Saturday, November 7, 2009

Forest People

Forest People


Forest People

Posted: 07 Nov 2009 09:18 AM PST


Higher orangutan population expected in S'wak
By Zora Chan

By 2020, most primates can be found in Sarawak and Sabah, not Kalimantan

Galdikas said the main threats to orangutans and rainforest in Kalimantan included poaching, illegal logging, illegal mining, palm oil plantations and fires (forest fires to clear land for plantations).

"But nothing compares to palm oil plantations because it is legal. The primary cause of orangutan habitat destruction in Kalimantan is palm oil plantations," she said.

She pointed out that it was all right to go into palm oil plantations, as long as these were done under circumstances with the needs of the orangutan taken into consideration.

"Don't clear the whole forests but leave bits of primary forests for the orangutans to use and survive. The bigger the forests, the better. - The Borneo Post (read more here)



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Oh no! Imagine if the number of orang utans in Sarawak and Sabah exceed the Indonesia's, what will happens? The Indonesians will accuse us ''stealing'' their Orang Utans? Oh no, world war 3...!

But this is not about Indonesia vs Sarawak/Sabah, but read the bold words. Palm oil plantations. He he he. Still deny it, my dear leaders? Still campaigning for palm oil?

As for me, I don't mind if the orang utans are going to extinct one day, because, you know, our country has so many Orang Utan-like politicians. Nevermind, they can replace the real Orang Utan anyway :P

p/s: Saya suka minyak masak cap 8.


Walk The Talk

Posted: 07 Nov 2009 09:02 AM PST

KUCHING: A decade after Bakun hydro-electric project took flight, the lives of folks affected by the dam, particularly those from the Orang Ulu community, still remain "uncertain".Highlighting this was community leader Temenggong Datuk Nyipa Bato on Wednesday night when he spoke of problems folks there are facing, during a Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd dialogue session with the media here.

Among the issues raised by Nyipa was the absence of a good road to link Bakun to Belaga or other main towns.

Another issue was that the people were worried that once impoundment begins, the water level downstream would go down so low that river transport, the current common means of daily movement, would become difficult, thus affecting the economic and social lifestyle.

Apart from that, Nyipa said essential goods have always been sold expensively because of the relative isolation faced by the area.

"We were told we would get many things…roads and so on with Bakun coming, but today we are still waiting. And then, the price of things there are so expensive. Life is still quite uncertain in Bakun," said Nyipa. - The Borneo Post

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I'm going to Bakun and Ulu Baram this coming holiday. Attending some sort of program (NGO-thingy), which I can't disclosed here, since I'll blog about it when I come back to Sarawak, in less than 2 weeks. He he. So, just wait and see what am I going to do there. Yeah, don't be surprise if I join the blockade with the Penans. Ha ha ha ha. Read this, somebody is in denial stage. Ermm...erm.....erm..

Walk the talk, man!

p/s: 12 days to go. I miss kampua mee.......hoho.


We’re scrupulously non-judgmental about the ideology that drives terrorism - Mark Steyn

Posted: 07 Nov 2009 07:36 AM PST

Thirteen dead and 31 wounded would be a bad day for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, and a great victory for the Taliban. When it happens in Texas, in the heart of the biggest military base in the nation, at a processing center for soldiers either returning from or deploying to combat overseas, it is not merely a "tragedy" (as too many people called it) but a glimpse of a potentially fatal flaw at the heart of what we have called, since 9/11, the "War on Terror." Brave soldiers trained to hunt down and kill America's enemy abroad were killed in the safety and security of home by, in essence, the same enemy — a man who believes in and supports everything the enemy does.


Revelation 4 (King James Version)

Posted: 07 Nov 2009 08:22 AM PST


Revelation 4

1After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

2And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

3And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

4And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

5And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

6And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

7And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.

8And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

9And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,

10The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.



Era Najib Altantuya : Hadi Tak Akan Letak Jawatan

Posted: 07 Nov 2009 08:10 AM PST

Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang hari ini menegaskan bahawa beliau tidak akan meletakkan jawatan walaupun dikritik hebat dan didesak berbuat demikian.

"Pemimpin dipilih melalui muktamar parti dan ia adalah amanah…saya tidak akan membuang baju amanah ini," katanya semasa menggulung hujah pada Seminar Khas Memperkasakan Parti PAS di Markas Tarbiyah Pusat parti itu di Taman Melewar di sini.

Beliau berkata sebagai pemimpin, seseorang itu perlu bersikap profesional dan menerima sebarang kritikan dengan hati terbuka walaupun ia pedih.

"Pemimpin PAS ibarat pemain bola dan kita perlu berjiwa besar dalam menghadapi masalah.

"Walaupun ada teguran yang keras…suruh pecat kapten, buang pengurus dan pemain, tapi kita belum habis separuh masa pertama…kita pemain profesional, bukannya pemain kampung," katanya.

