Saturday, August 8, 2009

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Abundance

Posted: 08 Aug 2009 06:01 AM PDT

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33 KJV)

Whenever my pastor preached a sermon along this verse from the book of Matthews, I'd think that he has the best testimony to show - not talk only.

Check this out. Janeal, his second daughter, got married last week.

Ps. Dvid Ramayah walking his daughter, Janeal, down the aisle

Guess who walked her down the aisle? Pastor David Ramayah himself, of course!

Jonathan and Janeal walking down the aisle

He gave his precious jewel away to Jonni.

Now who were the bridesmaids, page boys and flower girls?

Daughter-in-Law Xher Wei as bridesmaid and grand-daughter Mia as flowergirl

Here was Bridesmaid Cher Wei, wife of Ps. David's son and eldest child Jonathan, and her daughter Mia, Ps. David's grand-daughter.

Bidesmaid Joanna and Grand-daughter Relli Faith Fickus

Here went Bridesmaid Joanna, Ps. David's eldest daughter, and her daughter, Relli Faith, another of Ps. David's grand child.

Nephew Joaziah as page-boy and I am not sure who the little girl was

Here comes Nephew Joziah as page boy. See? Even the extended family is always here!

Juanita singing Benediction during the solemization ceremony

On stage, Ps. David's youngest daughter Juanita sang Benediction as her sibling said the vow that bound her up forever.

Ps.David conducting the Solemization for Jonni and Janeal

The proud father who walked his daughter down the aisle just moments ago suddenly appeared on stage as the minister for the solemnization ceremony!

The parents on stage

Now, Ps. David was on stage not as the minister or the patron of honor. He is a jolly parent just like the honorable witness from the groom's family!

Ps. David praying over Jonni and Janeal

Finally, Ps. David became de facto father-in-law and reminded Jonni of the rules that he must now abide to. "Do not sin, do not lie, do not drink… not too much anyway…"

Jonni nd Janeal's framed wedding photograph at the foyer

I'm sure the groom with spiky hair will comply. Congratulations!

Now, is that an abundant family, or what?


Kenyan Man Offers 40 Goats, 20 Cows for Chelsea Clinton's Hand in Marriage

Posted: 08 Aug 2009 02:25 AM PDT

In Kenya's terms, it is a very generous offer for a bride. Back in 2000, the Clintons received the offer from a Kenyan man. Hillary, while on her African tour, promised to convey this "very kind offer" to her daughter. And now the offer has been renewed.

(BBC) A Kenyan man has told the BBC how happy he is that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to renew his marriage offer to her daughter.In 2000, Godwin Kipkemoi Chepkurgor wrote to her husband Bill Clinton, the then-US president, offering 40 goats and 20 cows for Chelsea Clinton's hand.In Kenya on the first leg of her African tour, Mrs Clinton was informed by a journalist of the proposal."My daughter is her own person. I will convey this very kind offer," she said.If Ms Clinton, 29, accepted she would become Mr Chepkurgor's second wife, as he has married since his initial proposal.

Well, now that he's already married, the renewed proposal may seem like a bad move but it's not:

Mr Chepkurgor, 40, a councillor in Nakuru in Kenya's Rift Valley, said his first wife knew about the renewal of his affections and "did not object". The BBC's Muliro Telewa in Nakuru says the offer of 40 goats and 20 cows for the bride price is very generous in Kenyan terms.
And the gentleman believes his chance are pretty good:

"I feel very good for her [Mrs Clinton] to have answered - almost in the affirmative," Mr Chepkurgor told the BBC's Network Africa programme. "She promised that she will take the proposal to the daughter and I am now waiting," he said. Eye On The World


Private Thots: PAS Raised A Right Social Concern

Posted: 08 Aug 2009 03:45 AM PDT





aNt's aNgle - private thots:

Hip Hip Hooray!

So the Selangor Government has come up with a ruling that there will be no alcohol ban in convenient stores. Instead, local 7-Eleven's, 99's and others will have to practise self-regulation of the sale of alcohol in stores first in Shah Alam, and then in other places in the state. (See today's Star's story below)


Whether on religious grounds or not, I think PAS should be highly commended for its call on the banning of the controversial colourless liquid that can make us all drunk.

By doing so the Islamic political party has done a wonderful job in raising a terrible social problem that has not only bugged us for so long but also been swept under the carpet for twice as long.

It's easy to label genuine concern away as "moralistic" or an "extremist" view.

It's funny how none of the media report I've read so far since this controversy started brewing in the press ever spoke about the root of the issue: ALCOHOLISM.


It's that dirty 10-letter word that makes us to shun away from anyone who is "unable to hold his or her drink down" in public gatherings. It's that dirty word that turns women into sex objects in beer advertisements and makes daddy's beat their mummies to a pulp at night whilst a cowed neighbourhood witness the terror in trauma.

