Saturday, September 26, 2009

Back On Track

Back On Track

Back On Track

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 08:06 AM PDT

Yes, baby! I'm back from holiday! I'll tell you my stories later. So much to tell. It was really fun holiday to me. Met new friends, all sorts of human and most important, I enjoyed it very much.

I just realised that, local tourists are treated differently compared to foreigners. The tourism companies, they didn't treat me as their valued-customer, just because I'm Malaysian? They are more value foreigners than me. Why? Weird. I brought money for them too, right? 

Bodoh punya orang Malaysia.

p/s: Damn, I really miss my long hair. Feels regret cutting it. Sigh.

Cam whore with creatures

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 07:00 AM PDT

I read Weird Weird Daniel latest entry this morning and realized that the creature in his pictures were kind of familiar. I think i saw that before... Where is it? Hmmmm.... Anyone care to take a guess?

Now everybody, let's take closer look @ how the creature looks like and of cause my cam whore picture too... Hey i would like to give a kudoz to Jonzz for taking this picture of me with the creature by the river.

So what do you think about it and how would you pose if you given the chance to cam whore with this creature?


Posted: 26 Sep 2009 06:56 AM PDT

The mainstream media seems to be having a gala time in keeping the Selangor state government on the defensive over the actions of a member of its PR partner and Executive Councillor from PAS Hassan Ali, who is seen to have acted in a way that runs contrary to the spirit of unity within the loosely led PR state government. Some have even predicted that the ongoing spat between Hassan Ali and its PR partners may inevitably cause the breakup of the Selangor state government, if PAS does not wish to make any compromises to resolve the actions of Hassan Ali.

It all began when Hassan Ali raised the issue on the sales of Beer in a convenience outlet in Shah Alam, and subsequently directed that the sales of Beer should not be allowed in predominantly Malay residential areas. He also instructed mosque officials to execute a people's arrest on any Muslim seen to be consuming or purchasing Beer in the Selangor state.

I have no qualms that serious action must be taken upon Muslims who are caught consuming Beer or alcohol in public places, regardless of whether the place is predominantly a Malay area or otherwise. And for a Malay who profess Islam as their religion of faith, there is no excuse whatsoever for him/her not to understand what the Koran says of those who consumes alcohol; for Allah wrath is severe.

Whatever punishment destined by the state's Syariah Courts for Muslim offenders who have been found to have defied the laws of Allah swt regarding the consumption of alcohol, will have to be punished accordingly by the Syariah Courts. Although the Koran (surah Ma'idah) reveals the complete prohibition (Haraam) of alcohol for those who profess Islam, the Koran however is not explicit in the type of punishment to be meted to offenders. It is therefore left to the state's Syariah Courts to interpret and to decide upon a punishment most appropriate to the offence, that is meant to serve as a repentance to the offender. The punishment is never meant to cause any grievous hurt to any part of the body of the offender, true to the believe that even in the execution of a punishment, Islam teaches one to be compassionate, merciful and mindful of the sufferings of others..

Having caused a stir over the sales of Beer, Hassan Ali has gone further to criticised the on-going proceedings of the Select Committee for Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat), particularly with regards to the manner in which the witnesses are being questioned over the unusual spendings of the previous BN assemblymen prior to the March 8, 2008 General Elections. One has only to follow the proceedings reported in the media, and if one does not see these unusual spendings of public funds that amounts to several millions as an act of unscrupulous abuse by the former BN assemblymen, then I do not know what else to say of Hassan Ali.

If Hassan Ali is not too happy with the method used in the questioning of witnesses by Selcat, I would only be too pleased to learn from him as to the correct method of questioning witnesses. I do not believe that Hassan Ali will subscribe to the methods used by MACC, nor will he be pleased to used the methods adopted by the PDRM. I would love to see how Hassan Ali reacts to Selcat over its investigations into the Balkis affairs and Khir Toyo's excessive family spendings overseas on the pretext of it being official business trips.

Personally, I do not know what is in the mind of Hassan Ali when he is seen to act and play into the hands of the opposition, rather than to act and play as a member of the PR team.Is he trying to play the 'voice of conscience' with the hope of being a populist, or is there anything that is troubling him in his relationship with the PR led government? Strangely, UMNO Selangor is backing up Hassan Ali in his spat with his PR partners, for this is exactly what UMNO wants to see happening in Selangor. Even UMNO Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin has said that the PR led government in Selangor is incompetent to govern. Is Hassan Ali not emboldened by this remark?

Whatever be the reasons for Hassan Ali to act the way he did, his actions have not been well received by his PR partners. There is now a growing demand that he quits if he persist to remain at divergence with his PR partners, and if he does quit, I guess that will be the end of his political career. I do not believe UMNO would willingly accept him into their fold, and if he still wants to continue his political career, he still has one final option i.e. to join M. Kayveas Peoples Progressive Party which is a party open to all Malaysians.


Kugan: Petition to palace fails - najib altantuya nizar nizar nizar

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 07:33 AM PDT

(Pictures courtesy of Malaysiakini)
UPDATED 5.07 PM It was an unsuccessful atempt as police refused entry to more than three persons to meet Istana Negara officials.

Besides Kugan's mother N Indra, his sister S Garthiyaini and brothers Iswara and Shargunan, there were lawyer N Surendran and Gobind Singh Deo (DAP-Puchong) and S Manikavasagam (PKR-Kapar) among others.

Indra broke in tears when the police refused to
to let all of them to submit their petition. She demanded that justice be served and punishment meted out against her son's murderers.

Why is justice delayed?

Wither 1Malaysia?
People First Performance Now?

