Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Yoshida Brothers – Kodo music video

Yoshida Brothers – Kodo music video


Yoshida Brothers – Kodo music video

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 08:42 AM PDT

Yoshida Brothers are Japanese musicians famous for playing the shamisen (三味線, lit. three flavour strings), a traditional Japanese music instrument.

Kodo (鼓動) was released in 2004 in the Yoshida Brothers II album; a remix version of the song was used for Nintendo's Wii commercial in 2006.

Yoshida Brothers – Kodo music video from YeinJee's Asian Blog


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Who do men say that I am? Who do you say that I am?

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 09:15 AM PDT


Matthew 16:13-20 (King James Version)

13When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

14And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

20Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

Jesus, the Son of man.

Jesus, the Prophet.

Jesus, the Priest.

Jesus, the King.

Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the living God.



najib altantuya: Improper for CM to call one a thief, retorts Teng - nizar nizar nizar

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 08:32 AM PDT

The High Chaparral fiasco continues as an upset Penang Gerakan chief Teng Hock Nan hit back at Lim Guan Eng that it was improper and uncultured of the Chief Minister to call one a thief.

"It's against the Malaysian culture for a person of his position to call the previous government as land thief or robber.

"It's improper and unwarranted for a chief executive of the state government to resort to name calling," said Teng, who was a senior executive councillor in the previous Barisan Nasional state government.
(Source: Mkini - Support Mkini - Subscribe to Mkini!)
I really didn't know who this Teng was until he spoke out on the Buah Pala issue. While it may be 'uncultured' for one to resort to name calling, is it ethical to accuse or blame someone without any proof? According to Lim, Teng has not provided proof but merely telling 'shocking lies'.


Because family was against their relationship: Lovers kills seven of his Verwandeten

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 06:47 AM PDT

  • Were rejected because of kinship relations
  • Now, despite the two young Indians, the death pen
Because family and village community disapproved of their relationship, is a young couple in India have killed seven relatives. As reported, the news agency IANS, the 19-year-old was one years old and her friend in a village northwest of the capital New Delhi arrested. There the bodies were discovered.

A police spokesman told the television channel NDTV, the woman initially had parents, brother, grandmother and three cousins set with a narcotic drug in eating out of action. Thereafter, the unconscious had been strangled by her lover.

The village council had rejected the relationship strictly, because they both belonged to the same extended family. If the pair are found guilty, he faces the death penalty.

(apa / red)


Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋节快乐

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 07:15 AM PDT


变天:从文冬开始

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 07:12 AM PDT

我今天出席文冬社青团主办的政治座谈会。题目是"变天,从文冬开始"。我在演讲中向出席座谈会的文冬朋友说,马来西亚在国阵统治50多年之下,在政治、经济、文化、教育等等领域已经开始走下坡。国阵就好象是一艘正在往下沉伦的大轮船。里面的引擎已经开始生锈,再怎么加油也不能在继续有效地航行下去。马来西亚需要民主改革,这已经在308大选清楚看出。人民要改变的意愿也比以往任何时候来的更加坚强。只是,308政治大海啸所带来的效应还没有均衡地扩散到全马各地。所以,西海岸的选民如果要来一个彻彻底底的改革,我们就必须把改革的讯息传达到全国各地,尤其是处于东海岸通过关口的要塞——文冬。


najib altantuya:'Thief shouting thief' over Buah Pala

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 07:13 AM PDT

Penang CM Lim Guan Eng lashes out at Gerakan's Teng Hock Nan and accuses him and BN of 'selling out' the villagers.

Lim said the declassification of exco minutes on July 7, 2009 showed that the land was alienated by BN at a ridiculously low land premium of RM10 per square feet (when the market rate then was at least RM50 psf) with unanimous support from all MCA, Gerakan, Umno and MIC state exco members including Teng. Lim added that Teng never repented and apologised and he was now blaming the Pakatan state government of robbing the villagers of their land, a classic case of 'the thief shouting thief'.

Documents don't lie. So far, Teng and BN have not provided proof
that the Pakatan Rakyat government finalised the village land deal and sold Kampung Buah Pala to Koperasi Pegawai Pegawai Kanan Kerajaan Pulau Pinang (Koperasi).


Dial 100 for Service

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 04:12 AM PDT

What would your reaction when you see this pictures?


I see a bad service, products not reliable, support number could only access by certain phone, no instruction on the website to help people to search for support via mobile phone ...etc ... oh yes, another one , SLOW RESPONSE.

okie back to my story... 

I was extremely pissed this evening when i came back... my streamyx and land line were down... yes land line was not working. I tried to use my mobile phone to dial 100... A sweet nice lady voice say " The number you dial is not in service" Damn, i could not use my mobile to dial. Thanks to the Telekom Malaysia with the Malaysia Boleh attitude, i really don't have any other method to call. Luckily, my condo poolside is WIFI enable. So i brought my Macbook down to the poolside and google on "How to dial 100 from Digi" I managed to get two numbers... really wanna to thanks to my best buddy GOOGLE. 

Anyway please wish me luck as i'm going to call them after dinner. Hopefully these two numbers 1-300-888-123 and 1-300-889-515 are working, otherwise i will go to TM Point first thing in the morning tomorrow to screw them upside down. Don't play play with TZ eh~

TZ has no internet connection @ home... :(  sigh~ sigh~ sigh~ sigh~


this entry is updated from TZ's condo poolside... blek~


Hitlers Special Forces

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 03:23 AM PDT

Documentary about the secrets of Hitlers special forces. Hitlers Special forces history,defeats,victorys and a lot more.

Part 1




Continued here to Parts 2 until 5


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Era Najib Altantuya : SELCAT, Isu Kebebasan Bersuara, Wala' Dan Thiqah

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 06:06 AM PDT

Dua orang pendokong Dato' Hasan Ali sudah bersuara dalam isu Selcat yang menjadi kecaman Dato' Hasan Ali. Iskandar Samad dan Roslan SMS bertindak mempertahankan Dato' Hasan Ali dalam isu Selcat ini, waimma ramai pendokong Pakatan Rakyat mengkritik balik terhadap tindakan Dato' Hasan Ali tersebut.

Iskandar Samad mengemukakan dua isu; iaitu isu 'kebebasan bersuara' dan 'kekesempurnaan selcat'. Adapun Roslan SMS pula mengemukakan isu lama; isu yang mampu menumpulkan daya intelek ramai ahli-ahli PAS, iaitu 'wala' dan 'siqah' tanpa merujuk kepada perbahasannya yang sebenar.