Broken families, marriages, divorce, physical abuse . . . and let's not forget drink driving. People either get killed or maimed because of a "one too many a drink".

Just think of the numbers of people who are made crippled for life through drink driving.

It's easy for society to point a finger at parents and blame them for not being able to control their teenagers for drinking. But try doing that especially if you are a single woman parent and see if that is all that straightforward and easy as it seems.

Governments should take responsibility in trying to reduce the social ills is society. Trying to make alcohol harder for teenagers and children to access them is a right thing to do.

I think that is the real issue here.

Asking politicians like Ronnie Liu to quit, is ludicrous and as the Mentri Besar said, is a "non-issue."

Meanwhile, I think it is the beer companies that are profitting from all of this controversy. All this brouhaha will only give them a fatter wallet in the end whilst lives especially in the poorer communities continue to be destroyed.

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Saturday August 8, 2009

Self-regulate sale of alcohol, stores told


SHAH ALAM: Convenience stores in Muslim-majority areas are not banned from selling alcohol to non-Muslims, Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said yesterday.

However, he said the stores owners must practise self-regulation and have a separate cooler for alcohol.

The self-regulatory move would start in stores from Section 1 to 24 in Shah Alam before it is extended to other Muslim-majority areas in the state, he told reporters after a meeting with convenience store owners and the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) Mayor Datuk Mazalan Md Noor yesterday.

"Our aim is not to infringe on the cultural rights and beliefs of the non-Muslims and at the same time we do not need to come up with too many laws to control the drinking habits among the Muslims and teenagers," he said.

Khalid added that the 100 letters sent by MBSA to convenience stores to stop the sale of alcohol were null and void.

KK Group of Companies business owner Datuk Dr Douglas K.K. Chai said the decision to let convenience stores to self-regulate the sale of alcohol was a good move.

"Alcoholic beverages contribute to our sales.

"But we respect all people and their religious and cultural beliefs," he said.

MBSA Mayor Mazalan said the city council respects the decision and it would assist the businessmen in the self-regulatory move.



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The 9Th Methodist Convention - "Spreading Scriptural Holiness, Transforming The Nation (Talk 2) - Part 8

Posted: 08 Aug 2009 01:53 AM PDT


As Christians, we are concerned with democracy, freedom and justice, human rights and religious freedom. The fundamental principles of these concepts are rooted in Western christian gospel redemption, not in Chinese culture.


"Careful study will show the conceptes like democracy, human rights and freedom are rooted in the Gospel. (Cf. Ronald J. Sider, The Scandal of Evangelical Politics, Baker, 2008; especially Chaps. 4-7, & 9)," Bishop said.


Bishop then further elaborated on the basis of the scripture," Gen 1:26f has this to say about Human Rights: Everyone is created in the image of God. On Democracy, John 3:16 and Gal 3:26-28 spell out clearly that 'All are equal'."


On checks and balance in government, Bishop Rev Dr. Hwa Yong explained," There should not be absolute power, as in Malaysia now. This concept is rooted in Rom 3:23 which says: All humans are sinful."

The picture shows Hoover Square which will be officially opened on August 16 at 10.30 a.m. Our CM has been invited to officiate the grand opening ceremony. Photo: Steve Ling


The great march

Posted: 08 Aug 2009 01:01 AM PDT

The massive turnout of people to press for freedom and human dignity in our nation on August 1 was astounding. They overcame all barricades including the highhanded tactics of the police and other efforts to immobilize the march. Thank God, the Army was not called in to stall the freedom march.

The people who organized this great march of August 1 are the anti-ISA movement or Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI). Their march is in many ways reminiscent of the great marches of the last century, beginning with Dr Martin Luther King Jr in his strife to overcome sectarianism with his theme song We shall overcome. His efforts are today seen in the sterling result of the first coloured President of the United States, President Barak Obama. Closer to home was the famous G30S (Gerakan 30 September) that overthrew the regime of President Sukarno of Indonesia, and then in 1986 the People Power March forced the dictator of the Philippines, President Ferdinand Marcos, to flee the country.

The anti-ISA march of August 1 is a sign of our nation's struggle to uphold freedom and human dignity especially in the midst of many unnecessary and unwanted conflicts. These conflicts have been brought about by some of the ruling elite, who through their subordinates enforce unjust laws to strengthen their hold as leaders of the country.

A report published in the Fordham International Law Journal states that the ISA and other laws "contribute to the creation of a deeply authoritarian political environment, in which attacks on independent voices — whether they emanate from the media, academia or the opposition — are routine," (2003:1349).

What is emerging is a 'deeply authoritarian political environment' with leaders doing all they could to stop even the ordinary citizens from marching towards the King's palace in a peaceful manner to present a memorandum to the King at 3.00pm. The palace had earlier been notified of this presentation by the President of the GMI Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh.