Era Najib Altantuya : Jawab Dulu Bagaimana Peruntukan Habis Dalamasa 3 Bulan

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 05:33 AM PDT

Bekas Menteri Besar Selangor, Dato' Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo tidak perlu terlalu ghairah memecah-belahkan kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat Selangor, sebaliknya perlu terlebih dahulu memberi penjelasan berkenaan salah guna peruntukan DUN yang dihabiskan dalam masa kurang daripada tiga bulan semasa Selangor di bawah pemerintahan Barisan Nasional, kata ADUN Kampung Tunku, Lau Weng San.

Katanya, Mantan Menteri Besar itu turut menuduh DAP memanipulasikan SELCAT bagi menunjukkan mereka lebih berkuasa berbanding parti-parti lain di Pakatan Rakyat.

Menurutnya, Khir Toyo dalam satu kenyataan yang diterbitkan akhbar tempatan Rabu lalu membidas DAP sebagai 'menggunakan SELCAT sebagai platform untuk menunjukkan kekuasaan mereka di negeri Selangor'.

"Sebenarnya, apa yang dituduhkan oleh Khir adalah bersifat spekulasi semata-mata dengan tujuan menjatuhkan kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat Selangor,"demikian kata Lau dalam kenyataannya semalam.

Katanya, Selcat yang ditubuhkan oleh Dewan Negeri Selangor pada tahun 2008 untuk menegakkan prinsip-prinsip keupayaan, kebertanggungjawaban dan ketelusan di Selangor.
Katanya, selama 50 tahun BN dan UMNO mentadbir Selangor, prinsip-prinsip yang penting ini semakin terhakis, khususnya semasa Selangor ditadbir di bawah Khir Toyo.

"Bagi memulihkan kepercayaan orang ramai terhadap kewibawaan kerajaan Selangor, Dewan Negeri Selangor telah menubuhkan SELCAT yang ditugaskan khas untuk menegakkan prinsip-prinsip ini dalam pentadbiran kerajaan negeri melalui satu proses pemantauan yang belum pernah dilaksana di Selangor dan Malaysia tetapi sudah menjadi satu kebiasaan bagi sistem pentadbiran Demokrasi Berparlimen di negara-negara maju yang lain, khususnya negara-negara Komanwel, iaitu melalui pendengaran terbuka," katanya.

Lau yang juga Setiausaha DAP Selangor berkata, daripada terus mengaut di dalam air keruh, adalah lebih baik untuk Khir menjelaskan bagaimana beliau sebagai Menteri Besar pada masa itu membenarkan perkara itu terus berlaku.

"Kalaulah beliau yang benar-benar ikhlas dalam mempertahankan pegawai-pegawai kerajaan, maka saya menyeru kepada beliau agar tampil ke hadapan dan menjawab segala persoalan yang timbul", katanya. -TVS

On Blogging & Friends

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 01:19 AM PDT

I had recently received 2 special notes from 2 different friends on how I had inspired them to start their own blog. I am grateful for those comments and to be frank I have never thought that I had made such impact on blogging especially among my friends.

Come to think about it, I am now entering my 5th year of blogging and it had been the better platform for me to express myself better. And through blogging, I had made many new friends, be it readers or people I met during some gathering. The name MikeMmery had been a part of me, people who know me through here would recognize me by that name although going back my 600 over postings here, the name itself had a significant meaning to me, but I had since moved on.

Introducing The PurpleV Heart authored by Cynthia Chen. In fact, the chemistry I had with her is mainly through the cyberworld, despite that, she got to know me better through my blog and had been at times a very very loyal listener to me on my very personal stuff. Thanks for the nice words you dropped on facebook and I am glad that you started your own blog as that will draw me closer to your world. And babe, I MISS YOU!!!

And yesterday a very dear ex-colleague of mine, Ms. Seow, had started her own blog as well, check out Blog with miee. And Ms. Seow, thanks for giving me the chance to be part of LG Life's Good Blog family! Thanks for listening to my suggestions and put LG Electronics as the first electronics company in Malaysia to start its own blog, it's a feat that I am very very proud of! And keep the blogging spirit alive ya!

Time to go, till then... c u peeps soon!

Era Najib Altantuya : Anggota MIC Dakwa Perhimpunan MIC 12 Sep Tidak Sah

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 03:59 AM PDT

Setelah dikejutkan dengan penubuhan Parti makkal Sakti, kini MIC menerima tamparan lagi bila tujuh anggotanya menubuhkan jawatankuasa penaja yang dikenali sebagai "Pro-Tem MIC 2009 Election Irregularity Committee', mahu pemilihan parti diadakan semula kerana mendakwa terdapat penyelewengan pada pemilihan MIC 12 Sept lepas.

Setiausaha jawatankuasa penaja itu N. Saaran berkata pihaknya telah membangkitkan beberapa isu dalam surat aduan yang telah dihantar kepada Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pemilihan MIC Datuk K. Vijayanathan termasuk salah guna kuasa Presiden MIC Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu ketika pemilihan itu berlangsung.

"Kami merumuskan bahawa Jawatankuasa Pemilihan yang mengendalikan pemilihan MIC adalan tidak bebas dan tidak telus. Kami dapati berlaku beberapa penyelewengan.

"Kami sebenarnya telah menghantar notis kepada pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pemilihan, kami memohon penjelasan mengenai kenapa penyelewengan berkenaan berlaku," katanya pada sidang media di sini pada Sabtu.

Turut hadir pada sidang media itu ialah barisan jawatankuasa penaja tersebut termasuk Pengerusinya, P. Subramaniam yang tewas pada pemilihan lepas bagi merebut jawatan naib presiden.

Saaran mendakwa antara penyelewengan yang berlaku pada pemilihan itu ialah tindakan Samy Vellu membatalkan larangan penggunaan telefon bimbit sedangkan Vijayanathan telah mengeluarkan peringatan kepada semua perwakilan sebelum pengundian berlangsung.

"Seorang daripada perwakilan didapati menggunakan telefon bimbit untuk mengambil gambar kertas undi, perkara ini telah dibangkitkan oleh seorang calon kepada jawatankuasa pemilihan, bagaimanapun tiada tindakan diambil," dakwanya.

