Sunday, September 13, 2009

[Highlight] Acapella of Michael Jackson Medley all by one person

[Highlight] Acapella of Michael Jackson Medley all by one person

Acapella of Michael Jackson Medley all by one person

Posted: 13 Sep 2009 09:59 AM PDT

Have you check out AWAY FROM COMPUTER? =)

Fang, a friend of mine introduce this video to me. It's really very cool, the person mixed and sang Michael Jackson songs acapella with a few of himself. Cloned and synced himself a few times to make this video, brilliant! It sounds a lot of work to me to do such video, don't you think so?

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160909 – a very happening day

Posted: 13 Sep 2009 09:43 AM PDT

fast_nationfirst and foremost, of course 16 sept 2009 (160909 see. not some 'ang kong' numbers for you to buy lah), is malaysia day… you knew that right?  the day where in 1963 malaysia was formed. many people said we should celebrate malaysia day and not merdeka (independence) day. hmm… i thought the penang government last year announced that it will declare 16 sept a public holidiay for penang. no? since today is already so near 16 sept and we heard nothing so i guess i must have mistakenly hear/read about it.

oops. i didn't mean to talk about that but about lots of happening that's going to happen on 160909, so this is like an announcement post.

first, the 'fast for the nation, peace for malaysia' project.  this was started by sivin kit. basically, you are required to fast from dusk to dawn and at the same time, try to do a good deed on that day and also to pray for peace in our country.

secondly, i wonder if anyone remember the bangsa malaysia initiative started by haris ibrahim years back. well, haris is now reviving the initiative and will launch it on 160909.  (the name is now lengthen a bit to add 'saya anak bangsa SABMlogomalaysia' or SABM initials).  if you are in KL, do take your time to attend the launch. it will start at 6.30pm and held at rumah anak bangsa malaysi, 66 lorong setiabistari 1, bukit damansara.

well, for those in penang who can't make it to the SABM launch in KL, don't fret. let us instead have our own gathering in penang. actually the bangsa malaysia penang (BMP – uh oh now must change to saya anak bangsa malaysia penang?) already existed years ago when the first bangsa malaysia initiative was brought to penang. we have an e-group and a few of us are active there.  it had been a long time our BMP group had not met so i was thinking why not we take the opportunity of our malaysia day to meet. so to all penangites who cares about being an anak bangsa malaysia, do join us ok:

date: 160909 (wednesday)

time:  7.30pm

place:  nasi kandar pelita, macalister road (near umno building)

15 Malaysia : Healthy Paranoia

Posted: 13 Sep 2009 09:40 AM PDT

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15 Malaysia brings us Healthy Paranoia ,this short film by Khairil M. Bahar features current Health Minister Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai in a over-zealous public relations consultant advises the current minister of health how to discourage unhealthy lifestyles in Malaysia. Check out the Making as well

Glory be to God on high and peace on earth descend!

Posted: 13 Sep 2009 09:19 AM PDT

Don't know why but the words and tune of the first stanza of the hymn 'Glory be to God on high' came ringing in my mind yesterday Sunday afternoon:

Methodist Hymnal - 1889 Edition
600 - 699

1 GLORY be to God on high, And peace on earth descend! God comes down, he bows the sky, And shows himself our friend: God the invisible appears! God, the blest, the great I AM, Sojourns in this vale of tears, And Jesus is his name.

2 Him the angels all adored, Their Maker and their King. Tidings of their humbled Lord They now to mortals bring. Emptied of his majesty, Of his dazzling glories shorn, Being's source begins to be, And God himself is born!

3 See the eternal Son of God A mortal Son of man; Dwelling in an earthly clod, Whom heaven cannot contain! Stand amazed, ye heavens, at this! See the Lord of earth and skies; Humbled to the dust he is, And in a manger lies.

4 We, the sons of men, rejoice, The Prince of peace proclaim; With heaven's host lift up our voice, And shout Immanuel's name: Knees and hearts to him we bow; Of our flesh and of our bone, Jesus is our brother now, And God is all our own.

I think I know why. Christmas is coming soon!

Must Have Mastiff - bbc online

Posted: 13 Sep 2009 09:00 AM PDT

China Mastiff new must-have item

Ms Wang with her Tibetan Mastiff at Xian airport - 9 September 2009
Ms Wang said she spent a long time looking for her new dog

Tibetan Mastiffs have joined the roster of luxury items coveted by China's wealthy elite, according to a purchase reported by local media.

A young woman paid $600,000 (£360,000) for a Tibetan Mastiff and had a convoy of luxury cars meet her and the dog at an airport, the Xian Evening News said.

"Gold has a price but this Tibetan Mastiff doesn't," the woman, named only as Wang, was quoted as saying.

