Thursday, July 30, 2009

Highlight Blogs: “It is normal and a common fact how our daily lives are” plus 19 more

Highlight Blogs: “It is normal and a common fact how our daily lives are” plus 19 more


It is normal and a common fact how our daily lives are

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 10:30 AM PDT

It is normal and a common fact how our daily lives are extremely focused on our everyday worries and concerns. It's green on the other side of the fence… That's a popular saying we might have heard countless times. It means we are always interested in what others have or what more we can get and do not appreciate what we have. Yet, no matter how embedded our problems and challenges are, it is amazing how we can also get carried away when we begin saying out loud what we are thankful for. Right away our focus shifts from our problems to God's graciousness, his promises and love.
It is a personal matter what we want to thank God for. We can count our blessings with specific personal list of gratitude to the gifts and graces from God each day. God has been very good to me.

I am alive and kicking! And I love life and living.
I have a reasonably sharp mind, can think on my feet and believe I'm good at my job. I actually have elevated myself to a higher grade.
I have two children who have done me proud and I am proud I have brought them up well. My son is in NUS and before he went there he took off one year to "start his own business". Even then he is not left behind as he went through express class. My daughter has secured a job as a journalist.
I am happy most of the time.
I have never hurt anyone intentionally so far and I don't think I ever will. When I am angry I feel bad and apologize later. And I am totally transparent and cannot be manipulative.
I am not a miser but I am careful with money. I believe in saving and buying what I can pay for. I know the difference between needs and wants, most of the times!
I like to read and my eyes have not given up on me yet! My reading source most of the time– the blogosphere!


Phew! That's enough for now.

Gu Ji-sung – Dungeon & Fighter cosplay

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 10:27 AM PDT

Korean model Gu Ji-sung in cosplay costume while hosting the Dungeon Fighter Festival, a promotional event for the multiplayer online game on July 19…

Korean model Gu Ji-sung cosplay at Dungeon Fighter Festival 2009

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Gu Ji-sung – Dungeon & Fighter cosplay from YeinJee's Asian Blog

Girls’ Generation Viliv wallpapers

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 09:49 AM PDT

Wallpapers of Korean pop group Girls' Generation for Viliv portable media player endorsement; click image for full size (1920×1080) wallpapers…

Korean pop group Girls Generation Viliv wallpaper

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Girls' Generation Viliv wallpapers from YeinJee's Asian Blog

Era Najib Altantuya : 1 OGOS PESTA DEMOKRASI

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 08:56 AM PDT

Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) memang terkenal dengan kezalimannya. Ia membawa daki karat memisahkan isteri dan suami, ayah dan anak-anak, merosakkan tali persaudaraan dan ikatan persahabatan.

Ada keluarga berantakan dan bercerai-berai. Ada anak yang tertekan jiwa sehingga terpaksa dimasukkan ke hospital ekoran tidak tertahan menanggung kesan psikologi yang amat sangat.

Tidak kurang karenah jahat polis cawangan khas (SB) yang menabur fitnah, mengadu-domba, selain cuba mematahkan semangat dan menghina idealisme perjuangan tahanan.

Banyak buku-buku yang ditulis oleh bekas tahanan mendedahkan konspirasi jelik SB, pastinya setelah mendapat restu Menteri Dalam Negeri, yang tidak pernah mengira halal-haram dan dosa-pahala dalam mengatur pemerintahan.


Serambi kuasa

Demi memuaskan nafsu golongan elit politik yang menguasai takhta dan singgahsana kuasa, SB tadi mempergunakan pelbagai cara untuk menundukkan kumpulan atau individu yang dilihat bolehmenggugat teraju pemerintahan (bukan menggugat keselamatan awam). Walhal dalam sistem demokrasi, pemerintah boleh dicabar dan digugat penguasaan mereka, asalkan ia dibuat melalui saluran undang-undang yang sah.

Namun, terdapat salah tanggap masyarakat yang harus diperbetulkan tentang kezaliman ISA ini. Antaranya, anggapan bahawa ISA hanya mencari mangsa di kalangan aktivis politik atau NGO yang pandangan mereka tidak selari dengan sikap pemerintah.

Dan dakyah yang selalu dikemundangkan adalah kerajaan terpaksa bertindak awal bagi mencegah sebarang kemudaratan yang boleh menjejaskan ketenteraman awam.

