik. memang mereka sengaja nak naikan harga nak KAYA. 

Memang padan pun Orang KAYA ini suka memberi alasan, barang mahal sedangkan mereka mampu membeli yang mahal. hahahah saja jer orang kaya ni bergurau dengan orang kebanyakan.

Berbalik lagi kita kepada peniaga, Kedai-kedai makan juga menaikkan harga makanan yang sedia dimakan. Jelas sekali subsidi gula telah dimansuhkan harga segelas tea tarik naik 20sen. hahahahaha gula n tea tarik tiada kaitan langsung tetapi kenapa tea tarik tetap naik.. lucu kan dunia ini. kalau aku kata peniagaan ini adalah pembohong. Semua yang berniaga di dunia ini adalah Pembohong hanya segilintir sahaja yang betul-betul berniaga ikut sunah nabi. 

Harga minyak petrol naik kecoh satu Malaysia beberapa bulan lepas. Propaganda oleh siapa. Ada yang kata jangan percaya khabar angin. alih alih lepas itu minyak naik. aku nak ketawa juga lah suruh jangan percaya khabar angin tetiba harga minyak naik. hahahahahah rasa macam kena TIPU. 

ahhhhh satu ini yang aku kompius GST. Kerajaan Malaysia akan memperkenalkan GST mulai april 2015. tetapi kenapa KFC sudah lama mengenakan Charge GST, dalam resit sudah tercatit GST 6%. Manakala PIZZA hut baru baru ini aku terkejut mengenakan 10% dan 6% dalam resitnya. sebelum ini tak pernah ada cuma ada GST sahaja.. hahahahah aku betul-betul ketawa dengan cara mereka berniaga.

kadang-kadang aku sokong apa yang kerajaan perkenalkan kadang-kadang aku rasa nak protes dengan apa yang kerajaan buat, apakan daya aku ini cuma rakyat biasa. tapi aku tetap menyokong kerajaan yang sedia ada sekarang. aku bukan taksub berpolitik ler...

hahahahah what ever it is blog aku ini adalah menunjukkan aku tidak puashati tidak semestinya memudaratkan siapa siapa.

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