Thursday, September 10, 2009

[Highlight] The Inevitable Demise of Ketuanan Melayu

[Highlight] The Inevitable Demise of Ketuanan Melayu


The Inevitable Demise of Ketuanan Melayu

Posted: 10 Sep 2009 06:14 AM PDT

I copied this whole post from Eyes Wide Open in it's entirety, it would be a waste not to share this well articulated piece.

Sigh...times must be tough for all these Ketuanan Melayu UMNO (KeMaNo) types lately. What with the Indonesians openly rejecting and ridiculing Malaysia for stealing their batik la, folk songs la, dances la, etc.

This could be the final nail in the Ketuanan Melayu doctrine's coffin. I mean, how can they continue all this talk about the supremacy of the Malay race across the Nusantara (as defined by these KeMaNo-types) when the Nusantara taiko thinks you're a childish idiot and refuses to play with you?

I mean, just look at some of the articles being published in the Jakarta Post – one of Indonesia's most respected papers. It's really putting the UMNO regime and Malaysia in a terrible light among the international community!

Nothing seems to be going right for these KeMaNo types and their lackeys these days. I can't help but wonder whether all that is happening in the country is a Divine message to UMNO/BN. Something like the 10 plagues God sent to Pharaoh to teach him a lesson and compel him to free His people from captivity.

I mean, NINE bye-elections in 1.5 years since GE12? That's definitely a record in any country! And SIX of them because of death? Whoa...! Like I wrote in HartalMSM, 2 events coinciding is unusual, 3 events is freaky. Now this is SIX death events – it looks a lot less like coincidence and a lot more like coordination, don't it? Divine coordination, that is!

Anyway, back to the Ketuanan Melayu UMNO proponents.

Their fantasy had always been that the Nusantara was the seat of Malay hegemony until it was unceremoniously conquered by the Western forces, who then polluted the pure Malay racial demographic with immigrants from China and India. The sore point for such Ketuanan Melayu UMNO proponents like KijangMas and Jebat Must Die is that these immigrants are still maintaining some semblance of their racial identity in Malaysia – which is anathema to their idea of political hegemony via complete racial dominance.

As KijangMas of the wildly popular DemiNegara blog puts it:

Fundamentally, a member of the Bangsa Malaysia should speak the national language of the Federation, Bahasa Malaysia, fluently and as a primary language; be fully versed with adat-adat and tatasusila orang Melayu and other Bumiputras of the Federation; demonstrates respect and deference to Islam as the official religion of the Federation and exhibit traits and mannerisms acceptable to the Malays and other Bumiputras. Non-Malay members of this Bangsa Malaysia may speak in their own dialects in private and may practise their own cultures and religions in the private confines of their community. Also, Budaya Malaysia is based on the budaya of the Malays and other Bumiputras of the Federation – in their various representations.

That is, to be worthy to live in the Nusantara area (specifically Malaysia), you need to be either a pure Malay or a pseudo-Malay. No other option is "acceptable". According to the wisdom of KijangMas, this can be achieved by forced assimilation programmes, ala Indonesia and Thailand:

"Thailand is case in point. In the 1930s, ethnic-Chinese make up over 30% of then-Siam's population. They were vigorously assimilated under Field Marshal Phibun Songkhram's Thai Ratthaniyom (Thai Customs) Decree of 1938, where their ethnicity was abolished; anyone speaking Chinese in public would be smacked by a 10-ft bamboo stick by the Thai Culture Police; Chinese schools and newspapers were closed; chopsticks were banned; and the Chinese were compelled to adopt Thai names. Within one generation, the Chinese of Thailand was totally assimilated into Thai society"

This piece of "wisdom" so praised by the KeMaNo types is nothing but pure drivel! And sheer hypocrisy. Because in the same article where KijangMas praises Thailand's forced assimilation programme, he writes:

"...the old Malay kingdom of Patani, was overrun and annexed in 1902, and today three million Malays there simmer under Thai occupation. Kelantan extricated itself in the nick of time in 1909. Otherwise, KijangMas would be posting as ศรกนกกระจง from กรุงเทพมหานคร."

Oi! If KijangMas wants to praise the forced assimilation of minorities, at least be be consistent about it la. He should be also praising the forced assimilation of the Malay minority into Thailand and not be "simmering" about them being under Thai occupation!

KijangMas – what a bloody hypocrite!

But, I'm digressing even further. I don't want to write about the drivel emanating from the "eminent" KeMaNo blogs like DemiNegara and Jebat Must Die. This article is actually to highlight the imminent demise of the Ketuanan Melayu UMNO doctrine – and about time too!

Like I said – the Ketuanan Melayu UMNO concept is based on the fantasy of complete Malay hegemony in the Nusantara region. Their proponents strongly point to Thailand as the model (surprising, since Thailand is a country where Malays are a small minority.) These fellas also speak in awe of the INDONESIAN model where the Chinese are forced to assimilate into the local culture, forbidden to practise their culture, speak their language or even have Chinese names. And these Ketuanan Melayu types are yelping for the same to be done here in Malaysia.

Read the article here and you can see just how these KeMaNo types are dead set on heading back to the Dark Ages of race relations, hankering for Suharto-style suppression to be implemented in Malaysia.

But what they have NOT pointed out is that Indonesia had been reforming race relations since Abdurrahman Wahid was elected president in 1999. These reforms culminated in the enactment of Citizenship Law 12 of 2006 which abolished the distinction between pribumi (or bumiputra in Malaysia's context) and non-pribumis, only recognising citizens and non-citizens. This signalled the liberation of the Indonesian Chinese from Suharto's race-based political hegemony.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono went even further when he attended the 'United National Indonesian Imlek (Chinese New Year)' celebrations at the Jakarta Fairground in 2007, thus officially recognising the rights of Indonesian Chinese's freedom to celebrate their own culture. The rest of the world looked on in pride and appreciation of Indonesia's step forward after a decade of sometimes deadly political/racial strife.

But apparently not these KeMaNo types. Because EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE MALAYSIAN MSM ignored these giant strides in race relations being made in Indonesia. Such news was hardly featured in our local press – if at all.

Why?

Because our KeMaNo types here are still hankering for Suharto-style absolute political hegemony defined by race/religion! What do you think all these cow-head protests and other such chest-thumping antics are about?

But with Indonesia's incessant attacks on Malaysia lately, all these fantasies by the KeMaNo types are slowly but surely being flushed down the drain, whether they like to believe it or not.

How to justify Ketuanan Melayu modeled after Indonesia, when Indonesia is condemning Malaysia as backward and immature and uncultured? How to justify Ketuanan Melayu as a birthright of the Nusantara pribumi when the Nusantara taiko refuses to play ball with Malaysia? How to sell the idea of Ketuanan Melayu when the original Melayu homeland is liberalising itself for the better?

But the writing on the wall, which was so clear for the world to see, has finally filtered through the thick skulls of these KeMaNo types. They are slowly awakening to the fact that the Ketuanan Melayu doctrine is popular to no one but themselves – there is NO fabled Nusantara-wide support. The KeMaNo types are alone in their fantasyland.

But yet, they still refuse to let it go as we can see from the MSM's (belated) response to the massive Indonesian government, media and online onslaught on Malaysia. But the defensive response so far is a case of too little, too late.

Utusan tried some lame spin to counter the damage and salvage some face. But the rest of the mainstream media are surprisingly quiet amidst the international campaigning against Malaysia. But of course la. Ketuanan Melayu is the clarion call of Utusan. The readership of the other papers are a bit too sane for this kinds of thing.