KEBEBASAN BERSUARA

Secara peribadi, aku beranggapan kritikan balas yang dilakukan oleh pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat terhadap Dato' Hasan Ali bukanlah menyekat kebebasan bersuara, tetapi ia merupakan membuka ruang untuk kebebasan bersuara.

Mengapa dianggap itu sebagai menutup kebebasan bersuara, sedangkan jika dihayati balik, Dato' Hasan Ali sendiri mengamalkan dasar menutup kebebasan bersuara itu.

Apakah kita sudah lupa dengan sejarah pemecatan dua tokoh dalam PAS; Khalid Samad dan Syaari Sungip disebabkan kritikan mereka berdua terhadap Dato' Hasan Ali dalam mesyuarat Perhubungan PAS disebabkan tindakan Dato' Hasan Ali memburukkan Pakatan RAkyat diselangor; dengan dakwaan bahawa kononnya PAS 'dianaktirikan' dalam PR di Selangor, waimma dakwaan itu adalah purba sangka semata-mata.

Jika benar Dato' Hasan Ali mengamalkan kebebasan bersuara, sudah pasti kritikan dua tokoh ini tidak berakhir dengan pemecatan, sepertimana Tan Sri Khalid tidak memecat Dato' Hasan Ali sebagai exco setelah beberapa kali melakukan masalah dalam kerajaan pakatan Rakyat di Selangor.

Adapun dalam isu selcat, Dato' Hasan Ali dikritik balas setelah kritikan terbuka yang dilakukan oleh Dato' hasan Ali terhadap perjalanan selcat. Jika kita mengamalkan dasar kebebasan bersuara, maka berilah jawapan balas yang bersifat ilmiyyah terhadap kritikan mereka itu.

Jika tidak mengkritik balas, tetapi sekadar mendakwa bahawa sudah tidak wujud lagi kebebasan bersuara, itu merupakan kedangkalan kita berfikir, malah kedangkalan dalam memahami konsep kebebasan bersuara yang diperjuangkan oleh islam itu sendiri.

Dalam Islam, kritikan amat dialu-alukan, tetapi kritikan yang diterima adalah kritikan yang mengandungi unsure ilmu. Kritikan dengan tidak disertakan hujjah ilmu, itu bukan kritikan yang diizinkan dalam Islam.

Ditambah lagi, sebagai exco, Dato' Hasan Ali boleh melakukan kritikan terhadap selcat dalam mesyuarat exco, bukannya menerusi media. Lainlah kalau Dato' hasan Ali bukan exco. Jika beliau tidak exco, lalu melakukan kritikan tersebut, maka itu tidak menjadi sebarang masalah.

Jika mahu mengkritik juga menerusi media, dicadangkan Dato' Hasan Ali meletakkan jawatan exco serta merta. Malah, jika beliau mengkritik kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat dikala beliau tidak menjadi exco, aku sendiri bersedia menjadi pembantu. Tapi syarat, biarlah ada nilai hujjah dan rasional.

SUDAH BANYAK MASALAH

Sebelum ini, sudah banyak kenyataan Dato' hasan Ali dilihat seperti 'menganaktirikan' pakatan Rakyat, disamping 'memberikan susu berkhasiat' kepada UMNO/Barisan Nasional.

Mungkin kita sudah lupa dengan kenyataan Dato' hasan Ali dalam isu Lembu yang melibatkan Tan Sri Khalid, isu arak yang melibatkan Ronnie Liu dan sebagainya.

Memelikkan lagi, banyak kenyataan Dato' hasan Ali memperlihatkan bahawa khir Toyo seperti 'kawan', sedangkan Pakatan Rakyat adalah 'lawan'. Disebabkan itulah, tidak hairanlah dengan isu kuil yang melahirkan penghinaan UMNO terhadap Khalid Samad, Dato' hasan Ali tidak bersuara membela. Sebaliknya, dalam isu selcat, cepat-cepat Hasan Ali bersuara senada dan seirama dengan Khir Toyo.

Tidak dinafikan, selcat tidak sempurna. Tetapi, perlu diingat, tindakan Hasan Ali terhadap Pakatan Rakyat kebelakangan ini sudah cukup untuk membuktikan bahawa beliau 'lebih tidak sempurna' berbanding selcat.

WALA'

Mengeluarkan kenyataan berbeda dengan pimpinan atasan, itu dikatakan sebagai tidak wala'? tafsiran wala' yang merujuk kitab mana yang mengatakan sedemikian?

Wala' ditafsirkan sebagai taat yang diberikan kepada pimpinan. Pimpinan yang diberikan wala' adalah pimpinan yang mempunyai kesiqahan. Tanpa siqah, wala' tidak akan hadir.

Seseorang pemimpin, perlu menjaga siqah terlebih dahulu. Apabila siqah sudah wujud dalam diri seseorang pemimpin, secara automatik, pimpinan itu diberikan wala'.

Ada sebilangan perkara yang disuruh wala' kepada pemimpin yang mempunyai kesiqahan, tetapi perkara yang disuruh wala' itu tidak disukai, kerana tidak bersesuaian dengan kehendak nafsu, maka ketika itu, wala' memang wajib diberikan kepada pimpinan tersebut.

Adapun wala', tidak boleh diberikan kepada pimpinan yang mengikut kehendak nafsunya. Mana mungkin mengikut kehendak nafsu pimpinan. Masakan nafsu pimpinan perlu dituruti, nafsu sendiri pun tidak boleh diikuti sesuka hati.

Inilah yang dimaksudkan dengan maksud hadis, daripada Abi Hurairah r.a berkata, sesungguhnya Nabi SAW bersabda;

عَلَيْكَ السَّمْعَ وَالطَّاعَةَ فِي عُسْرِكَ وَيُسْرِكَ وَمَنْشَطِكَ وَمَكْرَهِكَ وَأَثَرَةٍ عَلَيْكَ

Maksudnya;
"hendaklah kamu dengar dan taat dalam perkara yang kamu susah atau kamu senang; kamu suka atau benci; dan perkara yang dipentingkan dirinya atas kamu[1]"

Ketaatan juga berlaku dalam perkara yang tidak melahirkan mudharat kepada sesuatu jemaah dan parti. Jika tetap melakukan ketaatan yang boleh melahirkan mudharat, maka ketaatan itu tidak syarie.