- BERNAMA


nizar Greater Unity Plan: MCA to ask Najib to step in? nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar

Posted: 07 Nov 2009 07:15 AM PST

Time For MCA To Ask Najib To Step In - Hishammuddin

KLUANG, Nov 7 (Bernama) -- The time has come for MCA to ask Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to step in to resolve the crisis the party is facing, said Umno vice president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

Hishammuddin said he believed the Prime Minister would not hesitate to assist MCA in trying to resolve its problems as the BN was also affected by what was happening in the party.

"I do not want to interfere in MCA's internal matters but I am concerned about our (Umno's) friends. If previously the BN chairman only gave advice, now it is time he stepped in to help out.

"I feel the public also feels the same way. Umno is also not happy with the turn of events in MCA. The people in the end will become bored with us (BN component parties) and look elsewhere for leadership, which will not only be a loss for MCA but the BN overall," he told reporters after attending a youth carnival here on Saturday.

Hishammuddin, who is also Home Minister and the MP for Sembrong, said all MCA leaders need to be concerned about the overall interests of the party and the BN and not act according to emotions.

The MCA, which is the second largest party in the BN coalition, has been embroiled in a leadership crisis for over a year now. An extrordinary general meeting was held by the party on Oct 10 to resolve the impasse but the feuds amongst the warring factions took numerous twists and turns since then and have only caused it to be mired in deeper trouble.

On other developments, Hishammuddin said his ministry was in the process of finalising its training modules for the People's Volunteer Corps (Rela) and the Civil Defence Department so as to attract more youths to join them in future.

-- BERNAMA


YAS MARINA - NEW FORMULA I CIRCUIT IN ABU DHABI

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Era Najib Altantuya : Janganlah Angkuh Dan Sombong Wahai Pemimpin PAS...

Posted: 07 Nov 2009 06:43 AM PST

Tak sangka rupa-rupanya perkara itu begitu serius. Nasib baiklah Tok Guru Nik Aziz meletupkannya cepat. Kalau tidak, semua orang pakat duk sembunyikan benda-benda yang mereka tak suka itu, dengan anggapan ia hanya perkara kecil. Rupa-rupanya ia bukan lagi perkara kecil.

Selepas ia dipecahkan oleh Tok Guru Nik Aziz, barulah semua orang nak mengaku, barulah semua orang nak bercerita, barulah semua orang nak buka rahsia, dan saya pun menerima bermacam-macam aduan melalui SMS, emel dan telefon.

Memang kita tak menduga ia seserius itu. Nampak di permukaannya macam biasa saja. Nampak airnya tenang. Ada sedikit berolak dan berkocak di sana-sini sekali-sekala, itu biasalah. Lebih-lebih lagi selepas musim kemenangan. Ada yang terlebih gembira sikit. Ada yang mulai khayal dengan kesenangan dan kebendaan. Ah, manusia ...!

Makanya ramai juga yang jadi melenting dengan tindakan Tok Guru Nik Aziz itu. Tak dinafikan saya pun terima banyak juga reaksi yang marah kepadanya dan menuduhnya melalut dan meminta dia melepaskan jawatan dan sebagainya. Tapi, lebih banyaklah lagi yang bercerita dan membuka rahsia-rahsia buruk yang selama ini dipendamkan.

Seseorang dari Seri Gombak misalnya menelefon saya mengadukan cerita yang berlaku setahun yang lalu.

Rumahnya kena pecah dan dimasuki perompak, dan isterinya kena tetak hingga hampir putus tangan. Ketika isterinya di hospital hampir satu bulan, tidak ada seorang pun pemimpin parti atau wakil mereka datang menjenguk.

Dia sendiri berjumpa dengan seorang tokoh pimpinan di kawasannya selepas tokoh tersebut berpidato penuh semangat di hadapan ribuan penyokong, dan dia menceritakan peristiwa yang menimpa keluarganya itu, dengan harapan tokoh itu akan datang menziarahi isterinya di hospital.

"Kita bukan nak minta duit," katanya, bercerita melalui telefon kepada saya.

Lalu terhamburlah cerita yang dia pernah bekerja untuk parti, menampal poster, memasang bendera, membawa makanan kepada jemaah yang bekerja di musim kempen pilihan raya, dan macam-macamlah.

"Waktu kempen pilihan raya," katanya, "habis semua orang tua, orang yang uzur, orang yang sakit, kita cari hingga ke hujung-hujung kampung, untuk tunjukkan keprihatinan kita dan parti kita. Tapi selepas menang, kita beritahu sendiri ke telinga dia pun dia tak datang!"

Cerita itu berlaku lebih setahun yang lalu. Tetapi kenapa tiba-tiba dia perlu menceritakannya lagi, sekarang? Dan itu hanya satu daripada puluhan cerita dan aduan yang saya terima dalam tempoh yang singkat selepas ledakan oleh Tok Guru Nik Aziz itu.

