Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sedutan dari 'Wainuiomata', buku pertama trilogi 'Aotearoa'

Dapatkan trilogi ini di pasaran. Sesuatu yang lain dari yang lain.

Sekarang di gedung-gedung buku atau dapatkan yang berautograf dari penulis, dengan menghantar pesanan kepada fudzail@gmail.com


Sedutan dari Bab 31- Lady Diana

Aku tidak begitu berminat untuk menyertai perbualan mengenai seseorang yang tidak mempunyai apa-apa sangkut paut dengan kehidupanku. Fikiranku pada mendiang Anne, yang mungkin akan sama berdiri dan menanti kehadiran pewaris monarki Britain. Tentunya akan bercerita sejarah monarki Britain yang bermula dari raja-raja Angles, bermula dari sebelum tahun Masihi. Mengenai urutan peristiwa sehingga terbentuknya Monarki United Kingdom di tahun 1603. Keluarga diraja berganti-ganti, dari keluarga Stuarts, Hanoverians, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, dan The House of Windsor dari tahun 1917 selepas pengistiharan Raja George V. Anne juga akan bercerita biografi Ratu Elizabeth II yang menjadi ketua monarki sejak berusia 25 tahun dari tahun 1952.

Begitupun, Anne tiada di mana-mana di jalan Queen, hanya dalam pemikiranku di satu pagi bulan April tahun 1983, diwaktu pewaris monarki Britain menjejak kaki ke Wainuiomata.

Saat yang dinantikan Raewyn tiba juga, Putera dan Puteri Wales menghampiri kawasan kami berdiri, dibalik tali penghalang untuk tujuan keselamatan.
“Helo!” Tegur Putera Charles kepada Raewyn yang menghulur tangan.

“Haere Mai!” Jawab Raewyn dengan penuh ceria.

“Ya! Kia Ora!”

Aku segera mengangkap momen bersejarah untuk Raewyn dari jarak paling dekat. Datang Puteri Diana. Wow! Rambut perang dengan stail rambut yang elegan. Panjang ke bahu dan ikal ke belakang. Aku terpesona dan teruja. Wanita yang paling popular di dunia berada di depanku. Tersenyum. Matanya merenungku, si budak Melayu Felda Keratong. Aku sudah jatuh cinta pandangan pertama dengan seorang Puteri!

“Helo!” Aku menegur sebelum sempat Raewyn menegur. Menghulur tangan.

“Kamu semua dari sekolah di sini?” Tanya Puteri Diana yang hanya tiga tahun berbeda umur. Cis! Dan aku masih sahaja bersekolah.

“Ya!” jawabku, memintas Raewyn yang terkejut dengan semangat yang tiba-tiba memanaskan ‘kedinginan’ku. Aku memberi kamera kepada Raewyn, meminta mengambil gambarku dan Puteri Diana. Berduaan sahaja, menyebabkan terkejut Putera Charles, isteri jelita kesayangannya sedang diculik.

“Saya dari Malaysia!” Aku bersalam dan berdiri di sisi Puteri Diana yang sungguh-sungguh anggun dan jelita, walaupun baru melahirkan anak pertama.

“Malaysia?” Balas Putera Charles. Menyampuk perbualan sedangkan menghala tumpuan hanya kepada Puteri Diana. “Ya! Saya tahu Malaysia, berapa ramai pelajar Malaysia di Wainuiomata?”

“Saya seorang sahaja!"

Putera Charles perasan yang aku tidak mengendahkannya. Ya! Budak Melayu Felda Keratong tidak memperdulikan bakal Raja England, bakal Raja United Kingdom, bakal Raja Australia dan bakal Raja New Zealand, selain bakal ketua pertubuhan negara-negara komanwel.

dapatkan satu set trilogi sekarang!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Tamparan Dotkomania


Oleh Nazmi Yaakub

Berita Harian 2010/07/30

Jati diri, nilai kemanusiaan di sebalik teknologi maklumat

DOTKOMANIA kumpulan cerpen Fudzail menyentap pembaca untuk melihat jati diri dan nilai kemanusiaan yang terkambus dan ada kalanya kelemasan di sebalik kekaguman terhadap gelombang besar teknologi maklumat yang melanda serta mengubah pantai kehidupan dunia global kini.


Memang atas sifatnya sebagai karya sastera, kumpulan 42 cerpen ini boleh diibaratkan sebagai pelampung kecil yang berusaha menarik dan menyelamatkan jiwa yang terkapai-kapai dalam arus deras serta ombak tinggi teknologi maklumat itu.

Pada masa sama, persoalan jati diri dan nilai kemanusiaan juga disorot dalam konteks manusia yang terlontar ke pantai lain yang asing tetapi sebenarnya turut terkait dengan gelombang besar teknologi maklumat itu. Cerpen awal Fudzail memang sarat dengan idea, konsep dan istilah teknologi maklumat yang merempuh landskap pemikiran pembaca seiring dengan gelombang internet dan arus multimedia, tetapi ia dibaurkan dengan unsur kemanusiaan yang kental.

Fudzail tidak hanya berbicara mengenai perisian dan perkakasan, telekomunikasi serta elektronik dagangan, malahan dunia siber dalam bahasa yang mendatar, sebaliknya menyorot manusia yang mencari-cari jati diri, juga nilai kemanusiaan di sebalik asakan material itu.

Pengarang merenung, mencari dan mempersoalkan jati diri serta nilai kemanusiaan itu dalam tiga bentuk nostalgia, iaitu pengalaman kolektif budaya bangsanya yang semakin jauh hanyut, perkembangan teknologi maklumat yang sangat cepat sehingga menjadikan sesuatu yang baru hari ini sebagai nostalgia dalam tempoh singkat di samping kemelut kehidupan kini yang bakal disorot sebagai nostalgia yang mengelirukan pada masa depan.

Cerpen Kitul yang membuka kumpulan cerpen ini, mengasak salah satu persoalan penting jati diri, iaitu agama, di sebalik penciptaan perisian komputer dengan mempertentangkan dua watak yang mempunyai matlamat berbeza terhadap kemajuan teknologi maklumat.
Hijrah di Waikato dan 11A, Old Farm Road yang sarat dengan pengalaman kolektif budaya bangsa yang semakin terasing daripada watak yang mengejar kemajuan atau menjadi mangsa kemajuan, menggabungkan agama dan budaya dalam persoalan jati diri.