Justeru itu, dilihat pada satu hadis yang diriwayatkan oleh Imam Ahmad, daripada Ali bin Abi talib bercerita;

"Rasulullah telah melantik seorang lelaki dari ansar untuk mengetuai satu kumpulan tentera. Dalam perjalanan, lelaki itu telah mengarahkan para tentera agar menghimpun kayu api, lalu dibakar dan disuruh tentera-tentera itu terjun ke dalam api itu. ada sebilangan tentera mahu terjun ke dalam api, tetapi dihalang oleh seorang pemuda, lalu menyuruh tentera agar hal ini di rujuk kepada Rasulullah SAW terlebih dahulu.

Ketika mereka berjumpa dengan Rasulullah SAW, dan bertanyakan hal itu, menyebabkan baginda SAW terus berkata;

لو دخلتموها ما خرجتم منها أبدا؛ إنما الطاعة في المعروف

Maksudnya;
"Kalau kamu masuk dalam api itu, pasti kamu tidak akan keluar sampai bila-bila (baca : masuk neraka). Hanya sesungguhnya ketaatan itu dalam perkara ma'ruf sahaja[2]"

Hadis ini jelas menunjukkan, ketaatan yang hendak diberikan hendaklah dalam perkara ma'ruf. Adapun ketaatan dalam perkara yang tidak ma'ruf, seperti perkara yang boleh melahirkan mudharat, maka itu tidak wajar diberikan ketaatan.

Justeru, tindakan Dato' Hasan Ali yang memegang jawatan exco, tetapi tidak mengkritik dalam mesyuarat exco, tetapi menerusi media merupakan tindakan yang boleh melahirkan kemudharatan kepada kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat. Makanya, wala' kepada beliau disaat ini adalah tidak syarie.

Sekian

p/s : Jangan sekali-kali mencandukan wala' demi perut sang rakus dan PATIK MOHON SEMBAH DERHAKA

Wallahu 'Alam -Ust One-G

[1] Musnad Ahmad : 8596.
[2] Sahih Al-Bukhari : 4340 dan Sahih Muslim : 1840.



Hasan Ali is a spokesman for khir Toyo and a thorn in Selangor, say Pakatan Rakyat reps

Trouble is brewing in Selangor Pakatan Rakyat with its members turning on PAS, specifically Datuk Dr Hasan Ali, who has become increasingly isolated over the last few days over his many outbursts.

Speaker Teng Chang Khim, who is from DAP, has singled out the Selangor PAS commissioner and exco member as the "only problem" in the partnership that was forged after the March 8 general election.

"There is no communication breakdown among coalition members. Hasan Ali is the only problem in the coalition and he has been consistently inconsistent on various issues," he said, adding that as exco member, Dr Hasan could have brought up his dissatisfaction through the right channels.

Dr Hasan's most recent outburst was the calling for a revamp of the Select Committee for Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat), which had come under fire from him for their "grilling" of senior civil servants over allocations.

He had argued that members of Selcat — which is currently staffed by legislative assembly members from both Pakatan and Barisan Nasional — should be made up of eminent persons without political inclinations.

Prior to this, Dr Hasan had also quarrelled with DAP exco member Ronnie Liu over the sale of beer in the state and had wanted to impose a blanket ban on alcohol sale in retail outlets in Muslim majority areas.

Teng, who heads Selcat, said the executive council had weekly meetings.

"There is no reason why he should attack Selcat in the open. He's trying to take advantage of the situation to gain politically," he alleged.

DAP Klang MP Charles Santiago was more blunt, calling for Dr Hasan to be disciplined by his party leaders and removed as both state commissioner and exco member.

"We will be stronger and better in Selangor without him. PAS should remove him to protect our best interests.

"He is wrongfully giving the impression that things are not well. There always appears to be two voices to everything with him around," he added.

"He wants to send a message that he is the one who will protect the Malays in Selangor," claimed Santiago.

Even Dr Hasan's party colleague Saari Sungib, who is a Selcat member, has distanced himself, saying that the former should be referred to the House Privileges Committee for making public outbursts.

PKR exco member Yaakob Sapari denied any cracks, saying the group practised freedom of speech and encouraged people to speak up.

"We are allowed to say anything we want and air our views. There's no problem among us," he said, pointing out that Dr Hasan's voicing of opinion should not be misconstrued as trouble.

PAS exco member Iskandar Abdul Samad said it was natural for Pakatan members, who were from three different political parties with different ideologies and philosophies, to have opposing views at times.

"That doesn't mean there's a rift between us, because at the end of the day, we can all sit down together, discuss the matter amicably and arrive at a single decision," he said, adding that any final decision rested with the state's executive council.

Dr Hasan was not available for comment at press time.