Beberapa orang pula bercerita tentang tokoh-tokoh yang sudah pandai hidup bergaya, lupa pada cara hidup serba sederhana sebelum menjadi YB dulu. Jemput berceramah pun kalau orang tak ramai dah tak mahu datang. "Tanya pula, dah dapat permit? Dulu tak peduli pun itu semua."

Ada pula tokoh tu, kalau naik kapalterbang mesti kelas satu atau business class! (Ha, terkejut kau!) Buat rumah banglo baru lagi. Ah, macam-macamlah, hal-hal yang negatif begitu. Saya pun malaslah nak ceritakan semula. Anda tahulah apa yang saya maksudkan.

Maka saya merumuskan - Nasib baiklah Tok Guru Nik Aziz meletupkannya cepat. Seperti saya kata dalam tulisan lalu: "Lebih baik ia ribut sekarang daripada ia ribut tahun depan."

Betul! Bukan tujuan nak menyalahkan sesiapa. Cuma ... Lihatlah! Buka mata, buka telinga, dan dengarlah apa yang rakyat bawahan nak cerita. Memang mereka nak bercerita sekarang. Dulu mereka sanggup pendamkan rahsia-rahsia yang kurang enak mengenai pemimpin mereka. Tetapi hari ini tidak lagi. Hari ini mereka mahu bercerita. Maka dengarlah!

Dengarlah luahan rasa orang-orang di bawah yang sebahagian mereka ada yang sudah jadi bosan dan meluat disebabkan terlalu keliru dan sebagainya, hinggakan ada yang nak keluar parti pun. Janganlah pula kita sendiri yang keliru disebabkan terpesona dengan kemenangan, hingga mahu menganggap suara-suara dari bawah ini semuanya remeh dan tak perlu diambil kira.

Bagi saya, seperti yang saya sebut dalam tulisan dulu: "Ini suatu saat yang genting dan mencabar. Tiap gerakan atau organisasi perjuangan akan ada saat ujian yang sebegini. Menguji kebijaksanaan kepemimpinan, untuk menghadapi cabaran yang lebih besar di hadapan. Ada hikmah-Nya, untuk PAS (satu-satunya wadah untuk Islam didaulatkan di negara ini) menjadi lebih kukuh dan mantap."

Tak mengapa. Jangan takut menghadapi krisis. Dan jangan takut mendengar tuduhan, aduan, kekecewaan, kemarahan dan sebagainya itu. Ini semua adalah tanda-tanda parti yang sedang membesar dan menjadi dewasa. Kalau tak mahu ada krisis seperti ini, apakah kita lebih suka melihat 'satu-satunya wadah untuk mendaulatkan Islam di negara ini' terus kekal sebagai parti yang kecil untuk golongan tertentu sahaja?

Saya dan kawan-kawan seniman-budayawan-cendekiawan – kami bukan orang politik. Tetapi kami adalah pemerhati yang mempunyai komitmen dengan kebudayaan, kesenian dan ketamadunan bangsa dan negara (yang sebenarnya tidak boleh dipisahkan dengan politik).

Golongan ini (seniman-budayawan-cendekiawan) sebenarnya mempunyai peranan tersendiri dalam perjalanan hidup bangsa dan negara. Inilah mesej yang selama ini cuba dihantar oleh golongan ini kepada orang-orang politik, agar dapat dijalinkan persefahaman, demi untuk mewujudkan kehidupan yang lebih jernih dan bererti.

Tetapi sayangnya kami masih mendapati orang-orang politik itu kebanyakannya terlalu angkuh dan sombong (apalagi selepas menang), hingga bukan sahaja mahu menafikan kepentingan golongan 'budayawan' ini, tetapi juga mahu menafikan kepentingan untuk mendengar suara-suara di peringkat bawah, seperti yang cuba saya paparkan di atas itu.

Maka ada seorang penulis di kalangan kami, yang melihat dari sudutnya tersendiri, selalu menegaskan bahawa: "Orang politik ni semuanya sama saja. Umnokah, PASkah, KeADILankah, sama saja."

Saya dan kawan-kawan lain selalu membantah pandangannya. Tetapi akhir-akhir ini apabila dia mengungkit kata-katanya itu, kami hanya berpandangan sesama sendiri, walaupun sebenarnya saya sendiri tidak bersetuju dengan pandangan itu. -Dinsman


MPI Forum Blog

Posted: 07 Nov 2009 06:20 AM PST

Methodist Pilley Institute (MPI), a locally renowned higher institution of learning, initiated another public forum for the interests of Sibuians. In mind of the organiser was the pressing concern for Sibu. Themed "Sibu In The Blue Ocean", the forum was organised with the aim to heighten the level of awareness of Sibuians generally with regard to the direction-heading of Sibu in terms of development and growth.

