Thursday, August 6, 2009

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Kara – Mister live mixed

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 08:35 AM PDT

Korean pop group Kara's live performances of "Mister" (미스터) from their latest album "Revolution Vol.2″ on three major weekly music shows; hip-swaying and booty-shaking FTW… [video mixed by CodeMonmonSeason2@Youtube]

Kara – Mister live mixed from YeinJee's Asian Blog


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najib altantuya A(H1N1) outbreak: Death toll hits 14

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 10:19 AM PDT

Malaysia vs Singapore: 14-8


In Search of Excellence

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 10:07 AM PDT


Sermon Recap
Why Excel?
Because we love the Lord
Because it moves us from serving to worship

Where should we Excel?
In serving the Lord
In serving others

How do we Excel?
We value excellance
We search for excellance
We wrestle for excellence


Era Najib Altantuya : Sah, Pusat Perlu Bayar Royalti Kelantan

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 09:30 AM PDT

EEkpedisi royalti minyak ke pelantar Cakrawala membuktikan bahawa pengerudian minyak itu sememangnya berlaku dalam perairan Kelantan.

Ini memandangkan kedudukan pelantar minyak Cakrawala hanya 153 kilometer dari pantai Pengkalan Kubur, Kelantan. Jauh lebih dekat berbanding pelantar minyak yang terdapat di Terengganu, Sarawak dan Sabah.

Perkara itu disahkan anggota Exco, Datuk Husam Musa yang mengetuai ekspedisi ke pelantar minyak Cakrawala pada 4 dan 5 Ogos itu.

Selain itu, terdapat tiga lagi telaga minyak yang juga berhampiran perairan Kelantan. Kedudukannya hanya sejauh 68 batu dari perairan Tok Bali.

Mentri Besar Kelantan, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, menyambut ketibaan Ekspedisi misi royalti petroleum yang selamat mendarat di pelabuhan Pengkalan Kubur, Tumpat petang tadi.

Ekspedisi disertai seramai 60 orang termasuk wakil media diketuai oleh exco kerajaan negeri, Datuk Husam Musa, selamat tiba di kawasan pelantar kira-kira jam 11.30 malam tadi.

Anggota rombongan kemudian belayar pulang selepas membuat tinjauan selama hampir dua jam.

Turut sama dalam misi tersebut, Naib Presiden PAS, Datuk Salahuddin Ayub dan Mahfuz Omar, ahli-ahli parlimen, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri dan pegawai-pegawai kerajaan negeri.

Wartawan The Malaysian Insider yang turut sama menyertai ekspedisi tersebut difahamkan pengeluaran petroleum memang berada di dalam perairan pantai Kelantan dan tuntutan royalti sebanyak lima peratus kerajaan negeri terhadap kerajaan pusat adalah wajar.

Nik Aziz, dalam kenyataan ringkasnya selepas menyambut kepulangan rombongan ekspedisi tersebut meminta kerajaan pusat khususnya Perdana Mentri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak memandang serius kenyataan bekas Mentri Kewangan, Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, supaya kerajaan pusat membayar royalti tersebut kepada Kelantan.

Nik Aziz memberitahu, Tengku Razaliegh adalah orang yang bertanggungjawab dalam perkara berkenaan amat mengetahui kedudukan perkara sebenar dan ianya tidak perlu dipertikaikan lagi.

Di kesempatan yang sama Nik Aziz mengucapkan terima kasih serta melahirkan rasa kagum terhadap ketabahan dan semangat cekal semua anggota ekspedisi meredah lautan sepanjang 120 kilometer dalam tinjauan tersebut.

Isu tuntutan royalti minyak Kelantan menjadi kontroversi apabila kerajaan pusat memberi arahan kepada petronas supaya menjawab perkara berkenaan dalam tempoh 48 jam semasa kempen pilihan raya kecil Dun Manek Urai Julai lepas.

Namun hingga sekarang masih tiada apa-apa jawapan mengenainya. Bagaimanapun semasa lawatan Najib ke Kelantan baru-baru ini memberitahu isu tuntutan tersebut masih lagi berada dalam kajian.

Sementara itu Husam, menggesa supaya Najib tidak melengah-lengahkan bayaran royalti berjumlah sebanyak RM1 bilion sebelum Ramadhan ini.

"Tuntutan ini adalah tuntutan hak rakyat Kelantan dan terbukti pelantar itu hanya terletak 153 km sahaja dari pantai Kelantan," jelasnya.

Ekspedisi misi royalti bagi meninjau kawasan pengeluaran petroleum di pelantar minyak Cakrawala menggunakan bot nelayan meredah Lautan Cina Selatan memakan masa lebih 24 jam pergi dan balik.- Mohd Zuharman



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Happy 17 Birthday in School

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 09:00 AM PDT

Wow, it had been already many weeks since my birthday had past. My birthday was on 16th July and it's a Thursday and a little information for you that today is also my birthday according to the Chinese lunar calendar. It's 17th June, Ox Year in the Chinese lunar calendar today, so I wish myself happy birthday again. Hehe.

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Ignore Jing Min with the handkerchief.

So let's talk about the 16th July that had past few weeks ago, as I had mentioned, it was a Thursday and it's a school day. As usual, I went to school on that day of course, bringing a smile on the face and hoping someone would wish me and the first person who wished me was Zez Chien while I was going up the stairs then when I stepped into the class, it's happy birthday for everyone and thanks for the birthday song. =) Love it.

This year, I met 2 person who was born on the same day as me, they are Eric and Charles. So nice to know there's people who was born on the same day. Thanks Arron for the cake, I only blew the candle but I did not eat it because the bell rang and I had to go back to my class already.

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Tee Jin, my Leo Club president and friend and classmate for the past 2 years bought me a cake. It's a chocolate cake and looks sweet. I like it.

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Make a wish. Hehe. This is not crying.

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I cut the cake just as soon as the teacher went out the class. Teacher didn't allow me to cut the cake during her lesson so I waited until the bell rang, then quickly cut it u p.

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Self-servicing.

The cake was gone pretty fast when I shouted "self-service", everyone came and took a small piece for themselves. I think there's people did not eat it and one of them for sure is Beng Tian who always don't give face to my stuff.

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Beng Tian with the finger.

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Jin Jie and me.

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Acting cool.

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Reading newspaper, one of the pasttime in class.

As usual, they played with my camera and took a lot of photos.

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Finger. =D

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Guan Thye (Thye-Lo / Big Brother, he doesn't look as polite as you think. Hehe, that's why we call him Big Brother or Tailo in Hokkien.) and Jing Min, both also got a same birthday in December.

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I received 3 gifts in school, a cake from Tee Jin, a keychain from Arron, a pack for Twisties from Jing Min and a sweet from Wei Lee. Haha. =) Although, it's simple, yet it's still a gift. Thank you all.

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This is Eric, another birthday boy.


Ban on alcohol sales in Muslim-majority areas, is depriving easy access to the those minorities who love their pints

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 07:32 AM PDT

There are always excuses that the Non Muslims will not be affected. Affected they will be, as they would have to drive, walk or cycle further away to get their daily pints. It incurs extra cost, extra risks, especially so with the current crime trend. Getting drunk is usually done at night, until the wee hours of the morning. Selangor PAS commissioner Hasan Ali appears to have sparked discontentment by proposing to ban the sales of alcohol in Muslim majority areas. Can he actually define what are the areas?

It is always the minorities who are on the receiving end. There are personal laws that forbid Muslims from purchasing alcohol. Thus enforcement should be against Muslim wrongdoers and not against retailers. Not against the believers of other faiths. Later it will come to the way we dress and so forth. Remember, not too long ago. The police ordered non-Muslim policewomen to wear Muslim headscarves for their annual parade, something that many non-Muslims felt set a worrying precedent.