Persoalan jati diri di sebalik gelombang teknologi maklumat sangat terasa dalam cerpen Revolusi Java apabila watak Rabain dihadirkan dalam latar persidangan antarabangsa perisian Java dengan isu rendah diri dan kehilangan identiti bangsa.

Cerpen seperti Agenda, Siberkologi, Pepijat Alaf dan Realiti Maya pula menyelongkar nilai kemanusiaan yang berubah secara drastik kesan daripada keghairahan terhadap dunia teknologi maklumat sehingga menjungkirbalikkan norma masyarakat dan budaya.

Agenda menyorot hubungan cinta siber terlarang antara pasangan yang masing-masing sudah berkahwin dengan orang lain, manakala Siberkologi pula mengingatkan pembaca bahawa masa silam yang hitam boleh menghantui mereka apabila internet menjadi arkib memori yang memusnahkan.

Pepijat Alaf pula menyorot igauan ngeri ibu bapa apabila anak mereka terdedah dengan bahan pornografi di internet dan Realiti Maya menggigit pembaca yang terperangkap dalam dunia siber yang sebenarnya jauh daripada hakikat.

Sesuai dengan latar pengarang sebagai ekspatriat di Asia Barat, pengalaman masyarakat ‘nomad moden’ yang bergelut dengan budaya asing itu turut dirakamkan dalam cerpen Dubai Pun Terus Berdenyut, Keropok Linux, Don Ladghaire, Mongoloid, Rahsia Hitam, Mentua Sultan dan Paha Mak Datin.

Fudzail juga tidak dapat menyembunyikan sinikalnya terhadap dunia politik seperti yang terlihat pada cerpen Penoda + Penggodam + Konspirasi = Intertekstualiti! yang menggambarkan kekecohan akibat kegagalan sistem tercanggih di lapangan terbang, manakala Joeblog dan Satu Kematian pula melambangkan kuasa media blog terhadap politik tanah air.

Kumpulan cerpen Dotkomania ini boleh dianggap sebagai karya sastera pertama yang mengungkapkan dunia teknologi maklumat dalam bentuk kreatif yang bersepadu dengan persoalan jati diri dan nilai kemanusiaan yang dipercikkan daripada pengalaman budaya dan kehidupan ekspatriat pengarang.

Sentuhan pakar sistem maklumat

MOHD Fudzail Mohd Nor atau lebih dikenali sebagai Fudzail, dilahirkan di Mersing, Johor, tetapi dibesarkan di Chenor dan Kuala Rompin, Pahang serta mendapat pendidikan di Kuala Rompin, Kuantan, sebelum melanjutkan pelajaran dalam bidang Sains Komputer dan Matematik di Universiti Waikato, New Zealand.

Fudzail yang menulis sejak tahun pertama di universiti itu, menghasilkan cerpen yang tersiar di Dewan Sastera, Dewan Masyarakat, Berita Minggu, Mingguan Malaysia dan Gila-gila, selain majalah universiti dan majalah tempatan New Zealand.

Beliau pernah menerbitkan majalah Media sebagai wadah berkarya dan menyampaikan berita kepada pelajar Malaysia di New Zealand, selain turut menjadi perantaraan komunikasi antara pelajar dengan Jabatan Pelajar Malaysia.

Pengarang ini kembali ke tanah air ketika kemelesetan ekonomi yang menyaksikannya bertukar profesion sebagai jurutera sistem, wartawan, guru kelas malam, pengurus jualan komputer, usahawan sebelum menyertai TV3 dan menubuhkan Jabatan IT.

Selepas tujuh tahun berkhidmat sebagai Pengurus IT di TV3, beliau berhijrah ke Dubai, Emiriah Arab Bersatu (UAE) pada 2000 dan bertugas sebagai Pengurus Strategi Perniagaan dan Penggabungan, Dubai Internet City.

Beliau turut berpengalaman dalam merekabentuk keperluan telekomunikasi negara itu dalam 25 projek mega termasuk Palm Islands yang dianggap salah satu binaan menakjubkan di dunia ketika berkhidmat dengan anak syarikat kerajaan Dubai, Nakheel Corporation.

Fudzail yang berumahtangga dengan Dr Azma Abdul Malek, dikurniakan tiga anak lelaki itu, kini menjadi pakar runding di UAE.

Dalam dunia sastera, Fudzail pernah memenangi Hadiah Sastera Perdana Malaysia, Hadiah Sastera Utusan-Public Bank, Hadiah Sastera Johor dan Hadiah Karya Sastera, selain menghasilkan kumpulan puisi Waikato yang diterbitkan Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) pada 2001.

Trilogi 'Aotearoa' terbita Oasisbuku, kini di pasaran.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

From Israel's MITI - Malaysia intends to pursue economic relation (?)

Dapatkan Trilogi 'Aotearoa' - sudah berada di pasaran.


Alhamdulilah, satu lagi usaha untuk memandaikan bangsa menemui pembaca dipasaran.

Dapatkan sekarang di kedai-kedai buku atau hubungi saya fudzail@gmail.com untuk pembelian dan bersedekah ke anak-anak Gaza.

Ditujukan kepada seluruh Anak Felda - Pengakuan, advancer, pengembaraan, pertentangan agama, budaya, cara hidup, cinta dan hakikat kehidupan di rantau seorang anak Felda terutama di negara `Tanah Putih Awan Memanjang, New Zealand'.

Penulis: Fudzail Mohd Nor - kini bermastautin di Dubai.

JUDUL-JUDUL:
1- Teruja Cinta Maori di Wainuiomata : Menelan Cabaran dan Menggenggam Kejayaan di Perantauan.
No. ISSBN: 978-967-5711-06-0
Penerbit: OASIS BOOKS SDN BHD
Harga Semenanjung: RM19.90
Harga Sabah/Sarawak: RM22.90

2- Penggoda dan Penggodam r0eWy0 : Haluan di Tiga Benua
No. ISSBN: 978-967-5711-07-7
Penerbit: OASIS BOOKS SDN BHD
Harga Semenanjung: RM18.000
Harga Sabah/Sarawak: RM21.00

3- Cinta Tiga Segi a0teAr0a : Dilema Cinta Antara Ahmad, Raewyn & Rozita
No. ISSBN: 978-967-5711-08-4
Penerbit: OASIS BOOKS SDN BHD
Harga Semenanjung: RM17.000
Harga Sabah/Sarawak: RM20.00


Kata-kata Aluan:
* Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Mantan Perdana Menteri Malaysia.
`Satu trilogi travelog pengalaman seorang anak Felda merentas benua dengan advencer, kembara, ilmu, motivasi, eksplorasi dan keusahawan awal era Internet.'