The dogs typically sell for about $2,000 outside China, breeders say.

Ms Wang and the dog were met at Xian airport after she returned from buying it in Qinghai province in north-west China, home to many ethnic Tibetans.

She was greeted by fellow lovers of Tibetan Mastiffs, who held up a long red banner welcoming the dog to Xian, capital of Shaanxi province.

Ms Wang said she and a friend had spent a long time looking for a true Tibetan Mastiff.

The dogs are fairly rare in Tibet and around the world, and are valued by the nomadic peoples of Central Asia for their skills as watch dogs.

Tibetan Mastiffs were also traditionally used to guard Buddhist monasteries in Tibet.

The dogs are large and fierce, reaching a height of up to 80cm (31 inches) and a weight of 80kg (176 lbs).

Richard Gardiner, chairman of the Tibetan Mastiff Club of Great Britain, said mastiff puppies typically sell in the West for between $1,400 and $2,000.

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Era Najib Altantuya : PAS Kenalpasti 3 Calon Berwibawa Untuk Bagan Pinang

Posted: 13 Sep 2009 08:45 AM PDT

PAS telah mengenal pasti tiga calon anak tempatan untuk diketengahkan pada pilihan raya kecil Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Bagan Pinang, Negeri Sembilan.

Presidennya Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang berkata nama tiga calon tersebut diserahkan oleh PAS Negeri Sembilan pada mesyuarat Jawatankuasa PAS Pusat hari ini.

"PAS negeri (Negeri Sembilan) telah kemukakan nama tiga orang calon yang telah dikenalpasti berpengalaman dan diyakini boleh berkhidmat kepada rakyat. Semuanya adalah anak tempatan," katanya ketika ditemui pemberita selepas mempengerusikan Mesyuarat Jawatankuasa PAS Pusat di Ibu Pejabat PAS di sini, hari ini.

Kerusi DUN Bagan Pinang kosong berikutan kematian penyandangnya Azman Mohamad Noor, 54, daripada Barisan Nasional (BN) yang meninggal dunia pada 4 Sept lepas.

Beliau berkata PAS hanya menunggu pengumuman tarikh pilihan raya kecil tersebut daripada Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) sebelum mengumumkan nama calon yang terpilih.

SPR dijangka mengumumkan tarikh penamaan calon dan tarikh pengundian esok.

Mengenai peluang PAS, Abdul Hadi berkata peluang untuk PAS memenangi pilihan raya kecil tersebut adalah cerah berikutan momentum kemenangan yang semakin melonjak yang diperolehi parti itu sejak Pilihan Raya Umum 2008 lalu.

"Pada pilihan raya umum lalu kita hanya kalah dengan kirakira 2,000 undi sahaja dan berdasarkan momentum kemenangan yang diperolehi menerusi beberapa pilihan raya kecil, peluang untuk menang adalah cerah," katanya.

Pada pilihan raya umum lepas, calon PAS, Ramli Ismail memperolehi 4,097 manakala Azman memperolehi Azman 6,430 undi. BERNAMA

Tiger's Tmusic concert

Posted: 13 Sep 2009 06:46 AM PDT

As a Chinese illiterate, you tend to find Chinese songs generally emo because they generally sing very emotional songs that are related to love triangles, break-ups, long distance relationships, heartaches and stuff like that. And to make it more emo, the guys especially, tend to shuffle between their masculine & feminine voices.

Once I was in a cab and the cab driver was this Chinese guy who was singing to a very emo Cantonese break-up song he was blasting in his cab. If the solo didn't come on to take over the vocals, I wouldn't have been here to write this blog. Point is, they are so emo they can cause road accidents.

Anyway, this is my personal stand on Chinese music and you can chose to have your own views but i've kept my distance from Chinese music. The only time i hear em is when im at the karaoke with my colleagues and when im in Taiwanese or Hongki restaurants.

However, i made a leap of faith yesterday by attending the first Chinese concert in my life... i get more than aggitated listening to 1 Chinese track but yesterday, i attended 5 hours of such music. Well, because Tiger organizes really cool events so i thought id be there to check out the atmosphere and get a taste of an Asian concert.

Got there at about half pass 8 and the corner of the stadium that was catering for the concert was packed. PACKED & sweaty ... and loud.... especially with alot of young girls screaming to their idols & singing along with glass breaking high pitches.

I had a bad feeling about this but nevertheless, we made our way into the RM168 corner to our assigned seats.. which isnt VVIP but a pretty premium location relatively. We never quite got there and retreated. The young girls proved too vocally dangerous.

So we got up 2 levels and chose to settle here... where we could smoke, have our own space, have the breeze blowin in from the open space behind and move around however we like. Well, the area didnt look too pleasant but we thought much better than be sardined within a sea of young girls and get no ventilation.
The view was pretty aite from up here.