ISA sememangnya alat dan perkakas paling berkesan buat pemerintah yang begitu takutkan suara rakyat demi mempertahankan kuasa mereka. Kerajaan yang rasuah, korup, membazir, mengaut khazanah negara untuk mengisi tembolok diri dan kroni, serta menindas golongan yang sentiasa kritikal dengan penyelewengan pemerintah, selalunya hidup dalam ketakutan. Mereka bimbang kuasa sukar dipertahankan jika segala salah laku didedahkan kepada umum.

Jalan paling mudah adalah dengan mencari alasan dan daleh agar seteru politik mereka bukan saja dapat dijinakkan tetapi juga dipenjarakan. Sebelum itu pintu untuk rakyat bersuara dipersempitkan dan ruang demokrasi ditutup. Pentas-pentas debat melalui siri ceramah politik akan cuba dipersukarkan.

Cegah jenayah

Pihak polis yang sepatutnya menumpukan usaha mencegah jenayah dikerah untuk mengawal perhimpunan pembangkang, suatu tindakan yang hanya membazirkan tenaga, masa dan dana awam.

Polis cawangan khas dan perisikan yang lebih diperlukan untuk membanteras jenayah yang semakin berleluasa telah difokuskan untuk melumpuhkan potensi parti-parti alternatif yang dilihat berupaya mencabar kedudukan dan kuasa pemerintah.

Keselamatan negara memang aspek penting yang mesti dipertahankan. Kita tidak sewajarnya bersikap sambil lewa atau berkompromi dengan anasir-anasir yang boleh menggugat keharmonian awam dan menyebabkan masyarakat majmuk di negara kita bercakaran dan berpecah-belah.

Namun,ia sesekali tidak boleh dijadikan alasan untuk pemerintah dengan sewenang-wenangnya menggunakan ISA untuk menahan mereka yang disyaki akan terbabit dengan kegiatan subversif.

Prinsip keadilan sejagat dan hak asasi manusia, terutama hak untuk berhimpun, bersuara dan berpersatuan harus dihormati semua pihak. Kerajaan yang bertanggungjawab dan matang sama sekali tidak pernah bimbang kuasa mereka akan dijatuhkan hanya dengan peningkatan kesedaran berpolitik rakyat.

Rakyat yang terpelajar dan sedar tentang hak-hak awam sebenarnya dapat membantu membangunkan lagi sesebuah negara. Mereka dapat memberi sumbangan terbaik buat negara,tanpa rasa takut dan bimbang. Tidaklah seperti berlaku dalam negara kita apabila ramai cendekiawan, sebahagiannya bertaraf profesor, yang dikunci mulut dan dizip bibir daripadamenyuarakan kepentingan ramai, mengikut bidang pengkhususan masing-masing.

Bila media dipancung kebebasannya

Media yang sewajarnya berperanan aktif menyampaikan maklumat dan informasi sahih juga dipancung kebebasannya, menyebabkan rakyat seperti diperbodohkan. Bayangkan, dalam zamanlangit terbuka tanpa sempadan, negara masih melaksanakan pelbagai peraturan rimba yang memalukan, seperti Akta Mesin Cetak dan Penerbitan, yang tetap memerlukan permit penerbitan yang mesti diperbaharui setiap tahun.

Pihak menteri pula berkuasa sepenuhnya untuk mengharamkan dan menggantung mana-mana permit penerbitan tanpa perlu memberikan sebab munasabah dan keputusan KDN atau menteri itu langsung tidak boleh dicabar mahkamah. Akta Percetakan ini, seperti juga ISA dan banyak lagi akta menindas dan represif perlu dimansuhkan dengan kadar segera.

Suatu usaha reformasi besar-besaran untuk melihat kembali undang-undang yang ketinggalan zaman itu harus diselaraskan dengan perkembangan zaman. Setiap rakyat yang prihatin usah rasa segan silu untuk sama-sama bangkit menyatakan hak dan suara, menuntut dengan satu keazaman dan kesatuan,agar sang penguasa di atas sana prihatin dengan degup jantung rakyat dan serentak dengan itu dapat melonggarkan segala rantai yang mengongkong.

Ayuh, jangan tunggu dan tangguh-tangguh lagi untuk memeriahkan Himpunan Mansuh 1 Ogos. Datang beramai-ramai ke ibu kota, sekitar jam 2 petang, bagi memastikan pesta demokrasi ini tidak mudah dipatahkan.