Many other infringements violated the rights of believers of other faiths in Malaysia. Well that is a start, to slowly infringe on the rights of the believers of other religions. Our constitution is a secular constitution. Well, others have the right to disagree with this. Before you realise it, Pas (the other side) will surely in cahoots with UMNO, try to impose their beliefs on all Malaysians regardless of religion. Why not they just ban the Muslims from drinking, alcohol?

Haris Ibrahim says, "And the Camel cigarette ad where you had a cowboy, looking weary from a long walk, enter the drugstore, buy a packet of Camels and then turn to the camera and say 'I'd walk a mile for a Camel'? What's the rationale of this proposed ban? To stop Muslims in those affected areas from consuming alcohol? That wouldn't make much sense because, just like the affected non-Muslims, the Muslims in the areas in question too who fancy a beer, or a bottle of wine or any stronger stuff, like the non- Muslim in that same area or that weary cowboy in the ad, could just travel outside the affected area and buy whatever tickles their fancy.

Or is Hassan being a naughty boy and trying to stir up problems again for the Pakatan state government? Wasn't Hassan the one offered the MBship of the state when UMNO and some in PAS, Hassan included, were committing khalwat just after the March 8th GE, meeting secretly to plot an unholy marriage of convenience to thwart the then imminent Pakatan state government being formed?

Finally, how would this work? If implemented, would the state government put up signages to declare that "You are now entering a booze-free area" and "You have just left a booze-free area"Hassan doesn't wear a turban, right? Wonder then why he's displaying signs of deprivation of oxygen to the brain? Hassan, how's about just getting on with the job that the rakyat pay you to do, and leave God's business to God?

Look at what is happening to Great Britain, shariah is slowly creeping in, deliberately imposing Islamic values on the believers of other religions, where the cultural heritage of the majority is Christianity. Here is a take on what the British are currently experiencing. Those of us who argue against Shariah are sometimes asked why Islamic law poses a problem when modern Western societies long ago accommodated Halakha, or Jewish law. In fact, this was one of the main talking points of those who argued that Shariah should become an accepted part of dispute resolution in Ontario in 2005. The answer is easy: a fundamental difference separates the two. Islam is a missionizing religion, Judaism is not. Islamists aspire to apply Islamic law to everyone, while observant Jews seek only to live by Jewish law themselves. Two very recent examples from the United Kingdom demonstrate the innate imperialism of Islamic law.

The first concerns Queens Care Centre, an old-age home and day-care provider for the elderly in the coal town of Maltby, 40 miles east of Manchester. At present, according to the Daily Telegraph, not one of its 37 staff or 40 residents is Muslim. Although the home's management asserts a respect for its residents' "religious and cultural beliefs," QCC's owner since 1994, Zulfikar Ali Khan, on his own decided this year to switch the home's meat purchases to a halal butcher.

His stealthy decision meant pensioners at QCC could no longer eat their bacon and eggs, bangers and mash, ham sandwiches, bacon sandwiches, pork pies, bacon butties, or sausage rolls. The switch prompted widespread anger. The relative of one resident called it "a disgrace. The old people who are in the home and in their final years deserve better. … [I]t's shocking that they should be deprived of the food they like on the whim of this man." A staff member opined that it's "quite wrong that someone should impose their religious and cultural beliefs on others like this."

Queried about his decision, Khan, lamely replied he ordered halal meat for the sake of (nonexistent) Muslim staff. Then he backtracked: "We will be ordering all types of meat" and went so far as to agree that religious beliefs should not be imposed on others. His retreat did not convince one former QCC staffer, who suspected that Khan "intended to serve only halal meat at the home but has had to think again because of the row."

A second example of imposing Shariah on non-Muslims comes from southwest England. The Avon and Somerset police force patrols the cities of Bristol and Bath as well as surrounding areas has just issued hijabs to female officers. The hijabs, distributed at the initiative of two Muslim groups and costing £13 apiece, come complete with the constabulary's emblem. Continued here.....


Kwong Wah Yit Poh Cup Final at Georgetown City Stadium

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 08:28 AM PDT

This happened 3 weeks ago I guess, on the same Saturday when I visited the YE Sales Fair at Queensbay. It's after the visit at Queensbay then Alvin fetch me to the Georgetown City Stadium at Dato Keramat there. It was said to be started at 4pm and we were so late and arrived at the stadium at around 5 and luckily it was just right after half-time when we got in.

Well, this Kwong Wah Yit Poh Cup is a inter-high school soccer competition in Penang and greatly that my school, Chung Ling High School went into the Final so I went there to give support to them. After so many years, the power of my school football team came back to live, only then they fought themselves into this Final.

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Another reason of going there was that I've not been into the stadium before and this was my first time. Lovely and admission was free of course.

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The game was at 60 minutes something when I arrived at the stadium. Found the Chung Ling supporters place and got a seat but later then I went near to the field to take some photos. It was Chung Ling High School leading the match with 2-0 to Jit Sin High School.

Things turned at the last few minutes when Jit Sin High School got in two scores. The anger and shockness raised among us, it was like "How could it be?" "What's going on?". Everyone on the field was tired and I believe Jit Sin High School just got lucky. It came to a tie or 2-2 when the referee blow it off.

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During the few minutes rest before extra time, everyone was angry, disappointing, tired, energyless, TL and scared. I could feel that too when standing aside to take photos. Of course, blaming would not help at that time, it's just playing hard for the next minutes.

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Jit Sin High School's supporters.

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Chung Ling High School's supporters.

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Chung Ling High School's supporters, again. =)

The cheers got louder and some even swear at the other team. It's funny when you heard it, perhaps this is what they call support.

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Unfortunately, Jit Sin High School got in first during the extra time. The goal that they scored made all the Chung Ling High School supporter silent and feels down for a moment. It's the end that they think and keep hoping for another goal by Chung Ling for the rest of the minutes but miracle did not happen. The game ended with 2-3 and Chung Ling High School was the runner-up.

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The Chung Ling High School Football Team.

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Sadness and tears appeared on everyone's face. Hard to comment a lot but Chung Ling had played a good game after all these matches till the final. Hopefully and it will be, champion next year!

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With Wei Chung (Best Goalkeeper) and Zheng Feng, classmate of 4SA5.

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With Shaun, my classmate of 5SA1. =)


We're Still The Cheapest In Sout East Asia, What!

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 08:10 AM PDT

I'm not really a TV person but I do have certain shows that I simply cannot miss such as CSI, CSI: New York, Numbers, Las Vegas, The Beast and the occasional movie or sporting event. To enjoy all these shows I subscribe to our local and only satellite TV station called Astro.

Well, watching shows on Astro is going to get a lot more expensive from next month onwards. Wifey was surfing a little while ago and came across this article about Astro charging its subscribers another RM12.00 a month for the sports channels. This has come as a real surprise for me cos there really was no mention about it anywhere.

Gee, forking out an additional RM12.00 a month for sports is kinda of a big deal, especially in times like these. It's not like they're not making money as it is. Practically everyone, well almost everyone are subscribing to them already so why the additional charge and why so sudden?

I don't know, maybe I've been living under a coconut shell and may have missed their announcements about the increase in subscription fees or something. But I think it's ridiculous. It's not like they're all that good anyway. Anyone with an Astro subscription will know how 'good' their service is when it rains and it doesn't even have to rain in your area to experience bad reception.

And what really irks me is the fact that they keep using the same old 'we're still the cheapest rate in South East Asia' nonsense. This 'still the cheapest in SEA' is getting pretty stale already. I mean, come on people, think up of some other sillier excuse la. It's not just Astro, even the bloody government uses the same crappy justification. Anytime they increase something, they'll always say we should be so lucky cos 'we're still the cheapest in SEA'.