Subramaniam pula berkata antara aduan lain yang telah dikemukakan kepada pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pemilihan MIC dalam surat yang dihantar pada 18, 23 dan 25 Sept lepas adalah tindakan barisan calon pilihan Samy Vellu yang didakwa melanggar peraturan berkempen.

"Calon-calon dilarang berkempen selepas 12 tengah hari 11 Sept, tetapi peraturan ini tidak dipatuhi, masih terdapat mereka yang berkempen selepas 12 tengah hari di mana kempen berlangsung di Sentul Curry House oleh Pemuda, Wanita dan Puteri, di mana mereka berkumpul untuk berkempen".

"Dan bukan itu sahaja, pada hari pemilihan, akhbar Tamil Nesan, diedarkan kepada semua 1,400 perwakilan dalam dewan, dalam akhbar itu dilampirkan bahan kempen oleh barisan (pilihan Samy Vellu) yang jelas melanggar peraturan kempen," dakwanya.

Subramaniam mempersoalkan kenapa tidak ada tindakan dikenakan sedangkan pengerusi Pemilihan MIC sebelum itu telah mengeluarkan amaran bahawa mana-mana calon yang ditangkap berkempen selepas waktu yang ditetapkan, secara automatik tidak layak bertanding.

Beliau berkata pihaknya menunggu penjelasan daripada Vijayanathan sebelum mengambil tindakan selanjutnya.

Ditanya apakah tindakan mereka jika keputusan tetap tidak berubah, beliau berkata mereka mungkin mempertimbangkan untuk menyertai parti lain.

Raya Rounds - #2

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 12:50 AM PDT

As planned, today I went to visit Sofie's family. I informed them 2 days ago that I'd be coming, and told them to get their baju raya ready as I'd be taking their family photo. When I got to their house at about 11 am, Sofie were ironing their clothes while the last of the kids just had their bath after kena letiaq by Sofie to hurry up before I arrived. I noticed Ika, the youngest girl, had some make up on. She did the make up herself - using whatever was left of Sofie's old make-up set, which Sofie used when she was still working some years ago. For a seven year old, I'd say the make up wasn't bad at all. At least she didn't look as though she was going to perform for a Wayang Cina!

Welcome to Sofie's home. This is the front door...

And this is the wall inside the house...

There's only one bedroom, so Sofie usually sleeps in the hall (if I may call it so) together with her daughter. If they need to change clothes, the boys and girls would take turns to use the one and only room. During my previous visits, the queen mattress was at the hall, so I'd usually sit on the mattress when I visit them. However for Raya, they kept the mattress at the back... leaned against the wall.

Outside the house, there is no proper drainage. So whenever it rains heavily, sometimes the house would get flooded.

I asked if anyone had visited them since Raya. Well yeah, a few school friends of Sofie's sons did visit, but I was the first adult visitor since Raya! So you can just imagine their excitement, especially since I brought along lunch and a hamper. Somehow people usually give hampers to big big bosses who can actually afford all those stuff. By right, people like Sofie's family are the ones who deserve it more. Imagine her children's excitement at seeing this hamper which was almost as tall as Ika.

This time I had lunch together with them. I knew they loved chicken, so I suppose you can guess what I brought along for lunch, huh?

I had a good chat with the kids during lunch. Interestingly, Sofie told me that when her sister went back to their father's hometown, their father, a bomoh, "tolong tengok-tengokkan" and said that Ika has also been infected with HIV. Hmmm... I wonder if his services can be used for the premarital mandatory HIV testing! No comment on his methods, but I hope with the diagnosis given by her father, Sofie would bring her kids for blood tests soon instead of postponing things. I told her to bring both Ika and her 11 year old brother, Saiful for blood tests.

What I need to personally do next is to bring Saiful to get his eyes tested and rearrange for another appointment with an eye specialist for the boy. Sofie used to bring him for appointments at the Ipoh GH eye clinic, but ever since her ex-husband began deserting her, Sofie could no longer afford to bring the boy for appointments (no need to pay to see the doctor but she still needed money to bring the boy to Ipoh). The last appointment was in 2004 - definitely the records are no longer to be found. Saiful would need a new referral letter to get an appointment with the specialist.

Sofie did bring the boy to an optician recently just to get his eyes tested for free - the boy actually needs glasses with power of over 200 for each eye! And he is still not wearing glasses because Sofie couldn't afford to pay for them! In school, he sits right in front of the class... even then sometimes the writings on the board were not clear at all.

I still have some money with me, donated by friends and blog readers - I intend to use some of it to make glasses for the boy. I promised them I'd come again during one of these days to bring Saiful to the optician.

Tomorrow... next stop... Kak Ana's shelter home to visit Anita, her son and my little Cek Mek...

Slowly Back To The Routine

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 05:48 AM PDT

The house is getting quieter..

J and Fateen had gone back to KL last week.

We'll drive Seth back to KYUEM tomorrow afternoon. Hakim is starting on his new job on the 1st of October. He'll have to take a lift from Fateen. Hopefully he can get a car loan soon. Since Jannah's car was stolen about a year ago, Fateen and J have been sharing the Kelisa.
" Takper..tu pun dah bersyukur..just have to rough it out sekejap ok?" I told my kids.

Banun's PMR is just around the corner..shes already burning all kinds of oil!

Hannan's SPM will be in early November.

Harris is not feeling any 'big exam' pressure this year..just the normal school exams.

Most of us parents are now back to our basic duties. We dive back into the office or continue with our business deals of 'cari makan'.

I have yet to fix my art exhibition date..I do not want to be in KL when Banun is busy sitting for her PMR. That won't be right.

I will however gather all the paintings which will find their way to the TV3 lobby area soon.