The concert took off with alot of soft shell boys singing to very high pitch songs. One of em looked like peter pan with the hat, brown hair and big round eyes.


There was also a Thai who sang a Thai, English & Mandarin track. Nothing special about his performance the the girls adored his looks.

Tiger beer also set up a mammoth tent right beside the stage. Dont quite know what it was hosting.. assumed that they had Tiger beer on sale.. but too big a risk to take as it would have meant a 1 KM walk from where we were stationed.

More and more emo tracks came on... this lady even had a Asian Sesame Street band dancing at the background.

The situation didnt quite improve until Power Station came on... or better known as Tong Li Huo Che.... For once, somebody took the stage with guitars, drums a keyboard and proper sound system. Despite some initial technical problems, they stormed the stage making music and brought life to the whole environment. Previously, it was all noise.


They also got short hair now and they look clean.. unlike who we knew them for

After 6 to 7 tracks, Power Station backed out from the stage to make way for other performers. Not only did they leave with all their equipments, they left with the power as well.

It was a blackout at Tmusic. The cabels that were lying on the stadium tracks went in flames and probably caught the attention of all concert attendees.

Everyone got restless, including this lady who took her paper to somewhere with lights.


The ground staff working hard to clear off the hazard.

The situation was tensed, people were deciding whether they should stay on or not, but i think 99% did as their idols were still backstage - mainly David Tao & Justin Lo.

The organizers also did their bit to keep the crowd entertained while they ferry in alternative power. It was quite lame but they brought out David Tao so he could sing the chorus of his popular "Ai hen jien dan" on the loud hailer. I didnt look very promising but they kept it goin


And signs of a revival came.


More and more lights came on.
And it was soon back to normal in time for Justin Lo & David Tao.

Well all in all, i did enjoy 3 - 4 tracks from Power Station, David Tao & Justin Lo... and even if i didnt quite enjoy the rest, i thought the blackout was quite and experience! ahha..
Anyway, thanks to Tiger beer for this concert

Era Najib Altantuya : MIC - Kesemuanya Orang Presiden

Posted: 13 Sep 2009 07:02 AM PDT

Setelah beberapa lama menanti, akhirnya keputusan jawatan timbalan presiden MIC telah diketahui umum.

Datuk G Palanivel berjaya mengekalkan jawatan beliau dengan menewaskan dua pencabarnya, Datuk S Subramanian dan Datuk S Sothinathan.

Beliau telah mendapat 629 undi manakala S Subramanian, 547 undi dan Datuk S Sothinathan sebanyak 280 undi.

Walau bagaimanapun, Palanivel hanya menang tipis iaitu dengan 82 undi.

Dalam pada itu, kemenangan beberapa lagi yang lain menyaksikan ianya calon pilihan Presiden MIC, Datuk S Sammy Vellu.

Tiga calon naib presiden yang disokong beliau dan terpilih ialah Menteri Sumber Manusia, Datuk Dr S Subramaniam mendapat undi tertinggi dengan 1,260 undi, manakala timbalan menteri di jabatan perdana menteri, Datuk SK Devamany di tempat kedua dengan 1,122 undi dan timbalan menteri Wilayah Persekutuan, Datuk M Saravanan, 1,030 undi.

Manakala senarai calon jawatankuasa kerja pusat (CWC) yang disokong Presiden Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu juga turut menang.

Sementara itu, Sothinathan berkata beliau menerima keputusan yang dibuat oleh 1,469 perwakilan yang mengundi. Subramaniam juga akur dengan keputusan perwakilan.

TV Antara mendapatkan reaksi daripada Ahli Parlimen Kapar, S Manikavasagam mengenai kemenangan besar barisan Sammy Vellu itu dan ini jawapan beliau.

" Saya rasa selepas kemenangan barisan Sammy Vellu, saya sudah dapat dua panggilan, dua cawangan akan bubar tidak lama lagi di Shah Alam. Saya rasa ramai lagi yang akan keluar daripada MIC" ujarnya.

Beliau ketika dihubungi pihak kami menambah, kejayaan yang diraih barisan Sammy Vellu bukan hanya membuatkan masyarakat India tidak berpuas hati malah mula tercari-cari apakah kelainan yang dimaksudkan akan dibawa dalam MIC.

Barisan pemimpin tetap sama dan tidak ada apa-apa pun yang berubah.

" Ini bukan era baru. Parti ini saya rasa akan tutup tidak lama lagi. Kerana ini bukan era baru atau, ini bukan MIC new branding. Tidak ada. Sama sahaja. Sama macam dulu. Saya rasa pemimpin yang lama, di mana Palanivel, kalau ada perubahan atau pertukaran, tapi tidak ada. Palanivel ada yang langsung tak boleh buat kerja" tambah beliau.