I don't give two hoots if we're the cheapest in the world, all I care about is that I'm going to have to fork out more money and I don't even utilize the sports channels all that much, maybe the occasional football match or F1 race. I don't see myself subscribing to the sports channel as of this month. I don't think I'm going to be able to afford the increase. And besides I could always get my sports results live online anyway. As far as I'm concerned they've lost my subscription to the sports channel.

In hard times like these you'd expect things to not increase in cost but it's the other way around. The public transportation just took a 30% or was that 50% increase? Then there's news that the electricity tariffs are going to be going up again even though they just had a tariff increase and yes, you guess it, 'we still have the cheapest electricity tariff in SEA region' nonsense was given.

I think I should be looking for exit signs and just leave this planet, maybe stow away of that Spiff fellows rocket ship to planet Zork or something. If things keep going up at the rate it's going, I'll soon be needing a bank loan just to pay for my electricity bills! Oh, but wait, we're still the cheapest in the South East Asian region ... yippee, hooray, woohoo and all that!
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Morning Jogs and Dogs

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 06:52 AM PDT

Went for a jog this morning as usual.It was darker as I left at 4.55 as opposed to 5.30 as usual (I had a morning appointment in KL). As one of the street lights were out, I did not see this black dog and accidentally kicked it.And the bugger yelped, surprised, followed by incessent barking.Stupid dog.Now I usually carry two small dumbells with me (to exercise my arms-need to lose weights la)So, I pretended to want to throw it at him.Next thing you know this stupid dog barked in 'reinforcements' and they surrounded me.
 
'Defeated', I retreated all the way around my normal route in an extra 3 km jog.I was late for my meeting. Stupid, stupid smelly dog. Next time I'm bringing a bigger dumbell, one that has bullet firing capabilities.


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Teoh Beng Hock TBH inquest: Mystery DNA on his belt - najib altantuya nizar nizar

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 09:39 AM PDT

  • A broken belt with DNA of two mystery men may hold the key as to who was the last person who had physical contact with dead political aide Teoh Beng Hock.MORE
  • DNA expert grilled
    'Was Teoh held on waist?'
So far, only 'no, no, no' and more mysteries...No adrenalin test done, no entries in visitors' log, no match for DNA on Teoh's body. Two mystery men...

Not suprising as there were many mysterious murder cases like Altantuya. The two policemen didn't even know her, much less to want to kill her...of course, there was a 'mystery' man who swore that he did not know her yet even though his name 'Najib Razak' was brought up in court.

Will the death of TBH end up as another case of 'No Justice' and full of mysteries...?

FLASHBACK

Altantuya dan Abdul Razak makan angin ke Perancis, Itali

SHAH ALAM 29 Jun — Hari kesepuluh perbicaraan kes pembunuhan model sambilan warga Mongolia, Altantuya Shaaribuu diberitahu bahawa Altantuya dan Abdul Razak Baginda telah pergi makan angin bersama-sama ke Perancis dan Itali pada 2005.

Burmaa Oyunchimeg, 26, menyangkal cadangan kononnya hubungan antara sepupunya Altantuya Shaariibuu dan penganalisis politik itu telah putus pada bulan Ogos 2005.

"Saya tahu kenapa mereka (Altantuya dan Abdul Razak) masih mempunyai hubungan (dan belum putus pada akhir bulan Ogos 2005). Mereka pergi makan angin ke Eropah — Perancis dan Itali, bersama-sama," kata Burmaa menjawab soalan Timbalan Pendakwa Raya (TPP), Manoj Kurup semasa pemeriksaan semula.

Semasa pemeriksaan balas oleh peguam Abdul Razak, Wong Kian Kheong, Burmaa tidak bersetuju bahawa beliau tidak mengetahui secara peribadi perjalanan Abdul Razak dan Altantuya ke Eropah kerana beliau tidak mengikut mereka.

Semalam, Burmaa memberitahu mahkamah bahawa beliau menerima satu pesanan ringkas (SMS) pada 2006 daripada Abdul Razak yang mengatakan bahawa beliau (Abdul Razak) tidak mahu berjumpa Altantuya lagi.

Bagaimanapun, beliau tidak bersetuju dengan Kian Kheong semasa diperiksa balas bahawa Abdul Razak telah memberitahunya (Burmaa) menerusi SMS bahawa beliau telah memutuskan hubungan dengan Altantuya pada 2005.

Burmaa, saksi pendakwaan keenam, memberi keterangan pada perbicaraan terhadap C/Insp. Azilah Hadri, 30, dan Koperal Sirul Azhar Umar, 35, yang didakwa membunuh Altantuya, 28, di lokasi antara lot 12843 dan 16735, Mukim Bukit Raja di sini antara pukul 10 malam 19 Oktober dan 1 pagi 20 Oktober tahun lepas.

Abdul Razak, 46, dituduh bersubahat dengan kedua-dua anggota polis dari Unit Tindakan Khas (UTK) itu untuk melakukan pembunuhan itu di Wilayah Persekutuan antara 9.54 pagi, 18 Oktober 2006 dan 9.45 malam, 19 Oktober tahun lepas.

Mereka boleh dihukum mati jika sabit kesalahan.

Burmaa, yang memberi keterangannya dalam bahasa Mongolia dan diterjemahkan ke bahasa Inggeris oleh seorang penterjemah mahkamah, juga tidak bersetuju kepada soalan bahawa beliau tidak tahu secara peribadi bagaimana Altantuya hilang.

"Saya tidak bersetuju kerana saya tahu beliau (Altantuya) datang untuk berjumpa dengan Razak Baginda. Beliau hanya tahu Razak Baginda di Malaysia.

Saya pernah melihat gambar Altantuya, Razak Baginda dan seorang pegawai kerajaan," katanya.

Semasa disoal lanjut oleh peguam Karpal Singh, yang bertindak sebagai peguam pemerhati bagi keluarga Altantuya, Burmaa berkata, Altantuya telah menunjukkan kepadanya gambar Altantuya dan Abdul Razak dengan pegawai kerajaan Malaysia itu serta orang lain sedang menikmati jamuan pada satu meja bulat.

Beliau berkata, Altantuya menunjukkan gambar itu di Hong Kong selepas beliau (Altantuya) balik dari Perancis. (Burmaa bertemu dengan Altantuya di Hong Kong).

Karpal: "Boleh kamu terangkan gambar apa?"

Burmaa: "Ada satu gambar, saya fikir, Altantuya dengan Razak Baginda dan seorang pegawai kerajaan Malaysia dan orang lain sedang menikmati jamuan. Mereka duduk di meja bulat."

Karpal: "Kamu tahu siapa pegawai kerajaan itu?

Burmaa: "Najib Razak. Saya ingat nama Najib Razak kerana nama Razak itu sama (dengan Abdul Razak Baginda)."

Bagaimanapun, Burmaa tidak menunjukkan gambar itu kepada mahkamah.

Pada mulanya berlaku sedikit kekeliruan di mahkamah apabila Hakim Datuk Mohd. Zaki Md. Yasin berkata beliau tidak mempunyai keterangan Burmaa berkaitan dengan gambar itu dalam rekodnya.

Karpal Singh memberitahu hakim itu bahawa Burmaa telah memberi keterangan tetapi beliau (hakim) tidak mencatatnya. - Bernama


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Posted: 06 Aug 2009 07:11 AM PDT



Kudos to Bill Clinton.

My eyes welled up with tears when I saw this video.What a beautiful scene - families reuniting after such a horrible ordeal. This video is heartbreaking. A mother separated from her young child. And their reunion was full of heartbreak and relief.

A government that thinks, a government that talks, a government that works. For all. Great coordinated job with a successful outcome, the coordinated efforts of Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, and President Obama. It's great to see powerful people using their clout to actually help ordinary hardworking Americans.

God bless you, Laura Ling and Euna Lee!


Era Najib Altantuya : Teoh Beng Hock Bebas Alkohol Atau Dadah (updated)

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 05:51 AM PDT

Mayat setiausaha politik Exco Kerajaan Negeri Selangor, mendiang Teoh Beng Hock bebas dari alkohol atau dadah.