Anda tidak melakukan apa-apa kesalahan hanya kerana untuk berhimpun menunjukkan sokongan kepada tuntutan untuk memansuhkan ISA.

Jadikan perhimpunan ini lebih besar dan bermakna, sekurang-kurangnya menyamai perhimpunan Bersih dan membantah PPSMI tidak lama dulu. -harakahdaily


Quite Like, But Not...

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 09:24 AM PDT

There's a virus in town.

Malaysians have been told that it is deadly.


Were Horatio Nelson still around, perhaps he would have been called upon to arrest the spread of this virus. He did, after all, conquer the Spanish Fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar. But then again, that was a different era, a different war. Most certainly, a different kind of sickness.


We were told that this virus is deadly. To prevent or minimise an outbreak, the authorities, long ago, decided to isolate anyone showing symptoms of the ailments that comes with the virus, hoping the isolation would suffice to curb the virus before it reaches an epidemic proportion.

Yes, this virus is not new. Its been around for a very long time. Perhaps, as long as human civilisation began centuries ago. Yet, not many were aware of it. Or those who were, were told to keep their voice down. And the fate of those caught with the virus...not many stories came forth. But that was then. Before the Internet provided the people with news of the world, all at their fingertips.

Back home in Malaysia, the authorities tried to inject an anti-virus. No, not the sort meant for Personal Computers, but one meant to safeguard the interest of the Nation. But even that is not quite right. To be more precise, the anti-virus the authorities injected, was meant to safeguard their own interest and had nothing at all to do with the people of Malaysia. Or if it did, such noble thoughts and intention were superceded by another strain of virus in the form of greed, and afflicting those who are in power. One which was conveniently overlooked by them.

Now, before anyone thinks I've gone bonkers already, or that I am trying to mislead anyone, the virus I mention is not the H1N1 (click here) afflicting Malaysia and many parts of the world. But this virus is only deadly to the authorities, those who are afflicted with greed and corruption. Ironically, the anti-virus mentioned is...a virus of the mind of the authorities and named Internal Security Act (the ISA), which the authorities have abused many times over in their effort to imprison the minds of the people of Malaysia. InsyAllah, no more.

Come this August 1, it is hoped that many Malaysians from every walk of life will join in the protest against this one weapon which the government is using to safeguard it's own interest instead of the people...the rakyat! Nay, never a thought was given to the people as was aptly written by Praba Ganesan here.

So Malaysians, do come and join us for a lovely walk in the Sun. If you are, then kindly read this message here first.

Of 'towel heads' and bare-assed men or rather a wannabe 'camel jockey', a sand nigger or a rag head

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 07:24 AM PDT

I would call Hadi Awang a wannabe 'camel jockey', a sand nigger or a rag head for insulting the East Malaysians. I remember Hadi and his kind those days, when it was the norm to wear a "kemban". This man has become arrogant,he forgets his past and thinks himself an 'Aayrabb' to belittle the culture of the East Malaysians. Here is a well articulated letter to the bigot Hadi in Malaysiakini written by someone called Anak Sarawak, very apt and a nice counter punch into the face of Hadi-edit

Of 'towel heads' and bare-assed men
"Semua pilihanraya kecil sebelum ini keputusannya memihak kepada kita. Cuma di Batang Ai sahaja kita kalah sebab mereka ini tidak reti undi, pakai cawat lagi. Saya bukan nak hina tetapi tempat yang pakai molek,undi PAS," katanya. - from a Malaysiakini report, dated July 11, 2009.

PAS president Hadi Awang said the above during the run-up to the Manek Ura by-election. Members of the Opposition have of late been in the habit of shooting themselves in the foot. No bare-assed men showed up at the Batang Ai polls. You've got to be really out of it to imagine that. There were some pictures in National Geographic in 1963, 46 years ago, of a man looking at a political poster.

Take a look at the poster and you may recognise some faces from the past. "Cawat"? Please, not that word! Ibans call their garment sirat, the Penans avet, the Kayans bah, the Bidayuh ta'up. The various Orang Asli have other words, with which I'm not familiar. Cawat in Malay is about as dignified as saying lampin. What is primitive about a loincloth? I belong to the Iban sphere, and as I write on my computer.

I wear only my sirat and feel my body and buttocks cool to the air, a pleasant constriction around my waist, and a decent support of my genitals. The copious front apron of my sirat allows no mound of what's beneath to show through. Is not this loincloth more decent than a Lycra® swim-brief? No objections from my wife, son, or neighbours.