Pakman and Tuan Will have just left a few pieces at my living room. They will send more artworks later. I have yet to discuss with the Pahang Art Gallery rep even though YB Dato' M is very supportive of the idea.

I have to talk the TV3 personnel again on Tuesday morning. Luckily the cleaner from the agency is willing to keep my children company for a few nights.
Otherwise, I just cannot leave them home alone at night without adult supervision.

My sister Era lives in one of the Taman Tun area. She told me that the crime rate is getting quite bad. People get mugged right in front of their gates! You have to be careful before you enter or alight from your car. Suspicious characters with the intent to rob are on the prowl even in broad daylight!

On top of that, she has a neighbour who claims himself to be an ex-professor. When the dog barks, he would retaliate by squeezing his air horn. So there is an incessant orchestra of airhorn and barking almost everyday..unless the dog goes for a recess.

My nephew's friend recently doubleparked his car near this ''professor's'' house..yes he did leave his phone-number on the windscreen.
The old bat came out with just his pampers on and smashed the poor boy's windscreen!
My sister has since made a police report.

Are things that bad now in KL? Are muggings, burglaries and whatever daily crime part and parcel of living in KL?

Many people are resorting to such criminal actions are understandable??

J once reminded me loudly.."Close the door! Close the door!" All I did was to not immediately step out from my car and had allowed the driver's door to stand ajar for just a few minutes! She was so scared."
You don't know KL Ma!"

A few months back, she probably saved a guy's life..there was this chap screaming for help from the ground floor of the building beside her condo. It was after 1 am and she was half asleep. She saw 2 guys chasing this frantic guy near the big dumpster..though she was scared she yelled out a few big 'Hoi!' from her dark balcony! And the 2 men scooted off..but my daughter was shivering like hell!

I am sure the police are doing their best to control the crime rate thats mushrooming all over the Klang Valley. Hopefully something more effective can be done to curb these dangers..I don't know..its for the police to go on the offensive..I am just one of those jittery law abiding citizens.

p.s. I had only typed the title of the entry when I accidentally published just the title! hahaha
I have just a few more Raya photos which I'd like to flash here..I hope theres no yawning yer..
thank you guys!

With my brother-in-law Man and my younger sister Era.

With Dato' brother-in-law

With Datin Intan kakak..she has travelled half the world!

My sister can sing very nice Malay oldies! And can poco2 very well too!

After the tehtarik at the Concorde Shah Alam

I bought the beautiful painting from Pakman our artist. A present to Dato'..hehe
Pakman is a Zaiton Sameon fan.

With the usual Kemaman clan..

Raya in Kemamang..Cik is finally moving out at the end of the month. She found better lodgings.
My children with my handsome baba-looking nephews and amoy-looking niece..Adi, Irfan and Sarah.

My adik and I

Pak Man, his Indon wife and the unofficial art dealer.

Tanjung Lumpur 1987..acrylic.
(before Tembeling Resort came up at the forefront of the painting...)

Paintings by Abdullah Jones:

najib altantuya: Samy sees short exit, no long goodbye - nizar nizar nizar

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 01:15 AM PDT

He is said to be seriously considering going on leave for two months from his presidential duties. This would perhaps be in three months' time at the very earliest.

Samy assured that for better or worse, Palanivel will step into the president's post. Also, Samy said that he had no intention of destroying his deputy like what Mahathir did to all his potential successors and even his successor, all hand-picked by him, not the party members.

Hmm...Why does Samy compare his 'succession' plan to that of Mahathir's?

He did say that he loved Mahathir, didn't he?

Hmm...maybe his is a love-hate relationship with Mahathir. I hate myself for loving you, sings Samy.

Malaysia's Crucial By-Election Test

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 10:11 PM PDT

Malaysia's fundamentalist opposition Parti Islam se-Malaysia appears increasingly likely to win the country's next by-election in the first poll that might actually start to realign power, despairing United Malays National Organisation insiders say.

"UMNO may lose the seat and start the demise of the party," said a disillusioned party stalwart, although other observers point out that the ruling national coalition has a built-in edge from military and police voters.

The seat came open in the state of Negeri Sembilan with the sudden death of UMNO state lawmaker Azman Mohd Noor from blood poisoning in early September. Although it is a seat in a relatively obscure state legislature, if PAS takes it in the Oct. 11 by-election in what had been an UMNO stronghold, observers in Kuala Lumpur say, it will be a convincing demonstration that the fundamentalist Islamic party is breaking out of its rural stronghold on the eastern side of the country and that its power is growing.

UMNO is banking on the hope that of the 14,000 voters in the constituency, 5,700 are absentee postal voters, most of them soldiers and policemen, whose vote usually goes to the
Barisan Nasional. The district is about 60 mi. south of the Kuala Lumpur conurbation.

The election comes at a time when Malaysia is suffering from a variety of economic, ethnic, religious and cultural strains that are being exacerbated by political maneuvering between the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition and the ruling Barisan Nasional. Annual gross domestic product fell a stunning 6.2 percent in the first quarter of 2009 as the world financial crisis disrupted Malaysia's export-oriented economy. GDP continued to fall by 3.9 percent in the second quarter, killing job growth despite a massive fiscal stimulus package and accommodative fiscal policy from
Bank Negara, the country's central bank.

"They say it's turning around, but a lot of people are losing their jobs, this (Eid Ul Fitri, the end of the fasting month) people are not spending, many companies are opting for early retirement for their workers," said a Kuala Lumpur-based lawyer. "Hopefully (the fiscal package) does kick in soon, but I doubt it on the ground. It is going to hurt."

As part of that fiscal stimulus, development spending is expected to hit RM55 billion (US$15.8 billion) for all of 2009 and rise to RM58 billion for 2010. However, construction spending is a double-edged sword. Malaysia's construction companies are closely aligned to UMNO and increasingly jaded voters are concerned that the spoils will go to fat-cat cronies of the politicians.