Demikian keterangan saksi ke 7, Zaihara Awang (gambar) yang bertugas sebagai Ahli Kimia, Jabatan Petaling Jaya semasa prosiding inkues kematian mendiang yang masuk hari ke 2 hari ini.

Zaihara memberitahu mahkamah hasil daripada analisisnya tidak terdapat apa- apa kandungan alkohol atau dadah dalam kandungan darah, air kencing dan kandungan perut dari spesimen mendiang berusia 30 tahun itu.

Peguam keluarga mendiang, Gobind Singh Deo menyoal Zaihara samada beliau membuat kajian dengan mengambil kira kemungkinan lain yang menyebabkan kematian mendiang. Beliau bertanya mengenai kemungkinan terdapatnya kandungan adrenalin yang tinggi jika seseorang itu hampir jatuh atu ditolak dari tempat yang tinggi dan Zaihara menjawab dengan mengiyakan soalan Gobind.

Zaihara menjelaskan Adrenalin bukanlah satu jenis dadah biasa dan ia hanya dihasilkan secara semula jadi dalam badan.

Mahkamah tegang seketika apabila peguam negara Tan Hock Chuan membantah soalan Gobind.

Gobind kemudiannya membalas dengan bertanya mengapa perkataan "ditolak" dan 'bunuh diri" tidak boleh digunakan memandangkan inkuiri ini diadakan bagi menyiasat punca kematian mendiang.

Majistret bagaimanapun menerima bantahan pendakwaraya.

Gobind kemudian mempersoalkan mengapa Zaihara tidak membuat ujian adrenalin sejurus saksi ke 7 itu menjawab pihak polis tidak mengarahkannya berbuat demikian.

Gobind bertanya sama ada beliau akan menjalan ujian tersebut jika diminta oleh pihak polis, Zaihara berkata, ujian toksikologi tidak termasuk ujian adrenalin.

Prosiding inkues hari ini bermula dengan mahkamah sekali lagi memanggil saksi ke 6, Abdul Rahman Rahim. Semalam majistret Azmil Mustapha Abbas meminta pihak peguam mengemukakan buku catatan keluar masuk bangunan Plaza Masalam Shah Alam berikutan saksi ke 6 mengatakan buku berkenaan tidak diisi sejak berbulan lalu.

Abdul Rahman mengesahkan bahawa buku itu tidak dikemaskini setiap masa. Melalui buku ini, inkues berharap dapat menemui siapa yang mendapat akses ke bumbung tingkat lima Plaza Masalam, dimana mayat mendiang ditemui.

Enam saksi telah dipanggil memberi keterangan semalam. Mereka terdiri daripada pengawal keselamatan di bangunan Plaza Masalam, seorang juruteknik dan seorang anggota polis dari balai Shah Alam.

Mahkamah berhenti rehat setengah jam sejurus memanggil saksi ke 8 iaitu Ahli Kimia di Jabatan Kimia Malaysia, Saiful Fazami Mohd Ali. Saiful bertugas di Seksyen Kriminalistik bahagian forensik Jabatan Kimia Malaysia.

Saksi ke 8 ini kemudiannya mengecam bahan kes yang diserahkan kepadanya untuk dianalisis sebelum dilepaskan dari kandang saksi. Bahan- bahan tersebut termasuklah sehelai seluar yang berlumuran darah, sebatang skru 5cm panjang, seutas jam tangan, pin penyambung jam tangan, klip logam, butang logam serta pelapik kaki lima.

Mahkamah kemudiannya memanggil saksi ke 9, DR Seah Lay Hong yang bertugas sebagai Ahli Kimia di Seksyen Scologi DNA sebelum mahkamah berhenti rehat dan perbicaraan disambung semula pada pukul 2.25 petang.

Dr Seah mengandaikan sample DNA yang dijumpai pada mayat mendiang kemungkinan milik 2 individu yang berlainan. Mengulas kenyataan itu Gobind berkata,

"Dr Seah memberitahu mahkamah tentang hipotesis berkaitan 3 sampel DNA yang dijumpai dikawasan jaket dan tali pinggan mendiang. Ini menguatkan teori bahawa 2 atau 3 orang pegang tali pinggan dia, kemungkinanlah. Esok majistret akan melawat kawasan kejadian di bangunan Plaza Masalam. Lusa kita akan dengar keterangan dari pakar patologis," katanya.

Mahkamah kecoh seketika apabila Gobind mempersoalkan Dr Seah yang membuat analisis tanpa langsung melihat foto keadaan mayat mendiang ditemui. Gobind mengandaikan bahawa Dr Seah menjalankan analisa mengikut arahan polis.

"Pada saya untuk dapat gambaran yang lebih tepat semasa menganalisis punca kematian mendiang ialah dengan melihat gamba mendiang. Ini menjadi perkara yang hangat dalam perbicaraan tadi," tambahnya lagi.

Perbicaraan disambung dengan Dr Seah diminta menyerahkan barang kes yang diujinya. Antara barang kes tersebut ialah spesimen rambut, kepala, kuk, pemotong kuku, kad FTA, sepasang kasut hitam, sebatang gigi, stik swab.

Turut sama diuji ialah, kemeja lengan pendek warna kelabu, blazer hitam, tali pinggang, seluar dalam warna kelabu dan sarung kaki warna biru kelabu.

Majistret Azmil memutuskan menangguh perbicaraan inkues ini ditangguh esok. -TVA




Saksi: Teoh mungkin dipegang lebih 2 orang sebelum jatuh

Dr Seah sahkan ada 3 sampel DNA lelaki tidak dikenali

Oleh ARIFFUDDIN ISHAK, MSTAR

SHAH ALAM: Saksi kesembilan inkues kematian Teoh Beng Hock, Dr Seah Lay Hong mengesahkan terdapat sekurang-kurangnya tiga sampel DNA lelaki yang tidak dikenali diambil daripada kesan tali pinggang yang terputus milik si mati.

Semasa memberi keterangan kepada mahkamah hari ini, Dr Seah juga tidak menolak kemungkinan bahawa Teoh telah dipegang oleh lebih daripada dua individu lain sebelum terjatuh dari tingkat 14 bangunan Plaza Masalam dekat sini.

Beliau sebelum itu menjawab soalan peguam yang mewakili keluarga Teoh, Gobind Singh Deo berhubung laporan ujian DNA yang dilakukannya keatas tali pinggang milik si mati yang menyebut terdapat sekurang-kurangnya satu lagi DNA lelaki yang tidak dikenali.

"Apa maksud anda dengan mengatakan sekurang-kurangnya?" soal Gobind.

Kemudian Dr Seah menjawab: "Ya, jumlah yang kecil atau juga mungkin lebih... bagaimanapun jika nak katakan ada DNA keempat, ia mungkin agak lemah."

Dr Seah merupakan seorang pakar DNA yang berkhidmat di Jabatan Kimia Malaysia.

Beliau adalah salah seorang daripada tiga ahli kimia yang dipanggil hari ini sebagai saksi.

Minggu lalu Mahkamah Majistret Shah Alam diberitahu bahawa satu sampel DNA milik seorang lelaki yang tidak dikenali telah ditemui di bahagian belakang kot dan tali pinggang Teoh.

Peguambela dan peguamcara, Tan Hock Chuan yang mewakili kerajaan ketika prosiding inkues minggu lalu berkata, laporan DNA pertama daripada spesimen yang diambil di bahagian luar kot yang dipakai Teoh mendapati terdapat campuran DNA daripada dua individu iaitu yang menyamai spesimen darah Teoh dan seorang lelaki yang tidak diketahui.