Despite the hurdles, and even with the possible threat of being detained under the ISA, at 11.50am, the representatives of the anti-ISA march managed to hand the memorandum to abolish the unjust Internal Security Act to a palace official, Encik Mohd Khairi Abdul Rahman.

This simple orderly march was made to look as though there was an act of civil unrest by the use of water cannons and tear gas on the people. Thank God for the wisdom of the GMI leaders in instructing the many who joined in the march that they were not to be unruly even if the police behaved so.

In the absence of unruly behaviour, it did look obvious that the enforcement officers had to seize innocent young teenagers, who were arrested and would be remanded for four days. But what is more shocking is that this authoritarian political environment has permeated most sectors of the government bodies that even when help was sought from the Welfare Department to assist the children arrested, none was forthcoming. The Malaysian Insider carried an article quoting Human Rights Lawyer Jonson Chong, who expressed that when they "contacted them [Welfare Department], an officer by the name of Daing Terpateh Khairi refused to come and see the boy, stating that he did not have instructions from the police despite having been informed that a child's right had been abused."

Obviously, fear had gripped the officer in a way that he was not able to do what he ought to do as a welfare officer. When such situations arise, we begin to see what some commentators and academia have been saying for decades — that the human rights of the citizens are being curtailed. Today we say that the march of August 1 was to reassert our rights in the nation and overcome the trauma of ISA fears and arrests.

We march for freedom and human rights. Herald Malaysia


Dakyah benci umat Kristian tersebar luas di majalah keagamaan Islam

Posted: 08 Aug 2009 12:40 AM PDT

Saya kagum dengan usaha-usaha negara luar yang sentiasa menganjurkan dialog antara agama. Contohnya, negara Vatikan menganjurkan sesi dialog dengan beberapa wakil dari University Al Azhar di dalam acara tahunannya. Begitu juga dengan Indonesia, sebuah negara Islam yang seringkali menganjurkan dialog-dialog antara agama untuk menjelaskan sesuatu isu.

Saya percaya, negara-negara yang disebut tadi membincangkan isu-isu agama untuk mengelakkan salah faham dan persengketaan. Inilah salah satu cara terbaik untuk mengukuhkan lagi semangat keharmonian di kalangan masyarakat.

Tetapi, berbeza pula dengan negara kita. Kita boleh lihat akhbar mingguan Katolik yang hanya diterbitkan seminggu sekali dan pencetakan yang tidak pun sampai 20 ribu, namun dikatakan sebagai 'biadap' dan 'keterlaluan' kerana menggunakan kata 'Allah'.

Begitu juga dengan penangkapan sembilan orang Kristian di sebuah universiti tempatan kerana dituduh menyebarkan agama Kristian. Tetapi anehnya, dua wartawan Islam terbitan Utusan Malaysia yang tidak beretika dan menghina Tubuh Kristus, tidak pula diambil tindakan. Bukankah ini ketara tidak adil?

Selain itu, kisah Thomas Laiden yang kononnya pernah menjadi paderi besar di Sabah, begitu mudah ditulis dan disiarkan dalam majalah agama Islam.

Adakah ini merupakan satu dakyah yang mengajak kita saling membenci dan kurang ajar? Jika begini, apakah ertinya 1 Malaysia seperti yang dilaung-laungkan oleh PM kita?

Johnathan Ajim of Melaka in Herald Malaysia


Manchester United Were Terrorist Target!!

Posted: 07 Aug 2009 04:00 PM PDT

SOCCER-UNITED/

Manchester United were apparently the targets of the suicide bombers!! How crazy is that?!

The suicide bombers who attacked two luxury hotels in Indonesia this month aimed to kill members of the Manchester United football team, according to an internet message allegedly written by the fugitive leader of an al-Qaeda faction.

Apparently there was a message on a blog that indicated that the English Champions were targets and you know what's even worst? Check this out ->

The [Manchester United] club consists of players who are Crusaders [Christians] and therefore they did not deserve to play in a Muslim country

Dude?! Thank god the United team didnt go to Indonesia for the friendly match and decided to stay in Malaysia for their second game against the Malaysian selection. Well Manchester United, if the rumours were true… You owe Malaysia BIG TIME!

Source : TimesOnline

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Manchester United Were Terrorist Target!!


DEVELOPING STRONG, CONFIDENT & EMPOWERED CHILDREN AND PARENTS

Posted: 07 Aug 2009 03:00 PM PDT

Part of my personal development regime is to read for at least 15 minutes per day and to meditate for an equal length of time. If that sounds like a discipline in any way – believe me it is! Can I just highlight that this is an intention and I've been practicing for years to get it to become a habit. Last month, November, was far from ideal and I managed to create a quiet time of 15 minutes twice only. And I'm aiming for improvement for December!