And just who is Utusan trying to convince with these 2 articles? Local Malays? That is so typical of the big-talking, small-minded, juara kampong mentality of these KeMaNo types. They just can't see beyond the walls of their tiny little tempurung, can they?!

Hello! The damage to Malaysia is being inflicted on the world stage la! The whole world is reading Indonesia's media spins and laughing at Malaysia. And all these KeMaNo types can think of is a couple of lame articles in Utusan for our own local consumption trying to spin that this is "perbuatan segelintir puak ekstrem"?

Ehh...brudder, that line ah, is so overused that even in Malaysia also cannot pakai already la. It may be good enough to fool the limited mental faculties of the KeMaNo types, but this is the world stage we're talking about. You're gonna have to do much better than THAT!

OK la, say these Utusan articles are lucky enough to be picked up by the world media. Is the world community going to believe the lame bleatings of a paper that publishes chest-thumping articles that so blatantly attempts to divide the races in the country? A paper owned by the party that pushes the Ketuanan Melayu doctrine to justify absolute political hegemony?

UMNO's credibility is already irreparably damaged both locally and internationally for its corruption and dangerous political shenanigans. Who's going to believe anything coming out of their spin factories?

That's a double whammy, isn't it?

And what of Malaysia being disowned by the enlightened Nusantara Malay motherland herself?

Those KeMaNo types who are still desperately trying to hang on to the doctrine of Ketuanan Melayu had better come out from under their tempurungs and learn to understand that it is a big, big world out there beyond the comfortable, gold-plated Ketuanan Melayu gates of UMNO. And they had better learn how to deal with it and thrive in it, or else.

Otherwise UMNO will be just another have-been footnote in history.

But while UMNO may yet survive if it manages to reform itself, one thing for sure is that the whole concept of Ketuanan Melayu UMNO is thankfully on the demise.

Because the bratty little boy with the big voice is now all alone in the field because the rest of the children don't want to have anything to do with him.


Pigeon Faster Than Broadband - bbc online

Posted: 10 Sep 2009 07:09 AM PDT

SA pigeon 'faster than broadband'

Winston the pigeon
Winston the pigeon was allowed no "performance-enhancing seeds"

Broadband promised to unite the world with super-fast data delivery - but in South Africa it seems the web is still no faster than a humble pigeon.

A Durban IT company pitted an 11-month-old bird armed with a 4GB memory stick against the ADSL service from the country's biggest web firm, Telkom.

Winston the pigeon took two hours to carry the data 60 miles - in the same time the ADSL had sent 4% of the data.

Telkom said it was not responsible for the firm's slow internet speeds.

The idea for the race came when a member of staff at Unlimited IT complained about the speed of data transmission on ADSL.

He said it would be faster by carrier pigeon.

"We renown ourselves on being innovative, so we decided to test that statement," Unlimited's Kevin Rolfe told the Beeld newspaper.

'No cats allowed'

Winston took off from Unlimited IT's call centre in the town of Howick to deliver the memory stick to the firm's office in Durban.

According to Winston's website there were strict rules in place to ensure he had no unfair advantage.

Kevin Rolfe with Winston
Winston is over the moon
Kevin Rolfe

They included "no cats allowed" and "birdseed must not have any performance-enhancing seeds within".

The firm said Winston took one hour and eight minutes to fly between the offices, and the data took another hour to upload on to their system.

Mr Rolfe said the ADSL transmission of the same data size was about 4% complete in the same time.

Hundreds of South Africans followed the race on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.

"Winston is over the moon," Mr Rolfe said.

"He is happy to be back at the office and is now just chilling with his friends."

Meanwhile Telkom said it could not be blamed for slow broadband services at the Durban-based company.

"Several recommendations have, in the past, been made to the customer but none of these have, to date, been accepted," Telkom's Troy Hector told South Africa's Sapa news agency in an e-mail.

South Africa is one of the countries hoping to benefit from three new fibre optic cables being laid around the African continent to improve internet connections.

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najb altantuya: Mystery date keeps everyone puzzled - nizar nizar nizar

Posted: 10 Sep 2009 07:55 AM PDT

Kuala Selangor district officers could not give direct answers as to why they have approved RM500,000 in allocation for the Ijok constituency.

The mystery date here is Feb 12, 2008 - a day before the dissolution of the state assembly in the wake of last year's general election.

Well, isn't it always a 'mystery' when it comes to Umno-led BN?

'Mystery' death of Altantuya and Teoh Beng Hock.

'Mystery' cow head that came out of nowhere.

'Mystery' can only be solved by dissolving Umno-led BN in the next general election!


najib altantuya: Torture allegations untrue - nizar nizar teoh beng hock

Posted: 10 Sep 2009 06:56 AM PDT

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today refuted allegations that its officers resorted to torture tactics when conducting investigations.

As such, it wanted the police to conduct an investigation into all reports claiming torture by MACC officers and take action against those who had made false reports.

It said in a statement that these people would have lodged the reports with the intention to tarnish the MACC's image and undermine the investigation against them.

If the allegations are true, will MACC admit? Of course not lah.
Today, chatted with a user while at work in client's office. The user said she would rather be an ordinary person and not be involved in politics. Why? In her own words, 'Nanti kena tolak jatuh mati dari bangunan.' Obviously, you know, I know WHO she was talking about, right?


Steamed Custard-Milk Dumplings

Posted: 10 Sep 2009 05:55 AM PDT




Steamed custard-milk dumplings are luscious and enticing.
I first tried them out at Mitsu Tea House. From there Yian got the idea and she decided to home-make the dumplings.
Yian's own recipe of custard-milk dumplings turned out to be surprisingly good.


Era Najib Altantuya : PKR Setuju PAS Bertanding Di Bagan Pinang

Posted: 10 Sep 2009 04:32 AM PDT

Kesepakatan antara parti komponen Pakatan Rakyat dilihat semakin utuh apabila Majlis Pimpinan Keadilan Negeri Sembilan secara sebulat suara menyatakan persetujuan supaya calon Pas bertanding dalam Pilihan Raya Kecil N31 Bagan Pinang.

Ketua Penerangan Parti Keadilan Rakyat Negeri Sembilan, Ibrahim Yusof berkata pendirian berkenaan dibuat setelah Majlis Pimpinan berkenaan mengadakan satu mesyuarat khas bersama lapan cabangnya.

"Pendirian jelas mengikut status quo yang lama pada PRU Mac 2008. Kita berpegang pada pembahagian kerusi dan kebetulan ia adalah kerusi Pas maka kita bersetuju Pas bertanding di situ.

"Di peringkat perhubungan negeri kita secara konsisten bersetuju calon Pakatan Rakyat daripada Pas. Perbincangan dibuat di semua lapan cabang dan memuutuskan secara sebulat suara," katanya.

Menurutnya keputusan berkenaan akan diserahkan kepada pimpinan PKR pusat bagi membolehkan kepimpinan berkenaan membuat sebarang keputusan.

Ibrahim berkata, pihaknya yakin Pakatan Rakyat akan berjaya menawan kerusi DUN N31 memandangkan gelombang kebangkitan rakyat yang masih belum reda.

"Peluang tetap ada kerana gelombang kebangkitan rakyat masih belum reda, rakyat masih dahagakan perubahan dan mahukan pembaharuan. Keduannya kalau mengambil kira PRU Mac 2008 ada beberapa kawasan yang sebenarnya ramai tidak keluar mengundi dan kita yakin kali ini mereka akan keluar mengundi.

"Dan mungkin juga pada waktu itu ada mesej-mesej tidak sampai pada peringkat pengundi. Oleh itu kita cukup berkeyakinan dalam PRU kali ini kita akan berjaya dengan sokongan semua jentera," katanya.

