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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2615

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Political Tsunami in Malaysia

By S.K. Pillai - Syndicate Features

Malaysia had a surprise election result, the Barison Nasional dropped down from its overwhelming control of Parliament to a simple majority. Additionally, the alliance was voted out in five important states. The results have brought into the open the strong discontent among the ethnic minorities – the Chinese and Indians as well a loss of support among the Malays. Four years ago, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had obtained a record mandate in 2004, winning 91 per cent of the seats in Parliament with 64 per cent of total votes polled. Badawi’s was the clean new face; he was seen as a progressive who had promised to clean up the administration of crony capitalism and corruption that had crept in during the 22-year long reign of Mahathir Mohammad. Adding insult to injury, Mahathir Mohamad, who chose Badawi as his successor, is among the Malaysian leaders who have called for Badawi's resignation.

Tamil Nadu should hold the scale evenly - LTTE Lost Their Credibility to Speak for the Tamils: V Anandasangaree

V Anandasangaree, President of TULF, in a Message to the Tamil Nadu stated that the LTTE had lost their credibility to speak for the Tamils of Sri Lanka by their atrocious activities perpetrated on the innocent Tamil Civilians who are living like slaves for several years surrounded by constant fear and tension. The recklessness with which the LTTE cadre act is the main cause for the large scale displacements of the people from their homes. He added: "The concerns of the 60 Million people of Tamil Nadu in India, for the people of the same ethnic group, just 20 miles across the sea in Sri Lanka’s North and East, dominated by the Tamils and Muslims, is understandable.

Developments in Kosovo Cited by Netherland’s Ex. MP Paul Willims Alerting Sri Lankans about Abrogation of CFA

Paul Willms, Ex- MP Third Chamber of the Netherlands has expressed the view that commitment and wisdom were the required ingredients for having a peace process in Sri Lanka. He is alering the “Sinhalese politicians to take clear note of the developments with Kosovo and must understand that by oppressing a minority, division is likely to occur instead of the process to find common grounds for a peaceful co-existence and power-sharing agreement between the different ethnic communities, whom all share a unique part in the history of the island. He stated “I do not assume this longstanding conflict to be resolved in a short period however I maintain to have sincere hope that the parties, with international assistance, are willing to resume the process of diplomacy that will provide the stage for a constructive dialogue that can eventually bring peace and prosperity to all communities on the island.

Pakistan rice exporters to flood the Sri Lankan market with Basmathi rice

By Walter Jayawardhana

A team of Pakistani rice exporters will visit Sri Lanka to meet the rice importers and government Minister and officials in an attempt to ease the import of Pakistani rice to Sri Lanka. Abdul Baseer, Vice Chairman of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan said they were prepared to supply 6000 tons of rice to Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka government is encouraging rice imports from Pakistan to Sri Lanka to flood the market with the rice and keep the prices down.

Pakistan’s Interim Premier: Towards non-Confrontation?

By Dr.Abdul Ruff Colachal

The new democracy wave, unleashed in Pakistan for quite some time leading to February poll, has created a temporary premier. The PPP emerged as the biggest party in the 342-member National Assembly and along with PML (N) and other parties it is forming a government at the centre. Son of a provincial minister in the 1950s, Alamdar Hussain Gilani, the 55-year-old Yusuf Raza Gilani, a post-graduate in Journalism and himself a former minister and Speaker of Pakistan, has sworn as 25th prime-minister of Pakistan on 25 March 2008, possibly for 3-4 months until the leader of PPP Asif Ali Zardari becomes constitutionally eligible for the top executive job.

26 Tamil Civilians Escape from Tiger Grip

By Ravin Edirisinghe

A total of 26 innocent Tamil civilians escaped from the tiger grip in areas such as Kilinochchi, Vedithalathivu, Pudukudirippu and Champiyanpattu and reported at the naval detachments in Mannar and Kayts during yesterday (25). Six individuals who were residents of Kilinochchi, Uruththipuram and Vedithalathivu area reported at Kurusapadu in Mannar yesterday (25) around 7.15 am. The group consisted of one female (26) and five males (aged 19 to 29 years). Meanwhile a Tamil family consisting of nine (09) members who escaped from the tiger grip in Vedithalathivu area reported at the Pallimunai naval detachment yesterday (25) around 9.00 in the morning. The family consisted of parents and seven (07) children aged between 9 to 28 years.

U.N. Remains Wary of Debate on Suicide Bombings

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

When the Security Council adopted a resolution last week extending the U.N.'s mandate in Afghanistan through March 2009, it expressed its "strong concern" over a growing new phenomenon in the politically-troubled South Asian nation: the increased use of children as suicide bombers. The resolution reiterated its "strong condemnation" of the recruitment of child soldiers by Taliban forces "in violation of applicable international law" and "all other violations and abuses committed against children in situations of armed conflict".

Leveraging GCC Transformation to Sri Lanka’s Advantage and Opportunities for Sri Lankans

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

At the invitation of the Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka, R. Seetharaman, Chief Executive Officer of Doha Bank will make a presentation on “Leveraging GCC Transformation to Sri Lanka’s Advantage and Opportunities for Sri Lankans” at a meeting to be held on 28th March 2008 at Hilton Colombo Residence. The meeting will be held under the distinguished patronage of Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of Export Development and International Trade who will grace the occasion as the chief guest.

Sri Lanka’s Withdrawal from the Ceasefire Agreement and Alleged HR Violations

By Mahinda Gunasekera - President, Sri Lanka United National Association of Canada

We are puzzled by the lack of understanding among key members of the international community that has a history of flouting accepted conventions and rules to carry out their interventionist agendas, about a failed ceasefire agreement from which Sri Lanka formally withdrew effective January 16, 2008, in order to defend her territorial integrity and sovereignty in the face of flagrant violations on the part of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), recognized as a terrorist organization.

Eight abducted fishermen enslaved by LTTE for 13 months managed to escape to safety and freedom

By Walter Jayawardhana

Abducted fishermen who were held as slaves and worked for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) escaped to freedom after braving through thick jungle and man eating crocodiles. Military sources said, “ only eight survived after losing two and four respectively to crocodiles and Tamil Tiger sniper fire during the their successful attempt to escape out of the original 14 who were working in a LTTE slave camp.” When they were rescued three out of the eight survived also have been injured by LTTE sniper fire and have been admitted to the Vavuniya hospital. The Sri Lanka Army said the dramatic rescue under a shower of bullets took place March 26, Vavuniya , in the war torn Northern Province.

Close Down Sri Lanka Deputy High Commissioner Office in Chennai - Dr.. Ramadoss

By Walter Jayawardhana

For re-publishing a collection of items that appeared in the Tamil Nadu media a Tamil Nadu based “human rights organization” called Manitham wants India’s federal government in New Delhi to close down the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commissioner Office in Chennai immediately. The Executive Director of the “Manitham,” Agni Subramaniam in an interview with the popular Tamil weekly magazine Kumudam said, the book issued by the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commissioner Office in Chennai, consisting of media reports from Tamil Nadu , “has created a stir among the supporters of Tamil Eelam in Tamil Nadu.”