When I DO make the time I get the investment back in bundles. I had a moment earlier today when I asked myself, 'What has to be in place to allow our children to develop their strengths and uniqueness as they grow? Plus, how do parents do this whilst still maintaining an element of control within our households?' These are the 3 things that sprang to mind immediately:

1. Set Clear Boundaries

This, at first glance, might appear to be restricting, but boundaries are the most empowering facet of our reality. You see, when we're clear about what's not allowed, not healthy, not appreciated or not constructive, we can live with a set of parameters inside which our characters can truly excel.

For example, if I tell my daughter that 'jumping on furniture is not allowed' and give her the reasons why, then I can be confident that in any social environment that particular challenge won't occur. If she agrees to play within that boundary, I can confidently take her to friends, restaurants, shops and out for treats. Same with rules around how we use 'please' and 'thank you', how we behave at the table, how we dress on a school day, how we speak respectfully, how we do what we say we're going to do, what time is bedtime and what to do when approached by a stranger.

Boundaries also work for parents to keep at the top of our game. I commit to boundaries around communication for me and my ex, around schedules (so if I say 5 pm I'll have to be there), how much time I invest with work, how much time I'm away, how much time my daughter and I do 'educational' stuff with our free time and how much we just play or chill out, how late I stay up and how much I spend on fitness and aloe products (which I love!!).

2. Instill a Sense of Freedom
My grandfather died about 3 years ago at the age of 94. About 6 months before he died I was visiting him and granny (who's still with us at nearly 96!). I asked my granddad 'If you had your time over again is there anything you'd do differently?' He said one thing, 'I'd say "be careful" less'.

Our children are growing up in a fearful culture. They don't walk to school alone, they are warned about playground safety, cycling safety, stranger safety. They climb a tree; we say 'be careful'. They head out to football club or to gymnastics … 'be careful'. They head out with their friends (when they're a bit older) and we say 'take care'.

I'm not saying that some of these lessons aren't wise – they are. I'm saying that to get the most out of anyone (including ourselves); their creativity, their full talent, their inspiration, their uniqueness sometimes we have to adopt a slightly different motto: 'Take a walk on the wild side'!

3. Love Unconditionally

Absolutely and without a doubt the most powerful thing for a parent to instill in their child is that they are unconditionally loved. And this isn't a soft, fluffy kind of love (although that's essential too!!). This type creates a foundation of strength from which our children grow in confidence, self-belief and bold creativity from childhood to adulthood to pension-drawing age.

I remember when I was 17 years old and I wanted to take a year out to travel. The night before I left to Australia (alone … except for a backpack … eeek!), I stayed with my parents so that they could give me a lift to the airport the next day. As I was going to bed I got this huge surge of fear … 'What was I thinking? A year? I don't want to be alone in a strange country for A YEAR?!'

When my mum came in to say goodnight, I told her 'I've changed my mind. I'm not going'. She smiled, sat down on my bed and said 'Yes you are. I know you're scared just now but here's the deal; if you have 10 bad days in a row, just get on a flight and come home. If you have 3 difficult days then a good one, you have to start counting from 1 again. Your dad and I will always be here and you can come home whenever you need to and stay for as long as you like. But you decided to do this and it's going to be such an adventure! You can do this. I love you and I'm SO proud of you!'

So clearly, I went! For a year!! Confident that if things were too challenging for too long, then my parents would be supportive and loving when I appeared back on their doorstep.

I'm nearly 40 years old now. And I'm still aware that the 10 day rule applies with my parents although I've never used it! Even through divorce, single parenting, redundancy, and new businesses launches, my confidence and happiness – which originates with the unconditional love I received in my family home – has allowed me to discover a deeper, more positive, unlimited part of me than I could have imagined existed all those years ago.

LOVE your children unconditionally and they'll grow into adults who love their children unconditionally. This is our highest calling, our richest legacy!

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Pat Condell explains the word 'Islamophobia' and bashes the liberal left in Great Britain

Posted: 07 Aug 2009 05:19 PM PDT

This is about imposing Islamic beliefs on the West. The inimitable Pat Condell excoriates the liberal Left, of which he used to be a part, for its abandonment of its own stated principles and embrace of the jihad. Along the way, he explains why opposition to Islamic supremacism is not racism,exposes the truth about the manipulative, cynical term "Islamophobia,"and even skewers those who try to connect him to the BNP and to a race-based approach to the resistance to the global jihad. He says, anyone who advocates freedom over religion is not a racist. The leftist intelligensia is not actually enlightened,they have this deep irrational hate of America, politically correct double standards and cringe worthy cowardice. At the end he says, you leftist,multi cultural appeasement monkeys, find it in your frightened little hearts not to slander those who speak out, as racists. More in the video clip.