* Dato Ahmad Maslan, Timbalan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri.
'Pengalaman belajar di New Zealand adalah sesuatu yang penuh memori dan dihargai. Buku ini terbaik untuk generasi muda memahami perjalanan kehidupan pelajar tahun lapan puluhan.'

* YB Zulkifli Bin Noordin, Ahli Parlimen Kulim – Bandar Baharu.
`New Zealand adalah sebuah universiti kehidupan. Ia mengajar saya bahawa ijazah itu bukanlah matlamat, tetapi hanyalah alat meniti kehidupan ini. Buku ini berjaya menterjemahkan kehidupan kami pelajar-pelajar NZ dengan gaya bahasa yang sempoi tetapi sangat berkesan.’

* Ini adalah iklan khusus untuk Majalah Grup Akademik, Kumpulan Media Karangkraf. (Majalah e-Baca, e-Siswa, Fokus SPM dan Majalah PC). Oleh sebab itu iklan ini fokusnya untuk pelajar.

* Isi kandungan travelog ini sebenarnya jauh lebih menarik untuk bacaan umum, terutama bagi mereka yang mencari maklumat tentang advancer belajar di negara asing.


Monday, July 26, 2010

Pelancaran 'Ramadhan di Gaza'

Majlis pelancaran "Ramadhan di Gaza" oleh YAB MB Selangor pada 27 Jul (Selasa) di SACC, Jln Perbadanan 14/9, Shah Alam (sebelah kompleks PKNS), jam 11 pagi, para ahli delegasi (pakaian kemas) sila lapur diri kp Urusetia MAPIM

Sajak- Jalan Lain ke Baitulmuqadis

(sajak ini dari kumpulan puisi kembara ilmu 'Waikato' - Fudzail, terbitan DBP - tahun 2000)

Tunduk seorang tua menangis
bertasbih bagai mengira hari-hari
telah ditinggalkan bumi Palestin
sebagai pelarian terbuang

Datang anak-anak cucu
ingin mendengar cerita lama
tentang di sana lahir peradaban
sebuah bangsa pejuang
dan di sana jua
runtuh bersama saat
keagungan riwayat

Ingin sungguh dia pulang
beriktikaf di al Aqsa agung
namun doanya bagai tersangkut
dijanji sahabat dan saudara
yang hanya bercakaran sesama sendiri
di hujung senjata Yahudi
di telunjuk kafir sekutu yang memagari
setiap ruang tanah yang dicuri

Mungkin telah pekat Mediterranean
dengan darah dan airmata syuhada
telah sepi daratan Timur Tengah
dengan pekikan jihad
dan diatas nama pengganas
canangan dunia hipokrit Barat
mungkin itu jalan lain
untuknya kembali
ke Baitulmuqadis
mengangkat darjat
keagungan riwayat!

Fudzail
1986

Saya menjual buku kumpulan cerpen saya, 'Dotkomania' terbitan DBP sebagai salah satu cara menabung dana misi ke Gaza.

Hanya RM30 senaskah,beri alamat, hantar mesej kpd saya, masukkan wang ke maybank-i, akaun no 162357342634 (Mohd Fudzail bin Mohd Nor), saya akan hantar segera melalui pos.







Kumpulan Cerpen: Doktomania
Penulis: Mohd Fudzail Mohd Nor
Penerbit: DBP

No. KK: 8996211002994101
No. ISBN: 9789834602994
Tahun Terbitan: 2009

Harga Buku: RM30.00
Satu produk Halal. Disamping memberi sokongan kepada dunia sastera Malaysia, menyumbang untuk rakyat Palestin yang tertindas.

Terima kasih kerana membeli 'Dotkomania' (sedekah pada Palestin)


Salam, pd yg menempah 'Dotkomania, tetapi masih belum beri alamat, hantar mesej kpd saya, masukkan wang ke maybank-i, akaun no 162357342634 (Mohd Fudzail bin Mohd Nor), saya akan hantar segera melalui pos











Kumpulan Cerpen: Doktomania

Penulis: Mohd Fudzail Mohd Nor
Penerbit: DBP

No. KK: 8996211002994101
No. ISBN: 9789834602994
Tahun Terbitan: 2009
Harga: RM30.00



Saturday, July 24, 2010

Budaya buka puasa di hotel yang tidak HALAL (dan dana tabung ke Gaza)


Sudah sepuluh tahun tidak berpuasa dan berhari raya di Malaysia.

Tahun ini, insyaAllah, akan berpuasa di Gaza, Palestin, Baitulmuqadis dan Makkah.

Menjelang bulan Ramadhan di Kuala Lumpur, banyak sekali iklan berbuka puasa di hotel-hotel. Sudah menjadi budaya bulan Ramadhan untuk berbuka puasa secara bergaya dan mewah di hotel atau restoran.

Tidak mengapa untuk mereka yang mempunyai pendapatan yang sewajarnya.

Begitupun saya berharap buat mereka yang sudi, berikan sedikit sedekah untuk saudara Muslim yang tidak mampu sama ada di tanahair sendiri, Mindanao, selatan Thai, dan lain-lain, juga Gaza.

Saya menjual buku kumpulan cerpen saya, 'Dotkomania' terbitan DBP sebagai salah satu cara menabung dana misi ke Gaza.

Hanya RM30 senaskah, lebih murah dari belanja berbuka puasa di hotel.






Kumpulan Cerpen: Doktomania
Penulis: Mohd Fudzail Mohd Nor
Penerbit: DBP

No. KK: 8996211002994101
No. ISBN: 9789834602994
Tahun Terbitan: 2009

Harga Buku: RM30.00
Satu produk Halal. Disamping memberi sokongan kepada dunia sastera Malaysia, menyumbang untuk rakyat Palestin yang tertindas.

Sila hantar emel kepada fudzail@gmail.com, sertakan alamat penghantaran. Untuk yang berada di luar negara, kos penghantaran adalah berlainan.