Given these problems, PAS has emerged as a political powerhouse in urban areas as ethnic Malays have turned away from the scandal-ridden UMNO, attracted by PAS's stated clean-government aims despite its strict fundamentalist policies. The party has been feeling its oats around Kuala Lumpur, seeking to ban beer sales in Malay areas and, most recently, pushing authorities to seeking to force the sexy rock superstar Beyonce Knowles into modifying her often provocative dress in advance of an Oct. 25 concert. Beyonce cancelled a show in Malaysia two years ago because of the country's dress code.

Malaysia has been raising the hackles of human rights defenders, particularly with the scheduled whipping of part-time model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno which was ordered by a Kuantan religious court for the offense of drinking beer. Kartika is now awaiting the lash. The same shariah judge more recently also ordered an Indonesian male to be caned for the same offence.

At the same time, however, it's unsure just how much the fundamentalism carries over into the general population. The newspapers have continued to carry stories of late-night revels by urban Malay youth during the Ramadan fasting month, with as many as 200 young people drinking and dancing on tables in sexually revealing clothing at one event, although one observer says that by and large the country's Malay young are largely conservative. He also expects them to vote in great numbers in upcoming elections, with as many as 1 million youthful new voters registered.

These strains are playing themselves out in Negeri Sembilan. In seven of the eight by-elections since the 2008 general election, the party that previously held the seat reclaimed it. However, in Negeri Sembilan UMNO appears likely to shoot itself in the foot by nominating Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, a party division head, to take on the PAS candidate, who has yet to be named. Isa was suspended for three years from UMNO for vote-buying. Former Prime Minister
Mahathir Mohamad, who has taken to almost daily attacks on UMNO,criticized the decision to nominate Isa, calling attention to the recent loss of a Penang seat because the national coalition candidate had been disbarred. UMNO, Mahathir said, has "not learned from earlier blistering mistakes."

The 14,000-voter district is more than 20 percent ethnic Indian. It will be a test for Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to see if he has had any success in wooing Malaysia's Indians, who make up about 8 percent of the total population, back to the fold. They have been furious over Muslim protests that forced cancellation of the relocation of the 150-year-old Sri Mahamariamman Temple to a site more convenient to them after housing estates had overtaken the onetime rubber plantation in which it had been situated. The obstreperous Muslim protesters paraded a severed cow's head – an insult to Hindus, who venerate cattle -- to the local town hall and dumped it in the protest.

Indians are also turned off by the politics of the Malaysian Indian Congress, the third leg of the Barisan Nasional. The party's leader, S. Samy Vellu, is regarded as out of touch with his constituency and, with the rest of the party leadership, mired in corruption. Najib has endorsed the creation of a new party, Parti Makkal Sakti, and offered to attend the party's Oct. 10 launch -- the day before the by-election -- as guest of honor. The party is an offshoot of the Hindu Rights Action Force, or Hindraf, whose leaders were jailed last year under the
Internal Security Act after anti-government rallies that turned violent. Najib has also attended ceremonies in the magnificent Batu Cave just north of Kuala Lumpur which houses a Hindu temple.

The overtures to the new party appear to be part of an desperate attempt on the part of UMNO to search out new component ethnic parties to prop up the flailing Barisan Nasional, the national coalition that has ruled Malaysia since its inception. The collapse of the MIC was accompanied by the collapse of the once-powerful Malaysian Chinese Association as well, as well as smaller parties like the mostly Chinese Gerakan and the PPP

In particular, the MCA finds itself in the middle of what one observer described to Asia Sentinel as "a circus." Its leaders are beset with one of the biggest scandals in the country's scandal-scarred history, with
cost overruns for the Port Klang infrastructure project zooming out of sight. The port development was awarded as a turnkey project without competitive bid to well-connected political cronies of both UMNO and the MCA. Project outlays, originally projected at RM1.95 billion, ballooned to RM3.52 billion, with interest accounting for another RM3.9 billion by 2012. The parties to the contract have fallen on each other, describing illicit payments and filing lawsuits. The squabble appears set to wreck what is left of the MCA, with Chua Soi Lek and Ong Tee Keat battling each other for the leadership although both have been tainted by allegations of corruption. That means the Chinese are largely fleeing the Barisan for other parties.

The question is whether the Pakatan Rakyat coalition headed by
Anwar Ibrahim is going to reap the whirlwind. PAS has come to dominate the political discourse in a way unthought of prior to the opposition coalition's founding. Besides PAS, the coalition includes the Chinese chauvinist Democratic Action Party as well as Anwar's own Parti Keadilan Rakyat, made up mostly of young urban Malays. Given the ethnic and religious strains, keeping the cialition together has been a demanding job.

"The Chinese thought that if they split the Malays they could win and dominate. But in my estimation, they will be faced with a weak UMNO, an increasingly strong PAS, and a weak Keadilan," a source said. "The Chinese will vote DAP, meaning it will be a 100 percent Malay government with the Chinese on the outside, given the decimation of the MIC and the MCA."


Neem leaf baby bath: Janson recovered fast!

Posted: 26 Sep 2009 01:26 AM PDT

After Active Sunday (Sept 20) and coming home from a Raya open house, we 'detected' Janson's fever.

Next day (Monday), we brought him to Klinik Kanak-Kanak Pakar Yong on adhoc basis. He responded quite well to the medication (no antibiotics) and his fever broke that night.

The following day (Tuesday), his fever shot up again in the morning. So, that was the day Janson's gong gong and Ah Mah went to pluck some neem leaves and pass them to nanny to boil. Later in the afternoon, we brought Janson's to nanny's house to bathe in neem leaf water! 8)

Neem leaves after boiling




Murky neem leaf water after bath.

After bath, Janson was in an active mood!