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Negligence or complicity? On the killing of Christians, a great pastime in Pakistan

Posted: 07 Aug 2009 03:47 PM PDT

Some sane voices in Pakistan - edit. We are talking about an increase in Islamic extremism to which any dissent is not tolerated. Blogger Sana Saleem requested me on Twitter to ask my guest on Breakfast at Dawn, Khalid Zaheer, if he and other liberal Islamic scholars would come together to condemn Gojra as they did against Taliban atrocities. His answer was disappointing but understandable. He said, 'No. This is the sad part of the story.'

Men of religion who have protested this extreme interpretation of Islam that is consuming Pakistan have been repeatedly targeted. Initially, they contended with threats and later, were killed for their views. The Taliban killed Maulana Hassan Jan, a religious scholar from Peshawar, who issued a fatwa against suicide attacks, calling them 'un-Islamic.' In June, Maulana Sarfraz Naeemi, the director of a madrassa who had also spoken out against the militant extremists, was killed in a suicide bombing.It is being said that the local administration was 'negligent' in that it ignored a directive from the provincial government to control the situation.

The 'negligence' was the reason behind the outbreak of violence. There is also conjecture that members of the banned organisation, Sipah-e-Sahaba, came in from Jhang to burn Christian homes. There are reports that the 'negligent' police and local administration 'simply did nothing.' There is a big difference between being 'negligent,' which is to neglect your duties, and complicit, where you choose to be involved in an illegal act. In a case where more than 50 houses and a church were destroyed, and seven people were burnt alive, when the police and local administration simply do not act is that negligence or complicity? (Mind you, this was a Christian-only locality called Christian Town – is that not indicative of religious discrimination?) Read the article by Naveen Naqvi, here in full...


Moments to treasure

Posted: 07 Aug 2009 07:16 PM PDT

That I lead a nomadic life every time I come home is not much of a surprise to anyone. To date, there are two suitcases and several plastic bags with snacks at Lilah's in Bangi, more carrier bags with books and gifts, a few change of clothes and a husband in Gombak and a bag at Ajie's with contents spilling on to the floor. I have a toothbrush and several small (err perhaps not so) things in a bag that I carry around with me. My mind vacillates from being here with Mak and three children and five cats in London, a daughter in Cairo and the hubby in Gombak. It is quite tiring actually: this mental and physical journey.

Two weeks have flown past and many a dish craved for in the cooler climes of London have been consumed, many moments spent with family members, friends old and new have been captured and stored in the hard drive of the memory to be savoured later. There are so many wonderful moments that I am struggling to write this entry as words failed me.

There are unforgettable moments with Mak. After the end of a long three-day seminar, I plonked myself on the sofa. She came several times to ask me where I was going to sleep. I signalled that I'd make my way upstairs soon. When I woke up, she had covered me with a blanket, and had taken the other sofa near me, sleeping peacefully, with me on one side and her youngest son, my brother, occupying the other sofa.

Alhamdulillah Mak is fine; except for her coughs that wake her up at nights and render her breathless at times. She is happiest on days that I spent lounging lazily in my kaftan in the front room. She repeatedly asks questions about the children, asks me to eat again and again even when she had seen me eating at the dinning table.

During one weekend when Lilah took her back to her house, I slept on the floor while she slept on the single bed. She got my beddings ready and we talked until I could hear her soft snores and light breathing. I rubbed her back and she said; "Now there's only skin and bones".

When she sees me packing my bags, or putting on my tudung, Mak would ask questions that a child would: where are you going?

One morning, I woke up late after a whole night of writing a long overdue piece for a magazine. I found her upset and almost in tears as she couldn't find me anywhere in the front room. She thought I had gone back to London without saying goodbye.

But all in all, I am happy that Mak is okay. She still has her wit about her and never loses any opportunity to tease or joke. Yesterday, as I was leaving to get my MYCard done, I told her that I was going to do my passport (It is easier to say passport than Mycard, I thought). She retorted, "Masa balik dulu tak dak paspot ka?"

The three day motivation seminar which I managed to squeeze in during this short trip inevitably managed to unearth a few deep-seated insecurities and touched raw nerves. There were moments of reflections, moments of self doubts and moments of realisations. But there was also a moment that I will always treasure. I caught sight of someone familiar in the crowd in the huge hall of PICC, approached her and didn't regret the bold move. There, on the second day of the seminar, I met up face to face with the lovely Ida Hariati. We sang the Chahaya Salawat in the darkened hall, holding hands and tears flowing freely down our cheeks and we prayed together in the surau .


Throughout the three day seminar, three wonderful young girls kept me company and offered me their friendship. I am most grateful to all of you, Mas, Lina and Sue. Let's keep in touch!