Kerusi DUN Bagan Pinang kosong berikutan kematian penyandangnya, Azman Mohammad Noor pada Jumaat lalu akibat jangkitan dalam darah.

Sementara itu Naib Presiden Pas Mahfuz Omar berkata, pimpinan Pas menyambut baik keputusan berkenaan sekaligus memperlihatkan perpaduan dalam Pakatan Rakyat untuk merampas kerusi DUN berkenaan.

Menurutnya keputusan berkenaan dengan jelas mengekalkan status quo pada PRU 12 yang lalu.

"Saya menyambut baik keputusan Pakatan Rakyat Negeri Sembilan khusunya rakan komponen daripada Parti Keadilan Rakyat dan DAP yang menunjukan kesepaatan dan persefahaman amat baik terjalin antara parti komponen Pakatan Rakyat Negeri Sembilan.

"Saya yakin keputusan itu menggambarkan bagaimana hasrat Pakatan Rakyat Negeri Sembilan untuk melihat Barisan Nasional akan dikalahkan. Saya yakin bahawa Pakatan Rakyat Negeri Sembilan akan menterjemahkan dalam bentuk pelaksanaan gerak kerja yang bermula dari sekarang bagi pastikan kemenangan calon Pas yang mewakili Pakatan Rakyat," katanya. -TVA



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Era Najib Altantuya : Mahkamah Tinggi Tolak Semakan SPRM (updated)

Posted: 10 Sep 2009 04:07 AM PDT

Mahkamah Tinggi Petaling Jaya hari ini menolak permohonan yang dikemukakan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) untuk menyemak keputusan koroner inkues kematian Teoh Beng Hock berhubung kebenaran memanggil saksi bagi mendedahkan dakwaan penderaan pegawai suruhanjaya itu.

Semalam, Koroner Azmil Munthapa Abas membenarkan, Sivanesan sebagai saksi kepada Gobind Singh Deo yang mendakwa didera ketika disoalsiasat oleh SPRM.

Ini kerana saksi penderaan tersebut adalah releven untuk memberikan keterangan dalam inkues menyiasat punca kematian Setiausaha Politik Exco Selangor, Teoh Beng Hock.

Pesuruhjaya Kehakiman, Datin Yeoh Wee Siam, berkata: "Tidak ada apa-apa yang tidak sah, tidak betul dan tidak wajar pada perintah koroner membenarkan saksi ke-20 memberikan keterangannya,".

Beliau turut menolak permohonan peguam SPRM yang ingin mendapatkan perintah menangguhkan inkues, sementara menunggu rayuan terhadap semakan itu di Mahkamah Rayuan.

Di luar mahkamah, Peguam wakil keluarga Teoh, Gobind Singh Deo berkata. tuduhan SPRM atas tindakan memanggil saksi penderaan untuk menjatuhkan imej mereka, adalah tidak benar.

"Tuan koroner telah membuat sebuah keputusan yang adil selepas mendengar semua keterangan saksi-saksi dalam inkues, apa yang dinyatakan oleh MACC bahawa tindakan kita berniat jahat untuk menjatuhkan imej MACC itu tidak benar," kata Gobind.

Sementara itu, Peguam wakil Kerajaan Selangor, Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, berkata, tindakan hakim adalah adil dalam membuat keputusan dan mengambil kira hujah dari semua pihak serta memahami tugas korener untuk membuat keputusan dalam situasi yang sukar.

"The most important, this is the fact that she allowed all the parties to be given an opportunity to be heart and she took control of the prosiding and I think what also important to be note here is that the judge recognized the needs for coroner to have sufficient latitude in order to do what the coroner needs to do in an already difficult situation," katanya.

Teoh, 30 tahun, setiausaha politik kepada Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Pembangunan Kampung Baru dan Penyelesaian Kilang Haram Selangor, Ean Yong Hian Wah ditemui mati di tingkat lima Plaza Masalam 16 Julai lalu.

Teoh dipanggil memberi keterangan sebagai saksi siasatan dakwaan salah guna peruntukan Adun di tingkat 14, Pejabat SPRM Selangor di bangunan itu.

Prosiding inkues Teoh bersambung di Mahkamah Majistret Shah Alam, jam 9 pagi esok.




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Era Najib Altantuya : RM2.5 Juta Lesap Tak Sampai 2 Bulan - SELCAT

Posted: 10 Sep 2009 03:59 AM PDT

Sejumlah hampir 2.5 juta ringgit habis dibelanjakan dalam tempoh dua bulan oleh lima Adun Barisan Nasional, sebelum menjelang pilihan raya umum, Mac tahun lalu.

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pilihan Khas Mengenai Keupayaan, Kebertanggungjawaban dan Ketelusan (Selcat), Teng Chang Kim berkata peruntukan itu sepatutnya digunakan oleh Adun Adun untuk tempoh 12 bulan.

Teng menyifatkan kelulusan peruntukan oleh Pejabat Daerah adalah satu kecuaian kerana tidak melakukan sebarang pemantauan terhadap peruntukan wang yang telah diamanahkan.

"Ada kecuaian pada pihak pejabat daerah untuk meluluskan permohonan untuk projek kecil ini, kerana tidak berdasarkan laporan daripan pihak juruteknik.

"Beban tugas adalah soal lain, kalau tak pantau tak pantau lah, kenapa tak pantau, itu sebab soal lain, memang ada kecuaian dalam perkara ini kerana pada masa itu dan kelulusan telah diberikan kepada projek peruntukan diluluskan tanpa mengikut peraturan dan prosedur yang ditetapkan," katanya.

Selcat hari ini memanggil Pegawai Daerah Kuala Selangor, Mohd Misri Idris untuk memberi keterangan pada sesi pendengaran awam berhubung isu peruntukan 5 DUN Barisan Nasional sejak dari Januari hingga Mac 2008.

Lima Dun tersebut adalah Ijok, Bukit Melawati, Jeram, Permatang dan Sungai Burong.
Teng berasa musykil apabila pejabat daerah meluluskan 24 permohonan bertarikh 11 Februari dan mengeluarkan baucer pada keesokannya, iaitu sehari sebelum pembubaran Parlimen.

Di samping itu, terdapat beberapa baucer yang turut diluluskan selepas pembubaran.
Bercakap pada sidang media selepas sesi pendengaran ditangguhkan, Teng menjelaskan, peruntukan yang dihabiskan dalam tempoh tiga bulan itu tidak munasabah dan ia juga didapati digunakan sebagai dana untuk berkempen.

"Peruntukan Dewan dun adalah untuk pembangunan sepanjang tahun, yang telah pun diluludkan oleh dewan negeri, bukannya dimaksudkan untuk menjadi dana kempen pilihanraya, jadi tidak kira samada tahun itu terdapat pilihanraya atau tidak sewajarnya peruntukan itu hendaklah teratur mengikut jadual yang ditetapkan, diagihkan kepada 12 bulan tersebut, dan tidak disalahgunakan sebagai dana kempen," katanya.

Turut dipanggil memberi keterangan hari ini ialah Penolong Pegawai Daerah, Idzahar Rasidi, Ketua Pembantu Tadbir, Ibrahim Ahmad dan dua Pembantu Tadbir Kewangan, iaitu Norafzahti dan Nordiana.

Teng bagaimanapun berpuashati terhadap perjalanan pendengaran awam hari ini apabila pihak yang dipanggil, memberi kerjasama sepenuhnya.