Dalam kenyataannya kepada kami, Manikavasagam menambah, MIC perlu memberikan peluang kepada generasi baru dan sudah sampai masanya untuk Sammy Vellu letak jawatan.

Sammy Vellu, 73 tahun menang besar semalam apabila barisan yang disenaraikannya berjaya meraih undi perwakilan.

Keputusan Rasmi Timbalan Presiden G Palanivel - 629 S Subramaniam - 547 S Sothinathan - 280 Naib Presiden Menang: Dr S Subramaniam - 1,260 SK Devamany - 1,122 M Saravanan - 1,030 Tewas: S Balakrishnan - 471 VKK Teagarajan - 220 P Subramaniam - 215 P Mariayee - 61 Jawatankuasa Kerja Pusat 1. KR Partiban 2. M Asojan 3. VS Mogan 4. RA Ragu Moorthi 5. S Murugesan 6. M Devandran 7. A Saktivel 8. Randhir Singh 9. Jaspal Singh 10. KRA Naidu 11. K Ganeson 12. S Ananthan 13. MM Samy 14. SP Manikavasagam 15. M Paanjamoorthy 16. AGaneson 17. VK Suppiah 18. S Ganesan 19. KP Samy 20. SS Rajagopal 21. N Ravisandaran 22. P Palaniappan 23. Madhu Marimuthu -TVA

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Nurul Izzah sings?

Posted: 13 Sep 2009 06:57 AM PDT

MP3: 1 MP, 3 Music. Enjoy…

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Jing Cai Zhi Ye - Persistency In Your Excellence

Posted: 13 Sep 2009 07:00 AM PDT

The much-awaited Jing Cai Zhi Ye was called to a glorious start in the evening of Sept. 12 at The Masland Methodist Church at 7:00 p.m. by the eloquent MCs.

Essentially Jing Cai Zhi Ye was a district-level fellowship night of MAF of Sibu East District. The gathering bore testimony to the wonderful love of our God. The turnout this time was simply overwhelming. God moved more brothers and sisters to congregate than we had asked for in our prayers.

"Be persistent in your upkeep of faith. Fight a good fight like Paul to win a crown of righteousness," DS Rev Wong Koi Foh called on the adult fellowshippers in his message.

Quoting 2 Timothy 4: 7-8, DS Rev Wong said that excellence is not just confined to this evening in your presentations. "It is a life-long race," he told the congregation.

The energetic adult fellowshippers staged marvellous shows to glorify God. They don't look like their ages - their versatility matches the junior groups. The stage shows last night gave a manifestation that they are still at their peak.

It was a smooth-running evening. There were some technical hiccups, but Terrence Tan and James Lau managed them well.

At 6:30 p.m., the sky turned cloudy and there was a light drizzle. It was worrisome for us. Praise Lord that towards 8:00 p.m., the sky was cleared for us to use Hoover Square (an open-space ground) for the light refreshments after gathering. God truly answered our prayers for a fine weather!

Jing Cai Zhi Ye touched me personally. We witnessed a very brotherly working relationship in organising the fellowship night. There was personal experience of the closeness of God in our serving together hand in hand.

See you in 2010!

Photos: Daniel

Era Najib Altantuya : RM1.35juta Agihan Terbaru Untuk Rampas Selangor (updated)

Posted: 13 Sep 2009 06:45 AM PDT

Peruntukan sebanyak RM1.35 juta yang akan diluluskan oleh Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak untuk diagihkan ke masjid dan surau serata Selangor menzahirkan perancangan Umno-BN merampas negeri itu dari Pakatan Rakyat.

Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Bangi, Dr. Shafie Abu Bakar (gambar) berkata beliau hairan mengapa pengagihan wang kerajaan Pusat ini diumumkan oleh Timbalan Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan Umno Selangor, Datuk Noh Omar seolah-olah wang Perbendaharaan Negara adalah milik Umno.

"Pada pendapat saya ini adalah rancangan politik terhadap negeri Selangor, kita memang sudah tahu pihak BN berura-ura hendak mengambil alih pemerintahan negeri Selangor dan sudah ada beberapa pendekatan yang dilakukan yang kita sedia maklum sebelum ini mahu dilakukan melalui tindakan yang berhubung dengan mahkamah kalau ada bukti tentang penyelewengan dan rasuah," katanya ketika dihubungi.

Kerajaan Pusat hari ini memperuntukkan RM1.35 juta bagi membantu kira-kira 370 masjid dan 2,000 surau di Selangor menjalankan aktiviti sempena bulan Ramadan dan Syawal.

Timbalan Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan Umno Selangor Datuk Noh Omar berkata bantuan RM1,000 bagi setiap masjid dan RM500 bagi surau itu disediakan setelah diluluskan oleh Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yang juga Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan Umno negeri itu.