My homecomings are usually not complete without a reunion with my childhood friends but this time, something is definitely different and something is definitely missing. As fate would have it, the big C is taking its toll on my dear friend M. L is holidaying in Europe so there's only A and I making our rounds. No more meeting up at cafes and restaurants, or giggling and singing in carparks or the changing room. Our meetings are more sober in nature. M was too weak to leave the house. She was at times in pain and all we could do was hold her hand. There was a moment when I had to take refuge in the kitchen where I let out a huge sob so she couldn't hear me or see my tears. I remember those childhood years together - yes, we've had some wonderful moments. That evening we visited her, it was Nisfu Syaaban and we did the prayer together, led by my husband. After that, she expressed her wish to come out with us, just like the good old days.

It was all I could do to control my tears as both A and I helped her to the car and to Bangi Kopitiam. That she was in pain was quite obvious but she wanted this moment with us. The Café's catchword defined that moment for us: A Cup of Coffee with Friendship and Memories.

Another evening that is bound to remain forever with me is that evening at Lake Club. Thank you Puteri Kamaliah and Pak Abu for bringing together so many wonderful people. It was great meeting up with ex colleagues and newfound friends on the net. When we got home that night, courtesy of taxi driver MA with fellow passengers Iain and Anak SiHamid, we stayed up past our bedtime, still looking at the photos we had taken that evening. Thank you everyone.

Remember the entry on cringe moments? Well, I had one such moment that evening. Arriving at the venue, after the hug hug and kiss kiss with those already present, I sat myself down at the table, looked squarely at my companion's face and asked her, "Where's Puteri?"

That's the moment when I really wanted the floor to open up under me.


now, for some weekend laugh…

Posted: 07 Aug 2009 11:07 AM PDT

LOLcat1) HELP! damning evidence that rubbish has entered the legal profession! LOL!

2) ma'amor, secretary general of the muslim consumers association (PPIM) suing GMI (gabungan mansuhkan ISA) over the 1 aug anti isa rally for "material and psychological" losses suffered by traders and consumers.

3) rosli sulaiman, president of federal territory bumiputera traders association, said the anti ISA rally had been "traumatic" to the traders, both to their profits and psyche.

4) PEWARIS chief economic advisor annuar zaini, said that the bad press from the rally had already lowered malaysia's economic sovereignty rating. tourists and foreign investors are already shying away from the country, the damages amounted to "not in the millions… but billions" of ringgit.
He warned anti-ISA rally organisers that if Malaysia's foreign direct investments were to show a decline in the next three months, "Pewaris shall hunt them down" and make them pay for it.

5) finally, this made me laughed the most. it was so silly and funny. mohd khairol azam abdul aziz, president of young malays graduate coalition, the same clown (horror! a lawyer, a graduate and a young man??) mentioned at no. 1 above, is suing the police for failure to prevent the rally, because according to him he suffered a "loss of reputation as a father" in failing to fulfil his promise to take his children out shopping in sogo that day. ROTFL! he had to choose THAT DAY to go shopping AT SOGO with his children? ROTFLMAO!!

to the groups of muslim consumers and bumiputera traders, THANKS a lot for making my weekend enjoyable! kekekekekekekeke……….


Grand NCWO Dinner To Celebrate Hari Wanita 2009

Posted: 07 Aug 2009 02:48 PM PDT

On Tuesday the 11th..at the Sime Darby Convention Centre, Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. The guests of honour? Her Majesty the Permaisuri Agung!! Our PM and his wife! And loads of VIP ladies!

Ahh..I have 5 more ladies to invite..they must be from the East Coast. We've already a confirmed table of 10 (only ladies please) for our NCWO Zon Pantai Timur.

If you're a lady-blogger from Pantai Timur and you happen to reside in KL, would you like to come? Of course you must help contribute an entry about the dinner on the blog..with some photos of course.You can cerita a bit about the dinner for all our blogosphere friends to enjoy.

O I forgot..its at 8 pm.

Tema sambutan Hari Wanita 2009 is
"NCWO: merealisasikan 1 Malaysia ".

Personally, at the moment, I was thinking of Puteri Kama..dia orang Dungun.
Then..we have Elviza from Kelantan. Nak join tak??
I just remembered..Ida Hariati is from Ulu Dong kan? Would you like to come for the dinner..?

Kalau ada lady blogger yang boleh datang all the way from any East Coast state, but..but..hotel accomodation and transport sendiri..hukhuk..you are welcome too.

Are you interested ? If so, please do call, sms or email me..its on a first come first serve basis. Please let me know latest by Sunday before noon..

Being presently the secretary of the NCWO East Coast Region..I believe it would be refreshing if a team of lady bloggers who hailed from Zon Pantai Timur 'turun padang' and swoop in to blog about the dinner function!! hehehe

Our AJKs ada yang can come and ada yang cannot because its a weekday night..understandable.
So ladies..only those yang berasal from Pantai Timur..heres your chance!! Come on!

p.s. My NCWO boss dah warning siang2 masa our Mesyuarat Agung that day..kerja tak memuaskan akan kena sack! hehehe
Thus, for this occasion, I'd like to invite a few lady bloggers yang berasal dari Pantai Timur datang ke dinner and later post entries mengikut style masing2! Boleh? Coming??
Thank you so much ladies..