News Highlights

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 05:13 AM PDT

Boustead Petroleum Marketing Sdn Bhd (BHPetrol), the petroleum retail unit of Boustead Holdings Bhd (BOUS MK, Buy, TP: RM3.94), plans to spend RM180m in capital expenditure (capex) per year to expand its retail station network in the country. Its managing director Tan Kim Thiam said the company is planning to open over 400 fuel retail stations within the next 5-years, and has currently 335 stations in the country. He also stated that the group's target was to have between 15 and 20 new sites each year, in line with its business expansion plans. (BT)
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AirAsia Bhd (AIRA MK, Buy, TP:RM1.80) will start offering flights from the French city of Nice to Kuala Lumpur next year, because Air France-KLM is blocking its entry to Parisian airports, La Tribune reported, citing Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes, the airline's founder. Its long-haul flights affiliate, AirAsia X, will be profitable from the first year, the newspaper said, citing the executive. (StarBiz)
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DRB-Hicom Bhd's major shareholder Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary has submitted a bid to purchase a block of shares in Proton Holdings, sources say. The bid was put in 2 weeks ago and the offer was reportedly above the current share price of Proton. The number of shares is not known, but it certainly will not trigger a MGO, continued the source. Besides that, it is reported that there were other parties believed to be bidding as well. (The Edge Weekly)
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Maxis Communication Bhd (MCB) is offering for sale 30% or 2.25bn shares of Maxis Bhd's (Maxis) issued and paid-up capital, of which 2.33% is for retail investors and 27.67% for institutional investors as part of the celco's initial public offering (IPO). The offer for sale is expected to raise US$2.5bn (RM9bn), which will be the biggest IPO in corporate Malaysia since 1995. Maxis will not issue new shares for the IPO and thus will not get any proceeds. The proceeds will go to the shareholders that are making the offer for sale. The objectives of the IPO are to enable the company to access the equity capital markets to give it the financial flexibility to pursue growth opportunities and to "enhance" its profile. (StarBiz)
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Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB) and its substantial shareholder, the EPF, have been given the green light to acquire and develop certain strategically located land parcels belonging to the federal government, sources said. Along with the proposal, it is said that MRCB plans to embark on a fund raising exercise which could see EPF's shareholding in the company cross the trigger point of 33.3%. To note, land banks to be developed are cited to be in Jalan Cochrane and Jalan Ampang Hilir. The parcel of land in Jalan Cochrane is, according to real estate players, some 150 acres while at Jalan Ampang Hilir, it is 20-30 acres. (The Edge Weekly)
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Bursa Malaysia Bhd said it expects the volume of palm oil (CPO) futures trading to more than double in the next two to three years following a stake sale and tie-up with CME Group Inc. About 20% of CPO contacts in Malaysia are traded through international investors, Bursa's chief executive officer Datuk Yusli Mohamed Yusoff said. The exchange is also seeking to raise the valuation of the commodity's derivatives, which he said are trading at a discount to other products such as soya oil. "CME will help elevate palm oi's visibility and close that price gap with other edible oils," Yusli said. "We are going to leverage CME's status as a market leader and this will help elevate the international profile of out derivatives exchange offerings."
(Financial Daily)
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Malaysia Pacific Corp Bhd (MP Corp) is proposing two renounceable call rights issue of up to 129.448m shares together with 129.448m free detachable warrants. The right share is priced at RM1 each, of which the first call of 42 sen per rights share will be fully payable, in cash, and the second call of 58 sen will be capitalised from the retained profits account. The proposed right issue will involve the issue of new shares without diluting the equity interest of existing shareholders and provide them with an attractive option to increase their equity participation in the company during the tenure of the warrants. The proposed right issue is expected to raise gross proceeds of up to about RM54.37m. (StarBiz)
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Syarikat Borcos Shipping Sdn Bhd plans to submit an initial public offering (IPO) proposal to authorities as early as February, said two persons familiar with the matter. "The target is to list Borcos by the middle of the next year," said one of the two sources, adding that it was too preliminary to share details, including the estimated potential proceeds, of the exercise. The proposed listing of Borcos is in line with its growth strategy. Borcos, which has an order book of RM300m, is currently extending its fleet. (Financial Daily)
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Bank Negara Malaysia' s international reserves increased 0.24% to RM329.9bn (US$93.5bn) as at Sept 15 from RM329.1bn (US$93.3bn) at Aug 28. The reserves position is sufficient to finance 9.4 months of retained imports and is 3.8 times the short-term external debt, the central bank said in a statement Friday. (Bernama)
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Thousands of workers in the private sector can expect higher salaries soon after the Human Resources Ministry reviews the Wages Council Act 1947. These include those in the security, hospitality, electronic and textile sectors. The last time a review was conducted was about a decade ago. Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said the Wages Council had been reactivated to review salaries in several sectors and that announcements on a few areas where work had been done would be made over the next few months. (NST)
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Stocks rallied Tuesday, finding momentum after a choppy morning, with the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq all hitting one-year highs. Stocks have carved out one-year highs repeatedly over the past two weeks, with the Nasdaq ending Monday' s session at its highest level since shortly after the collapse of Lehman Brothers a year ago. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 0.5% (+51.0 pts, close 9,829.9). The Nasdaq gained 0.4% (+8.3 pts, close 2,146.3) and the S&P 500 gained 0.7% (+7.0 pts, close 1,071.7). U.S. light crude oil for October delivery rose US$1.84 to settle at US$71.55 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. (CNNmoney)
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Jobless rates rose in 27 US states last month, with several reaching record levels of unemployment, offering a bleak reminder that the economic recovery could be slow and painful for the stricken labour force. In spite of bold stimulus measures intended to stem the flow of job losses, payrolls declined in 42 states, with Texas, Michigan, Georgia and Ohio suffering the
biggest declines, labour department figures showed on Friday. Unemployment rates reached record levels in Nevada, Rhode Island and California, where they hit 13.8%, 12.8% and 12.2%, respectively. Michigan, which has been savaged by the collapse of the car sector, continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the US at 15.2%. The unemployment rate in the US reached a 26-year high of 9.7% in August and sustained high levels of jobless claims are stretching state finances. Next week Congress is expected to decide whether to extend expiring jobless benefits to people in states with unemployment rates higher than 8.5%. (Financial Times)
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U.S. leading economic index increased 0.6% in August for the fifth straight month, capping the longest stretch of gains since 2004 and signalling a recovery is under way. The Conference's gauge of the economic outlook for the next three to six months rose 0.6% in August, in line with forecasts, after a 0.9% increase in July that was larger than previously estimated, according to data that the New York-based group released today. The gains in stock prices, consumer confidence and homebuilding that are buoying the leading index bolster Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke's view that the worst recession since the Great Depression has probably ended. (Bloomberg)
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The Federal Reserve has started talks with bond dealers about withdrawing the unprecedented amount of cash injected into the financial system the last two years, according to people with knowledge of the discussions. Central bank officials are discussing plans to use so-called reverse repurchase agreements to drain some of the US$1trn they pumped into the economy, said the people, who declined to be identified because the talks are private. That's where the Fed sells securities to its 18 primary dealers for a specific period, temporarily decreasing the amount of money available in the banking system. The central bank's challenge is to decrease the cash without stunting the economy's recovery and before it sparks inflation. (Bloomberg)
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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke's efforts to stoke a U.S. economic recovery may be undermined by the central bank's other goal of restoring the banking system to health. The Federal Open Market Committee, at the conclusion today of a two-day meeting, will probably maintain its assessment that "tight" bank credit is impeding growth, said economists including former Fed Governor Lyle Gramley. Lending contracted for five straight weeks through Sept. 9, a drop that in part reflects Fed orders to banks to raise more capital and toughen lending standards. A failure to restore the flow of bank credit carries the risk that the economic recovery will be slower than the Fed anticipates, or even that the U.S. lapses into another recession, economists say. That would make it more likely the Fed will keep its main interest rate close to zero for a longer period. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg News unanimously forecast the Fed will leave its benchmark interest rate
unchanged. (Bloomberg)
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Meme: Save Yvonne's Sight

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 05:07 AM PDT


I have been tagged by Elviza and Daphne to do the Save Yvonne's Sight meme. Since many bloggers did their meme before raya, I decided to wait for mine to come out after raya.