Bagi mendapatkan penjelasana lanjut, Gobind kemudiannya bertanya kepada Dr Seah sama ada beliau turut menjalankan ujian terhadap baju atau barang-barang lain yang dibekalkan kepadanya terutamanya di bahagian pinggang, beliau berkata ujian tidak dilakukan secara keseluruhannya.

Jelasnya beliau menjalankan ujian DNA terhadap bahagian-bahagian tertentu pada pakaian si mangsa yang tidak terdapat kesan darah.

Gobind terus mengasak Dr Seah dengan soalan sama ada beliau yang mempunyai kepakaran mengenai DNA tidak berusaha untuk mendapatkan rakaman foto kedudukan si mati ketika ditemui bagi memberi gambaran yang jelas.

"Tadi kamu kata berdasarkan hipotesis kamu, didapati si mati mungkin dipegang oleh lebih daripada dua orang sebelum terjatuh.

"Jadi mengapa kamu tidak minta dibekalkan foto rakaman si mati ketika ditemui daripada pegawai penyiasat agar kamu boleh buat hipotesis dengan lebih jelas?" soal Gobind.

Dr Seah kemudiannya menjawab: "Saya tidak dibekalkan dengan foto-foto berkenaan".

Gobind bagaimanapun mempersoalkan mengapa Dr Seah tidak berusaha untuk mendapatkan foto-foto berkenaan jika ia boleh membantu beliau memberi gambaran yang lebih jelas.

"Saya hanya jalankan ujian terhadap barang-barang kes yang dibekalkan kepada saya, saya tak minta foto-foto berkenaan kerana saya fikir ia mungkin rahsia bagi kes ini," tegas Dr Seah.

Gobind kemudiaanya naik berang dengan bertanya: "Kamu tak cuba minta, bagaimana kamu nak tahu sama ada ia rahsia ataupun tidak?"

"Setuju ataupun tidak jika saya katakan dengan adanya foto-foto berkenaan ia akan lebih membantu anda membuat hipotesis terhadap kes ini?"

Jawab Dr Seah: "Ya setuju, tapi saya tidak dibekalkan."

Dr Seah kemudiannya lantas bertanya kembali kepada Gobind: "Boleh saya tahu adakah terdapat bahagian-bahagian tertentu yang saya tak jalankan ujian DNA dalam konteks kes ini?"

Soalan spontan Dr Seah itu mengundang gelak tawa sidang mahkamah termasuk Koroner Azmil.

Kemudian Tan bangun bertanya kepada Dr Seah sama adakah penyerahan rakaman foto si mati kepada ahli kimia sepertinya yang bertanggungjawab untuk menjalankan ujian DNA merupakan sesuatu prosedur normal.

Dr Seah berkata: "Tidak... ia bukan sesuatu yang normal."



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Era Najib Altantuya : YB Rodziah Menunggu Notis SPRM

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 05:40 AM PDT

Anggota Exco Kerajaan Negeri Selangor Rodziah Ismail berkata beliau tidak menerima sebarang notis atau arahan untuk memberikan kenyataan kepada Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) semalam berhubung dakwaan penyalahgunaan wang oleh beberapa anggota dewan undangan negeri baru-baru ini.

Katanya kehadiran pegawai SPRM di bangunan Sekretariat negeri (SUK) hanyalah untuk menyoal pegawai khasnya dari pusat khidmatnya yang terletak di dalam kawasan dewan undangan negeri (DUN) Sementa.

"Saya menghadiri mesyuarat Exco ketika itu apabila pembantu khas saya memberitahu bahawa para pegawai SPRM telah mengeluarkan notis untuk menemui dia, dan saya pastikan dia ditemani oleh penasihat undang-undang negeri seperti yang diarahkan oleh Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Khalid Ibrahim.

"Perbincangan semalam hanya di antara Pegawai SPRM dan penasihat undang-undang yang mewakili pegawai khas saya," katanya kepada pemberita di pejabatnya di bangunan SUK di sini hari ini.

Para pegawai SPRM dari Putrajaya muncul di pejabat Rodziah di bangunan SUK tengah hari semalam sebagai sebahagian daripada siasatan berhubung dakwaan penyalahgunaan wang kerajaan negeri.

Bagaimanapun, para pegawai Rodziah enggan membenarkan mereka masuk dan para peguamnya tiba selepas itu dan memberitahu para pegawai SPRM bahawa mereka tidak boleh masuk tanpa waran.

Ketika ditanya berhubung perbincangan antara pegawai SPRM dan pegawai undang-undang itu, Rodziah berkata perbincangan itu hanya berkisar mengenai keperluan SPRM untuk mengeluarkan notis untuk membolehkan seseorang yang akan ditemubual itu boleh menyediakan dokumen yang diperlukan, kenyataan dan saksi-saksi sebelum siasatan dijalankan.

Rodziah yang juga Anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri Batu Tiga, tidak menolak kemungkinan kehadiran pegawai SPRM itu semalam bermotifkan politik oleh pihak-pihak tertentu.

"Sebagai anggota Exco yang berjuang untuk keadilan, ketelusan dan akauntabiliti, saya tidak takut untuk disiasat. Bagi pihak saya, saya telah menjalankan tugas mengikut keupayaan saya," katanya.

Katanya kawasan DUN Sementa menjadi kawasan anak angkatnya Jun tahun lepas. Datuk Abdul Rahman Palil adalah ADUN Sementa yang mewakili UMNO.

Sementara itu, Rodziah juga kecewa dengan tindakan SPRM dalam menjalankan siasatan yang hanya berdasarkan khabar angin dan surat-surat layang.

"Dalam hubungan ini, saya tidak faham kenapa SPRM hanya memberi keutamaan kepada kes-kes terpilih sahaja," katanya.




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Govt. Considers Internet Filter

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 05:10 AM PDT



What's up this time?
ISA? C4? MACC? Murders? Corruptions? Racism? Police Violence? Corrupted Judiciary sys.?

Well, of course I'm talking about our Barisan Nasional government here, but this time Rais Yatim has got a new tricky idea to "help" Malaysians to decide on what websites they intend to surf.
It's the internet filter similar to that which the Chinese communist government planned to introduce to their people.

Perhaps Rais Yatim did not know that even the Head of MACC thinks that having child pornography is "perfectly normal", our minister suddenly has this fear that our country will collapse due to illegal websites. So, he suggested that Malaysian government will assist in filtering out 'inappropriate' web sites, well of course, including bloggers.

It's no doubt another effort to prevent people's voice to be heard; especially after several violent crackdowns on peaceful demonstrations and media's attacks on opposition parties, its not hard to imagine that our government would abuse the internet filter for their own political purposes.

By keeping an eye on bloggers, censoring news materials, videos and photographs, Barisan Nasional could easily keep every Malaysian in the dark about news which they consider "sensitive" and "damaging" to the nation.

I would not be too surprised if all future Malaysians have to put on a recording device and GPS on their bodies all the time for the easy-tracking and monitoring by our sick voyeur government.


Read the following passage from Malaysian Insider to know why is Malaysia moving backwards in everything else while other countries are way ahead before us in the era of technology.

Malaysia mulls 'Green Dam' despite China's failure

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 6 — Despite a guarantee of no censorship in Malaysia's Multimedia Super Corridor, Datuk Seri Rais Yatim's ministry is evaluating the feasibility of putting an Internet filter blocking "undesirable websites" — similar to China's aborted "Green Dam" software.


The study is to be completed by this December and the results will be handed to a shadowy unit monitoring blogs and websites although the decision on implementation will lie with the National Security Council headed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.


Critics say any move to filter the Internet is against the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Bill of Guarantees apart from being largely ineffective as most Internet surfers can circumvent filters through proxy servers.


"It is a waste of time," Dhillon Andrew Kannabhiran, chief executive officer of Internet security firm Hack in the Box, told The Malaysian Insider.


But the Information, Communication and Culture Ministry has conducted a tender exercise calling for companies to put proposals to assist the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) evaluate an Internet filter.