Mengulas perkara ini, Dr Shafie berkata walaupun amalan derma dan membantu itu sesuatu yang dimuliakan di sisi agama, namun ianya harus ikhlas dan bukan dibuat bagi tujuan politik.

Shafie menambah sekiranya Umno-BN benar-benar ikhlas membantu, mengapa bantuan tersebut diumumkan menjelang Syawal.

"Kita persoalkan kalau pun hendak diberi bantuan masjid dan surau, seharusnya awal sebelum Ramdhan atau sekurang-kurangnya awal Ramadhan dan sekarang sudah pun sampai ke penghujung," katanya.

Walaubagaimanapun, cubaan demi cubaan untuk merampas Selangor dari tampuk pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat gagal ditawan oleh BN biarpun pelbagai usaha jahat telah mereka lakukan sejak akhir-akhir ini.

"Sebagaimana yang dilakukan terhadap Teoh Beng Hock dan beberapa exco, mereka cuba serbu untuk mendapat bukti tetapi ini nampaknya terencat oleh kerana kematian Teoh Beng Hock di dalam siasatan SPRM.

"Dan kita melihat penawaran wang lebih dari jumlah RM1.35 juta adalah lanjutan dari usaha untuk menguasai negeri Selangor secara kospirasi yang bersifat kewangan pula lah. Kita persoalkan ialah mengapa ini atas nama parti UMNO BN dan ini jelas memperlihatkan konspirasi politik yang jelas terhadap pengundi Selangor," katanya.

Mengulas lanjut, beliau mengatakan kerajaan Selangor sudah bertindak terlebih dahulu dengan mencerminkan keprihatinan terhadap rakyat di negeri ini dengan perancangan yang kemas dan teratur berbanding BN yang sentiasa membuat kejutan di saat-saat akhir seolah-olah membayangkan mereka sentiasa terdesak untuk meraih keyakinan rakyat semula.

"Sebenarnya kita juga telah memberi bantuan dari peringkat negeri di Adun-adun melalui JAIS dan sebagainya. Saya nampak lebih daripada serampang dua mata ialah selain daripada terhadap Selangor tetapi juga dengan pilihan raya kecil yang akan berlangsung di Bagan Pinang, Negeri Sembilan.

"Jadi ini juga adalah satu tawaran yang bersifat politik untuk menarik masyarakat dan pengundi-pengundi di Bagan Pinang, jadi ini adalah bersifat politiklah untuk menarik masyarakat pengundi-pengundi di Bagan Pinang," katanya.

Biarpun pelbagai taktik lapok itu digunakan oleh BN, beliau yakin politik di Selangor adalah mantap dan tidak akan terpengaruh dengan cubaan pihak BN yang bertalu-talu untuk menjatuhkan Selangor.

"Kita lihat dia cuba guna isu kuil baru ini yang jelas daripada orang-orang UMNO yang sepertimana 12 orang telah didakwa, jelas ertinya mereka eksploitasi isu ini.
"Saya fikir ini bukan terakhir siri percubaan mereka untuk menguasai Selangor dengan pelbagai taktik kotor dan rentetan itu kita perlu lebih berhati-hati terhadap usaha jahat mereka terhadap kita yang perlu kita pertahankan kekuatan dan kesepaduan kita berusaha untuk mengalahkan BN dalam pilihan raya kecil yang kita akan hadapi.

"Kalau kita dapat mengalahkan mereka ini adalah satu tamparan yang amat memalukan, paling tidak saya ingat kita perlu usaha untuk mengurangkan majoriti ditempat mereka supaya politik mereka akan menurun," katanya. -TVA

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Era Najib Altantuya : Penduduk Tg Tokong Kecewa Dengan Tindakan UDA Holdings Berhad

Posted: 13 Sep 2009 06:40 AM PDT

Penduduk Kampung Tanjong Tokong menyuarakan rasa tidak puas hati terhadap pemaju, UDA Holdings Berhad yang telah mengistiharkan rumah-rumah penduduk kampung sebagai setinggan.

Pengerusi Persatuan Penduduk Kampung Tanjong Tokong, Mohd Salleh Yahya berkata, persatuan penduduk kampung nekad untuk mendapatkan semula hak-hak sebagai pemilik tanah.

"Masalah yang belum selesai selama penglibatan UDA 35 tahun di kampung ini yang pertama pihak UDA tidak dapat menyempurnakan projek pembangunan semula Tanjung Tokong dalam jangka masa tiga dekad.

"Keduanya sepanjang penglibatan UDA di dalam kampung telah mengistiharkan dan mengklasifikasikan semua penempatan penduduk termasuk yang bernombor adalah penempatan setinggan," katanya.