"Ini adalah sikap yang kami perlukan daripada pegawai daerah dan pegawai-pegawai berkenaan yang terlibat secara langsung dalam menguruskan permohonan peruntukan adun dalam kawasan masing-masing…Mempunyai gambaran yang jelas bagaimana keadaan pejabat daerah menjelang pilihanraya dimana mereka dikehendaki mengendalikan permohonan peruntukan yang begitu banyak luar biasa menjelang pilihanraya," katanya.

Sesi pendengaran awam ini bersambung esok.


Dead Butterflies

Posted: 10 Sep 2009 04:04 AM PDT

They flew for days..

and now they're dead


Era Najib Altantuya : Siasat Tindakan Kasar Polis Atau Hadapi Tindakan Mahkamah - Keshvinder (updated)

Posted: 10 Sep 2009 03:46 AM PDT

Adun Malim Nawar Keshvinder Singh membuat laporan polis terhadap apa yang beliau dakwa tindakan kasar polis terhadap beliau pada 2 September lalu sehingga beliau terpaksa menerima rawatan di Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun.

Keshvinder berkata laporan dibuat supaya siasatan dijalankan terhadap kejadian berkenaan. Dan jika polis gagal menyiasat kata Keshvinder pihaknya akan mengemukakan saman terhadap Pasukan Poilis DiRaja Malaysia .

Keshvinder kini cuti sakit dan masih trauma dengan kekasaran yang dilakukan polis terhadapnya.

Dalam keghairahan polis menghalang sidang DUN Perak 2 September lalu, Keshvinder cedera dikepala yang memerlukan rawatan kecemasan. Ketika itu beliau cuba melindungi Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin .

Keshvinder yang ditahan polis dikatakan dicampak ala aksi gusti ke atas jalanraya sehingga kepalanya terhantuk menyebabkan tengkoraknya retak.

Beliau juga mendakwa kepalanya ditekan dengan kaki sementara perutnya ditendang-tendang. Beliau tergapai kesesakan nafas apabila polis menjerut lehernya dengan tali leher.

"Saya akan ke Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Ipoh untuk membuat laporan polis terhadap Polis diraja Malaysia, Ketua Polis Negara, Ketua Polis Perak dan kerajaan Malaysia bagi semua kecederaan dan kerugian yang saya alami seminggu lalu termasuk ganti rugi pendapatan sebagai peguam kerana gagal menghadiri kes-kes mahkamah, untuk kesakitan dan penderitaan dan untuk kerugian lain yang saya alami," katanya.

Menurutnya, sebagai seorang peguam beliau berhak mandapatkan maklum balas daripada polis dalam tempoh terdekat sama ada siasatan telah dijalankan atau tidak.

Katanya, kekecohan 2 September lalu berlaku disebabkan provokasi melampau yang dicetuskan polis terhadap ADUN Pakatan Rakyat.

Keshvinder berkata perintah mahkamah jelas menyatakan mereka boleh berada pada jarak 30 meter dari Bangunan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri tanpa sebarang halangan polis.

Menurutnya mereka bergerak dari Wisma DAP ke arah Bangunan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri untuk menjalankan kewajipan mereka sebagai ADUN.

Katanya semua adun Pakatan Rakyat berjalan dengan aman tetapi sengaja dihalang oleh polis sehingga mencetuskan ketegangan yang menyebabkan berlakunya kekasaran.

Sehubungan itu, beliau mahu siasatan dijalankan segera.

"Kebiasaannya selepas membuat laporan polis saya membuat notis tuntutan memberi mereka tempoh masa 14 hari untuk menjalankan siasatan dan sekiranya gagal saya akan ke mahkamah," katanya.

Beliau turut menyatakan kekecewaannya terhadap Barisan Nasional yang menggunakan pelbagai cara untuk menghalang Pakatan Rakyat menjalankan tanggungjawab seperti yang termaktub dalam Perlembagaan negara. -TVA



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Era Najib Altantuya : Reputasi Apa Yang SPRM Ada? (updated)

Posted: 10 Sep 2009 03:30 AM PDT

Jika semalam rakyat 1Malaysia cuba diperbodohkan oleh tindakan lima pegawai Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM), termasuk Mohd Ashraf Mohd Yunus yang merupakan seorang saksi di dalam inkues bagi menyiasat punca kematian Teoh Beng Hock membuat laporan polis di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Shah Alam, hari ini SPRM menafikan dakwaan mana-mana pihak yang menuduh para pegawainya melakukan penderaan ketika melakukan siasatan.

Sehubungan itu SPRM meminta pihak polis supaya membuat siasatan secara bebas dan terperinci terhadap semua laporan yang mendakwa para pegawainya melakukan penderaan ketika menyiasat dan mengambil tindakan terhadap mereka yang membuat laporan terhadap SPRM, sekiranya laporan itu didapati tidak benar dan palsu.

Semalam, Pengarah SPRM Selangor Jaafar Mahad memberitahu para wartawan di luar Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah bahawa kelima-lima pegawainya itu membuat laporan polis pada pukul 4.30 petang tadi bagi menafikan para pegawainya menggunakan kekerasan semasa menyoal siasat suspek.

"Kita menafikan kita ada mendera suspek, kenyataan yang dibuat di dalam inkues adalah berniat jahat dan ingin menjatuhkan reputasi SPRM," katanya yang mengiringi para pegawainya membuat laporan polis itu bagi memberikan sokongan moral kepada mereka.

T Sivanesan seorang saksi yang dikemukakan oleh peguam keluarga Teoh, Gobind Singh Deo hari ini memberi keterangan pada inkues yang berjalan hari ini dan mendakwa beliau pernah didera oleh SPRM semasa disoal siasat.

Persoalan kini, reputasi apa yang SPRM ada ketika ini? Tiada siapa yang ingin menjatuhkan maruah SPRM tetapi SPRM yang sudah memang tidak bermaruah akibat dari kenyataan dan tindakan pegawai-pengawainya termasuklah Ketua Pesuruhjayanya sendiri Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan.

Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon baru saja meminta Ahmad Said Hamdan dan pegawai-pegawai kanannya mengelak dari mengeluarkan kenyataan yang boleh menjejas siasatan kematian Teoh Beng Hock.

Koh berkata adalah tidak wajar bagi mereka mengeluarkan komen terhadap sebarang kes yang sedang disiasat.

"Mereka hendaklah lebih sensitif terhadap perasaan keluarga Teoh yang kehilangan orang yang disayangi, tidak kira sebab kematiannya yang menjadi topik siasatan," kata Koh dalam satu kenyataan.

Koh memberikan respons terhadap kenyataan Ahmad Said bahawa Suruhanjaya Bebas Anti Rasuah Hong Kong mempunyai beberapa kes suspek membunuh diri.

"Walaupun ini mungkin kenyataan fakta berkaitan ICAC, komen terbuka oleh ketua MACC pada ketika siasatan sedang berjalan boleh dianggap cuba mengandaikan bahawa bunuh diri mungkin menjadi sebab kematian Teoh, sedangkan siasatan belum mencapai keputusan konklusif," kata beliau.

Beliau berkata orang ramai mengharapkan hasil konkrit oleh MACC dalam memerangi rasuah, satu daripada enam bidang pencapaian utama nasional yang diumumkan Perdana Menteri.

Koh, yang bertanggungjawab menangani soal perpaduan nasional dan prestasi, adalah juga pengerusi Unit Pengurusan Prestasi dan Pencapai (Pemandu) di Jabatan Perdana menteri.

Koh berkata pegawai-pegawai MACC boleh menjelaskan kepada orang ramai mengenai dasar, perkara prosedur dan perangkaan kes yang disiasat.

"MACC mesti bebas dan dilihat bersifat demikian, dalam pengendalian sebarang kes,' ujar Koh.