"Sibu In The Blue Ocean" was the second Sibu-centred public forum that MPI took up to hold towards meeting the thirst for some lights to be shed on the future of Sibu. The first talk, also given by Tan Kee Hian, was held last year on October 25 titled "Outlooks for Sibu From My Global Journey of Discovery".

"Sibu In The Blue Ocean" kick-started deeper thinking and more daring dreaming for our hometown. With that in mind, MPI has just set up a forum blog as a continuing effort with the objective to use it as a platform for open discourse or even debate on issues of interest and concern for Sibu.

Sibuians are encouraged to contribute constructive comments or opinions to the blog. Together let us work towards making Sibu a better place.

You may log on forum.pilley.edu.my

The above picture was taken at the forum last year at MPI. Photo : Terrence Tan


I Love it When it Rains

Posted: 07 Nov 2009 04:49 AM PST


i love it when it rains. it gives the sense of serenity to the atmosphere. it makes me feel refreshed.

good. especially at times like these. i just need to refresh.

photos are from my own archive, taken on September 2009, at Tok Wan's place.

p.s.: stay there, right under the umbrella.

Posted in just because, photos, weather


Religious vs. Spiritual

Posted: 07 Nov 2009 06:14 AM PST

Just one more thing before I pen off.. because I've enjoyed these videos so much.. I thought I should share them with you all :)

A friend asked me, "Are you a religious person?" (maybe because I've been posting a lot of religion stuff)
Without hesitating, I said, "No, I'm not. But I'm a spiritual person I suppose.."
Curious, the friend asked, "What is the difference?"
Honestly, I know not what it means.. haha. so I just replied, "I believe in the existence of God and the power of God. But as far as institutionalised religion is concerned, I may have differing views on that.. I do not impose my beliefs on anyone and I do not appreciate it when anyone try to impose their beliefs on me either.."

The context of being "religious" in this country expects you to behave in a certain way and manner that MUST satisfy the beliefs of the majority of people. Thus in this regard, I am not at all religious. Anyone who are close to me would happily validate that! :p

I digress. Anyway, the point is when Dr. Asri started being vocal about a few issues a few years back, I started following his views and opinions with interest. Surprisingly, a lot of his views match mine. The difference is, my argument is only based on my own common sense and basic human values (as I of course have no expertise in Quran, hadith and histories) while Dr. Asri argues from both theological and logic sense (which is even better. and he's damn funny too!!). When I was giving up hope on Malaysian "ulamaks" and "muftis" and all other "ustazs" (not all of course)... his refreshing views and opinions convince me that there is hope for a mindset-change after all...

For those who have never listened to Dr. Asri, who know is a famous icon thanks to Persatuan Peguam Syarie Malaysia (PGSM) and JAIS who made slanders against Dr. Asri and got him arrested by berpuluh2 polis (macam la Dr. Asri ni terrorist pulak) but later tak tau nak charge him with what which is sooo bloody stupid, he's a wonderful person with great sense of humour.

Some examples:
1) Isu Zakat to Non-Muslim


2) Non-Muslims in Mosques


3) Wudhu' between spouses 

4) Music


There are lotsa video links on the right side of youtube - answering queries and confusion. Quite entertaining. So, enjoy!


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Sibu In The Blue Ocean - Part 6

Posted: 07 Nov 2009 04:07 AM PST

Think the unthinkable! That precisely is the core of the Blue Ocean concept.

The dream for Sibu to be the first in Malaysia to achieve high-income status might sound farfeitched to a lot of Sibuians. But if we put it within the framework of the Blue Ocean Approach formulated by Tan Kee Hian, then it looks probable.

Our national goal now is for Malaysia to reach High-Income status.

Malaysia successfully leapt from a low-income nation to the present middle-income status. We have been stagnant at this level, moving only at a snail's pace towards the next status (high-income).

Our country needs new policies and strategies to take itself up to reach a high-income level. Dati' Seri Najib Razak said on 2 May, 2009, "We need to introduce a new economic model to ensure a quantum leap to become a high-income country".

In the 2010 Budget Presentation, the prime minister encouraged several measures to drive the country towards a high-income economy.

1. Increased private investment.
2. Intensify foreign direct investment (FDI).
3. Intensify research, development and commercialisation.
4. Boost the tourism industry.
5. Intensify the halal industry.
6. Advance the agriculture sector.

Achieving high-income status is presently Malaysia's big challenge!

Photo: Terrence Tan of MPI


Era Najib Altantuya : Hadapkan Abu Bakar Chik Ke Lembaga Disiplin!

Posted: 07 Nov 2009 06:46 AM PST

Rupa-rupanya tiada satu pun peminpin PAS yang berkata benar mengapa TG Nik Aziz tidak menghadiri sidang akhbar selepas mesyuarat khas yang diadakan pada malam Rabu 28 Oktober 2009. Tiada seorang pun yang jujur mahu menyatakan hakikat. Penulis sedih. Penulis terpaksa menyatakan hakikat yang sebenar. Anda semua tahu apa yang berlaku pada malam mesyuarat khas itu ?? Mari sini penulis ceritakan. Ini sudah tidak menjadi rahsia lagi.