Jelas Salleh, UDA yang merupakan salah satu agensi penempatan semula bagi kaum Melayu di bandar terutamanya Pulau Pinang tidak menjalankan tanggungjawab dengan baik apabila menghentikan projek pembangunan kampung selama hampir dua dekad bermula dari tahun 1990 sehingga 2008.

Beliau mengingatkan semua pihak bahawa pembangunan di perkampungan ini harus dibuat atas dasar sosial dan kemasyarakatan dan bukan keuntungan komersil semata-mata.

Ini kerana perkampungan ini dibangunkan menerusi peruntukan langsung dari kerajaan pusat dan bukannya menerusi UDA Holdings yang lebih menjurus ke arah komersial.

Salleh menjelaskan status setinggan yang diklasifikasikan oleh UDA itu telah menyebabkan penduduk di kawasan tersebut tidak mempunyai apa-apa hak lagi.

Walhal, kata Salleh, tanah yang seluas 54 ekar itu diperolehi atas nama pembangunan semula Tanjung Tokong.

Daripada 300 buah rumah, 270 daripadanya mempunyai nombor rumah sendiri manakala 30 buah rumah lagi tidak mempunyai nombor.

"Sebagai setinggan kami tidak mempunyai apa-apa hak lagi ke atas rumah yang kami duduki. Oleh itu, kami merayu kepada pemilik rumah bernombor untuk mempertahankan hak mereka dengan cara menjadikan Tanjung Tokong sebagai zon warisan Melayu di Pulau Pinang.

"Jadi kita merayu kepada menteri yang bertanggungjawab tentang UDA Holdings dapat membuat keputusan yang jelas tentang pembangunan kerana rekod 35 tahun pihak UDA tidak dapat menyelesaikannya, kampung ini terbiar dan bilangan yang tidak mempunyai rumah mencecah hampir 1000 kali kerana tidak ada penyelesaian masalah dan tidak ada projek sepanjang 20 tahun," katanya.

Kampung Tanjong Tokong telah wujud di Tanjung Tokong selama lebih daripada 200 tahun di Pulau Pinang sebelum kedatangan Francis Light.

Penduduk kampung tersebut pernah memohon bagi mendapatkan bantuan daripada Kerajaan Negeri dan Kerajaan Pusat untuk mendapat balik tanah ini daripada UDA Holdings.

Surat aduan telah dihantar berulang kali sejak tahun 2006 kepada Perdana Menteri pada waktu itu, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi tetapi tiada sebarang jawapan.

Bagi Salleh, projek segera bagi menyelesaikan masalah penduduk juga harus dibuat di kawasan baru dan bukannya di kampung asal iaitu Kampung Tanjong Tokong.

Beliau mendakwa UDA Holdings pernah berjanji dengan penduduk untuk memberikan surat pampasan sah dan mempamerkan pelan pembangunan keseluruhan Tanjung Tokong di pejabat cawangannya di Prima Tanjung.

"Tanpa sebarang perjanjian yang diikat antara pemaju dan penduduk, pihak UDA Holdings tidak mempunyai apa-apa ganti rugi dan pampasan sama ada berbentuk kewangan atau pun rumah ganti ke atas rumah-rumah penduduk.

"Persis seperti skandal tanah Kampung Buah Pala, tawaran yang dijanjikan kepada penduduk sememangnya lumayan tetapi tiada perjanjian secara hitam putih dibuat melalui kedua-dua pihak," katanya. -TVA

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K-pop star quits following controversial remarks

Posted: 13 Sep 2009 04:06 AM PDT

Korean-American singer Jay Park (or Jaebum) from 2PM has quit the Korean pop group, at least temporary, following public outrage of his MySpace remarks which was made in 2005…

Korean singer 2PM Jaebum controversial MySpace comment

"Korea is gay. I hate Koreans. I wanna come back… Korea is whack, but everyone thinks I'm like the illest rapper wen i suck nuts at rappin."

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Posted: 13 Sep 2009 03:56 AM PDT

HAD quite a hectic day on Saturday
But MU was playing Spurs
A must watch
Despite the fatigue
Was sleepy. Then Defoe scored at the first minute
What do you expect me to do
Well. I persevered
Giggs. Anderson (finally). And as usual, Rooney
3-1 to United
So what if Scholes got red card
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
What was in your mind :-))

Dennis Oh got The Class

Posted: 13 Sep 2009 02:07 AM PDT

Korean-American heartthrob Dennis Oh modelled for the Fall '09 collection of Korean fashion brand The Class [Kr]…

Korean-American actor model Dennis Oh for the class fashion

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Chae Yeon on Stuff magazine (Sept ‘09)

Posted: 13 Sep 2009 01:27 AM PDT

Korean singer Chae Yeon on September issue of Stuff [Kr] gadget magazine…

Korean singer Chae Yeon on Stuff magazine

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Posted: 13 Sep 2009 02:32 AM PDT

The change over of leadership of the Armed Forces recently had come as a surprise to most and to some, it was expected. I have to wait a while to understand why this sudden an 'abnormal' departure of the former Chief of Defence Force (CDF) Tan Sri Gen Abd Aziz Zainal who apparently left without the grandeur of the military parades, dinning out, farewell visits to formations as well as a call upon his foreign counterparts, especially those from within ASEAN.