Teoh, seorang pembantu politik kepada anggota exco Selangor, Ean Yong Hian Wah, ditemui mati di tingkat lima Plaza Masalam di Shah Alam pada 16 Julai selepas beliau disoalsiasat oleh MACC di bangunan yang sama

Rakyat melihat tindakan pegawai-pegawai SPRM yang mebuat laporan polis kononnya mereka tidak menggunakan kekerasn di dalam soalsiasat saksi-saksi adalah katun semata-mata dan mereka cuba untuk menyembunyikan diri dari kenyataan sebenar bahawa merekalah yang bertanggungjawab di atas kematian Teoh Beng Hock.

Semakin mereka cuba untuk menipu dan menutup konspirasi itu, rakyat menjadi semakin curiga dan kebenaran akan semakin terdedah apabila lebih ramai saksi yang tampil nanti membuat pengakuan dan pendedahan.

Langkah yang diambil oleh pegawai-pegawai berkenaan adalah laksana meludah ke langit dan kahaknya tidak akan menimpa orang lain kecuali diri mereka sendiri.


Dan katakanlah : Telah datang yang haq (kebenaran) dan telah lenyap yang batil atau yang palsu. Sesungguhnya yang batil itu pasti lenyap. (Al Israa' 81)


A Clever, Conveniently Contradictory and Convoluted Judgment By Martin Jalleh

Posted: 10 Sep 2009 02:01 AM PDT

The perversion of justice in Bolehland continues to persist with the judiciary playing politics to please and pander to the will of the powers that be. The Perak constitutional crisis has revealed a judiciary, the chief guardian of the Constitution, willing to compromise justice by ignoring the Federal Constitution and interfering in the proceedings of a state assembly.

The judiciary descends into abysmal depths as it blatantly disregards constitutional provisions and treats the doctrine of separation of powers with deference,. It continues to deliver, in cases related to the Perak constitutional crisis, what former and retired Court of Appeal judge N H Chan describes as "bad" and "perverse" judgments.

Sivakumar dragged out


Even when the judiciary chooses to interpret the Federal Constitution correctly, it does so when it is politically expedient and best suits the BN (also read as Umno). There is no better example of this "selective application" than the recent Ipoh High Court ruling that it had no jurisdiction to hear the proceedings of the Perak legislative assembly.

Striking out a civil suit by Perak Pakatan Rakyat legislative assembly speaker V Sivakumar against BN speaker R Ganesan, Ipoh High Court Judge Azahar Mohamed ruled that the court could not interfere with what had been decided by the Perak assemblymen at their sitting on May 7 in accordance with Article 72 (1) of the Federal Constitution.

He said any matter arising with regard to the dismissal or appointment of the speaker at the assembly sitting should be examined, discussed and resolved in the assembly and not in court. Alas, if only his colleagues in the Ipoh High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court who made decisions contrary to this, were as equally enlightened.

Just after declaring that the court "has no jurisdiction on the validity of the assembly proceedings and only the legislative assembly can decide on the legality of the two speakers", Justice Azahar added that "the decision of the legislative assembly on May 7, 2009 to remove the plaintiff as speaker and to appoint the defendant was conclusive and had been fairly determined by the state assembly on May 7, 2009"!

The judge conveniently contradicted himself. What was on the surface a bold ruling (a brave departure from the erroneous decisions of his colleagues) was in reality convoluted bias – a conclusion most unfair to Speaker Sivakumar. Azahar was making a legal judgment. He was interfering in the legislative proceedings by inferring that Ganesan was the rightful speaker. The judge was guilty of breaching Article 72!

Confusing Contradiction

The judge's portrayed bold front followed by his blatant and befuddling contradiction left Speaker Sivakumar bewildered: "I had filed the two court cases against Zambry and his six executive councillors, and another against the three frogs (independent assemblypersons who left Pakatan to support BN which saw the collapse of the Pakatan state government in February this year).

"On both occasions, I had cited Article 72 of the Federal constitution to argue my case to which their defence lawyers had objected, and the courts ruled in their favour. Now the same article is used against me and the court has recognised the immunity of assembly proceedings from court jurisdiction. I'm very confused by the court's decision" (Malaysiakini).

Indeed, one is forced to ask how is it possible that in One Malaysia one consistent interpretation of the law by the judiciary is sorely lacking or even non-existent! Is whimsical interpretation of the law part of the "judicial renaissance" that the Chief Justice is preaching about and supposedly pushing for?

Well-known and respected Malaysiakini columnist Kim Quek offers an interesting perspective to the judicial circus of the Ipoh High Court. He says that "(a)part from this atrocious double standard applied by the judge, the main flaw of the judgment is the inability to differentiate between assembly proceeding and criminal behaviour."

"What Sivakumar is seeking is redress for the unlawful physical violence inflicted on him. And Article 72 covers only businesses conducted in the assembly - not unlawful and criminal act."

Kim Quek rightly concludes that from the operative words "proceedings" in Clause 1 (of the Article) and "anything said or any vote given" in Clause 2, it is abundantly clear what Article 72 refers to are the speeches and resolutions made in the assembly, not any criminal or unlawful act.

"But what happened on May 7 was complete pandemonium and chaos in the assembly hall. There was no chance to conduct any business at all, least of all any resolution passed. In fact, the only business done on that day was the address by the Perak Regent Raja Nazrin Shah…Judge Azahar has therefore wrongly used Article 72 to come to his judgment."

It is very evident that Justice Azahar had made use of Article 72 to strike out Sivakumar's suit and as justification to declare Ganeson the rightful Speaker. If the judge was truly convinced and committed to the adherence of Article 72 he would not have legitimized the position of Ganesan – for the manner by which the latter was installed Speaker was a clear violation of the doctrine of separation of power.

A horde of policemen had trespassed into the State Assembly. They had forcibly dragged out Speaker Sivakumar, an officer of the legislature, and detained him against his will. They replaced him with Ganeson who was smuggled into the Perak State Assembly by the illegitimate MB Zambry and facilitated by the police. As an Umno leader would later comment in great disgust: "It was high-handedness at its foulest".

Judges like Azahar Mohamed have allowed their courts (supposed portals of justice) to be turned into a playground of political expediency and the perversion of the rule of law. The judicial circus continues and Chief Justice Zaki Tun Azmi appears to be cheering them on!

Martin Jalleh
(09 Sept 2009)


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Indonesia’s ‘Patriotic Ninjas’ are a Joke on the Indonesian People themselves

Posted: 10 Sep 2009 01:36 AM PDT


By Farish A. Noor

If you believe what you read in the news, then you will know by now that Malaysia is about to be invaded by an army of Indonesian Ninjas and Samurais. The news that a home-made pseudo-militia unit comprising of a group of self-proclaimed Indonesian 'patriots' are gathering names of volunteers to unilaterally invade Malaysia armed with samurai swords and ninja-throwing stars is alarming to say the least; not merely for the brazenness of the threat but more so for its lunacy and irrationality. If anyone has been insulted by this claim, it is the people of Indonesia themselves, who have been made to look foolish by a bunch of thuggish preman gangsters who have sullied the name of Indonesia. And as a Malaysian of Javanese descent, I am likewise offended that a group of hoodlums can besmirch the name of the country which I regard as my second home. reog-ponorogo

In the midst of this din and anger, we need to ask what the governments of both countries are doing and why there has been little evident effort on their part to inject a degree of reason and rational debate into what has been going on. Already we have read of reports of demonstrations in Jakarta and several other cities in Indonesia; as well as stories of vigilante groups 'sweeping' parts of Jakarta in search of Malaysians to be kicked out of the country. Coming at a time when Indonesia is once again attracting global attention for all the right reasons, news such as this can be of little help in the effort to place Indonesia in a positive light.