Fifty years ago it was common for men in tropics all over the world to wear nothing but a loincloth, and for women to go without shirts, showing their breasts. Morality did not suffer, nor did personal comfort. The old ladies of my kampung who lived through that era told me that the level of respect was high. I have seen plenty of tits without moral damage.

Lots of accomplished people wore loincloths. Gandhi is the prime example - MA, lawyer, member of the Inns of Court - though his loincloth was the dhoti style, which covers the butt. Nonetheless, to Englishmen, any garment that had cloth going between the legs was icky. Full professors of Sanskrit and literature in India went around (and maybe still do) nearly naked. They taught under fig-trees on campuses, garbed merely with a rag hung between their thighs from a string.

The breechclout-wearing North American Natives who resisted white incursion regarded pants with horror and disgust. I wonder if Hadi thinks that our Freedom Fighter Rentap was attracted to the powers that were (the Brookes) because he wore a loincloth. Encik Hadi, nobody wants to call you a 'towel-head'. Wise up. Not everybody in Malaysia thinks that your aurat is shameful.

To many of us it is our ordinary, old, ho-hum human body.

Gaza turns into a Taliban state

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 07:34 AM PDT

Typical of evil Western Zion Nazi media demonising poor honest Palestinians going about their lawful business lauching rockets, despatching suicide bombers, honor killings and beating up women for wearing nail varnish and laughing in public. Mainstream media didn't report that, did they?

Freed from scrutiny by the EU and US focus on whether Israelis add extensions to their homes in Jerusalem, Hamas continues the quiet work of turning the Gaza strip into a Taliban-style Islamic state. A few days ago came the news that the Gaza Strip's most senior judge "has ordered all female lawyers to wear headscarves and a long, dark colored cloak under their black robes when they appear in court beginning September."

This is part of a general crackdown on female professionals — or maybe it's just females. It follows the news several weeks ago, reported by Khaled Abu Toameh of the Jerusalem Post, that Hamas policemen attempted to arrest a female Palestinian journalist "under the pretext that she came to a Gaza beach dressed immodestly and was seen laughing in public."

The journalist, Asma al-Ghul, said that the policemen instead confiscated her passport. Since the incident, she added, she has been afraid to leave her home, especially after receiving death threats from anonymous callers….They accused me of laughing loudly while swimming with my friend and failing to wear a hijab," Ghul told a human rights organization in the Gaza Strip. "They also wanted to know the identity of the people who were with me at the beach and whether they were relatives of mine."….Ghul said that many Palestinian women have noticed the presence of the police officers at the beaches and other sites. She said that the talk in the Gaza Strip these days was about Hamas's intention to impose the hijab on all female school children from first to 12th grade.

After reporting this incident in a standard news story for the Jerusalem Post, Khaled incorporated this anecdote into a larger piece titled "Hamas tightens its grip" which he posted on his Hudson Institute blog. Here he talked about the larger issue of a new entity in the strip, the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice security force, which "reports directly to the Ministry of Waqf Affairs and is said to be a copy of units that have long been operating in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan. (It reminds me of the unit in Iran which amuses itself by intercepting women who are baring their ankles and administering summary floggings in the street.) The new Gaza force consists "of dozens of plainclothes police officers who patrol beaches, public gardens, restaurants, hair salons and coffee shops to make sure that males and females are not mixing together and that the women are dressed modestly."

This would seem to be a fairly "sexy" - as they say in the news business - story to me. But the mainstream press is not giving this the attention it deserves. Most reporting is done by one lone Palestinian reporter, Khaled Abu Toameh, who often gets death threats for his pains. Why does the press pack ignore it? Could it be that they are frightened of Hamas? Or just very concerned about "preserving their access" - as one says in the biz? Surely not those swashbuckling international reporters who so bravely stand up to brutal IDF soldiers. Well, I suppose they have far more pressing things to do. Mrs Feinstein down the road in East Jerusalem has just applied for a permit to add a two-room extension to her house to accommodate her daughter's new baby. The Telegraph

On Fighting Corruption

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 08:09 AM PDT



I have attended the Press Conference by YB Tan Beng Huat. I stressed that it is important to patch the existing procurement system and to have a corrupt free system. I made a reference to the book by Tunku Abdul Aziz: "Fighting Corruption: My mission"