I first read about Yvonne Foong when MarinaM blogged about her here.

Amazed by her determination, I immediately placed a link to her blog on my blogroll. According to her latest update, the blog meme has managed to raise an additional RM20,000. She needs to raise RM154,704 by 23rd November 2009 for her surgery. As at her update on 23rd September 2009, she has managed to raise RM75,602.

YOU can also help by sending on this meme. If you do, please follow these meme rules:

1. Create a blog entry titled "Meme: Save Yvonne's Sight"

2. List three things you love to see. Add in the picture of Yvonne's book cover. The URL is http://www.yvonnefoong.com/images/banner/my-story.jpg

3. End with the line, "Yvonne Foong is in danger of losing her eyesight thanks to neurofibromatosis (NF). Please find out how you can help her by visiting her blog at http://www.yvonnefoong.com.

4. Tag 5 blog friends. Be sure to copy the rules, OK?

5. If you have a Facebook account, please check out Ellen's new invention, a "feme" pronounced FEEM, a meme designed for Facebook here. And if you want to blog about NF, that would be great too!

The three things I love to see are:

1. People living in harmony regardless of nationality, race or religion.
2. Smiles on everybody's faces, especially children.
3. Cute little babies!!

I'm supposed to tag 5 blog friends, but since most of my blog friends have already been tagged, I shall leave the tag open. If you are reading this and you have not done the tag, well, you are hereby tagged!


Yvonne Foong is in danger of losing her eyesight thanks to neurofibromatosis (NF). Please find out how you can help her by visiting her blog at www.yvonnefoong.com


Era Najib Altantuya : Kesan Calar Aidilfitri 1430

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 05:26 AM PDT

Aidilfitri 1430 sudah berlalu. Ada sesuatu yang tidak kena rasanya terhadap kemuliaan dan tuntutan aid itu sendiri kerana sikap dan cara sesetengah golongan umat Islam kita menyambut hari aid ini. Ternyata sesetengah umat Islam masih kuat berpegang kepada perkara yang tidak ada hujah melainkan terpengaruh dengan keseronokan.. Hari aid telah ditunggang balik tujuan, adab, hikmah dan tuntutan yang sebenar. Golongan ini telah mentafsirkan hari gembira yang tak tahu hujung pangkal.

Apa sudahnya jika hal ini berlarutan? Siapa yang bertanggung jawab untuk membetulkan hal ini? Barangkali boleh kita letakkan tanggung jawab ini kepada:

1. Seorang menteri yang berkuasa dalam Kementerian Komunikasi yang juga berkuasa dalam lesen Astro atau dalam bidang penyiaran swasta.
2. Pengarah dan penerbit rancangan hiburan di mana-mana stesen penyiaran.
3. Pelakon, artis, budayawan, fesyen, modeling atau setidak-tidaknya pengarah/ penerbit persembahan.
4. Editor ruangan hiburan atau editor akhbar, majallah dan,
5. Sesiapa yang dirasakan ada memain peranan dengan bidang ini menjelang hariraya.

Golongan-golongan ini mestilah diberi penerangan yang sungguh-sungguh dengan hujah dan hukum. Beri ceramah dan kaunseling yang berkesan tentang salah betul apa yang dikata agama itu. Dan kemudiannya dikuatkuasakan pula oleh undang-undang, di mana menteri berkenaan dan pihak berkuasa komunikasi sudah faham segala-galanya.

Jangan jadi hukum sebat Kartika. Hukum ada tetapi pelaksaaannya uk-ak-uk-ak.

Tulisan ini akan dianggap melampau. Tetapi soalnya kita telah membiarkan hal ini sedemikian lama, maka apakah kita tidak mahu sama-sama membetulkannya?

Aidilfitri sebenarnya sebagai hadiah kemenangan orang-orang Islam dalam perjuangan mengengkang hawa nafsu di bulan Ramadhan, maka Allah membalasnya dengan satu hari yang dinamakan 'Idulfitri atau Hari Raya Fitrah. Hari itu Allah menghalalkan berbuka dan mengharamkan berpuasa Tapi mengapa ada golongan yang mengubah tuntutan aid ini dengan imej gila dan tidak ada kena mengena dengan aid.

Dulu kongsi raya. Ada pemimpin beria-ria kata bagus. Pembodek pun kata bagus. Pada tak betul. Yang tak betul ialah amalannya. Tapi kerana kejahilan, perkara itu jadi acara Aid Islam.

Kini program hiburan menjadi program hari raya. Hari raya semacam tidak sah kalau tidak ada program ini. Siapa yang mengajar? Petua mana yang diambil? Ke mana JAKIM, IKIM pula mana dakwahnya. YADIM apa kuasanya? Menteri Penerangan Islam, Kementerian Komunikasi, masakan boleh membiar begitu saja.

Kalau ada golongan yang bawa kepala lembu di katakan mencemar kesucian. Kartun Nabi Muhamad, menghina Islam. Soal penjualan arak di katakan tak jaga maruah Islam. Sebut Tuhan samseng melenting kata kurang ajar. Rasul melayu ditangkap. Tetapi apabila ada program mencemar kemuliaan raya, digalakkan pula.

Bukan mereka tidak tahu di antara adab-adab dan perkara-perkara yang sepatutnya dilakukan ketika menyambut kedatangan hari raya, tapi sayangkan mereka degil. Tak pula dimasukkan ke ISA kerana menghina agama.