I did seek an explanation from some serving officers and those retirees regarding the sudden departure of Gen Aziz Zainal, but many agreed that for whatever the reason, it was improper for the government to have allowed Gen Aziz Zainal to leave in such a haste. Never has there been an occasion where a CDF had left the military service in a manner that Gen Aziz Zainal did. The least would have been for the Armed Forces to honour him in a farewell parade that all outgoing CDF truly deserve.

I do not wish to speculate nor do I wish to say anything that will embarrass Gen Aziz Zainal. But I sense that there is something seriously wrong, and this will only allow serving officers and especially those retired senior military officers to come in defence of their kind, and to perceive that the government has not given due recognition, respect and honour to a retiring CDF. Certainly, I am one of those who have a similar perception.

I am told that Gen Aziz Zainal was to have retired in August 2007 at the age of 56 then, but upon his appointment as the CDF in February 2007, he was offered to serve for one year considered from his effective date of appointment as the CDF, that would expire end of January 2008. He was once again offered another year of service that expires end of January 2009, just short of approximately 6 months to his 58th birth date, that is now the new compulsory retiring age of all senior military officers. On completing his second extension at the end of January 2009, he was again offered to serve until his handing over on September 1, 2009. I am told too that he is now on 5 months resettlement leave until 31 January 2010. In all, Gen Aziz Zainal had served as the CDF for approximately 2 years and 6 months.

I am baffled as how the government, in particular the Ministry of Defence could announced Gen Aziz Zainal's handing over to the newly named CDF just within days after the Armed Forces Council sitting. My experience tells me that the Armed Forces Council decision on the appointment of the new CDF will require the prior sanction of His Majesty the King before an official announcement can be made, and this usually takes a bit of time.

Whatever the circumstances that led to a decision regarding the appointment of the new CDF, I deemed that the departure of Gen Aziz Zainal as abrupt and does not conform to the military norms that have been accorded to all previous CDFs. One must understand the status and standing of the CDF in the Armed Forces and our society, and it only leaves a bad taste to know the manner in which Gen Aziz Zainal had departed from the military service.

Let there not be a similar occurrence like this, and having served as a staff in the Armed Forces Personnel Division, it would not be wrong for me to say that the blame should be shouldered by that Division as well as the Ministry's Chief Secretary, who is also the Secretary to the Armed Forces Council.


Facemasks and thermometers given to schools in DUN Kampung Tunku

Posted: 13 Sep 2009 02:43 AM PDT

I have distributed more than 5000 facemasks to schools in Kampung Tunku state constituency in order to assist the schools in fighting Influenza A since one month ago. Besides that, 16 infrared forehead thermometers are also given to all schools in the area, with four given to each school.There are altogether four government schools and one Sekolah Agama Rakyat (private religious school) in my

najib altantuya: MIC delegates bury an Umno myth - nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar

Posted: 13 Sep 2009 02:58 AM PDT

Pakatan Rakyat's unity potion seeker finds more reason to be optimistic in the shards of another myth's destruction at the MIC polls.

Who is this Pakatan Rakyat's unity potion seeker? He is Zaid Ibrahim.

The Umno myth is 'Umno gets what Umno wants'. Zaid explained that much as Umno wanted it, it could not get the MIC to refresh its leadership ranks.

Zaid, in remarks to Malaysiakini, opined that the outcome of MIC elective assembly's endorsement of all candidates allied to its president S Samy Vellu, whom Umno wanted to usher quietly into retirement, dispeled the myth 'Umno gets what Umno wants'.

Yet another by-election roils the country's ethnic divisions

Posted: 13 Sep 2009 01:39 AM PDT

The sudden death of a state lawmaker in the Malaysian state of Negeri Sembilan last week appears likely to set the stage for the first real test of the opposition Pakatan Rakyat's political power since March 2008 general elections, at least partly because of rising ethnic Indian irritation over treatment by the Muslim majority in the country .

In seven of eight previous by-elections since the 2008 general election, the party that previously held the seat reclaimed it. However, the death last Thursday of Azman Mohd Noor, an UMNO lawmaker representing the Barisan Nasional, or national ruling coalition, appears to set up the real possibility that a seat could go to the opposition, analysts say.