Chinese version
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/109511

English version
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/109510

Expert gives tips on love's many splendoured ways

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 08:32 AM PDT


Click to enlarge and read. Source: The Sun

THOUGHTS

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 08:05 AM PDT


IT HAS been a long time. As far as I could remember, I had try to limit my 'own' posting here. Not that I do not want to put in public my opinion. Just that I feel it is not quite necessary, as yet.
When is the right time?
Let me narrate a story which I hope will put across my point better.
Music. I love music. Not that I am an expert musician, though I was a choir master for a few years, a band leader for a period of time and a composer of a few songs.
I love to sing too. I won a few singing competitions (including once a kampung level where I obtained the popular votes, but still I lost which puzzled the judges... hehehe).
Yet, I will not take to the stage unless really necessary i.e to help make a wedding reception, for instance, more enjoyable and merry. (Of course, such 'principle' is null and void when I have one too many drinks hahahaha).
And believe you me, more often than not, I would be able to help create a good party.
At the same time, I also realise there are people who have the same ability. And I must say, a great many of them are actually better than me.
So, there is this event. Should I or should I not get involved?
Opsss... what was it that I wanted to tell? Ahhh... will try narrate better next time. That is if you cannot speak of it better. Than me.

Losing those flabby whaaattt...?..

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 06:32 AM PDT

I have to admit that the hardest parts to lose are my thighs and urmm... yes, butt! Thanks to genetic, I have a large bottom. Urgh!

But have you heard of Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx? Well, you can go and google her up. She appeared on Oprah once. I am dying to own a Spanx but it's far too expensive! But then, I discover her new line... ASSETS! Browse punya browse... this blogger, aimalhanad, is going to order them all the way from US! Oh, how lovely!!! You might wanna tell aimalhanad where you get to know about this fantastic ASSETS from too ;)

My sister an I have already ordered FIVE!!! Melampau batas jugak ahh! Kuang3.. Hey, just sharing the love here, girls... Go get' em!




Students have no qualms about bribes

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 05:56 AM PDT

KOTA BARU: Kelantan State Secretary Datuk Mohd Aiseri Alias said he was worried with a survey that showed university students had no qualms about accepting and giving bribes.

He said the survey conducted by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) showed that 30.5% of the students interviewed were willing to accept bribes if they had the power and the opportunity.

He said 15% were willing to offer bribes to facilitate business deals and 23.7% more would do likewise to prevent actions against them.

"This is alarming as the wrong perception of corruption has crept into the minds of university students, who are our future assets," he said when opening the Public and Private Universities Enhancement Seminar organised by the Integrity Institute of Malaysia (IIM) at Pantai Cahaya Bulan here Thursday.

Mohd Aiseri did not mention the sample size and the background of the students surveyed.

He said efforts must be done to correct the perception by inculcating good values in human capital development.

On the IIM, he said it was currently implementing the second phase of the National Integrity Plan (NIP) (2008-2013) to combat corruption, fraud and abuse of power in the private and public sectors.

Earlier, IIM deputy president Mustafar Ali said the society's perception on corruption, fraud and abuse of power had greatly improved over the past five years through the first phase of the NIP implementation (2004-2008).

Mustafar said the IIM was currently conducting a study on society's perception of the integrity of the media with the aim of promoting national integrity through the media and journalism. -- Bernama

Director of social welfare programme claims trial

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 05:55 AM PDT

MALACCA: A 35-year-old director of the state government's Rumahku Syurgaku division claimed trial at the Sessions Court here to falsifying a claim.

He was charged by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission with falsifying a claim for RM10,000 two years ago.

Rumahku Syurgaku (My Home is My Heaven) is the Malacca government's social welfare programme.


The 9Th Methodist Convention - "Spreading Scriptural Holiness, Transforming The Nation (Talk 2) - Part 4

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 05:57 AM PDT


Bishop Rev Dr. Hwa Yong quoted Luke Keefer and his writings, saying England was the only nation in Europe which successfully carried out a social revolution in the period 1763 - 1914 without widespread of violence. "As such, England was admired by foreign observers for its unique blending of personal freedom and social stability," Bishop made further quotation.

"As Halevy saw it, it was a matter of Methodism acting in concert with other factors in the complex British scene which produced the England of the nineteenth century. This interpretation may not sit well with Marxist philosphy, but it fits very well with the historical data," Bishop Rev Dr. Hwa Yong added.