To be sure, mass protests and demonstrations are neither new nor unique to Southeast Asia. We have witnessed massive acts of protest that brought down governments in Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia in the past. However the ASEAN region has also been the venue of many pogroms, race riots and orchestrated campaigns that were designed to isolate and vilify minority groups and the more vulnerable sectors of society.

In 1998 the world was not spared the painful and harrowing images of Jakarta and other cities like Surakarta set aflame by mobs of angry protesters who were later deployed against the minority groups of the country, the Indonesian Chinese. In the years that followed similar unilateral actions on the part of self-proclaimed 'defenders of the faith' let to foreign tourists being 'sweeped' from hotels and warnings sent out to all foreigners that they were not welcomed in the country: An irony, to say the least, when Indonesia is so dependent on foreign currency earnings based on tourism. And today it seems that Malaysian students and tourists are being targeted by a new wave of patriotic zealots.

But how many of these so-called 'patriots' even realise that in Malaysia there are hundreds of thousands of Malaysian citizens like myself who are of Indonesian origin, and who love Indonesia and regard Indonesia as our ancestral homeland too? How many of these patriots realise that when Malaysians buy Indonesian products like batik it is not because we wish to 'steal' Indonesia's cultural heritage and patrimony, but rather because as Malaysians of Javanese, Sumatran, Balinese and Bugis descent we regard things like batik as part of our past and our cultural connection with Indonesia as well?

It is this lack of knowledge, fueled by arrogant and irresponsible political leaders and soap-box orators, that is mobilising the youth of Indonesia in this irrational campaign against Malaysia, which happens to be Indonesia's oldest and closest civilisational neighbour. What is more the lack of rational discourse and reasoned debate has merely helped to galvanise the culture of Indonesia's premans – the rent-a-mob service that has been around too long – which threatens to damage Indonesia's standing and reputation just when the country is making an impact on the international scene.

It is therefore crucial that the incumbent politicians, intellectuals and cultural activists of both Malaysia and Indonesia to play their part now, and spill water on the overheated tempers on both sides of the political divide. Now is the time for the respective Ministers for Foreign Affairs of both countries to be traveling to each other's countries, explaining the situation, deepening the context of the debate and seeking out rational partners in a sustained and intelligent dialogue about culture and identity. Arresting or suppressing the vigilantes and militias we see on the streets of Jakarta today will not solve the problem, but merely glorify them who wish to be seen and cast as martyrs instead. Rather, what is needed is the laying of strong and solid socio-cultural foundations so that the peoples of ASEAN are not dragged down the path of this sort of divisive culturally-exclusive politics time and again in the future.

Above all, what is at stake here is the image and reputation of Indonesia, which is a key country in ASEAN and whose fate and standing in the world is of concern to the rest of the region. Indonesia has to break this fatal association between its politics and the culture of irrational violence once and for all.

Failure to do so would mean that Indonesia will be better known for silly stories and amusing news reports about Ninjas and Samurais who go declaring war against neighbouring countries at the drop of a hat. That would be insulting to Indonesia and Indonesians, and to Malaysians of Indonesian descent like myself as well.

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Dr Farish A. Noor is a Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and an Affiliated Professor at Universitas Muhamadiyah Surakarta, Indonesia.


Raja Petra Speaks His Mind on Altantuya SD

Posted: 10 Sep 2009 01:06 AM PDT



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This is indeed a silent roar!

I'm support you, RPK!


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ERa Najib Altantuya : Pendirian Sidek Hassan Tidak Profesyenal

Posted: 10 Sep 2009 01:41 AM PDT

Pegawai-pegawai kakaitangan awam hendaklah belajar membuang mentaliti tunduk kepada Barisan Nasional, demikian dinyatakan oleh pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat sebagai respons terhadap kenyataan Ketua Setiausaha Negara (KSN), Tan Sri Sidek Hassan yang diwawancara oleh Malaysiakini.

Sidek mempertahankan tindakan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Perak, Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Hashim sewaktu berlakunya perebutan kuasa antara BN dan Pakatan Rakyat di negeri itu.

Dalam krisis tersebut, Abdul Rahman dikecam kerana dilihat pro-BN, walaupun ramai yang menganggap Pakatan masih lagi mentadbir kerajaan negeri, kecuali dewan undangan negeri dibubarkan.

Menurut Sidek, setiausaha kerajaan negeri itu "mengikut peraturan sebagai seorang kakitangan awam. Saya juga mungkin melakukan perkara yang sama. Sebagai kakitangan awam, anda perlu melakukan apa yang anda fikir betul dalam keadaan yang berlaku, mengikut peraturan."

Sidek menegaskan demikian sewaktu diwawancara Malaysiakini di pejabatnya di Putrajaya Selasa lalu.

Dalam wawancara tersebut, Malaysiakini bertanya mengenai tanggapan wujudnya layanan berat sebelah perkhidmatan awam terhadap negeri-negeri yang dikuasa Pakatan, dan dilihat setia kepada kerajaan pusat yang ditadbir oleh BN.

"Ternyata mentaliti KSN sendiri adalah menataliti senget sebelah, berpihak dan prejudis kepada kerajaan negeri-negeri yang diperintah oleh Pakatan Rakyat," kata seorang pensyarah tempatan.

"Maka tidak hairan keputusan yang mereka ambil banyak dipengaruhi oleh unsur-unsur politik sehingga mengenepikan ketelusan, profesyenalism malah kadang-kala etika juga," tambahnya lagi.

Sikap sedemikian menurut sesetengah pemerhati politik, hendaklah segera dikikis kerana pemerintahan pusat boleh bertukar tangan kepada parti lain pada bila-bila masa.

Jika kakitangan awam masih terkepung mindanya dengan parti BN semata-mata sepastinya perhidmatan awam akan menjadi tidak lancar apabila berlaku perubahan kerajaan seperti yang berlaku di beberapa buah negeri sejurus selepas Pilihanraya Umum 2008 yang lalu.



Era Najib Altantuya : Keadilan Umar Al-Khattab Terhadap Rumah Ibadat Non-Muslim

Posted: 10 Sep 2009 01:39 AM PDT

Saya ingin mengambil kesempatan ini untuk mengemukakan sebuah kisah dari zaman pemerintahan Saidina Umar Al-Khattab (r.a) untuk tatapan dan renungan tuan-tuan sekalian. Melalui pendedahan ini, adalah diharap sebahagian dari ummat Islam yang tidak memahami konsep keadilan Islam terhadap agama lain, akan sedikit sebanyak dapat memikirkan kembali sikap dan pendirian mereka itu.

Kisah yang ingin dikemukakan adalah kisah Saidina Umar dan Kanisah (gereja) Al-Qiamah yang terletak di Quds. Kisah ini adalah petikan dari muka surat 114, kitab Itmam al-Wafa' fi sirah al-Khulafa', tulisan as-Syeikh Muhammad bin al-Afifi al-Banjuri, Darul Ibnu Hazim.

"Dan apabila masuknya Saidina Umar ke dalam kota, maka masuklah beliau ke dalam Kanisah (gereja) al-Qiamah, dan beliau duduk di ruang utama gereja tersebut . Setelah tiba waktu solat asar, maka berkata Saidina Umar kepada Patriach Kanisah tersebut, "Saya ingin mengerjakan solat." Jawab Patriach: "Solat sahajalah di sini".