Sijil halal segera hotel


SAJIAN berbuka dari dapur halal dapat memberi keyakinan kepada pelanggan beragama Islam.


PUTRAJAYA - Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim) akan mempercepatkan proses permohonan sijil halal di kalangan pengusaha hotel yang berbuat demikian sebelum bulan Ramadan bermula.

Langkah itu diambil selepas rekod Jakim sehingga semalam mendapati hanya 63 buah dapur di 32 hotel daripada 2,360 buah hotel di seluruh negara mempunyai Sijil Halal Malaysia.

Daripada 32 hotel itu pula, lapan daripadanya bertaraf lima bintang manakala sembilan bertaraf empat bintang.

Ketua Pengarahnya, Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz berkata, langkah itu dibuat bagi menggalakkan lebih ramai pengusaha hotel di negara ini memohon sijil halal sama ada menerusi Jakim atau jabatan agama Islam negeri.

"Memandangkan bulan Ramadan akan tiba tidak lama lagi, pasti banyak majlis berbuka puasa akan diadakan di hotel-hotel. Jakim akan menyediakan pegawai khusus untuk memproses permohonan sijil halal itu tanpa pihak hotel perlu mengikut giliran," katanya kepada pemberita di sini semalam.

Sehubungan itu, Wan Mohamad berkata, Jakim bersama Perbadanan Pembangunan Industri Halal dan Persatuan Hotel Malaysia kini giat menganjurkan kursus kesedaran kepada para pengusaha hotel.

"Melalui kerjasama ini pengusaha hotel diharap akan memandang serius mengenai sijil halal itu," katanya.

Sementara itu, Pengarah Bahagian Hab Halal Jakim, Saimah Mukhtar memberi jaminan akan memproses semua permohonan sijil halal dalam tempoh kurang daripada dua minggu.

Bagaimanapun, katanya, ia bergantung kepada jumlah permohonan yang diterima pada satu-satu masa selain permohonan perlu memenuhi syarat-syarat yang ditetapkan.

"Permohonan yang diterima awal akan segera diproses oleh pegawai yang bertanggungjawab menjalankan proses pengauditan dan jika dapur hotel itu mencapai piawaian yang ditetapkan, sijil halal akan terus dikeluarkan.

"Kita memang memberi keutamaan kepada permohonan yang dibuat oleh pengusaha hotel sejak dari dulu lagi sebab kita mahu mereka mempunyai pensijilan halal yang sah," ujarnya ketika dihubungi semalam.

Menurut Saimah, setakat semalam tidak ada permohonan yang menunggu giliran kerana semua permohonan sudah menjalani proses pemeriksaan dan sudah diaudit.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Beli kumpulan cerpen Dotkomania dengan autograf dan sumbang untuk Gaza







Kumpulan Cerpen: Doktomania
Penulis: Mohd Fudzail Mohd Nor
Penerbit: DBP

No. KK: 8996211002994101
No. ISBN: 9789834602994
Tahun Terbitan: 2009

Harga Buku: RM30.00


Sila hantar mesej kepada saya (emel fudzail@gmail.com) untuk cara pembayaran, serta alamat pos untuk penghantaran.






Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ramadhan di Gaza, Palestin

Sekiranya tiada aral melintang, saya bersama MAPIM ke Gaza untuk menyertai Ramadhan di Gaza dari 6 hingga 18 Ogos 2010 ini.

Buat mereka yang ingin menyumbang dana, boleh dilakukan secara tunai/cek/bank-in kepada:

Tabung Gaza - MAPIM
No akaun Bank Islam 08013010075820


RAMADHAN IN GAZA – RAMADHAN MARCH FOR FREEDOM

By the

Malaysian Islamic NGO Consultation Council (MAPIM) and Secretariate for the Assembly of Ulama of Asia (SHURA)

The Malaysian Islamic NGO Consultation Council (MAPPIM) and The Secretariate for the Assembly of Ulama of Asia (SHURA) is organizing another end the siege endeavor to free Gaza from the Israel inhuman blockade.

As a Malaysian effort to continue supporting the Palestinian cause we are mobilizing international activists to participate in the Convoy themed “Ramadhan March for Freedom”.

The main objective of the convoy is to strengthen the pressure on Israel to lift the blockade and to free Gaza as a sovereign Palestinian nation.

The delegation will galvanize people’s strength from Malaysia and the world NGOs for freedom and peace will pursue to call on the Egyptian authorities to open the Rafah gate.

MAPPIM picks on the holy month of Ramadhan as a spiritually uniting force for all peace loving people to liberate Gaza from the on going aggression by the IDF.

The convoy will aim to galvanize people’s strength from around the world to challenge the blockade and allow Gaza to have equal access to the world.

The Freedom Flotilla massacre has not in anyway dampened the courage of the people to further the struggle to free Gaza .

MAPPIM will endeavor to execute the following :

  1. Lobby the international community to call and put pressure on the Egyptian authorities to re-open the Rafah gate permanently especially in the coming month of Ramadhan.
  1. To galvanize international NGOs and governments to allow the shipment of human aid through Rafah without any interference from the Israel regime.
  2. Secure the passage for humanitarian aid to continue effort to rebuild Gaza .
  3. Organize a re-development effort of Gaza by international agencies.
  4. Organize delegates in the Ramadhan Convoy to assess the needs of the people and to evaluate the current situation in Gaza while delivering humanitarian aids.

The phases of preparation :

  1. Solicit support and corporation from government authorities both in Malaysia , Egypt , the UN and the OIC to secure and facilitate the safe passage for the convoy.
  2. Prepare media participation in the program.
  3. Coordinate international networking to plan for the participating of international delegates.
  4. Launch the Ramadhan March for Freedom in Malaysia.
  5. Fund raise for the huminatarian aid.
  6. Prepare for the necessary logistic needs of the convoy .
  7. Plan for the detail schedule of the movement of the convoy.
  8. Communicating with the local authorities in Gaza and the international agencies to organize the program in Gaza.

Mohammad Azmi Abdul Hamid Abdul Ghani Samsuddin

Secretary General for MAPPIM Chairman SHURA

Friday, July 16, 2010

Trilogi Aoetorea - Bakal di lancarkan serentak


Sedikit sedutan:

BAB 1 – Keratong

Januari 1985

Ibu masih di perbaringan. Demam panas. Sudah ke klinik. Diberi ubat oleh pembantu hospital, yang kami panggil HA, iaitu Hospital Assistant. Mukanya pucat. Sugul. Lemah sekali. Nampak semakin berusia. Kedutan di muka semakin bertambah dan rambut semakin jarang.