Bishop cited moral and slavery reforms as two of the distinct evidences of the 18th century Revival which transformed England.

"Slavery was definitely against God's will. William Wilberforce fought hard for years in the parliament to bring about a dramatic reform in slavery system in England. The work of William Welberforce and Clapham Sect followed immediately after the work of John Wesley and the Early Methodists. It is clear that Wilberforce and his co-workers built on the fruits of the revival," Bishop said.

The picture another wonderful song sharing during the convention. Photo: www.sibudongcheng.blogspot.com

Was Teoh Beng Hock suicidal?

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 05:50 AM PDT

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No. There was foul play. From who? i am not quite sure yet but there was foul play. But this is just an opinion and let me tell you why i have this opinion.
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1. Teoh died the 'cleanest' death. No blood, body parts didnt detach, body structure still seems to be in place. Clean. You want to see what happened to another human who fell off an equivalent height? ... read on

RPK: Student Tan Kian Chong was found dead at the bottom of Apartmen Vista Angkasa in Kampung Kerinchi yesterday, suspected of falling down 16 floors. See the 'mess'. And eyewitnesses said they heard an 'explosion' when his body hit the ground while his blood was splattered right up to the second floor of the building.

2. Mr Teoh was questioned about the possible misuse of funds by his employer, a state assemblyman, to buy flags. The sum in question was RM2,400. For RM2.4K, he was questioned for at least 8 hours. A RM2.4K case was prioritized over the PKFZ and the Istana Khir cases. hmmmm... doesnt sound quite right.

3. Tan Hock Chuan (criminal lawyer) in court, "According to the first DNA report, the DNA profile derived from the swab from the back outer side of the blazer worn by the deceased Teoh Beng Hock consisted of a mixture of male DNA types from two individuals,"

4. Teoh Beng Hock - this young man had everything to live for. Getting married (on the day he died). 2 mth pregnant fiance. Good career, good family, good looking.

5. This final point has been extremely well said by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah:

(Advice: think about it from more than 1 dimension, think about what it implies)

Questions about how Mr Teoh died cannot be shut down with the usual warning that it is "liable to confuse the public" because the public is already confused. We are confused about how an idealistic young man with everything to live for can enter the headquarters of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission as a witness one day and be found dead outside the next.


Questions about the death of Mr Teoh cannot be swept aside with the paternalistic instruction to "leave it to the authorities to investigate," because the death of Mr Teoh appears to be just the result of "leaving it to the authorities investigate." It is precisely the independence of the investigating authorities that people are questioning.


Questions about the death of Mr Teoh cannot be suppressed with the warning "not to speculate" when the investigating authorities were apparently able to prognosticate, ahead of their own investigations, that foul play was not involved, and some leaders appear to have special knowledge that Mr Teoh jumped to his death of his own accord.


Questions about the death of Mr Teoh cannot be evaded with the low tactic of racializing the issue because the death of Mr Teoh touches us all as citizens, brothers and sisters and fathers and mothers. None of us wants to live under a government apparatus that cannot be trusted to be independent and to tell the truth.


Questions about the death of Mr Teoh cannot be suppressed with authoritarian prohibitions because they are about the integrity and independence of institutions that belong to the people. Those ministers who talk down to the people may have forgotten who put them into government and pays their wages, and whose questions they were put there to ask. And to answer.


To ask such questions is not to "politicize" the issue but to exercise our ownership of an issue that touches each and every one of us as citizens: our basic institutions are rotted out, and we are headed down the path of a failed state.


It is our right and indeed our duty as citizens to keep asking questions when someone dies under circumstances that put the entire government under a shadow. As we ask these questions let us accept our joint responsibility to push uncompromisingly for an overhaul of the key institutions that have rotted through under exactly the kind of authoritarianism that would prohibit discussion of the circumstances of the death of Mr Teoh Beng Hock.

KUGAN, TEOH BENG HOCK..all this at the DOORS of NAJIB...ALTANTUYA

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 06:12 AM PDT



Surendran, the lawyer fighting for Kugan's justice:
"We say it openly - the police killed Kugan. We have no doubt about it. If it is not true, they can charge us for criminal defamation...

"We are running out of patience. If Kugan's murderers are not charged by the AG, we will carry out mass peaceful demonstrations calling for justice for Kugan," he warned.