Tetapi Umar menolak cadangan Patriach dan solat (di luar) di tangga yang berada di hadapan pintu gereja tersebut secara bersendirian. Selepas beliau menyelesaikan solat asar, beliau (masuk kembali lalu) berkata kepada Patriach al-Quds :

"Sekiranya saya mengerjakan solat tadi di dalam gereja tuan, saya merasa pasti bahawa ummat islam pada zaman akan datang akan menyatakan bahawa Saidina Umar mengerjakan solat di dalam gereja ini, maka kita boleh menukarkan gereja ini kepada masjid untuk melaksanakan solat di dalamnya".

Kisah di atas menceritakan respon Saidinna Umar kepada cadangan Patriach supaya beliau solat di dalam gereja al-Qiamah. Respon Saidina Umar merupakan satu respon yang mengambil kira kepentingan golongan Nasrani dan Patriach sambil dalam masa yang sama melindungi Kanisah mereka.

Sehubungan dengan itu, sekiranya ummat Islam adalah peroboh kuil, gereja dan synagogue seperti yang didakwa oleh musuh-musuh Islam dan turut dipercayai oleh segolongan ummat Islam yang jahil, sudah pasti Saidina Umar akan bertindak sebaliknya. Maka amatlah malang sekiranya ummat Islam sendiri tidak memahami konsep keadilan yang dipertahankan oleh Islam sepertimana yang telah dizahirkan oleh Saidina Umar. Konsep keadilan ini meliputi berbagai perkara, termasuklah keadilan terhadap orang bukan Islam sendiri.

Khalifah-Khalifah Islam sebelum mengutus tentera Islam sentiasa berpesan supaya tidak dibunuh kanak-kanak, orang tua, orang yang berlindung ditempat-tempat peribadatan dan tidak diroboh rumah-rumah peribadatan mereka. Begitu juga, tidak dibunuh haiwan ternakan kecuali untuk dimakan dan tidak dimusnahkan tanam-tanaman dan menebang pokok-pokok tanpa alasan.

Keadilan yang sebeginilah yang melonjakkan ummat Islam ke kedudukan istimewa satu ketika dahulu! Bukan kekejaman dan bukan kezaliman.

Menurut kisah ini juga, maka adalah jelas bahawa Saidina Umar memasuki gereja dan berbincang dengan Patriach di dalamnya. Dengan itu, adalah diharapkan tiada pula dari golongan jahil yang akan menggelar Saidina Umar dengan gelaran "Umar Gereja" di atas sebab ini.

Saya sememangnya cukup hairan dengan sikap sebahagian dari ummat Islam dewasa ini. Mereka berhajat besar untuk memimpin dunia, tetapi tidak menzahirkan sikap yang memungkin cita-cita ini tercapai. Terlalu banyak yang disensitifkan sehinggakan tidak mungkin berbincang dan berunding dengan yang bukan Islam sama sekali. Manakan mungkin menjadi pemimpin dunia yang majoritinya bukan Islam, sekiranya kita sendiri tidak mampu untuk berinteraksi bersama mereka bagi membuktikan keadilan Islam itu sememangnya untuk semua. — khalidsamad.com


Wedding Tea Ceremony – My Cousins Part 2

Posted: 10 Sep 2009 12:26 AM PDT

It is true when Harcharan said that I have many cousins. Those at the wedding banquet were only a fraction of them. I did not invite the majority of my paternal first cousins as they reside out of the island and I did not want to put them through the hassle. Besides, the restaurant would not be able to accomodate all if they "gave face" and attended. A restaurant with twice the seating capacity of Starview Restaurant would barely suffice.

Apart from my paternal and maternal first cousins, Wuan and I also served tea to one of my second cousins and two god-daughters of my maternal uncle and aunt respectively. The god-daughters are considered cousins with no less seniority in the family. In putting up these wedding tea ceremony entries, I got to know many relatives again and understand how we are related. In many ways, I am glad we had the tea ceremony. Someone mentioned that we are only able to gather many relatives at the same place and time only during weddings and funerals. Sad but true. I am glad we got together for a wedding this time.

Peter & Wuan's Traditional Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony - Ah Moi and Ah Nean - Maternal cousin and husband.
Maternal cousin and wife.

Peter & Wuan's Traditional Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony - Ah Lin and Ah Hua - Maternal cousin and wife.
Maternal cousin and wife.

Peter & Wuan's Traditional Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony - Ah Huat and wife - Maternal cousin and wife.
Maternal cousin and wife.

Peter & Wuan's Traditional Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony - Ah Cheok and wife - Maternal cousin and wife.
Maternal cousin and wife.

Peter & Wuan's Traditional Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony - Ah Lek and husband - 2nd maternal aunt's god-daughter.
2nd maternal aunt's god-daughter and husband.

Peter & Wuan's Traditional Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony - Maternal uncle's god-daughter.
Elder maternal uncle's god-daughter.

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Era Najib Altantuya : Rakyat Malaysia Terancam Di Indonesia

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 11:46 PM PDT

Jabatan Penuntut Malaysia di Jakarta hari ini menasihati semua pelajar Malaysia di seluruh Indonesia supaya sentiasa berhati-hati memandangkan kebencian segelintir rakyat negara itu yang semakin memuncak berikutan penyebaran pelbagai fitnah oleh media massanya kebelakangan ini.

Jabatan itu telah menghantar khidmat pesanan ringkas (SMS) bagi menasihati semua pelajar Malaysia di Jakarta khasnya, agar jangan sekali-kali melalui Jalan Diponegoro bagi mengelak kejadian yang tidak diingini.

Kebencian mereka itu memuncak kepada tahap yang serius dan menakutkan, berikutan media tempatan baru-baru ini menyiarkan berita dan visual lebih 360 sukarelawan ilmu kebal yang dilaporkan sudah mendaftar dan bersedia untuk mengganyang Malaysia.

Kebencian mereka itu memuncak lagi apabila hari ini terdapat sekumpulan orang yang menggelar diri mereka sebagai Benteng Demokrasi Rakyat (BENDERA) mula bertindak liar dengan mengugut rakyat Malaysia dengan buluh runcing di Jalan Diponegoro.

Dilaporkan bahawa 50 anggota BENDERA yang bersenjatakan buluh runcing (buluh yang ditajamkan hujungnya) memaksa orang ramai yang melalui jalan itu menunjukkan tanda pengenalan mereka dan jika kebetulannya orang berkenaan seorang rakyat Malaysia maka orang itu akan terus ditahan.

Tindakan mereka mengambil undang-undang di tangan sendiri dilaporkan media massa online tempatan termasuk detikcom.

Sebelum ini pernah rumah kediaman yang disewa pelajar Malaysia di Universiti Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta dibaling telur busuk oleh kumpulan yang berdemonstrasi terdiri daripada sekumpulan mahasiswa tempatan kerana marahkan Malaysia yang difitnah sebagai mencuri tarian Pendet yang berasal dari Bali.

Berikutan isu itu yang terus diapi-apikan media massa tempatan dan dikaitkan pula dengan isu-isu lampau yang diungkit semula, beberapa kumpulan rakyat Indonesia juga berdemonstrasi di depan Kedutaan Besar Malaysia di Jakarta.

Walaupun penafian telah dibuat bahawa Malaysia tidak pernah "mencuri" tarian itu untuk iklan video klip promosi pelancongan negara yang sebenarnya dibuat sebuah syarikat swasta yang berpejabat di Singapura, namun hakikat itu "jatuh ke telinga yang tuli dan mata yang buta".

Anehnya, sebuah stesen TV yang baru saja menyiarkan program dialog di mana seorang pegawai tinggi Kementerian Luar Indonesia memberikan penjelasan bahawa Malaysia tidak pernah mengakui Pendet sebagai tarian berasal dari Malaysia, namun stesen TV yang sama juga kemudian mengulangi lagi tuduhan yang serupa.