Ketika masing-masing menyatakan hujah, tiba-tiba Abu Bakar Chik(ABC) telah menyergah TG Nik Aziz.

"Nik Aziz dah tua dan nyanyuk, lebih baik letak jawatan sebagai Mursyidul Am PAS dan Pesuruhjaya PAS Kelantan".

Woiii mangkuk !!! kot iye pun nak peluk UMNO jagalah adab bahasa tu. Kau bercakap dengan Mursyidul Am PAS.

"Kalau boleh MB pun rakyat tok say(tolak) mu(TG Nik Aziz) sekarang ni...," ABC menambah.

Kurang ajar. ABC kata Ustaz Abdul Halim Abdul Rahman sudah bersedia menggantikan TG Nik Aziz sebagai Pesuruhjaya PAS Kelantan.

"Menteri Besar...banyak lagi yang boleh keje kalau Tok Guru berhenti...,"

Pandai pulak ABC ni panggil TG Nik Aziz sebagai Tok Guru. Kira bahasa lembut dia lah ni nak mintak TG Nik Aziz berhenti. Walhal dia tengah menekan TG Nik Aziz. Dia sedang memaksa Tok Guru letak jawatan. Sabar je la den.

ABC terus sambung gesaan dia supaya Tok Guru berhenti. ABC tegaskan, Prof. Harun Din(Mastermind UG) sedia pangku jawatan Mursyidul Am PAS.

Mesyuarat khas malam itu dihadiri lebih 50 orang pemimpin PAS. Dan ABC sanggup mencerca dan menghina batang tubuh TG Nik Aziz dalam mesyuarat yang disaksikan oleh semua orang. Banyak lagi diolog yang mahu penulis coretkan di sini. Tapi tidak sampai hati. Cukuplah. Dah tiada bahasa carut yang sesuai untuk ABC ni. Ini khas untuk mu ABC. ISA SAMAD KAU !!!

Cercaan dan penghinaan ABC dalam mesyuarat khas itu menyebabkan TG Nik Aziz sebak, lemah dan mulai sesak nafas. Lantas TG Nik Aziz dikejarkan Institut Jantung Negara(IJN). Itu sebab TG Nik Aziz tidak muncul dalam Press Confrence. Ulang sekali lagi. TG Nik Aziz tidak hadir sidang akhbar selepas mesyuarat khas kerana semasa itu TG Nik Aziz sudah berada di IJN.

Hairan bagaimana TG Nik Aziz dalam keadaan sesak nafas dan tangan memegang dada keluar dari pejabat agung PAS tanpa disedari oleh semua wartawan dan lain-lain?? Mesyuarat khas itu diadakan di tingkat 5. TG Nik Aziz dengan dibantu beberapa orang turun melalui lif. Lif turun terus ke B iaitu basement atau tempat parking kereta bagi Pimpinan utama PAS. Tok Guru terus naik kereta di basement lalu dikejarkan ke IJN. Para wartawan tidak akan perasan kerana basement di Pejabat Agung PAS jalan raja laut terkebelakang dan terlindung dari pandangan mata. Sedangkan mereka iaitu para wartawan berkubu di tingkat G bangunan tersebut.

Tetapi yang lebih hairan mengapa boleh ada pimpinan PAS seperti ABC sanggup mencerca TG Nik Aziz dan memaksa TG Nik Aziz letak kesemua jawatannya samada dalam parti dan dalam kerajaan negeri. Itu namanya kurang ajar. Penulis yakin ABC ini telah diarahkan oleh Mustafa Ali dan dipersetujui oleh TG Hadi dan Harun Taib. Mula-mula mereka sindir TG Nik Aziz dengan mengeluarkan press statement supaya pemimpin jangan guna blog untuk meluahkan rasa hati. Sindiran itu hanya khas untuk TG Nik Aziz. Tetapi pemimpin PAS seperti Hasan Ali, Nasarudin Mat Isa dan Roslan SMS boleh guna dan memperalatkan blog dengan memanggil blogger UMNO dan blogger PAS yang pro UG. Siap boleh dedahkan rahsia besar PAS kepada blogger UMNO semata-mata nak menyelamatkan tengkuk masing-masing. Hasan Ali, Nasarudin Mat Isa dan Roslan SMS hanyalah budak suruhan puak PAS Terangganu. Roadshow Hasan Ali di seluruh negeri Selangor pun atas arahan dari Mustafa Ali konon dengan roadshow tersebut Hasan Ali dan puak PAS yang pro UG tidak bersalah dan memperlekehkan TG Nik Aziz dalam pada masa yang sama.