The move comes on the back of proposals to register bloggers, most of whom are said to be anti-government, and the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition parties to have a larger Internet presence.



According to tender documents seen by The Malaysian Insider, the tenderer is:

• to evaluate the readiness and feasibility for the implementation of Internet filter at Internet gateway level, through assessments on the existing infrastructure and existing products in the market.


• to evaluate and estimate costs for the implementation.


• to study the existing legal framework in addressing content filtering and no censorship issue, including the impacts that are caused by the implementation to Internet users and the Malaysian economy.


The successful tenderer is also to visit Internet services oroviders (ISPs) and question them on various issues apart from studying countries which have some form of Internet filters to study the suitability for the Malaysian environment.


Among the recommended countries are India, Pakistan, Australia and Hong Kong. It is not known whether these countries use filters or what they are filtering.


Rais himself said last May that the proposal by some quarters for bloggers in Malaysia to be registered required in-depth study.


"The idea is good, but we have to see it from the legal aspects and from the aspect of freedom of Internet use. We have to see whether registering bloggers is in line with the provisions of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. We should not be hasty in implementing the proposal," said the veteran minister.


But the move to filter blogs and websites is another matter altogether, Dhillon said.


"Filtering is 1990s technology and nobody is doing it anymore. Content-based filtering is so out of date that anybody can circumvent it easily using proxy servers," he said, adding "even my mother can do it, it is not difficult."


He pointed out that the government can implement the filter system and provide some short-term impact to those seeking to go to "undesirable" sites but "human nature is such it can find a way around it."


"The government is wasting money and just playing catch-up," Dhillon said.


He also pointed out that filtering content is censorship and goes against the MSC Bill of Guarantees Article 7 that reads "Ensure no Internet censorship".


"No matter how they want to word it, it is semantics, any move to tell us where we can go, what we can read is censorship no matter how they justify it," Dhillon added.


China controversially planned to install the "Green Dam Youth Escort" Internet filtering software on all computers but delayed implementation last July 1 although officials said it was only "a matter of time" until the software was installed.


In a notification to all users, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said: "In order to build a green, healthy, and harmonious online environment, and to avoid the effects on and the poisoning of our youth's minds by harmful information on the Internet, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), Civilisation Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and Ministry of Finance, in accordance with the Government Procurement Law, have used CPC financial capital to purchase one-year exclusive rights to use 'Green Dam Youth Escort' Green Online Filtering Software (hereinafter referred to as 'Green Dam Youth Escort') along with related services so that the whole society may use it free of charge. After comprehensive testing and pilot use, the software has been shown to effectively filter harmful content in text and graphics on the Internet and has already satisfied the conditions for pre-installation by computer manufacturers."


But the country's Internet users mounted a vociferous campaign against the policy that led to the MIIT delaying using the filter which officials claim will help to curb access to pornography, particularly by younger users.


Internet users say the image and keyword filter blocks pornographic, violent and politically sensitive content and monitors behaviour and fear it will be used to curb access to information and keep track of users.


Green Dam has also come under fire for exposing users to security breaches, with experts warning it could easily be hacked, and a US-based software firm is threatening to sue the Chinese developers for copyright infringement.


Industry bodies, the US government and others had also called on China to abandon the project.



C Guevara.


Inkues Teoh Beng Huat : Tiada Siasatan Menyeluruh Ke Atas Mayat Mendiang

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 05:04 AM PDT

Mayat setiausaha politik Exco Kerajaan Negeri Selangor, mendiang Teoh Beng Hock bebas dari alkohol atau dadah.

Demikian keterangan saksi ke 7, Zaihara Awang (gambar) yang bertugas sebagai Ahli Kimia, Jabatan Petaling Jaya semasa prosiding inkues kematian mendiang yang masuk hari ke 2 hari ini.

Zaihara memberitahu mahkamah hasil daripada analisisnya tidak terdapat apa- apa kandungan alkohol atau dadah dalam kandungan darah, air kencing dan kandungan perut dari spesimen mendiang berusia 30 tahun itu.

Peguam keluarga mendiang, Gobind Singh Deo menyoal Zaihara samada beliau membuat kajian dengan mengambil kira kemungkinan lain yang menyebabkan kematian mendiang. Beliau bertanya mengenai kemungkinan terdapatnya kandungan adrenalin yang tinggi jika seseorang itu hampir jatuh atu ditolak dari tempat yang tinggi dan Zaihara menjawab dengan mengiyakan soalan Gobind.

Zaihara menjelaskan Adrenalin bukanlah satu jenis dadah biasa dan ia hanya dihasilkan secara semula jadi dalam badan.

Mahkamah tegang seketika apabila peguam negara Tan Hock Chuan membantah soalan Gobind.

Gobind kemudiannya membalas dengan bertanya mengapa perkataan "ditolak" dan 'bunuh diri" tidak boleh digunakan memandangkan inkuiri ini diadakan bagi menyiasat punca kematian mendiang.

Majistret bagaimanapun menerima bantahan pendakwaraya.

Gobind kemudian mempersoalkan mengapa Zaihara tidak membuat ujian adrenalin sejurus saksi ke 7 itu menjawab pihak polis tidak mengarahkannya berbuat demikian.

Gobind bertanya sama ada beliau akan menjalan ujian tersebut jika diminta oleh pihak polis, Zaihara berkata, ujian toksikologi tidak termasuk ujian adrenalin.

Prosiding inkues hari ini bermula dengan mahkamah sekali lagi memanggil saksi ke 6, Abdul Rahman Rahim. Semalam majistret Azmil Mustapha Abbas meminta pihak peguam mengemukakan buku catatan keluar masuk bangunan Plaza Masalam Shah Alam berikutan saksi ke 6 mengatakan buku berkenaan tidak diisi sejak berbulan lalu.

Abdul Rahman mengesahkan bahawa buku itu tidak dikemaskini setiap masa. Melalui buku ini, inkues berharap dapat menemui siapa yang mendapat akses ke bumbung tingkat lima Plaza Masalam, dimana mayat mendiang ditemui.

Enam saksi telah dipanggil memberi keterangan semalam. Mereka terdiri daripada pengawal keselamatan di bangunan Plaza Masalam, seorang juruteknik dan seorang anggota polis dari balai Shah Alam.

Mahkamah berhenti rehat setengah jam sejurus memanggil saksi ke 8 iaitu Ahli Kimia di Jabatan Kimia Malaysia, Saiful Fazami Mohd Ali. Saiful bertugas di Seksyen Kriminalistik bahagian forensik Jabatan Kimia Malaysia.

Saksi ke 8 ini kemudiannya mengecam bahan kes yang diserahkan kepadanya untuk dianalisis sebelum dilepaskan dari kandang saksi. Bahan- bahan tersebut termasuklah sehelai seluar yang berlumuran darah, sebatang skru 5cm panjang, seutas jam tangan, pin penyambung jam tangan, klip logam, butang logam serta pelapik kaki lima.

Mahkamah kemudiannya memanggil saksi ke 9, DR Seah Lay Hong yang bertugas sebagai Ahli Kimia di Seksyen Scologi DNA sebelum mahkamah berhenti rehat dan perbicaraan disambung semula pada pukul 2.25 petang.

Dr Seah mengandaikan sample DNA yang dijumpai pada mayat mendiang kemungkinan milik 2 individu yang berlainan. Mengulas kenyataan itu Gobind berkata,

"Dr Seah memberitahu mahkamah tentang hipotesis berkaitan 3 sampel DNA yang dijumpai dikawasan jaket dan tali pinggan mendiang. Ini menguatkan teori bahawa 2 atau 3 orang pegang tali pinggan dia, kemungkinanlah. Esok majistret akan melawat kawasan kejadian di bangunan Plaza Masalam. Lusa kita akan dengar keterangan dari pakar patologis," katanya.