Aku dudukkan ibu, suapkan sup ayam. Ibu menelannya perlahan.

“Pandai kamu memasak!”

Sepatah kata ibu sebelum menelan pil. Kemudian berbaring semula. Matanya memandang kepadaku. Pandangan yang menusuk sekali. Itulah kali pertama aku menjaga ibu. Tidak dapat kugambarkan perasaan. Berbesar hati.

Sudah dua hari aku menjadi tukang masak, tukang basuh, jemur kain, lipat baju dan jururawat kepada ibu. Dua hari yang penuh bermakna. Dua hari yang memberi keinsafan kepada seorang budak Melayu Felda Keratong. Menambahkan kasih kepada seorang ibu.

Dalam keadaan ibu sebegitu, aku tidak pergi ke program re-orentasi yang dianjurkan oleh Biro Tata negara di Kuala Lumpur. Lebih baik menjaga ibu yang sakit. Aku telah menelefon dan menghantar surat meminta maaf tidak dapat hadir. Program selama tiga hari itu diwajibkan hadir untuk semua pelajar tajaan. Aku sebenarnya cuba mencari alasan semenjak menerima surat penaja untuk tidak pergi kerana tidak mahu keluar dari kampung. Mahu menghabiskan setiap kesempatan yang ada dengan keluarga, terutama ibu. Tiba-tiba, ditakdirkan Tuhan, ibu jatuh sakit.

“Kamu belajar memasak dari siapa?” Tanya ibu lagi.

“Dari kawan-kawan.”

“Ada kawan perempuan?”

“Ada.”

“Ada yang istimewa?”

Aku hanya tersenyum. Melepaskan pandangan jauh ke arah perbukitan. Walau tidak seindah New Zealand, itulah keindahan yang menjadi sebahagian dari kehidupan. Ladang-ladang kelapa sawit menghijau saujana mata memandang. Di celah-celah pokok kelapa sawit, ayah bersama peneroka lain sedang bekerja. Masih makan gaji dengan Felda. Mencurahkan keringat pada tanah warisan, pada sebuah projek gagasan Tun Abdul Razak. Gagasan dari Dasar Ekonomi Baru yang dilahirkan untuk membasmi kemiskinan, untuk memberi peluang kepada kaum bumiputera bersaing dengan bangsa lain, untuk sama-sama menikmati kek ekonomi dari kemerdekaan negara.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tiada yang Mustahil

Semua mimpi itu mungkin
direalisasikan oleh tekad
tiada yang mustahil
dalam perjalanan usia
yang semakin pendek
biar sekadar transit
tanpa destinasi
dan resolusi

Jatuh bangun adalah permainan
realiti mengubah kehidupan
melangkah lagi, mencabar keadaan
bebaskan dari mengikut arus
sekadar dalam lingkaran selamat
tanpa risiko, tanpa mencapai
keredhaan

jadilah pemula, pengubah keadaan
bangkit dengan kesedaran
hidup itu bernilai
sehingga nafas terakhir
dan kematian
adalah permulaan!

Fudzail
Colombo, Sri Lanka
13 Julai 2010

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Vacancies at UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL SHARJAH

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University Hospital Sharjah will be opening later in the year and is looking
to add to its team. We are seeking suitably qualified, enthusiastic and
experienced professionals for the following positions / departments:

NURSING
(Nur-01) Assistant Director of Nursing
(Nur-02) Head of Quality
(Nur-03) Infection Control Coordinator
(Nur-04) Ward Managers (L&D / Paediatrics / NICU / OR)
(Nur-05) Nursing Supervisors
(Nur-06) Midwives

ALLIED HEALTH
(AH-01-01) Pharmacy Manager / Director
(AH-01-02) Clinical Pharmacists
(AH-02-01) Physiotherapists
(AH-03-01) Radiology Manager
(AH-03-02) Radiographers / X-Ray Technicians
(AH-03-03) CT Scan & MRI Technicians
(AH-03-04) Mammography Technicians (Female)
(AH-04-01) Pathology Laboratory Technologists / Technicians
(AH-04-02) Phlebotomists
(AH-05-01) Cardiovascular Technologists / Technicians
(AH-05-02) Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists / Technicians
(AH-05-03) Dieticians / Nutritionists

IT
(IT-01) Database Administrator
(IT-02) Application Specialist (HIS)
(IT-03) Developer / Systems Analyst
(IT-04) Helpdesk Technicians

HUMAN RESOURCES
(HR-01) HR Director
(HR-02) HR Manager
(HR-03) Accommodation Supervisors

FINANCE
(FIN-01) Financial Analyst / Manager
(FIN-02) Payroll Offi cer
(FIN-03) Accountants
(FIN-04) Finance Assistants / Cashiers

SUPPLIES / PROCUREMENT
(SP-01) Supply Chain Manager
(SP-02) Procurement Manager
(SP-03) Supply Chain Supervisors
(SP-04) Storekeepers
(SP-05) Stores Assistants

MANAGERIAL / ADMINISTRATIVE
(ADM-01) Marketing Manager
(ADM-02) Receptionists (Wards & Departments)
(ADM-03) Medical Departmental Secretaries

ENGINEERING
(ENG-01) Hospital Engineer
(ENG-02) Engineering Supervisors / Managers
(ENG-03) Tradesman (Electrician / Plumber / Civil)

We are also interested in hearing from well-qualified Consultants, Specialists and Hospital Doctors.

Candidates MUST have recent hospital experiences and have at least a first
degree with appropriate higher qualifications. Candidate with UAE Ministry of
Health license will be required for Allied Health and Nursing.


Interested candidates may send their applications indicating the position
and position code in the subject line and should be received not later than
21st July 2010 to the following:
Recruitnursing@uhs.ae for all candidates applying for nursing and allied health
positions.
shar
Recruit@uhs.ae for all candidates applying to other departments.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Fatwa decrees vuvuzela haram above 100 decibels

A fan sounds the vuvuzela in Kimberley, South Africa. In the UAE, the instruments have sold steadily since the tournament began. Fernando Vergara / AP Photo

It’s a bit of a blow. The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments’ fatwa number 11625 has decreed that, above 100 decibel levels, the vuvuzela, clarion call of the World Cup, is haram. Will this spell the end for the loved – and loathed – trumpet?