Nampak tak macam mana politiking pemimpin PAS Terangganu. Memang menjijikkan. Geng Terangganu ini sebenarnya sudah mabuk kuasa. Kuasa yang mereka terlepas pada Pru tahun 2004 amat menghantui mereka. Macam orang gila talak. Ini bukan tuduhan, tetapi pemimpin PAS Terangganu merompak kekayaan negeri mereka dengan serban dan jubah pada tubuh mereka. Pandai tak mereka menipu rakyat ?? Mereka tak pandai mana pun tetapi kita lah yang bodoh kerana mempercayai mereka dan menganggap mereka maksum kerana jubah dan serban mereka. Mereka senyum semasa mereka menipu kita.

Selain gilakan jawatan Menteri Pusat dalam Kerajaan Persekutuan, geng-geng Terangganu ini ego dan tidak pandai merendah diri. PAS boleh lupakan Pru-13 jika tidak membuang pemimpin dari clan Terangganu ini dengan seberapa segera.

Bagi mereka yang ragu dengan cerita penulis mengenai bagaimana ABC menghina dan mencerca TG Nik Aziz supaya letak jawatan hingga Tok Guru dikejarkan ke IJN, anda sendiri boleh bertanya terus kepada lebih 50 orang pimpinan PAS yang hadir pada mesyuarat khas pada malam itu. Sahihkan fakta ini dengan mereka. Suruh mereka bersumpah atas nama ALLAH. Suruh mereka bersumpah bohong.

Kepada ABC yang kurang ajar, Mustafa Ali yang penipu dan TG Hadi yang khianat kepada pengundi !!! Sila nafikan segala pendedahan ini jika kalian bermaruah.

Buat sekian kalinya, penulis menegaskan sebab mengapa TG Nik Aziz tidak menghadiri press confrence selepas mesyuarat khas pada malam itu kerana TG Nik Aziz dipaksa letak jawatan oleh clan PAS Terangganu lalu sakit dan dikejarkan ke IJN bagi menerima rawatan. - Ali_baganutama

Ulasan GB

Saya minta Pengerusi Lembaga Disiplin, Ust Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man jangan buat-buat terlepas pandang terhadap isu ini. Jangan hanya tahu nak membelasah kumpulan anti-UG sedangkan golongan kamu sendiri yang menyokong Ug yang mengina Mursyidul Am PAS dibiarkan.

Malah di Seminar Memperkasakan PAS hari ini sekali lagi Abu Bakar Chik melakukan penghinaan terhadap Prof Abd Aziz Bari yang dijemput PAS sebagai ahli forum apabila beliau menyatakan "Minta maaflah, hari ini saya sampai tidak boleh nak lihat muka Prof Aziz". Hebat dan tinggi sangat ker ilmu Abu Bakar Chik berbanding orang lain terutama Prof Abdul Aziz yang sehingga tak boleh pandang mukanya. Kalau begitu mengapa datang? Mengapa bangun berbahas? Beliau sepatutnya menghormati keputusan jawatankuasa Seminar yang mengundang Abdul Aziz. Abdul Aziz pada bila-bila masa boleh menyatakan "pinggan tak retak nasi tak dingin - orang tak hendak aku pun tak hingin!"

Itulah satu contoh terbaik gelagat salah seorang pemimpin PRIMITIF dari Trengganu! Abu Bakar Chik namanya.


All By Myself ...

Posted: 07 Nov 2009 01:50 AM PST

I haven't really been blogging or even doing any internet surfing for the past couple of days due to the really crazy workload I have. We've got some crazy projects running in the office which requires a constant hands on approach not to mention some back breaking tedious labour work as well.

We recently (more like a month ago) purchased one of those large format ink-jet printing machines, the kind that can print buntings, banners, backdrops, stickers and a host of other things to complement our existing digital printing machines and people are becoming aware of its existence and are starting to give us more jobs.

We're not a big setup but a nice small one and that means that my boss and me have to practically get down on our hands and knees to do the final finishing for all the jobs we get which is really back breaking to say the least. In fact we just finished a huge order yesterday and have another set of orders lined up for next week which means my blogging time will be quite limited ... siggghhh ...

Anyway, that really wasn't what I wanted to talk about. My boss rents a small room at the back of the office to this elderly gentleman, somewhere in his 60's I think. Initially he was just renting the back room to run his small format printing business but now he's also staying in the office. I don't really know the history of this guy except that he's not married and don't really have a family.

I don't really interact with him all that much, not because I'm snobbish or anything but simply because I mind my own business most of the time. Since our new machine came in, my boss kinda hired him to help us out and he's pretty eager, sometimes a little too eager that he gets on both my boss's and my nerves. But with him being much senior than both of us we don't tell him off out of respect.

Not to be mean or anything but he's also a little weird in the head. Many a times you can hear him in his room talking to himself or simply sitting in the pantry and smiling away. Then there are times when he will just run into my boss room, excitedly and forcefully tell him to get a pen and a piece of paper, write down a particular number and force him to buy one of those Magnum 4D lottery numbers which till this very day has never won anything, not even close.