Mahkamah kecoh seketika apabila Gobind mempersoalkan Dr Seah yang membuat analisis tanpa langsung melihat foto keadaan mayat mendiang ditemui. Gobind mengandaikan bahawa Dr Seah menjalankan analisa mengikut arahan polis.

"Pada saya untuk dapat gambaran yang lebih tepat semasa menganalisis punca kematian mendiang ialah dengan melihat gamba mendiang. Ini menjadi perkara yang hangat dalam perbicaraan tadi," tambahnya lagi.

Perbicaraan disambung dengan Dr Seah diminta menyerahkan barang kes yang diujinya. Antara barang kes tersebut ialah spesimen rambut, kepala, kuk, pemotong kuku, kad FTA, sepasang kasut hitam, sebatang gigi, stik swab.

Turut sama diuji ialah, kemeja lengan pendek warna kelabu, blazer hitam, tali pinggang, seluar dalam warna kelabu dan sarung kaki warna biru kelabu.

Majistret Azmil memutuskan menangguh perbicaraan inkues ini ditangguh esok. -TVA




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The 9Th Methodist Convention - "Spreading Scriptural Holiness, Transforming The Nation" (Talk 2) - Part 7

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 05:00 AM PDT


Bishop Rev Dr. Hwa Yong further elaborated the reasons as to why Christians have been reluctant to get involved in politics. "Modernists and conservatists differ in their perceptions of the duty of Christians. As a consequence, a lot of Christians have forgetten about influencing the society," Bishop concluded.


Social reform and gospel spreading are equally important. In Malaysia, there is now a rising awareness of the importance of political involvement. "But as Christians, we should never neglect to spread gospel," Bishop reminded the audience.


Knowing the rising concern, we have got to be very sure as to why we should be concerned.


"Firstly, salvation includes all of life. Secondly, Christians are salt and light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16). Thirdly, concepts like democracy, human rights and freedom are rooted in the gospel of Christ," Bishop explained.
The Masland Methodist Church at twilight. The church shall hold a dedication service on August 16 to give glorification to God for the extension project. Photo: David Ling


My latest Malaysian Insider Column: In Defence of Public Assemblies

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 04:15 AM PDT

I was unable to make it to last week's anti-ISA gathering because I had to attend a family wedding in Penang. I did notice the roadblocks on the way to Kuala Lumpur as I drove up to Penang on Friday, the day before the assembly.

I was kept updated on the day itself while attending the wedding through SMSes, Facebook and Twitter via my Blackberry.

The next day, there was another wedding reception scheduled and I was tasked to drive a few family friends there. After exchanging pleasantries, I focused on my driving as the three middle-class Malay women — each of them aged about 60 years old — chatted at the back of my car.

"The traffic jams in KL were horrible yesterday," said the first woman.

"It was because of those demonstrations," said the second.

It seems that people end up talking about politics even at weddings these days!

The issue of demonstrations has been very much in the news lately, of course. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has claimed that public rallies are an inconvenience. Deputy Minister Datuk T. Murugiah has urged traders affected by the rally to claim compensation from the organisers.

Article 10 of the Federal Constitution grants Malaysian citizens the right to freedom of speech, expression and assembly. These rights are naturally subject to regulation.

But we cannot deny that these rights exist and that we ought to be free to exercise them. Despite what some claim, public assemblies have a long history in this country. Najib, for one, should remember that Umno came to prominence due to its demonstrations — many which were "illegal" according to the law of the day — against the Malayan Union.

Any mature democratic country regards protests as part and parcel of democratic culture. Our founding fathers fought to free our country in order for us to be a democratic and sovereign nation. This includes the freedom to assemble that was included in our Constitution. We cannot consider ourselves either "democratic" or "sovereign" until and unless these rights are respected as well as exercised responsibly.

I do not deny that demonstrations can sometimes cause the public inconvenience — this is something to be regretted. But we go through the same hassles during football matches, marathons and concerts. I am a big fan of football and my wife is trying to become a regular half-marathon runner, but I would think that the freedom to assemble includes the more substantive right of freedom of expression. The hassle and the losses to business are not due to public assemblies themselves but the excessive police roadblocks and harassment that almost always greet such gatherings.

As for the police, the problem is that our requests for permits to hold public assemblies are almost always rejected. On many occasions, we adhere to the police advice to do it in closed premises such as stadiums, but this option only became available to us after we managed to form governments in the various states. Previously all of our requests would have been rejected and we had no recourse whatsoever.

The disproportionate use of police force has been a recurring trend, not only on Aug 1 but also previously. The highlight was surely the arrest of five lawyers — Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, Ravinder Singh Dhalliwal, Syuhaini Safwan, Murni Hidayah and Puspawati Rosman — who were about to provide legal advice to a group arrested for being in an "illegal assembly" on the charge that the lawyers too were part of the assembly.

On Aug 1, like the Bersih assembly before, we gathered to send a memorandum to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Why should the police have attempted to disperse us? Wouldn't it have been better for them to monitor and guide the assembly just as any public gatherings such as marathons, football matches or concerts?

The organisers were more than willing to talk about which routes or points of assembly to use to minimise the inconvenience to the public. That would have worked better than tear gas or batons. Hard as it is to believe, the government holds all the cards and it hasn't been willing to compromise on even the most reasonable points.

While I was studying in Britain, I took part in several anti-war marches protesting British involvement in the invasion of Iraq. At one of the marches I attended, over two million people marched to protest the war — in comparison to the size of London, an equivalent number in KL would be 500,000 people on the streets.

But the marches were done in an orderly manner with excellent cooperation from the police. The organisers provided stewards to help organise the crowd as we marched to Hyde Park, singing and chanting as all enthusiastic marchers do. Toddlers in prams, the elderly in wheelchairs — all joined together to make a statement to the government that we were against the war.

Imagine that — I had an easier time standing up to the British government for invading a Muslim country than my fellow Malaysians who were attempting to peacefully deliver a memorandum to their King. The argument that any and all public assemblies can turn violent is nonsensical — Malaysians should surely be allowed to think and act for themselves after more than 50 years of Merdeka.

I do not blame the rank-and-file policemen, who were just doing their job. In fact, during the Bersih assembly, most of us other than those who were in Masjid Jamek managed to participate peacefully as there was no police harassment elsewhere. The Unit Amal members, the volunteer corps from PAS, were excellent stewards — picking litter, ensuring the crowd did not mutter any unrelated slogans and helping to divert traffic. This proves that demonstrations can happen without untoward incidents if only the police would cooperate.

Which brings me back to the three women.

"God knows what they were demonstrating about," said the third woman.

"But you know, the police should just let them demonstrate," said the first. "Give them the space. Don't provoke them. I'm sure there wouldn't be any trouble."

"Yes, I saw it on Al Jazeera and CNN," said the second. "The police brutality. It was horrible, an embarrassment to the country. Why did they need to do that?"

"People can assemble peacefully overseas," remarked the first. "But in Malaysia the police will always provoke them. Why do they do that?"


Najib Altantuya Tak Serius SIasat Kematian Teoh

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 04:20 AM PDT

Angkatan Muda Keadilan kesal kerajaan tidak bersungguh-sungguh menyiasat punca kematian Setiausaha Politik Teoh Beng Hock.

Ketua AMK Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin berkata Perdana Menteri Najib Abdul Razak hanya memperluaskan skop siasatan Suruhanjaya Diraja meliputi punca kematian Beng Hock setelah dikritik, dikecam dan ditekan rakyat.

Walaupun kerajaan seolah akur dengan desakan rakyat, namun AMK melihat langkah-langkah yang diambil kerajaan masih menimbulkan pelbagai tanda-tanya.