ABU DHABI // Three weeks ago, most people had never heard of the vuvuzela. Now, many wish they never had.

For players and fans alike, the plastic trumpet, whose drone has been likened to a swarm of bees, has become the unmistakable background sound to South Africa’s World Cup.

Some – including no less a figure than Archbishop Desmond Tutu – have defended the instrument, but many have grumbled that its blare drowns out the crowd’s terrace chants, robbing matches of atmosphere. Players, meanwhile, say they cannot hear each other on the field.

Television companies the world over, swamped by viewer complaints, have scrambled to find ways of cutting out the sound, with limited success. And yet, in every country, there they are.

Wherever supporters gather to watch the World Cup, a section of the crowd is invariably found, tootling enthusiastically along.

But now, just days before Holland and Spain settle the tournament in the 2010 World Cup final, the UAE’s General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments has finally issued its ruling. If they are loud enough to damage hearing, vuvuzelas are haram. According to fatwa number 11625, the horns can be used only in stadiums if they pose no harm.

“However,” the ruling declares, “importers and traders ... must ensure that its power is not over 100 decibels so as to avoid damaging people’s hearing.”

The authority based its decision on a study that found human hearing could be damaged if exposed to more than 100 decibels.

In some cases, it said, the horn could cause permanent damage. “The vuvuzelas in the markets now could produce sounds reaching 127 decibels,” the statement decreed.

The National’s own specimen vuvuzela easily maxed out a sound level meter, which can record up to 126 decibels. Even the quieter horns, rushed out after the first wave of complaints, are only 20 decibels less noisy – still over the limit.

The authority added that, even if football stadiums were loud, fans must not harm others with their noise. “In any case, authorisation of the use of such horns is at the discretion of relevant authorities,” it concluded.

The legislation puts an end to Dhia el Din’s plans to import them into the UAE. At the start of the tournament, seeing an opportunity for profit, he ordered 10,000 of the instruments from a company in the UK. But negative publicity after early matches compelled the Abu Dhabi-based Palestinian businessman to look into the matter. He was alarmed to find the horn could spread disease and even be haram.

Raising the issue with the Islamic Affairs Authority, he received no immediate reply. Still, he was concerned enough to cancel his order.

He was worried to discover that the horns had originally been used by African shamans and witchdoctors. “I searched on the internet and found some articles regarding it,” he said. “I found out that they were used to bring out devils.

“Not only that, they are unhygienic. They can transmit diseases like influenza and other things. All these things made me stop.”

Not all traders have been so circumspect. In Soccer Circus at Mirdif Shopping Centre in Dubai, the Dh29 vuvuzela has sold steadily since the tournament began.

“It is mainly kids and teenagers buying them,” a spokesman for the store said.

The only downside was that customers couldn’t wait to use them. “They blow them very loudly around the children’s play area,” he said.

Until England’s 4-1 trouncing at the hands of the Germans, red and white vuvuzelas had been the best sellers, he added.

“The English colours were very popular, but this has changed throughout the tournament according to who has gone out.”

Shavira Singh, a South African, imported 2,500 horns after the tournament began. “A few friends asked me if they could get one, but nobody knew where they could get one from,” she said. “I called a few friends in South Africa and went into partnership with a local businessman to import them.”

She sold her entire stock to Emarat, which has been selling them in its petrol stations. “They wanted 5,000 but it was hard to find them. I could only get 2,500 imported into the UAE.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Ms Singh is philosophical about the din they create. “It is actually a very annoying sound but if it sells, it sells.

“It is part of the 2010 World Cup, and is something fans can keep and remember it by.”

eharnan@thenational.ae

Thursday, July 08, 2010

New Zealand needs More skilled migrants (incl Chefs..)

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With immigration numbers at its lowest since the recession was first announced in November 2008, New Zealand is now in serious need of skilled migrants to help strengthen the country’s economy.

According to Statistics New Zealand, in the last year, 15,200 more people departed permanently for Australia than arrived.

The numbers spell trouble for New Zealand says Business New Zealand, as they mean the country should be doing more to attract skilled migrants from overseas. Business New Zealand chief executive Phil O’Reilly says New Zealand has the added disadvantage of competing with Australia for skilled migrants, and so needs to offer better jobs and higher wages.

Working In Visas’ licensed immigration adviser Andy King says there is no shortage of skilled workers wanting to move to New Zealand but there has been a decrease in the number of applications, as the rules tend to become progressively stricter. For King, it’s important that the Immediate Skill Shortage List is updated on a more regular basis, to better reflect the country’s needs.


New Zealand won’t cap migration numbers


Unlike Britain, New Zealand won’t cap the number of foreign workers allowed to settle in the country.

Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman says New Zealand needs skilled migrants to grow, and the country wouldn’t benefit from capping the number of foreign workers who bring their skills to the country.

“We’ve always matched our temporary permits to the demands of certain occupations,” says Coleman, “and the system has always worked well for New Zealand and is constantly being reviewed.” .

The British government will limit the number of foreign workers entering the country to 24,100 until April 2011.

Chef shortages hit restaurants


Restaurant owners in New Zealand are warning the government about a shortage of chefs and are worried not enough is being done to attract those skills to the country.

The Department of Labour (DOL), the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) and the Hospitality Association of New Zealand (Hanz) will meet with hotel representatives to further discuss the issue.

Some restaurateurs are reporting increased difficulties getting work visas for their staff, a situation which is forcing a lot of chefs out of the country, even though their employers wish to keep them.

“They keep coming back to us and saying there are people in New Zealand who can do these jobs,” says Tracy Scott, regional manager for Hanz, as quoted by Business Day. “Show them to us. Where are they? They're not applying for jobs.”

Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman says Immigration New Zealand and the Ministry of Social Development need to communicate more clearly on the needs for different skills in New Zealand. “It’s not much good Immigration New Zealand saying that MSD is telling them they’ve got suitable people [to fill jobs] and it turns out those people aren’t suitable.”


Sharp rise in divorces in Kuwait


A law issued by Kuwait more than 20 years ago to increase financial benefits for women separated from their husbands has only led to a sharp rise in divorces in the oil-rich Gulf emirate, according to an official report.