Google for 'neem leave bath' and you will find a lot of info. Just to share one result with you:
Baby Bath - Natural Shampoo

Thank You Jesus for providing neem leaf - a natural remedy!

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Era Najib Altantuya : PR Sedia hadapi UMNO BN Di Bagan Pinang

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 10:45 PM PDT

Pakatan Rakyat bersedia menghadapi apa jua taktik politik yang dimainkan Umno Barisan Nasional dalam kempen Pilihan Raya Kecil Bagan Pinang yang bakal bermula pada 3 Oktober depan.

Pesuruhjaya Pas Negeri Sembilan Zulkefly Mohamad Omar berkata Pas mengembleng segenap sumber dari peringkat akar umbi sehingga ke pucuk pimpinan negeri, dengan sokongan Kelab Penyokong Pas dan badan-badan bukan kerajaan.

"Kita mempersiapkan jentera dari peringkat akar umbi sampai ke peringkat negeri bersama dengan rakan PKR, DAP, Kelab Penyokong Kaum India dan NGO bersama untuk membantu kempen kita bagi memastikan kemenangan calon PR kali ini," katanya.

Menurut Zulkefly, PKR Bagan Pinang akan menyaksikan pendekatan mendidik rakyat mengenai hak dan kuasa mereka memilih pemimpin yang berwibawa, bebas rasuah dan bertanggungjawab.

Pendidikan politik ini penting bagi menghadapi permainan retorik pembangunan Umno dalam setiap pilihanraya.

Zulkefly menambah pemberdayaan pengundi membuka mata masyarakat kepada manfaat sekiranya orang-ramai melantik pemimpin yang bersih, amanah dan bertanggungjawab.

"Kita tahu Umno penuh tipu muslihat. Masa pilihanraya mereka cuba buat baik, cuba hendak mengambil hati semua rakyat. Masa inilah dia nak bagi macam-macam kepada rakyat tetapi mereka tidak peduli langsung kehidupan rakyat sama ada orang Melayu, Cina atau India," katanya.

DUN Bagan Pinang mengalami kekosongan selepas penyandangnya, Azman Mohammad Noor yang mewakili Barisan Nasional meninggal dunia pada 4 September lalu akibat jangkitan dalam darah.

Sementara itu Pengerusi Parti Keadilan Rakyat Negeri Sembilan Datuk Kamarul Baharin Abbas berkata Umno Barisan Nasional akan membangkitkan isu pembangunan dalam usaha menarik sokongan rakyat.

Sehubungan itu katanya, PR akan mendedahkan kegagalan Umno-BN menjaga kedudukan Bagan Pinang dari destinasi ulung di Selatan Tanahair kepada pekan koboi yang tidak lagi dikenali.

"Ini akan memberi gambaran Bagan Pinang sendiri di bawah Barisan Nasional dan Umno tidak membawa pembangunan yang disebutkan, jadi apakah perubahan yang akan dibawa di sini? Saya fikir rakyat tidak akan lagi memberi kepercayaan," katanya.

Dari segi persiapan awal, Kamarul berkata Pakatan Rakyat tidak mempunyai masalah menghadapi PRK pada kali ini kerana terdapatnya jentera yang mantap disamping kerjasama erat antara parti komponen Pakatan Rakyat

"Persiapan awal lancar kita hanya tunggu hari penamaan calon, organisasi jentera bergerak persiapan awal dari segi pentadbiran, kerjasama dengan Pas dan DAP bagus bersepakat dan sekarang kita bersedia dengan semangat," katanya

Menurut Kamarul, PKR meletakkan sasaran mengurangkan majoriti Umno di peringkat Dewan Undangan Negeri. Beliau menambah Bagan Pinang adalah batu loncatan kepada operasi merampas Negeri Sembilan dari BN.

"Akan mengurangakan majoriti Barisan Nasional dan perbezaan hanya 2 atau 3 kerusi termasuk Speaker yang boleh menggugat kerajaan Barisan Nasional.

"Pertama kita mendekatkan jurang kurangkan majoriti Barisan Nasional Negeri Sembilan. Keduanya membuktikan pada rakyat Malaysia bahawa sokongan padu yang diberi rakyat kepada PR berterusan dan belum lagi luntur menunjukkan peningkatan memberi semangat kepada kita," katanya.

Jentara parti DAP turut turun bagi memperkemas persiapan Pakatan Rakyat menghadapi PRK Bagan Pinang.

Pengerusi DAP Negeri Sembilan Loke Siew Fook berkata tinjauan awal mendapati Umno Barisan Nasional berada dalam keadaan yang amat tertekan.

"Saya rasa Umno lebih tertekan dari kita kerana mereka perlu menang di kawasan ini.Ini merupakan kubu kuat kepada mereka sekiranya mereka kalah ia bukan sahaja memberikan satu implikasi yang besar kepada Umno Negeri Sembilan tetapi Umno Malaysia keseluruhannya," katanya.

Siew Fook berkata undi pos merupakan cabaran hebat kepada Pakatan Rakyat memandangkan proses kawalan ketat undi berkenaan memaksa pengundi pos tidak dapat membuat pilihan secara bebas.

"Sama ada mereka boleh membuat satu pilihan secara bebas. Saya yakin kalau undi pos ini diberikan satu kebebasan kepada mereka untuk memilih saya yakin bahawa tentera pun ada ramai yang akan menyokong kita," katanya. -TVA

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Era Najib Altantuya :Ekspedisi Misi Royalti, Kerajaan Kelantan Jawab Tuduhan Media

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 10:38 PM PDT

Selepas jenuh mendengar tuduhan beberapa media yang cuba mempersalahkan kerajaan negeri ketika menganjur Ekspedisi Misi Royalti ke pelantar Cakerawala berhubung isu tuntutan royalti minyak baru-baru ini sebagai misi maut, akhirnya wakil kerajaan negeri menjawabnya.