Golongan yang disebutkan di atas sebenarnya tidak memahaimi apa yang mereka lakukan itu adakah maruah hari raya atau hiburan hari raya. Bagi mereka hari raya ialah:

1. Pendedahan pelakon A bertunang dengan B, seiring sejalan menghantar tunang balik kampung di perhentian keretapi. Itulah upacara hari raya.
2. Bagi mereka hadiah hariraya ialah pengumuman ia membintangi drama hariraya?
3. Bagi mereka tidak nama hari raya jika tidak dengan Mega Raya Aidilfitri?
4. Bagi mereka hari raya ialah dengan adanya program drama Apek, Raja Azura, Nabil atau Aziz Satar.
5. Bagi mereka, kemeriahan hari raya ialah dengan adanya Roda-roda hari raya?
6. Bagi mereka hari raya mesti ada program telatah dan jeritan dan lompat gedik Aznil Nawawi dengan rancangannyanya?
7. Bagi mereka hari raya mesti ada tayangan filem Duyung, di mana Maya Karin berkemban sisik?
8. Bagi mereka petua memeriahkan hari raya umat Islam ialah hidangan I `m Not Singgle. Tasbeh dan takbir raya ialah dengan pendedahan Pierre Andre dengan Maya Karin dipaksa kahwin dalam usia muda melalui filem untuk hari raya?
9. Bagi mereka persembahan sempena hariraya hanya dengan kemunculan Farid Kamil, Lisa Surihani, Intan Ladyana?
10. Kenapa mesti meletakkan acara sempena hariraya umat Islam dengan Impak Maksima, Nana Tanjung3 yang menggambarkan seorang bapa kena main dan dibuli oleh anak-anak?
11. Apakah dengan tidak ada acara Habibi Mawi Aidilfitri maka hariraya tidak wujud?
12. Filem-filem hancai dan tidak memberi apa-apa makna selain menjerat emosi anak-anak muda, seperti syarat wajib tayang menjelang Aidil Fitri. Maka apakah rancangan hariraya dengan Kelab Pop, Fantasia, Macam-macam Aznil, Evolusi KL Drift, Monsert Reunion Af7 itu benar-benar dituntut oleh adab-adab hari raya?
13. Apakah megahnya hari raya dengan konsert Datuk Siti Nurhaliza dan akan tambah nilaikah fadilat hari raya?
14. Pihak rikod dan perushaan CD juga berebut-rebut menjelang raya, kononnya mahu mengambil sempena hariraya. Apakah hari raya hari MTV Karaoke Raya? Hari Nostalgia lagu raya? Hari Kompilasi lagu lama baru? Itulah amalan hari raya?
15. Apakah keberkatan hari raya kesahnya Abby yang sudah jadi solo dan menduduki rumah baru? Megah apa untuk hari raya hanya kesah seorang artis dikapit anak-anak yang bapanya sudah bercerai?
16. Tak jadi hari rayakah jika tidak ada Santai Bersama Seloka Lebaran.
17. Tak berserikah hari raya jika tidak menayang pakaian cantik dari modelling yang menyatakan gembira sambul lebaran dengan teman lelaki?
18. Bermaknakah hari raya yang mulia lalu diberita tentang seorang mantan johan menyanyi yang menangis di hari raya?
19. Itukah hariraya dengan barisan modeling menyatakan inilah songket sempena hariraya?
20. Hari rayakah kalau hanya dengan artis-artis kacau dodol di pakarangan rumah, kemudian pakat-pakat menyanyi hari raya?

Betulkah program seperti ini untuk hari raya umat Islam? Siapa yang mengajar mereka? Siapa yang merancang program seperti ini?

Ternyata mereka: dari peringkat kementerian, pengawal selia media, pengarah rancangan, penerbit, edtitor, pengarah drama, yang melulus rancangan, yang menamakan slot itu sempena hari raya perlu menilai semula minda, pengetahuan yang sedia ada. Setidak-tidak-tidaknya tanya minda sendiri, apakah ini betul program hari raya yang dituntut oleh Islam?

Atau yang bertanggung jawab dalam soal ini perlu berhimpun dan jemputlah pula mana-mana badan, alim ulama, cendekiawan agar hari raya tidak dicaca merbakan dengan program yang tidak ada sangkut paut dengan kemuliaan dan tuntutan hariraya dari sudut agama. Kalau sekadar menari, menyanyi, hiasan lampu dan pelita, kawah dodol dan lawak bodoh, filem-filem yang tak sampai ke mana, bukan hari raya pun boleh dibuat. Tetapi mengapa hari mulia dengan adab-adabnya yang tersendiri, kita menempelnya menjadi program raya?

Ini belum disebut tentang konsert hari raya. Dari mana nama dan konsep ini datang? Tapi sayang umat Islam tetap tidak peka. Apabila ada sekumpulan membantah, dituduh bermacam-macam. Yang anihnya, pegawai yang meluluskan permit pun tumpang sekaki dengan erti kosert raya seperti itu.

Kita sudah banyak menyeleweng. Pihak JAKIM, IKIM, YADIM, YAPEIM dan institusi keagamaan, alim ulamak dalam kerajaan, Pusat Pengajian Islam, Kementerian Penerangan, Komunikasi, ketua-ketua jabatan, pengarah-pengarah penyiaran, ketua editor akhbar, majallah, TV dan lain-lain perlu mengambil satu sikap memelihara kemuliaan hari raya. Kita sudah lama tersasar. -Azizi Abdullah

Ulasan GB

GB harap kawan rapat GB semasa zaman sekolah bersama-sama KM Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng, yang kini dah jadi Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Penyiaran (RTM) iaitu Datuk Ibrahim Yahaya atau dikenali dengan Tiger ada membaca dan dapat ambil perhatian terhadap tulisan Azizi Abdullah di atas. Datuk tentu ingat nama Azizi Abdullah yang novelnya Datuk ada baca semasa zaman persekolahan lebih 30 tahun dulu.


Era Najib Altantuya : Panglima ATM Ditamatkan Perkhidmatan secara Mengejut

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 04:11 AM PDT

Kisah penamatan perkhidmatan Panglima Angkatan Tentera Malaysia pada 1 Sep 2009 benar-benar membangkitkan kemarahan kebanyakan anggota tentera dari pangkat bawahan hinggalah ke peringkat atasan, dari yang telah bersara hinggalah rakyat yang simpati dengan perjuangan perajurit kita.

Apakah penamatan khidmat Jeneral Tan Sri Aziz Zainal dibuat tanpa terlebih dahulu mendapat perkenan Yang DiPertuan Agong ?

Seorang Panglima Angkatan Tentera hanya diberi masa 3 hari untuk menyerah tugas. Seorang Panglima Angkatan Tentera telah ditamatkan perkhidmatan sedangkan rumah persaraan belum disiapkan lagi.

Inikah balasan kerajaan terhadap Panglima Angkatan Tentera ? Jika seorang Panglima diperlakukan demikian apatah lagi anggota bawahan.




Peralihan kepimpinan Angkatan Tentera baru-baru ini memeranjatkan kebanyakan orang, manakala bagi sebahagian lagi…ianya seperti dijangkakan. Saya terpaksa mengambil masa untuk memahami mengapa pemergian secara tiba-tiba Panglima Angkatan Tentera. Tan Sri Abd Aziz Zainal, yang kelihatan bersara tanpa apa-apa penghormatan tentera seperti perbarisan kehormat, jamuan makan malam, lawatan ataupun menemui rakan-rakan dari Negara lain, terutamanya Negara-negara ASEAN.