Nearly a third of the marriages among the Kuwaitis ended up in divorce and most of the divorces happen in the first five years of the marriage, said the report by Kuwaiti Umma council (parliament), citing Justice Ministry figures.

“As the sun rises on Kuwait every day, around 30 national couples get married…as the sun sets, nearly a third of those married (in previous years) are divorced,” said the report, published in the Arabic language daily Al Qabas.

“Justice Ministry’s figures showed divorces are on the increase in the country…from around 31 per cent in early 1980s, the divorce rate has risen to an average 35.4 per cent over the past 10 years.”

The report said nearly 65 per cent of the divorces take place in the first five years of marriage, describing those years as “the most serious period in marriage.”

“There are several reasons for the rise in divorce rates in Kuwait, on top of which is the enactment of the Personal Law in 1984,” it said.

“This law has largely increased benefits for divorced wives…under this law, divorced women get housing, monthly alimony, a car, a driver and a housemaid…there are also other factors that contribute to higher divorce rates, including financial, ethical and behavioral reasons.”

Asians hungry for farm investments

Close to 650 million Asians are suffering from hunger and the situation will continue to worsen unless spending on the farm sector is dramatically increased, United Nations food experts have warned.

More than 60 million Asians became malnourished last year, raising the regional total to 642 million, Jacques Diouf, head of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), said.

“The sheer magnitude of food insecurity is the result of the low priority that has been given to agriculture in economic development policies,” Diouf said.

Food prices in Asia remain between 20 and 30 per cent higher than 2007 levels, FAO Asia Pacific director Hiroyuki Konuma added.

The world as a whole needs annual farm investments of $200 billion over 40 years to feed the world’s human population, expected to grow to 9.1 billion by 2050, he said. In Asia alone, $120 billion is needed each year.

“We have a shortfall of $40 billion for this region,” Konuma said. He added that governments had been lulled into complacency by farm-yield breakthroughs from the 1960s that raised farm outputs three-fold, lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty.

But he said in the ten years leading to the 2007 to 2008 global food crisis, annual output growth around the world stagnated for rice and wheat two of the most important cereals.

More than 25 per cent of Asian children aged five or under are moderately to severely underweight and more than a third are moderately or severely stunted, Asian Development Bank president Haruhiko Kuroda said.

“These statistics belie a crisis that will only get worse in the years to come unless immediate action is taken,” he said.

“Add to this rapid population growth, climate change and water shortages, and the need for action is blindingly apparent.”

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

The Team Is 'Winning Hearts Beyond Germany's Borders'


This weekend Germans celebrated a resounding win over Argentina at the World Cup in South Africa. On Monday German commentators ponder the young multi-cultural team's success, patriotism and the possible political reverberations. Most conclude that football games like this are about so much more than just sport.

This Saturday Germany played Argentina during the quarter-finals of the World Cup and won with an unexpectedly large margin of 4:0. The team now go on to face Spain in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

Millions of Germans celebrated, including the hundreds of thousands crowded into the so-called "Fan Mile" in central Berlin, an area specially set aside for audiences to watch the games together on giant screens.

On Monday the German media leave no editorial subject uncovered, writing about everything from Chancellor Angela Merkel's trip to South Africa to see the game, which had been criticized as unnecessary and too expensive, to analysis as to how the team achieved such a miraculous score line, to Germany's burgeoning patriotic spirit.

In SPIEGEL ONLINE Stefan Kuzmany writes:

"Chancellor Merkel flew to South Africa specially to inspire the national team. 'A lucky charm,' the spokesperson for the German Football Association (DFB) called her. Even minutes before the game, though her presence was seen as a bad omen."

"If the chancellor's recent 'luck' was anything to go by, then the team should have lost simply because of her being there. But now all the doomsayers are silent and even the critics from the taxpayer's association, who criticized Merkel's trip as too expensive, have logged off. Who would be interested in taxes or the euro crisis or the conflict in Afghanistan when there is football to think about? Nobody."

"And let's not even think about what would have happened if Löw's team had lost against the Argentineans. The weather would have worsened in a flash and the talk would only have been of health insurance, oil leaks and problems with the ruling coalition. Let's face facts: Basically the nation would have been almost completely finished. However with the national team's victory over Argentina, all of sudden everything is possible again."

The center-left Süddeutsche Zeitung writes:

"It is only football. The effect of the national team on the interior society of the country they represent is often over estimated. After all, if you are black you won't be any more relaxed walking through 'no-go' areas in eastern Germany just because Jerome Boateng is on the German national team. However, the effect on the outside world is not to be under estimated. And there are plenty of examples."

"In 1966 the German team lost the final to England, 4:2. It was a tight, hard fought game and the third goal by England was a controversial one. Today we know what the players knew then: The third goal was no goal at all. The Germans had plenty of reasons to get upset, they could have become angry and their rage could have translated into fouls. But they accepted what could not be changed, took the silver medal and congratulated the English team on their win."

"After the game the German team drove to the official banquet in the team bus and on every street corner there were English fans applauding them for being such good losers. It was 20 years after World War II, it was only a football game but it improved the image of Germans in English eyes."

Conservative newspaper Die Welt writes:

"The way this team plays is to be admired. They have long since conquered the hearts of their compatriots back home and now they are winning hearts beyond Germany's borders. Because various players were missing and because they had a relatively young and inexperienced side, not much was expected of the Germans. But those modest expectations seem to have been a great advantage. So -- particularly before the semi-final -- we should not stray from this path and build up unnecessary pressure on the team. Of course, the World Cup is almost within our grasp and the team could win. But we would do better to leave the team in peace."

"This German team is giving the whole nation a special feeling of strength because they are a multi-cultural team that really plays altogether, something they were not thought capable of previously. The fact that after this World Cup appearance, German football will be talked about around the world using words like creativity, wit, enthusiasm and team spirit is good for all of us."

The left-leaning daily Die Tageszeitung writes:

"The future was out there on the field to admire. The past was seen sitting in the stands. Firstly, there was Chancellor Angela Merkel, who enjoyed the game as though she were a manic depressive emerging from a bout of angst. Then we saw the German team's injured captain Michael Ballack, who cannot play in this contest because of injury. Both embody old principles. Ballack is the leader of the pack, who tends to command by decree and who prefers a hierarchy: A soldier of football, not someone who inspires with their cool. And Merkel … she knows there is no way that her administration is representative of this productive, forward looking atmosphere."