"They allowed Kugan's case to remain unresolved and Teoh is now dead... all this at the doors of (Prime Minister) Najib (Abdul Razak). His hands are stained in blood because he didn't institute the necessary reforms," said Surendran.
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Era Najib Altantuya : Penyokong PR dan MIC Bergasak

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 05:00 AM PDT

Ibupejabat MIC di Jalan Rahmah, Kuala Lumpur hari ini menjadi tumpuan dua kumpulan berhubung isu membabitkan syarikat pelaburan parti itu - Maika Holdings, demikian lapor malaysiakini.

Kumpulan pertama seramai kira-kira 150 orang, diketuai Timbalan Ketua Menteri 2 Pulau Pinang, Prof P Ramasamy dan beberapa pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat. Mereka turut disertai pemegang saham Maika Holdings yang tidak puashati dengan syarikat tersebut.

Mereka telah berarak menuju ke ibupejabat MIC pada jam 12 tengahari, menuntut penjelasan mengenai status kewangan Maika.

Maika yang ditubuhkan pada awal 80an untuk membantu komuniti kaum India namun prestasinya yang lemah menyaksikan saham yang pada awalnya bernilai RM1 telah menjadi 30sen.

Kumpulan kedua diketuai oleh Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Maika, S Vell Paari (anak Samy Vellu) bersama pemegang saham yang puashati dengan perjalanan syarikat tersebut.

Kumpulan ini telah mula berkumpul di ibupejabat Maika yang terletak di dalam bangunan ibupejabat MIC sejak jam 9 pagi tadi dan jumlahnya semakin meningkat.

Setibanya di ibupejabat MIC, kumpulan Ramasamy tidak dibenarkan masuk menemui Vell Paari untuk menyerahkan memorandum mengenai status kewangan Maika.

Manakala penyokong Vell Paari berhimpun di dalam bangunan tersebut.

Anggota polis kelihatan memantau keadaan di situ.

Pada kira-kira jam 12.30 tengahari, Vell Paari keluar dari bangunan ibupejabat MIC untuk bertemu dengan kumpulan Ramasamy. Keadan berasak-asak dan beliau terpaksa dikelilingi oleh anggota polis bagi melindunginya.

Akibat itu mengakibatkan berlaku pergelutan antara kedua-dua kumpulan tersebut, beberapa orang dilihat tercedera.

Anggota Unit Simpanan Persekutuan (FRU) kemudiannya bertindak segera bagi mengawal keadaan.

Ketika keadaan kecoh di luar bangunan ibupejabat MIC itu, Presidennya, Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu berada di dalam bangunan mempengerusikan mesyuarat jawatankuasa pusat parti itu.

Perhimpunan yang dianjurkan oleh Pakatan hari ini adalah ekoran rasa tidak puas hati ramai pemegang saham Maika terhadap prestasi syarikat tersebut dan menuntut supaya pelaburan mereka dipulang.

Salahkan Koperasi Nesa

Vell Paari, bagaimanapun menegaskan bahawa beliau sedia membayar balik pelaburan pemegang saham tetapi tidak dapat berbuat demikian kerana terdapat injunksi oleh Koperasi Nesa - yang diketuai bekas timbalan presiden, Datuk S Subramaniam - untuk menghalang penjualan syarikat insurans milik Maika.

Vell Paari pada awalnya mahu menjual syarikat insurans milik MIC - Oriental Capital Assurance Bhd (OCAB) - tetapi dibantah oleh Nesa, yang juga pemegang saham Maika, atas alasan penjualannya tidak menguntungkan sepenuhnya pemegang saham.

Awal minggu ini, Vell Paari memberitahu bahawa beliau bersedia bertemu kumpulan yang dipimpin oleh Ramasamy itu untuk memberi penjelasan kepada mereka mengenai status Maika.

Bagaimanapun, tambahnya, Ramasamy juga mesti bersedia memberi penjelasan mengenai langkah-langkah yang telah diambilnya untuk menyelesaikan masalah yang dihadapi oleh penduduk Kampung Buah Pala di Pulau Pinang.

Vell Paari juga berkata, beliau akan mempelawa Ramasamy dan kumpulannya untuk menyertai pihaknya berarak ke pejabat Koperasi Nesa di Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, yang menghalang penjualan tersebut, dan seterusnya melambatkan pembayaran balik pelaburan pemegang saham Maika.