Saya cuba untuk mendapatkan penjelasan dari beberapa pegawai yang masih bertugas dan juga yang sudah bersara mengenai persaraan mengejut Jen. Aziz Zainal, tetapi ramai yang bersetuju bahawa apa jua alasan, adalah tidak wajar kerajaan menyuruh Jen. Aziz zainal bersara secara mengejut. Tidak pernah berlaku dalam sejarah Angkatan Tentera dimana seorang Panglima Tentera diperlakukan demikian. Sekurang-kurangnya, Angkatan Tentera memberikan perbarisan kehormat untuk mengucapkan selamat jalan kepada Panglima Angkatan Tentera yang akan bersara.

Saya tidak mahu membuat spekulasi ataupun berkata apa-apa yang boleh menyinggung perasaan Je. Aziz zainal. Tetapi saya merasakan ada sesuatu yang tidak kena, dan ini akan menyebabkan pegawai-pegawai yang masih bertugas dan pegawai kanan tentera yang sudah bersara untuk membelanya, dan menganggap kerajaan tidak memberikan penghargaan atau penghormatan yang sepatutnya, kepada seorang Panglima Angkatan Tentera yang akan bersara. Sudah semestinya, saya adalah diantara mereka yang beranggapan sama seperti mereka.

Saya diberitahu bahawa Jen. Aziz Zainal sepatutnya bersara pada Ogos 2007 pada umur 56 tahun pada masa itu, tetapi selepas dilantik sebagai Panglima Angkatan Tentera pada Februari 2007, beliau ditawarkan untuk berkhidmat selama setahun berkuatkuasa dari tarikh perlantikannya sebagai Panglima Angkatan Tentera, yang sepatutnya berakhir pada hujung Januari 2008. Sekali lagi beliau ditawarkan setahun lagi yang sepatutnya berakahir pada Januari 2009, lebih kurang enam bulan dari umur persaraan wajib, iaitu 58 tahun. Selepas menamatkan perkhidmatan sambungan kali kedua pada Januari 2009, beliau telah ditawarkan sekali lagi sehinggalah 1 September 2009. Saya diberitahu bahawa beliau sekarang didalam cuti peralihan selama 5 bulan sehingga 31 Januari 2010. Secara keseluruhan, Jen. Aziz Zainal berkhidmat sebagai Panglima Angkatan Tentera selama 2 tahun 6 bulan.

Saya tidak faham, bagaimana kerajaan, terutamanya Kementerian Pertahanan boleh mengumumkan penyerahan tugas Jen Abd. Aziz kepada Panglima Angkatan Tentera yang baru beberapa sebelum Majlis Angkatan Tentera bersidang. Pengalaman saya sebelum ini ialah, sebarang keputusan Majlis Angkatan Tentera tentang perlantikan Panglima Angkatan Tentera yang baru, memerlukan perkenan Yang Di Pertuan Agong sebelum sebarang pengumuman secara rasmi dibuat, dan selalunya ia mengambil masa.

Walau apapun alasan yang membawa kepada perlantikan Panglima Angkatan Tentera yang baru, saya berpendapat bahawa persaraan Jen Aziz Zainal adalah secara mengejut dan tidak memenuhi etika tentera yang biasanya diberikan kepada semua Panglima Angkatan Tentera sebelum ini. Seseorang itu perlu faham tentang status dan kedudukan Panglima Angkatan Tentera didalam tentera dan juga dikalangan masyarakat, dan amat mengecewakan apabila mengetahui cara Jen Aziz meninggalkan perkhidmatan tentera.

Adalah diharapkan, bahawa tidak ada lagi peristiwa sebegini berulang lagi dan setelah berkhidmat didalam Bahagian Perjawatan Angkatan Tentera, adalah tidak salah kalau saya katakan, bahawa Bahagian tersebut patut dipersalahkan. Begitu juga Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Pertahanan,yang juga Setiausaha kepada Majlis Angkatan Tentera.

Artikel diatas diterjemahkan dari artikel asal yang bertajuk, THE SUDDEN DEPARTURE OF THE ARMED FORCES CHIEF IS ABNORMAL, tulisan Mohd. Arshad Raji. Seorang bekas pegawai tentera.


RIP John Tan, with love.

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 03:13 AM PDT

I have no idea what to blog for quite some time.Nothing amuses me anymore, life is not mundane, but nothing was out of the box.Monday morning I received a call from someone I least expected to pass me a news that I wouldn't have expected to be so soon.He has news about John Tan.The guy who keep me entertained from pm till am over the phone.The guy who taught me some computer technical terms.The


Why Women Cheat

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 01:35 AM PDT

*Names below are changed to protect their identities and this article is taken from Cosmopolitan, UK edition.

Sandy* 22, from UK agrees to the title above.

"I think cheating is wrong, so when I began sleeping with someone behind my boyfriend David's back, it made me realise how unhappy I'd become". David was her first real love but she says that, over time, they grew apart. "I got bored. He wanted to stay in all the time; I wanted to go out and do things. He didn't have a proper job so never had much money. I just couldn't see us having a future together. But he was my first love, I cared about him and I couldn't bring myself to end it."

Sandy met Aaron during the brief split from David last year and they had a fling. A few months on, she and David got back together, but she bumped into Aaron again and the pair started sleeping together while David was on a holiday. "Aaron was older, more mature, had a great job and wanted us to go out and do things together." For Sandy, he was everything David wasn't.

But Sandy couldn't sustain her double life. One night David caught her trying to delete an incriminating text from Aaron and soon after, they separated. "I felt so guilty. I couldn't carry on seeing two guys. But being with Aaron showed me I could be happy with someone else. In a way, it spurred me to end an unhappy relationship." She and Aaron went on to see each other after that.

Sandy says she wouldn't be able to forgive someone who cheated on her. "I'd be devastated and would end it there and then. It'd be so hurtful to think he'd needed to go elsewhere. It would really mess me up."

She had never intended to be unfaithful, and she vows that she will never do it again. "I did it because I genuinely liked the other person. Yes, there was lust there, but it wasn't just about sex. I just wanted someone to do things together with me. I think men are more likely to sleep with someone they've only just met in a club, although I also know plenty of men who wouldn't dream of cheating."