WEEKEND VIEW: Disabled Need To Crank Up The Decibel To Get Heard

Posted: 07 Aug 2009 09:00 AM PDT

I received an interesting email last week from a new friend I made recently. His name is Daniel Ahmad Sharani who lives in Petaling Jaya.

He writes:

"People often ask me if I was born a quadriplegic. The answer to that question is no," Daniel says, and went on to explain a little bit about his background.

"I was a healthy young boy who grew up just like any other 'normal' kid in the neighbourhood.

"'Normal', referring to going through phases of life in a conventional manner," he says.

Daniel points out that he managed to complete his education, both primary and secondary as an average student academically.

"That didn't come as a surprise because I wasn't just healthy but also an energetic kid who participated in numerous recreational activities even when books should be the order of the day."

Daniel was heavily involved in sports, especially football with the neighbourhood kids every evening, and even enjoyed some matches on a much higher level into his teenage years.

"And girls, they simply dig guys in football kit.

"Though I was no Romario, I had my fair share in the dating game too. Puppy love or not it was part of the normal phase many teenagers eventually get to taste.

"I enjoyed almost everything I did that at one point it actually crossed my thought that life can only get better once I was done with school and all the exam papers."

However, Daniel had no idea as to how his life would suddenly change.

"My vigorous lifestyle rudely came to a halt, hardly a month before my 18th birthday.

"I recall everything vividly," he says.

"That fateful day kicked off perfectly. Together with my best friend who had just purchased a brand new bike, we spent quite a bit at the nearby arcade we regularly frequented.

"Both of us were in our typical jovial mood while shooting some balls before proceeded to a different location to meet up with other friends.

"That's when it happened. Due to reckless driving, a lady knocked both of us (I was riding pillion) off my friend's new machine.

"To cut it to the chase, the tragedy took my friend's life and tragically changed my life forever."

Daniel's spine was injured, leaving him paralysed for life. And there was nothing much that medical science could do about it.

"Not quite the news that any almost 18-year old with a cute, ponytailed girlfriend to show off would have wanted or expected to happen in their lives," says Daniel.

It was only after he was discharged when reality started to set in for the teenager.

"It was a tremendous painful reality," recalls Daniel. "Never in my entire life had I felt so dejected.

"Once I used to think that life was full of promises within my reach, but now all I could do was to concentrate my thoughts on how to struggle just so that I could keep alive."

The accident kept Daniel down and depressed most of the time. Instead of tagging with his buddies like he used to, most of his time was spent at home.

In such a state, Daniel started entertaining thoughts of death as a way out of his problem.

The depression even started to affect his family members. Friends who used to laugh with him once soon stopped coming.

But it was Daniel's family who ultimately helped him pull through in life.

"I am thankful that my family stood by me all the way and were there for me as a much-needed morale-booster.

"I'd have 'kicked' the bucket by now if it had not been for the great support from their part.

"Looking back now, I wouldn't trade their love and support for anything, not even for a chance to walk again. Their role was vital in uplifting my spirit and leading me to bounce back to glory."

Daniel says that figuratively, getting back onto one's two feet again wasn't an easy task.

Especially when life in a wheelchair can draw unnecessary stares from the public as if one were an outcast or something.

"Fortunately, people don't stare at you as if you are a freak-show as much as they used to in the past.

"But I've learnt that it's all about our mental strength before you start everything else.

"Once that area is beefed up, you're game to challenge yourself to a bigger obstacle, like the outside world that can be mean to people with limited physical mobility.

"Generally, rationale-minded people are willing to 'wheel' with us to make the living environment friendly to all. But it all comes down to upholding our rights (that many in the community are not aware of such existence) and stand up for it.

"It's us in the disabled community that needs to get the ball rolling.

"It may still be a long way to go but without common voices sharing the common goal, it'll take a longer time before anyone can finally hear us.

"We need to crank the decibel a few notches up by more voices in order for the authorities to notice our presence and needs," concludes Daniel.

The End

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Place your goats and kids in a safe place when there are UN Jordanian Peacekeepers around

Posted: 07 Aug 2009 06:27 AM PDT

My memory was jolted when I saw the heading of news report in Malaysiakini titled "No proof of rape by UN troops found". "We sent a fact-finding mission in the localities in South Kivu and North Kivu where allegedly there were SEA (sexual exploitation and abuse) cases," MONUC force commander General Babacar Gaye told a press conference here.

If the investigation was done by the UN and they themselves found nothing, I would take that with a pinch of salt. Just like the bullshit artiste Kofi Anan, whose own son, Kojo was involved in corrupt practises like the U.N. Iraqi Oil for Food scandal. Further, when the scandal reached up to Secretary General Kofi Anan, involving his son Kojo, there was no mechanism in place to remove him from office.