Now that he's more or less working for us, he gets on my nerves quite a bit by insisting we do the production work his way, not that I really listen to him all that much. I still do things my way. But he has his fair share of genius ideas that helps us to get things done much faster, if only he wasn't so insisting about wanting to do everything his way. I can't blame him though, he's at an age where he thinks he knows way better than us 'younger' people. I suppose everyone goes into that phase eventually.

But what really got me thinking was the fact that he lives in a small rented back room in the office all on his own. What happened to his family? Doesn't he have any siblings? What about kids? Has he even been married before? Is he all alone in this world?

He doesn't have much friends because people think he's a little weird. Most of the time, he only talks to me, my boss and some of our regular clients. There I am after work happily heading home to my family in this nice house, sitting and having my dinner and then watching TV and stuff while there he is, all alone in this tiny room, having to go out and buy his dinner every night with no family to call his own.

I do feel sorry for him at times but then maybe that's the life he chose. Maybe he wants to be independent and live on his own. Maybe he can't get along with family or relatives and they kicked him out or something. I don't know and I really don't want to find out the reason anyway. All I know is I don't think I could live without my family and my close friends and I hope I never have to.

I'd probably lose my mind if I was all alone most of the time with no one to talk to and I'm so thankful that I have wifey by my side to constantly irritate all the time ... LOL! What about you guys? Do you think you could live on your own in your old age? Stay in a small little room at the back of some office? With no one to talk to, no family or friends? I know I couldn't.

With that all said and done, have a great weekend :D

Note - And if any of you need to print buntings, banner, backdrops, stickers, posters, profiles, booklets, wedding cards, business cards ... well just about anything that can be printed on ... you all know who to look for, right? :D
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My Malaysian Insider Column: Overcoming Our Democratic Deficit

Posted: 07 Nov 2009 03:09 AM PST

I am currently in the UK, meeting Malaysians and talking to them about politics. I was also recently in the United States, at the Bay Area in California for a similar purpose

It was heartening to see the strong level of interest that Malaysians residing in both countries showed in the political situation back home, especially after the last General Elections. They asked the usual questions: like whether Pakatan Rakyat can win in the next polls, and when will we resolve our internal difficulties.

But another question that often cropped was when, if ever, the expatriate Malaysian community will get to vote in its elections.

The question reminded me of our nation's democratic deficit – how in reality our so-called democratic system falls glaringly short in too many areas to be truly called as such. There's more to being a democracy than simply holding elections every four or five years.

It's about creating institutional cultures and practices that allow for a level playing field and for the optimum participation of the people. It's about ensuring that too much power can never be concentrated in the hands of one person or group. This sadly isn't the case in Malaysia.

Our political process is still plagued by imbalances and weaknesses that more often than not which result in the headlines which we find so heartbreaking. There are commonsense methods to solve them, but the Government, for all its promises of reform, cannot seem to bring itself round to putting them into motion.

The bad news is that until we close this deficit, Malaysia will always be in a state of waithood, or being neither here nor there as a country. We will never achieve lasting or sustainable socio-economic or cultural progress until we first expand our political freedoms and civil liberties substantively. The two are not mutually exclusive, indeed they are dependent on each other- in Asia more so than anywhere else.

The political misuse of public institutions, reviving local council elections, draconian laws and cleaning up the electoral roll have been raised countless times, so rather than repeating those issues I'd like to touch on those that are less well-known. The three most glaring in my mind are postal votes for Malaysians abroad, the grossly skewed delineation of electoral constituencies as well as campaign financing.

Whenever we hear the term postal vote, usually we will think about the votes given to the military and police serving away from their homesteads, and how these ballots are reportedly used to ensure BN victories. The results of several state and parliamentary seats in 1999, 2008 and 2009 went the way they did because of postal votes.

Their very existence is rather archaic. It's ironic that our security forces (and their families) are still being forced to exercise their right to vote in this manner, long after the Communist insurgency in our country was declared over and in the absence of any external threat. On the other hand, Malaysians who are living overseas are denied the right to vote at all.

We all know that there is a growing number of Malaysian students and workers overseas, in USA, UK, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, the Gulf nations, Egypt and Jordan to name a few. These are our countrymen, who have kept their citizenship and many plan to return home eventually.

They care about what's going on in Malaysia and want to exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens. But when they contact the authorities about voting, they are sent round the bend with various, contradictory excuses. They have been told that only the diplomatic staff members are allowed to so; or that there was not enough time to transport the ballots overseas or that the high commission or embassy simply does not provide this service.

According to a statement in Parliament by Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department on the 4th of November 2009, the postal vote is to allow security forces and students abroad to vote. Yet from my personal experience as a student in London and from my conversations with others, many students have been unable to exercise this right.