Exco kerajaan negeri, Datuk Husam Musa, menjelaskan bahawa ekspedisi tersebut sebenarnya bukan anjuran kerajaan negeri sebaliknya anjuran sekumpulan rakyat Kelantan yang diantaranya melibatkan golongan nelayan sebagai tanda sokongan usaha kerajaan selain daripada ingin memastikan sendiri hak mereka.

Husam memberitahu, cadangan ekspedisi berkenaan ditawarkan oleh nelayan yang mempunyai kapal sendiri serta peka terhadap usaha kerajaan yang memperjuangkan hak rakyat kepadanya dan beliau menyambut cadangan itu demi rakyat.

Maka perancangan itu dibuat secara terbuka (bukan dalam bentuk paksaan) kepada sesiapa sahaja berminat untuk mengikuti ekspedisi tersebut dengan menggunakan bot nelayan.

"Ekoran itu kita tidak paksa, cuma kita buka peluang, sukarela kepada sesiapa yang hendak naik kapal itu asal tidak melebihi muatan," jelasnya dalam ceramah idilfitri di Rantau Panjang malam tadi.

Ekspedisi Misi Royalti telah diadakan pada 4 Ogos lalu melibatkan 60 peserta termasuk ahli Parlimen, ADUN dan wartawan. Malangnya ia dimanipulasikan sesetengah media sebagai misi maut lantaran beberapa peserta mengalami kemabukan dalam perjalanan meredah Lautan Cina Selatan hampir 30 jam pergi balik sejauh 150 kilometer.

Ekoran itu, ada sekumpulan wartawan di Kelantan secara senyap-senyap menyisihkan Husam yang dianggap bertanggungjawab menganjurkan ekspedisi itu yang mereka anggap tidak menjaga keselamatan wartawan.

Padahal ia berlaku kerana mereka tidak biasa dengan suasana meredah lautan bergelora sebagaimana yang dilalui oleh para nelayan saban hari.

Dalam pada itu Husam menggesa kerajaan Malaysia melihat inisiatif rakyat Kelantan itu dari sudut positif di samping menghargai serta menghormati kesungguhan rakyat Kelantan di mana orang kampung biasa sanggup menawarkan kapal sendiri bagi menyampaikan mesej kepada kerajaan pusat dalam menuntut haknya.

Justeru kerajaan pusat perlu berlaku adil dan tidak ada sebab untuk terus menafikan hak rakyat Kelantan apatah lagi pengeluaran Kelantan adalah yang tertinggi berbanding dengan negeri-negeri pengeluar minyak lain dalam Malaysia.

Dalam masa yang sama Husam turut mendedahkan laporan Petronas 2008-2009 yang berakhir pada bulan Mac 2009 baru-baru ini dalam masa setahun Petronas sudah bayar royalti hasil daripada pengeluaran petroleum kepada Terengganu sebanyak RM3,000 juta dan Sabah RM900 juta.

"Kalau kepada Terengganu dan Sabah kerajaan boleh bayar kenapa tidak kepada Kelantan?" soalnya.

Sebelum ini kerajaan negeri melalui Menteri Besarnya, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, sudahpun dua kali menghantar surat kepada Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, berhubung perkara berkaitan.

Bagaimanapun semasa lawatan beliau ke Kelantan baru-baru ini memaklumkan isu tersebut masih dalam kajian namun hingga ke hari ini masih belum ada apa-apa tindak balas.

Sebelum itu, ketika ditanya Husam dalam mesyuarat Majlis Kewangan Negara, Najib berkata, ia sedang dikaji dan apabila selesai beberapa soal teknikal, pihaknya akan bermesyuarat dengan Kelantan. -MI

Active Sunday: Janson shaking, grooving, moving!

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 10:40 PM PDT

Janson first time security tagged as a toddler.

@PJLA Studio before Children Ministry began.

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Jemputan ke Rumah Terbuka Nik Nazmi dan Dr. Imaan

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 08:20 PM PDT

Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Seri Setia, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad dan isterinya, Dr. Imaan Abdul Rahim akan mengadakan Majlis Rumah Terbuka Aidilfitri pada jam 10.00 pagi - 2.00 petang, Ahad 4 Oktober 2009 di Blok 7 & 8 Pangsapuri Lindungan, Jalan PJS6/3B, 46000 Petaling Jaya.

Semua dijemput hadir.

Untuk maklumat lanjut, hubungi 03-78063660 (Marina/Suhaimi) atau e-mel di Acara tersebut turut disenaraikan di Facebook: Peta ke tempat tersebut boleh dilihat di sini.

The new face of

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 08:15 PM PDT

The new face of is now out!

The template focuses on social networking sites, incorporating not just Flickr and Youtube but also my Twitter account. I've always thought that too many politicians' blogs in Malaysia do not incorporate enough interactive elements.

My Facebook link also goes to the fan page instead of my personal account as it's nearing the 5000 friends limit.

Unfortunately since my campaign page last year I've stopped designing my own sites. I started doing it with my Geocities page in 1997 as a 15 year-old student, and progressed to Movable Type and eventually Wordpress, but now I have other things to do.

So what do you think?

najib altantuya Tiong hits out at corruption watchdog, suit pending - nizar nizar nizar

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 07:44 PM PDT

24 hours after urging Transparency International (Malaysia) to substantiate its corruption claims against his company, Tiong says he is ready to sue.

Tiong will not only be richer but his 'reputation' salvaged as well if he sues and wins.

Tiong's company was not mentioned albeit implicated in the report by TI. The report said the PKFZ case was one of the biggest scandals of the year -- involving politicians, government officials and businessmen, substantiates the weak oversight of public-private relationships.

“Will you stand with Israel or will you stand with the terrorists?”