Most UN Troops, from my mixing around with them are there for the money, maybe many would disagre with me, for the cheap sex too. Especially so, peacekeepers from Africa, Pakistan and of course the Middle East.

In Africa sex is casual, found out about that in Kenya, I would not so much blame them, I am not preaching here nor moralising. The loneliness and the boredom might have gotten to them. I also did mix around with troops from Nigeria and Zimbabwe. For the Middle Easterners, it is like they are out of a zoo, they taste freedom, after all most of them feel sexually deprived in their home countries. Even the pigging on alcholic drinks, the Saudis (soldiers) would stand in the hot blistering sun and swig cans and cans of beer, surprise, surprise buying the non kosher beer (Maccabees) from an Israeli PX, with their big pot bellies, hanging out. I am not saying that we Malaysians were saints either.

What am I blabbering about? The issue about UN Peace Keeping Forces that really takes the cake is about the Jordanian Troops. You would want to laugh until you double over. Remember Timor Leste, it was just too scandalous. If I was Jordanian soldier I would never be able to live it down. I will make sure that those scumbags don't, by blogging about it from time to time.

Jordanian UN Peacekeeper Sex Scandal Fri, Mar 25, 2005 at 12:03:19 pm PST - This is one of the more disgusting scandals currently plaguing the United Nations, but by no means the only one: Hushed rape of Timor. It caused outrage among East Timorese and Australian troops sent to protect them, raised tensions among UN peacekeepers to a deadly new level and caused senior UN staff to resign in disgust. The deployment of Jordanian peacekeepers to East Timor was probably one of the most contentious UN decisions to follow the bloody independence ballot. It was eclipsed only by the cover-up and inaction that followed when the world body learned of their involvement in a series of horrific sex crimes involving children living in the war-battered Oecussi enclave.

Children were not the only victims - in early 2001, two Jordanians were evacuated home with injured penises after attempting sexual intercourse with goats. The UN mission in East Timor led by Sergio Vieira de Mello (who was later killed in Baghdad) did its best to keep the matter hushed up. The UN military command at the time was only too happy to oblige.

Diggers drew guns in sex abuse clash By Mark Dodd March 21, 2005 From: AUSTRALIAN soldiers drew arms to protect themselves from Jordanian peacekeepers after a Digger blew the whistle on other Jordanian soldiers' sexual abuse of East Timorese boys. Corporal Andrew Wratten had to be evacuated and Australian commandos sent to protect Diggers in Oecussi, an East Timorese province in Indonesian West Timor, after he told the UN of the pedophilia that occurred in May 2001.

The Australians drew their Steyr assault rifles after being confronted by Jordanians armed with M-16s, in an escalation of verbal threats triggered by the betrayal of Corporal Wratten by a Jordanian officer in the Dili headquarters of the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor. Corporal Wratten, who was working at a fuel dump in the enclave, was told by a group of children that Jordanian soldiers had offered food and money in exchange for oral sex and intercourse.

The allegations involved East Timorese minors, all boys, the youngest of them just 12years old. "Wratten informed PKF (peacekeeping force) that he had been receiving complaints from local children about Jorbatt (Jordan Battalion) abuse," said a senior UN official who was based in Oecussi at the time. "A Jordanian officer in HQ informed Jorbatt that he had ratted on them. Wratten and his guys manning the helo (helicopter) refuelling pad in Oecussi town started getting threatened.

"There was one occasion where Aussie Steyrs were pointed at Jorbatt and Jorbatt M-16s pointed at Aussies." A secret report into the abuse, obtained by The Australian, led to the expulsion of two Jordanian peacekeepers after an investigation ordered by then UNTAET chief, the late Sergio Vieira de Mello, in July 2001. East Timorese human rights workers have confirmed the story. However, retired Australian major-general Roger Powell, the deputy UN force commander at the time, did not return The Australian's calls.

"As far as I understand, De Mello was very sensitive at the time to the harm such reports would have on the reputation of UNTAET, PKF - and by default himself," said one Western security analyst, based in East Timor in 2001. Jordan's key role in Middle East peace negotiations added extra sensitivity. In July 2001, a UN police specialist child interview team flew to Oecussi and spoke to 10 witnesses, including seven minors and three adults. "The unacceptable sexual conduct alleged was that a minor had sperm around his mouth," the resulting report says.

The board of inquiry found in its report that Jordanian troops regularly offered food and money in exchange for sexual favours from women and boys, including the procuring of prostitutes from across the border in West Timor.

It found it was highly probable that widespread sexual misconduct had occurred after the Jordanians took over from the highly regarded Australian paratroop battalion in early 2000.

So people, lock up your goats and kids, not necessarily in that order when Jordanian Troops are around. Ha,ha, hah. Extracts from East Timor Legal


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