"On the Cape Town pitch one saw a model future defined (albeit only in terms of football): Young players taking responsibility themselves because the leadership is indisposed, who literally do everything they can to support one another. The star of the show is the team itself, not a command structure based around the skills of individualists."

"Michael Ballack is no longer needed. With the occasional exception, the boys can do it better without him. And Merkel should enjoy her excursion to South Africa. It is a farewell trip. She -- and the style of politics she represents -- are relics."

The Financial Times Deutschland writes:

"We, the Germans, the soldiers of football known for a hierarchical way of thinking, are suddenly a creative bunch of rascals! Obviously we are very, very pleased about this."

"And we feel motivated to bring that youth and spirit into the fight against global problems. Yes, eventually we will start to rescue the world. Climate change, oil leaks, bankrupt states -- these must be beaten too. That is if our Jogi (Löw) joins in -- he is, after all, our mastermind."

"But back to basics: It's fantastic that we are going to play Spain next. We don't need any easy tasks. We want to prove ourselves. And if not us, then who? After this it will be onto the final with Holland. And just between us, if the other teams don't start to try a little harder, it's going to get boring."

-- Cathrin Schaer

Jailed Kurdish children a blight on Turkey's future

Kurdish boys on their push-carts wait for customers in Yuksekova, Hakkari province, southeastern Turkey, on the border with Iraq, in this picture taken on June 28, 2010. Hundreds of children — some as young as 11, according to Kurdish lawyers — have been prosecuted by Turkish authorities fighting Kurdish rebels in the restless southeast. International human rights groups say Turkey's anti-terrorist laws violate UN conventions on children. (Reuters)

By IBON VILLELABEITIA | REUTERS

YUKSEKOVA, Turkey: Metin, a 16-year-old Kurdish boy with a shy smile and small, vivacious eyes is already a veteran of Turkey's prisons for terrorist suspects.

On his way to school one morning last year Metin, who was 15 at the time, was detained by police in this bleak town in Turkey's impoverished southeast, and accused him of being a member of the PKK Kurdish separatist rebel group.

Metin waited 5 months for a trial in a crowded high-security prison where he shared a bed with two or three other child inmates. He was then released by a judge, only to be detained months later, this time accused of taking part in a protest.

"They showed me a picture of somebody throwing stones but it wasn't me. I have never taken part in a protest," Metin said.

"The conditions were very bad. It was freezing cold in winter and in summer we couldn't take showers. Police were rough and pressured us to confess we were supporters of the PKK."

Hundreds of children — some as young as 11, according to Kurdish lawyers — have been prosecuted by Turkish authorities fighting Kurdish rebels in the restless southeast. International human rights groups say Turkey's anti-terrorist laws violate UN conventions on children.

Activists say the children are sent to adult prisons after receiving long sentences in anti-terrorist courts, where files are secret and lawyers have little access to their clients.

Metin, who has dropped out of school and wanders in dusty, traffic-choked streets, considers himself lucky to have been freed again. But he can still serve up to 15 years if convicted in three pending trials.

A generation growing up in prison

"An entire generation is growing up in prison," said Ismail Durgun, head of the Hakkari Bar Association, which has defended many "stone-throwing children," as they are known in Turkey.

"The state is not punishing the children, but is punishing itself. When they enter prison they are just kids. When they leave they are militants," Durgun said.

Durdu Kavak, the chief prosecutor in Diyarbakir, the largest city in the southeast and where most cases are heard, told Reuters he was not authorized to speak on the cases unless he received special permission from the justice minister in Ankara.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government, which has passed laws to expand the rights of Kurds in the hope of ending a decades-long conflict with the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), says such punishments need to be changed.

A bill to reduce penalties for children accused of terrorist-related offenses and stipulating that minors be put on trial in juvenile courts is being debated in parliament.

"We do not want to lose our kids. We want to win them back but families must be aware of the consequences of their children's actions," Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said, repeating an official line that children are used by the PKK.

Activists fear the bill might fall hostage to nationalist passions after a recent upsurge in PKK violence. With elections 12 months or less away and public outcry over separatist violence growing, opposition members have criticized the timing of the legislation and debate has been tense.

No fair trial

Durgun said that merely attending a protest in favor of the PKK is grounds for being charged with belonging to the group and with spreading its propaganda. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and Washington.

"These children don't get a fair trial. The files are secret so we can't prepare the case and sometimes there is no evidence. Children don't even understand whey they are in prison," Durgun said.

The Kurdish children's story is a reminder of the social and economic problems blighting Turkey's southeast, long a hindrance to the Muslim nation's hopes of joining the EU.

Unemployment in the provincial capital Hakkari, where half its 256,000 people are below the age of 19, is 70 percent.

Resentment toward the state runs deep and violent protests in favor of jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan are common.

Analysts say the authorities' approach is making the problem worse by fostering young militants.

After being indoctrinated in prison by older inmates, Dilges speaks earnestly of the Kurdish struggle, amnesty and political rights, his braces and acne betraying that he just turned 18.

He said he was handcuffed and hanged from a ceiling to force him to confess to a PKK attack he said he had nothing to do with.

Tough law enforcement helps to swell the ranks of the PKK, seen by many local people as the defender of Kurdish rights, as their hopes of a political solution have faded.

Velat, a lanky 17-year-old boy with freckles, was detained in March in the dead of night at his family home, a dwelling of uneven walls and dirt floors. Outside, hens strutted among barefoot children; a military helicopter roared overhead.

"Police said he took part in a protest and took him away," said Velat's mother, Kudret, fighting back tears and cradling a picture of her son in the prison yard.

"He is a good boy. He never got in trouble. He didn't go to school because he has been working since 10 to support his younger brothers and sisters. His father is disabled."

The family moved to Yuksekova after being expelled from their village by the military in the 1980s, when hundreds of villages were evacuated during the peak of PKK violence.

She said Velat is waiting trial in a prison 300 km (180 miles) away from home. Unable to understand Turkish, Kudret said she is at a loss to deal with Turkey's labyrinthine legal system.

A neighbor said 32 youths recently left the town to join the PKK across the border with Iraq. "They went to the mountains. The parents don't know. What else can the kids do?"