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 04:59 PM PDT

I would not at all be surprised if alot of anti semites walked out. The majority being from the OIC. "Yesterday, the president of Iran stood at this very podium, spewing his latest anti-Semitic rants. Just a few days earlier, he, again, claimed that the Holocaust is a lie. Yesterday, the man who calls the Holocaust a lie spoke from this podium. To those who refused to come and to those who left in protest, I commend you. You stood up for moral clarity, and you brought honor to your countries. But to those who gave this holocaust denier a hearing, I say on behalf of my people, the Jewish people, and decent people everywhere, have you no shame? Have you no decency? A mere six decades after the Holocaust, you give legitimacy to a man who denies the murder of 6 million Jews? While promising to wipe out the state of Israel, the state of the Jews? What a disgrace. What a mockery of the charter of the United Nations.

Now, perhaps - perhaps some of you think that this man and his odious regime, perhaps they threaten only the Jews. Well, if you think that, you're wrong - dead wrong. History has shown us time and time again that what starts with attacks on the Jews eventually ends up engulfing many, many others, for this Iranian regime is fueled by an extreme fundamentalism that burst on to the world scene three decades ago after lying dormant for centuries".

"In the past 30 years, this fanaticism has swept across the globe with a murderous violence that knows no bounds and with a cold-blooded impartiality in the choice of its victims. It has callously slaughtered Muslims and Christians, Jews and Hindus, and many others. Though it is comprised of different offshoots, the adherence of this unforgiving creed seek to return humanity to medieval times. Wherever they can, they impose a backward, regimented society where women, minorities, gays, or anyone else deemed not to be a true believer, is brutally subjugated.

The struggle against this fanaticism does not pit faith against faith nor civilization against civilization. It pits civilization against barbarism, the 21st Century against the 9th Century, those who sanctify life against those who glorify death......."

The rest:
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Full Transcript: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks at the U.N. General Assembly

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At the U.N., Terrorism Pays

Posted: 25 Sep 2009 03:57 PM PDT

This week the United Nation's Human Rights Council produced a 600-page report alleging that Israel carried out war crimes in Gaza. The Goldstone Report—named for its chief investigator Richard Goldstone—also asserts that Israel's motives for its operation against Hamas nine months ago were purely political. I am outraged by these accusations. Let me explain why.

It is the duty of every nation to defend itself. This is a basic obligation that all responsible governments owe their citizens. Israel is no different.

After enduring eight years of ongoing rocket fire—in which 12,000 missiles were launched against our cities, and after all diplomatic efforts to stop this barrage failed—it was my duty as defense minister to do something about it. It's as simple and self-evident as the right to self-defense.

While such logic eluded Mr. Goldstone and his team, it was crystal clear to the thousands of Israeli children living in southern Israel who had to study, play, eat and sleep while being preoccupied about the distance to the nearest bomb shelter. When I accompanied then-presidential candidate Barack Obama on his visit to the shelled city of Sderot, he said "If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I'm going to do everything in my power to stop that. And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing." Too bad the Human Rights Council wasn't listening.

Whenever we are forced to defend our own lives, it is our obligation to do so in a way that ensures that the lives of innocent civilians on the other side are protected. This duty becomes extremely difficult when we have to face an enemy that intentionally deploys its forces in densely populated areas, stores its explosives in private homes, and launches rockets from crowded school yards and mosques. In Gaza, we reached out to the civilians via millions of leaflets, telephone calls and text messages urging them to leave areas before we acted.

So when the Goldstone mission gathers testimony from local residents in Hamas-ruled Gaza, but forgets to ask them whether they happened to notice any armed Palestinians during the Israeli operation, or didn't realize that its impartially chosen witnesses happened to be known Hamas operatives according to Israeli intelligence, I begin to question the methodology of such a "fact-finding" effort.

Although I am incensed by the Goldstone Report, I must admit that I was not surprised. It is, more than anything else, a political statement—not a legal analysis.

This shameful document was produced by the Human Rights Council, a body whose obsession with Israel has led it to produce more resolutions condemning Israel than all other countries combined. By its lights, the evils of Israel far outweigh those of countries like Burma, Sudan and North Korea.

In its blind zeal to demonize Israel, the council has produced a document that undermines every other democracy struggling to defend itself against terrorism. The message broadcast by this report to the new world order? Terrorism pays.

Yet, an accusation, however ludicrous, is still an accusation, and it mustn't remain unanswered.

If the U.N. or anyone else has complaints, they should direct them towards the Israeli government. I have in-depth knowledge about the extent of the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) efforts to reduce civilian casualties, and I am convinced that the actions our government took are equal to or exceed actions taken by the armed forces of any other democratic nation. Strikes against extremely valuable Hamas targets were aborted in mid-operation due to the unexpected presence of civilians.

Hundreds of thousands of warnings of impending IDF activity were provided to the population by leaflet, radio, telephone and text messages. Humanitarian supplies were allowed to flow into Gaza despite the fact that Hamas shelled the convoys and confiscated the aid they carried.

Israel is not perfect. As much as we as a society try to uphold the IDF's ethical code, mistakes sometimes happen and deviations from procedure occur. Whether we like it or not, Israel is one of the most scrutinized countries in the world. And when we are told that things may not be right, we check it out and, when necessary, prosecute those involved. We are now pursuing two dozen criminal investigations regarding events that occurred in Gaza. We don't need the Human Rights Council, Richard Goldstone, or anyone else to teach us how to maintain the democratic principles which are our lifeblood.

As sobering as the thought may be, terrorists will welcome this report. It has made their work much easier, and the work of their potential victims more difficult.

I believe that the time has come for us to put an end to this calculated erosion of common sense. The nations that share democratic values must not allow themselves to be handcuffed by the abusive application of lofty ideals. Democracies should be concentrating on defending themselves from extremism—not from accusations by kangaroo courts. WSJ Online

Mr. Barak is Israel's defense minister

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