"Sebab itu kita merasakan bahawa Najib berada dalam keadaan politik yang terdesak sebab itu beliau terpaksa akur dengan tuntukan pakatan rakyat dan NGO yang untuk memberikan kuasa yang sepatutnya kepada suruhanjaya diraja dan sepatutnya telah dimulakan lebih awal,"

Kes berprofile tinggi yang melibatkan kematian Teoh Beng Hock masih menjadi misteri sehingga ke hari ini. Tidak cukup dengan berita kematiannya yang begitu meruntun hati keluarga, kesedihan itu ditambah dengan pelbagai masalah untuk mengetahui punca kematian mendiang.

Setelah banyak pihak termasuk Pakatan Rakyat dan badan bukan kerajaan campurtangan, barulah sedikit demi sedikit pihak polis dan kerajaan menampakkan usaha untuk menghurai kematian Beng Hock.

Kerajaan akhirnya bersetuju untuk memperluaskan skop siasatan Suruhanjaya Diraja meliputi punca kematian Beng Hock, namun arahan ini hanya berkuatkuasa selepas siasatan inkues selesai.

Mengulas perkara ini, Shamsul menambah kes kematian ini sepatutnya ditangani dari awal oleh Suruhanjaya Diraja, bukannya diberi kepada sebuah jawatankuasa kecil yang berkuasa terhad.

Shamsul berkata sekiranya Najib mahu siasatan yang telus dan teliti, maka kerajaan jangan lagi bertangguh.

"Apa yang menjadi kebimbangan kita sekarang ialah inkues untuk menyiasat punca kematian teoh beng hock sedang berlangsung. ini saya lihat ada kecelaruan yang berlaku. kalau benar najib umum untuk beri kuasa kepada suruhanjaya diraja maka inkues yang berlangsung di mahkamah mejistret perlu dihentikan serta merta supaya tidak berlaku pertindangan dan dalam masa yang sama boleh mempengaruhi hasil sisatan Suruhanjaya Diraja".



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A Heritage Denied Decades of official discrimination have turned Malaysia's ethnic Indians into a disgruntled underclass

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 03:48 AM PDT

Multiracial malaysia has three heritages to celebrate: Malay, Chinese and Indian. In the Bujang Valley in northern Kedah state, Malaysia's Indian roots are visible. An ancient kingdom existed there, of Hindu and Buddhist beliefs, dating back to the 4th century. It was a trading and migration port, within sailing distance of India, and it eventually became part of Sumatra's mighty Sriwijaya Empire. Since the site was rediscovered by explorers in the 1930s, more than 50 temple ruins have been excavated in the valley, making it Malaysia's richest archaeological treasure trove.

But an Indian Malaysian visiting the Bujang Valley might come away feeling demeaned rather than proud-and that would be no accident. The government has spruced up some ruins and built a museum beside them to showcase Bujang's archaeological finds. The ochre ruins are classically Indian in design, neat, dull-and there is nothing to tell the visitor how grand the originals may have been. The museum has Buddhist and Hindu statues behind glass-cows, Ganeshas, lingams-but the official literature does its best to downplay, even denigrate, the Indian impact on the region. A board on the museum wall describes an "old Malay kingdom" in the Bujang Valley that had "contact with various people of different cultural origins and environments." The museum's brochure is even more explicit. It states that maritime trade led to the "indianization" of the Bujang Valley. The indigenous culture, it says "was eventually adulterated."

If that sounds like a wan cheer for Malaysia's Indian heritage, it's a sentiment familiar to most of the country's 1.8 million people of Indian descent. Affirmative action-type quotas for the Malay population, along with a political system controlled by the Malays and Chinese, make many Indian Malaysians feel like third-class citizens. The result is an increasingly aggrieved population, and a timid one, that isn't very happy about its place in society. "I'm not sure I can see a future in this country for my children," says an Indian-Malaysian businesswoman in Kuala Lumpur who asks not to be named. "We'll give it another few years. If things have not improved, we'll leave for Europe."

Race is the big divide in Malaysia, as it has been ever since the watershed race riots of 1969. In his 20 years in power, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has tried to uplift the Malays, who make up 55% of the 22 million population, and guarantee them a large percentage of available business opportunities. The second-largest group, the Chinese, were supposed to lose their disproportionate grip on the country's economy. But it may be the Indians who were the real losers. Most were imported a century ago to work the rubber plantations and tin mines, and they still dominate the bottom rungs of the social ladder. "Indians have neither the political nor the economic leverage to break out of their vicious cycle of poverty," says Selvakumaran Ramachandran, an Indian-Malaysian academic who works for the United Nations Development Program. "If their problems are not arrested and reversed, it is almost certain they will emerge as an underclass."

Already, Indians have the lowest share of the nation's corporate wealth: 1.5%, compared to 19.4% for the Malays and 38.5% for the Chinese. Not surprisingly, Indians claim the highest rate of suicide of any community. Violent crime is becoming Indian turf. In 1994, 128 of the 377 murders committed in Malaysia were by Indians. Some 15% of the Indians in the capital are squatters. "I have a feeling," says P. Ramasamy, a political science professor at the National University, "that if something is not done soon, something is going to really blow."

The Indians' main problem is numerical. With only 8% of the country's population, they don't have enough clout to alter pro-Malay business or employment policies, or even stand up to Malay chauvinism of the sort exhibited at the Bujang Valley museum. The Chinese community has a slew of ambitious political leaders. The Indian community's politics are dominated by the Malaysian Indian Congress (mic) and its leader of more than two decades, S. Samy Vellu, who happens to be the only Indian in Mahathir's cabinet.

When the government wants to dispense largesse to the Indian community, it usually does so through Samy Vellu, as a recent scene at mic headquarters demonstrated. Indian parents and their children came to hear Samy Vellu describe a new government scheme for student loans. It was a "very special allocation" made through the generosity of the Prime Minister and the Education Minister, he said. To qualify, families had to earn less than $5,300 a year. A young Indian woman in the crowd admitted that her father made more than the stipulated amount. "Can I still apply?" she asked. "Don't worry," Samy Vellu assured her. "Come see me afterwards and I will make sure you can get it." Obviously impressed with the minister's magnanimity, the crowd of 500 applauded warmly. "Whatever we get," says a senior Indian journalist, "we can get only through the mic. That's how the system works."

One area in which Indians have prospered is the professions, particularly medicine and law, and Indian names stud the rolls of professional societies. Many of this group hail from white-collar families who worked in Malaysia when it was a British colony. Yet even with that background, an Indian Malaysian can find it difficult to become a doctor or lawyer. Local university seats and scholarships to study overseas are all awarded by a racial quota system. Even when someone gets a degree, discrimination is frequent. Indian doctors, for instance, complain that they are increasingly excluded from the lists of approved doctors whom civil servants or company employees can use. "I wish you Americans would invade-just for a while," a small-town Indian doctor tells a visitor. "Then I would have a fairer chance of working in this country of ours."

So far, Indians have resigned themselves to their plight. But some rumbles are being heard. Last October, five Malaysian men were attacked and killed one night in the town of Kampar, 150 km north of Kuala Lumpur. Their charred remains were found in a torched pickup truck. The police arrested 13 cattle ranchers of Indian descent. The ranchers had complained for two years of people poaching their cows, but apparently the local police had done nothing to help. The 13 ranchers have yet to be tried, and poaching has reportedly ceased in that area. The defendants are quietly regarded as heroes among the Indian community. "Malaysia cannot afford to have about 8% of its population feel alienated," warns R.V. Navaratnam, a prominent businessman. "Malaysian unity can be as strong only as its weakest link-which is the Malaysian Indian community."



By anthony spaeth
Bujang Valley
Time Asia


Solat Isya’ dan Hadir di Forum Perdana “Ambang Ramadhan” anjuran Masjid Tengku Kelana Jaya Petra

Posted: 06 Aug 2009 03:41 AM PDT

9 Ogos 2009
8.00 malam
Masjid Tengku Kelana Jaya Petra, No. 4, Jalan SS7/13, Kelana Jaya


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