According to Brandy*, an infidelity expert, Sandy''s experience is typical. Women's primary reasons for straying a desire for intimacy, to feel close to someone or to recapture some feeling of romance. Sex comes to it, but it's generally much lower down their list. Boredom can play a part too. "Most women cheat as a last resort, because they're not getting what they want from their partners," says Brandy.

Brandy says most of the reasons women give for cheating are things that could be easily remedied by a partner who's willing to make the effort.

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Infidelity

I somehow agree to disagree. Sounds confusing, am I?

The question is, WHY WOMEN CHEAT? Wait, does it apply here in Malaysia? This article is taken from UK. I don't know. May be it does relate to some of you.

As the magazine says, female infidelity is on the rise. Sandy's case is rather common for these days. You may despise them, you may envy them, you may wish you had it in you, you  may be even one of them. Whatever your view may be, women are more and more likely to be unfaithful. Even the infidelity expert, Brandy mentioned that women's reasons for having affairs are generally more complex.

How complex can this be?

Let's open up this blog for debates between men and women. :)


Walk to Beach Street from Prangin Mall

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 01:04 AM PDT

I was too free yesterday, got nothing to do and didn't want to stick my lazy butt on my chair at home, the weather was pretty good in the morning which made me want to go out there and take a walk, anywhere, but not at home. So I called my friend Chern to go downtown with me. If I keep staying at home, my ass will just keep growing bigger by sitting in front of the computer all the time.

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I took the bus to town but it's pretty crowded and I had to stand. The weather that was good turned bad a little bit, rain started to fall as I reached KOMTAR.

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I didn't pass the bus interchange terminal but instead took the skybridge that connects Prangin Mall with KOMTAR to prevent myself from getting wet. I went to walk around at Prangin Mall for a while while waiting for Chern to come meet me up then we go to Jing Si's Books and Cafe for some tea.

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He came and we wanted to take the free Central Area Transit bus to Beach Street but the Rapid people told us that the next bus would be in 20 minutes, we didn't want to wait for it so we took a walk. The rain had stopped at that time.

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It maybe a long walk but it's fun and exercising. My route was Prangin Mall, Rope Walk, passed Campbell Street and Kimberly Street then to Chulia Street turned into Love Lane into Pitt Street, then through Little India and we reached Beach Street.

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If I got the money, I will buy a trishaw in the future. Haha.

I just love walking around in town, I can see a lot of old heritage buildings and one thing I have to say is that there's still a lot of bad looking building and shophouses, the government or someone should make some restoration work on them.

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Going through Little India.

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This at least made my Tuesday better, and funner, else I would be just sleeping or sitting at home. The whole walking this took us like 20 minutes, it's not so far afterall. Thank god that it's not very sunny at that time.

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Book, tea and music, that's nice. It's a Chinese novel by Gidden, I like his books. =)


Era Najib Altantuya : UMNO BN Terdesak Mahu Guna Pelajar

Posted: 23 Sep 2009 12:57 AM PDT

Di dalam satu perekembangan terdesak UMNO BN yang menghadapi kepupusan sokongan rakyat, kini UMNO BN sedang merangka program untuk membolehkan para pelajar untuk menjadi golongan terbaru menyokong perjuangan mereka.

Kalau sebelum ini para pelajar IPTA/IPTS dilarang berpolitik, kini dengan suasana politik tanahair yang dilihat sudah memperlihatkan sokongan rakyat terhadap UMNO BN sedang menjunam dan terpaksa menempuh kekalahan demi kekalahan di dalam pilihanraya kecil, UMNIO BN mencari helah baru kononnya untuk menjadikan pelajar IPTA sebagai pemimpin pelapis negara.


Kerajaan Atur Strategi Jadikan Pelajar Pemimpin Pelapis

Kerajaan sedang mengatur strategi dan pendekatan untuk menjadikan kira-kira sejuta pelajar di pusat pengajian tinggi (IPT) di seluruh negara sebagai golongan pelapis yang bakal memimpin negara.

Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Datuk Mustapa Mohamed, berkata ini perlu untuk melahirkan pemimpin yang berwibawa dan berilmu bagi memimpin generasi akan datang.

Beliau yang juga Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan Umno Kelantan berkata, angka itu adalah sebahagian 25 juta rakyat negara ini sebagai suatu gelanggang penting yang bakal mencorakkan masa depan negara.

"Ini merupakan suatu cabaran yang harus dipikul oleh sejuta pelajar sama ada yang sedang menuntut di IPTA atau IPT di seluruh negara," katanya ketika berucap pada majlis pemimpin bersama pelajar IPT di Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sultan Ismail (SMKSI) di sini, Rabu.

Turut hadir Timbalan Menteri Kewangan Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin, Pengarah Jabatan Pembangunan Persekutuan (JPP) Kelantan, Datuk Mohd Shukri Salleh dan Naib Cancelor Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK), Prof Datuk Zainal Mohamed.

Justeru itu, beliau mahu pelajar bergiat aktif dalam pertubuhan-pertubuhan sukarela (NGO), termasuk Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar untuk melahirkan pemimpin yang berwibawa dan berkaliber.

"Mereka juga perlu menjadi contoh ikutan dan mentor kepada pemimpin yang bakal menjadi pelapis kepada kepimpinan masa depan negara, sesuai dengan matlamat menjadikan Malaysia negara maju menjelang 2020," kata Mustapa.

Mengenai pelajar anak Kelantan, beliau mahu mereka mempunyai iltizam yang tinggi untuk menjadi pemimpin sama ada di peringkat negeri dan pusat bagi menggantikan pemimpin yang ada termasuk menjawat jawatan menteri besar sendiri. -Bernama




Kanye West Goes Mental

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 05:53 PM PDT

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irritated.

Posted: 22 Sep 2009 11:02 PM PDT


Totally no mood.

The noticeboard dropped from the wall at 4am. I couldn't sleep after that. I am a light sleeper, but I can really sleep for a long time as well.

I lost the pendant that Nic gave me. The "handle" was loose, why didn't I pay more attention to the loose pendant? And I have no idea why I dropped it at. !@&%$@^%#$?

I have not touch any POA exercises except the first. Next week there will be an assignment. The room was a freezer.

My N76 keeps hang for 3-5secs everytime I want to read a SMS or reply an SMS. It also hangs everytime I switch the camera on.

3 of my fingernails broke/chipped within a month.

I am having this terrible neckache and headache.

Feeling damn PMS-ed right now.


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