Laman web okezone pula melaporkan bahawa anggota BENDERA ada memeriksa lebih daripada 100 orang.

Bagaimanapun, detikcom melaporkan tiada seorang pun rakyat Malaysia yang kebetulan melalui jalan itu dan tindakan yang dikatakan akan dilakukan selama sejam, berakhir hanya selepas setengah jam.


This and that

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 09:59 PM PDT

Remember my posting about Moorthy who will undergo a surgery in October when both his legs will be amputated? He is for the time being staying at the hospital ward for many months already as he doesn't have a place to stay. Amma illek, appa illek...

With no home, no family members, no money, and added with the fact that he is unable to fend for himself, not only does he need a shelter, he also needs caregivers to take care of his needs.

So we can't simply send him to any shelter homes, we'd need a shelter home with proper caregivers, and one which would accept HIV cases.

Guess what? Eureka! Yep, I found one. In Penang. I've spoken to the person in charge and she said there shouldn't be any problem as they still have 2 or 3 empty beds and they have caregivers around the clock! My only task is to arrange for transportation to send Moorthy over to the place. I don't think there should be any problem with that. In fact, since his case was referred to us by the hospital, we'd probably get them to send Moorthy over to his new home in an ambulance.

Whatever it is, we will wait until after the surgery so there's still time. At least we've got one problem solved...

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As per previous years, during Ramadhan I'd usually be getting a lot of contributions coming in from my networking, for me to distribute to the poor families I'm dealing with. In fact, this year I'm getting a whole lot more than usual. I'm using some of the money to buy goods to be sent to the families, while some will be distributed in cash, either by sending personally or by banking into their respective accounts.

I wish I can send some financial help to one particular lady and her 10 year old son. This is one of the new cases referred. Although somebody else was assigned as the buddy, the case was still referred to me for the Children Education Fund.

The only problem is, the lady stays in an orang asli settlement in an ulu kampong. And she doesn't have a phone. I cannot contact her, she will have to contact me.

But it has been 3 weeks now, and she has yet to contact me. I do have her address, but when I googled for the map, the kampong doesn't seem to be listed. So how lah?

Then I remembered I have a few clients staying in the same town - different kampongs, but they may know where this kampong is. So I sent a text message to Rosnah, and her reply came:

"Nak ke kampong tu kena naik 4 wheel drive, ala adventure mendaki. Jalan tanah merah & berbatu-batu."

Oooh... sounds adventurous. I love adventure! Woo... maybe I should transform to ala-ala Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider, huh? (a particular cat in Sydney must be choking now...)

But seriously, looks like I can't go in my Kenari. And even if I can get a 4 wheel drive, by the sound of it, I'd probably need a driver experienced enough to drive on such terrains. I don't want to end up upside down...

Any suggestions, anyone? Hmmm, since there seem to be more and more cases involving orang asli, maybe I can liaise with JHEOA for awareness programmes in orang asli settlements, and let JHEOA arrange for the transportation, huh?

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Am going off to KL this afternoon as my mother's follow-up appointment at Hospital Putrajaya is tomorrow morning. Will be driving back to Ipoh immediately after the appointment. I've got some house visits to do on Saturday, and on Sunday, I'll be attending the cheque presentation from Yayasan Sultan Azlan Shah by HRH The Regent of Perak.

 

See you later folks!


Era Najib Altantuya : Mahkamah Tolak Permohonan SPRM Untuk Semakan Saksi

Posted: 09 Sep 2009 11:07 PM PDT

Permohonan semakan yang difailkan SPRM berhubung keputusan koroner Azmil Muntapha Abas terhadap satu laporan polis yang dibuat suspek T. Sivanesan digunakan dalam inkues siasatan kematian Teoh Beng Hock, ditolak oleh Mahkamah Tinggi Shah Alam yang bersidang di Petaling Jaya hari ini.

Pesuruhjaya Kehakiman, Datin Yeoh Wee Siam memutuskan demikian setelah mendapati koroner tidak melakukan sebarang kesilapan, khilaf atau perkara yang tidak betul dalam keputusannya.

Sehubungan itu, beliau memerintahkan supaya inkues diteruskan setelah menolak permohonan Timbalan Pendakwaraya, Manoj Kurup untuk memfailkan rayuan berhubung keputusan tersebut.

Keterangan T.Sivanesan, lelaki yang mendakwa didera pegawai Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) yang sepatutnya didengar dalam prosiding inkues awal pagi semalam, tertangguh tiga jam berikutan pertikaian antara peguam-peguam terlibat mengenai isu kehadiran saksi itu ke mahkamah.

Ekoran itu, SPRM telah memfailkan permohonan ke Mahkamah Tinggi bagi menyemak semula keputusan koroner yang membenarkan laporan polis oleh Sivanesan mengenai dakwaan itu dikemukakan dalam prosiding inkues dan keputusan membenarkan saksi itu memberi keterangannya di mahkamah bagi membantu siasatan punca kematian setiausaha politik exco Selangor, Teoh Beng Hock.

Abdul Razak hari ini meminta koroner menyemak semula keputusannya semalam atas alasan bahawa laporan polis itu akan memberi implikasi yang boleh memprejudiskan siasatan polis dan SPRM dalam kes itu jika ia dikemukakan.

Hujahan Abdul Razak itu dibantah Gobind dan Malik yang mahu supaya keputusan mahkamah semalam dipatuhi, dan bukannya membangkitkan isu baru memandangkan kesemua pihak telahpun diberi peluang untuk menghujahkan perkara itu semalam.

Gobind: "Apa yang dilakukan oleh peguam (Abdul Razak) ini bukan sahaja membuang masa, malah ia merupakan penghinaan mahkamah. Koroner telahpun memutuskan isi kandungan laporan itu relevan dan menetapkan tiga skop yang perlu dipatuhi semua pihak dalam soal balas saksi (Sivanesan), oleh itu kita semua perlu menghormati dan menerima perintah mahkamah ini."

Malik: "Pihak-pihak telah berhujah panjang lebar semalam dan perkara ini telah diputuskan, mahkamah tidak mempunyai kuasa untuk menghujahkan semula isu ini dan menukar keputusannya."

Abdul Razak: "Ini adalah suatu penyalahgunaan proses mahkamah dengan cuba membawa masuk dokumen yang meragukan dan mendengar keterangan seorang saksi yang tidak dirakam percakapannya oleh pihak polis."

Peguam itu juga mendakwa Gobind sengaja mendedahkan saksinya itu kepada umum dengan membenarkan beliau berada dalam mahkamah hari ini, dan bukannya di sebuah bilik khas untuk saksi, sebelum dipanggil memberi keterangan.

Gobind: "Beliau cakap apa ini? Saya bosan mendengar perkara mengarut daripada Abdul Razak. Saya hairan mahkamah boleh melayan benda mengarut ini. Apa salahnya saksi saya duduk di mahkamah ini? Saya tak boleh kemukakan laporan, saya tak boleh kemukakan saksi, apa semua ini?

Setelah hujahan kesemua pihak didengar, koroner kemudian memutuskan untuk membenarkan Sivanesan dipanggil memberi keterangan dan membenarkan laporan polis saksi itu dikemukakan dalam prosiding tersebut.

Sivanesan dalam akuanya melakar imej grafik pengalaman di kurung dalam sebuah bilik gelap. Dikerumuni beberapa lelaki, dia dipukul dengan batang besi, ditumbuk, ditendang, dibogelkan dan dirotan di bahagian kemaluan sehingga pengsan.


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