Departures (2008) movie review

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 01:25 AM PDT

"Departures" (おくりびと, Okuribito) is a multiple award winning Japanese movie and winner of the best foreign language film at the 2009 Oscars.

Directed by Yojiro Takita and starring Masahiro Motoki, the movie follows the story of a nokanshi whose job is to prepare the death for encoffinment. Other main leads include Ryoko Hirosue and Tsutomu Yamazaki etc.

Japanese movie Departures aka Okuribito

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Departures (2008) movie review from YeinJee's Asian Blog

Harp Guitar Update

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 02:47 AM PDT


Back and sides are now in place. Edward will be putting on the binding around the corners once the glue dries.

Era Najib Altantuya : Lokasi Pelantar Minyak Diukur Ogos Ini

Posted: 30 Jul 2009 02:55 AM PDT

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perancangan Ekonomi, Kewangan dan Kebajikan, Dato' Husam Musa berkata, lawatan kerja ke kawasan pelantar minyak dan gas diharap dapat menentukan kedudukan sebenar pelantar carigali minyak dan gas apabila rombongan kerajaan negeri dan Ahli-Ahli Parlimen Malaysia melawat lokasi berkenaan awal Ogos ini.

Turut disenaraikan dalam rombongan tersebut pasukan juruukur khas, Adun, media dan nelayan.

"Ini memandangkan Pengerusi Perhubungan Umno Kelantan, Dato' Mustapa Mohamed sebelum ini mendakwa pelantar terbabit terletak di kawasan tuntutan bertindih di bawah perjanjian antarabangsa membabitkan Malaysia, Thailand dan Vietnam.

"Jadi kita akan buktikan pelantar dimaksudkan masih dalam kawasan perairan Kelantan walau pun mungkin bertindih dengan Thailand," katanya kepada pemberita di pejabatnya semalam.

Husam berkata, kalau lokasi pelantar bertindih di antara Kelantan dan Thailand bermakna negeri ini berhak ke atas royalti minyak dan gas sebanyak lima peratus setahun seperti ditetapkan Petronas.

"Adalah tidak berbangkit Kelantan tidak layak menerima royalti petroleum sebagaimana negeri-negeri lain termasuk Sabah, Sarawak dan Terengganu.

"Jadi lawatan tersebut akan membuktikan apa yang didakwa oleh Dato' Mustapa itu tidak benar dan Kelantan mempunyai hak ke atas royalti di bawah semangat federalisme," ujarnya.

Mustapa yang juga Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri ketika kempen pilihan raya kecil di Manek Urai sebelum ini tidak mahu PAS mempolitikkan isu royalti minyak dan gas kerana kedudukan pelantar di kawasan bertindih.

Beliau juga berkata, Petronas tidak memberi penjelasan dalam tempoh 48 jam seperti diarah Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin ketika kempen pilihan raya di Manek Urai baru-baru ini.

Beliau turut merakamkan ucapan banyak terima kepada sokongan banyak pihak untuk membolehkan Kelantan menuntut royalti terbabit.

Antaranya, Bekas Menteri Kewangan, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah yang menjelaskan Kelantan berhak menerima royalti lima peratus seperti termaktub dalam perjanjian dimeterai antara kerajaan pusat, Petronas dan kerajaan negeri.

Akta Malaysia Thailand Joint Development Authority (MTJDA) 1990 juga menyatakan perjanjian-perjanjian sedia ada di antara Malaysia dan Thailand serta mana-mana pihak sebelum ini masih lagi terpakai.

Petronas sebelum ini menandatangani perjanjian dengan semua kerajaan negeri yang mempunyai sumber petroleum untuk memberi hak mendapat royalti lima peratus setahun sama ada di daratan atau lautan.

Pemimpin Umno juga mendakwa Kelantan tidak berhak terhadap minyak yang ditemui 150 kilometer dari persisiran pantai negeri ini.

Sedangkan amalan sedia ada menunjukkan Petronas membayar royalti minyak kepada Terengganu dan Sarawak biar pun pelantar berada lebih 200 kilometer dari pantai negeri terbabit.

Kelantan menuntut Petronas membayar sebanyak RM1 bilion memandangkan carigali minyak dan gas di kawasan PM301 bermula sejak 2004.

Laporan Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia juga menjelaskan nilai pengeluaran kasar industri petroleum pada 2004 di perairan Kelantan, Terengganu dan Sabah berjumlah RM47 bilion. -jiwokelate

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