Although it is a rural seat in a relatively obscure state legislature, the by-election, whose date has not yet been set, plays into a variety of disturbing national trends in the country, including rising ethnic Malay beliefs that their racial prerogatives are being usurped by other races and questions over the rising political power of the fundamentalist Parti Islam se-Malaysia, or PAS.

The 14,000-voter district is more than 20 percent ethnic Indian. Malaysia's Indians, who make up about 8 percent of the total population, are 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.

Speaking of the violent tone of the anti-temple potests, Mustafa K. Anuar, assistant secretary for the reform organization Aliran, said that "Malaysians of all ethnic and religious backgrounds certainly have no reasons to be overjoyed with the Merdeka celebration, especially when the authorities were warned by these unthinking rebel-rousers of violent, if not bloody, 'retribution' if the demands of the protesters were not hneeded and met. It is of paramount importance to remind ourselves that better ethnic and religious understanding and relations can only come about through mutual respect and tolerance and dialogue – never by losing our heads."

The virulence has put paid to months of attempts by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to woo back ethnic Indian voters to the Barisan National. Najib has been photographed making chapatis with his wife and ostentatiously visited the magnificent Batu Cave, which houses an ancient Hindu temple just north of Kuala Lumpur, during recent Hindu holidays.

Tensions between Chinese and Malays backing the United Malays National Organization, the dominant party in the Barisan Nasional ruling coalition, have been rising for months. But tensions have also been growing between Indians and Malays ever since authorities cracked down on a rally by the Hindu Relief Action Force, or HINDRAF, in 2007 and threw the rally's leaders in jail under the country's stiff Internal Security Act, which allows for indefinite detention without trial. Najib freed the activist pressure group's leaders and had been seen to be making progress in wooing back the Indian community.

Although the rural Negeri Sembilan district has always been a Barisan Nasional stronghold, analysts say the seat could go to the Pakatan Rakyat opposition. Although the Barisan retained power in the statehouse in the 2008 election, for the first time ever it lost its two-thirds majority, with its majority dropping to 21 lawmakers to 15 for the opposition in the Negreri Sembilan statehouse.

The Negeri Sembilan seat that came open last week with Azman's death, apparently from blood poisoning, went to UMNO by a majority of 6,430 votes to PAS's 4,097, a relatively healthy plurality of 2,333. About 10 percent of the district, near the coastal town of Port Dickson, are ethnic Chinese. But rising racial tensions across the country are expected to play a role as politicians on both sides use Islam as a bludgeon against the other.

The ruling national coalition has traditionally relied on the ethnic Indian population to vote solidly for continuity. However, rising Malay-Muslim sentiment has coalesced with Indian disillusion with its own Malaysian Indian Congress, the third major component of the Barisan Nasional, which cratered in the 2008 election over disgust with corruption within the party. The MIC has continued to be riven with factionalism as the party's longtime head, S. Samy Velu, has battled reformers.

The loss of a single seat in a relatively unimportant largely rural state shouldn't ordinarily shake Barisan power. But the Barisan has been reeling from a long string of defeats and from perceptions of a kind of end-of-era deterioration, with the coalition mired in corruption and stultified in paralysis. Its only win among the previous by-elections was for a Sarawak seat with an overwhelming Barisan plurality.*

Najib has acted decisively to attempt to turn around minority sentiment, nullifying some elements of the New Economic Policy, an affirmative action program designed to provide economic uplift to Malays, which form a 55 percent majority of the country but who have traditionally played an economic second fiddle to the Chinese. The program, however, has created a rent-seeking class of cronies who have become known as "Umnoputras," a play on bumiputras or sons of the soil. But Najib faces long-standing questions of personal corruption as well.

In addition to the problems with the Chinese and Indians voters, several UMNO divisions in the Negeri Sembilan state are said to be disillusioned with the chief minister, Mohamad Hasan, a non-politician who was appointed by the former prime minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. It remains to be seen whether the lack of enthusiasm for Mohamad will cause UMNO stalwarts to sit on their hands, and particularly whether it will drive Malay voters to the fundamentalist PAS, which will field the opposition candidate.

The opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition headed by Anwar Ibrahim has plenty of its own problems, with internal contradictions rising between the fundamentalist PAS, the Chinese-dominated Democratic Action Party and the moderate urban ethnic Malay Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Anwar's own party. PAS has begun to feel its oats outside its own rural stronghold in Terengganu, Kelantan and other northeastern states, demanding that ethnic Malays in urban areas surrounding Kuala Lumpur adopt a much more conservative lifestyle. As many as 60 young people were grabbed by religious police on the first night of Puasa, the Malaysian version of Ramadan.

*We originally called it an UMNO plurality. We apologize.

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