I am interested to hear from anyone who has been able to do so. But even if the right exists in some places, it surely ought to be made available to all Malaysian citizens abroad regardless of where they are.

Indonesians citizens in Malaysia – and not just students but workers and labourers as well – recently turned up at their Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to vote for their legislatures and president. Similarly, Iranians in the US – whom we all know doesn't have the best of diplomatic relationships with the Islamic Republic – cast their ballots at hotels and mosques across that country for this year's disputed presidential election.

Here's another irony: some Malaysian students in the UK have voted in British elections (Commonwealth citizens are allowed to via the Representation of the People Act 2000), but never for their own country!

Disenfranchised expatriate Malaysians are only part of our democratic deficit. Another flaw is the disparity between voters and seats as a result of gerrymandering. The original Federal Constitution provided that discrepancies between constituencies could not exceed 15 percent.

This provision was removed for some reason in 1962. We are thus left with anomalies like the Kapar Parliamentary constituency, which has 112224 voters compared to the seat of, Putrajaya that has only 6608 voters. Thus a vote in Putrajaya is worth nearly twenty times in comparison to a voter in Kapar. There are state seats that are bigger than the former in some places! Surely this is a mockery of democracy?

Hence, even in former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's huge victory in 2004 when the BN obtained 90 percent of the Parliamentary seats, it only won 63.9 percent of the popular votes. Many have in the past called for our current electoral system to be replaced by a proportional voting one, as exists in Australia and other countries.

There might be less talk of this now since the Opposition has made significant gains in the elections. Furthermore I believe that there are strong arguments both for and against the present first-past-the-post system that we still have not fully comprehended. The difficult issue about electoral reform is that the victors are always less-inclined to change a system that benefits them.

But even if we agree to maintain the present voting system, Malaysians who care about democracy must speak up against the grossly skewed system we have today. It might be impossible to achieve proper proportionality under the first-past-the-post system, but restoring the Constitutional provision against lopsided constituencies mentioned earlier as envisioned by our founding fathers upon Merdeka is surely a reasonable and viable alternative.

Lastly, the issue of campaign financing. Let's face it, political parties can only perform with a certain measure of funding. But, as we know, corruption will inevitably occur if the fundraising process is not accountable and transparent.
Malaysia lacks proper laws in this area. Candidates running in elections have limits to their electoral expenses, but it is far from adequate. Their campaign accounts are not audited.

Candidates are only penalised for not submitting expenses reports. At any rate, there is a loophole that allows expenses covered by a political party to be considered distinct from its candidates. Certain parties have in the past surely spent much more than the RM200,000 cap for each of their Parliamentary candidates!

Advanced democracies have come up with better mechanisms. In the US for example, corporations and labour unions are prohibited from donating to federal campaigns but can donate to political action committees. Government funding is available for Presidential candidates that meet certain requirements.

Candidates that choose to accept this are subject to a spending limit in return. Candidates, parties and political action committees are expected to routinely file reports disclosing funds raised and spent. Individual donations are also limited to a certain amount.

There are also local initiatives in the US such as 'Clean Money, Clean Elections' that provide qualified candidates with matching government funding for a number of small donations, that in turn bar them from raising money from other sources. Candidates that choose not to accept public funding are still subject to many restrictions, which means that most candidates participate in the scheme in practice.

In the UK, the Electoral Commission requires all political parties to register with it. The Commission sets down accounting requirements for them and regulates their donations and loans. Donations over a certain amount to the national or local parties must be declared. Donors must either be voters registered in the electoral roll or organisations based in the UK.

All forms of donations, including from party headquarters must be declared. There is also a limit on how much can be spent in the run-up to a general election. In addition, under the 'Short Money' policy the Opposition parties are given funding to assist their Parliamentary duties, travel costs and the running of the office of the Opposition Leader.

These safeguards are not perfect, of course. Campaign finance reform is still a major issue in the US, with even the most basic laws requiring the adroit championship of luminaries like John McCain.

Also, the recent MP's Expenses Scandal in Britain has rocked its political system to the core. For all these shortcomings however, they are still leaps and bounds over what we have to make do with in Malaysia.

The desire for change following the 8th of March provides an opportunity for reform to overcome our democratic deficit. Malaysians expect much more now from their politicians and this is the right time for them to demand more probity from them.

Furthermore, due to BN's loss of their two-thirds majority in Parliament, it cannot now embark on a unilateral re-delineation of Parliamentary constituencies, and many other states under both BN and Pakatan are also unable to do so.

A Royal Commission ought to be formed with the view of recommending concrete package of political reforms. These can include revising draconian laws, prohibiting the use of government machinery, reviving local elections and cleaning up the electoral roll.

It could also consider expanding postal votes to all Malaysians abroad, lowering the voting age, reducing discrepancies in the sizes of constituencies and reforming campaign finance.

These initiatives are not difficult or expensive to set into place. They simply require political will and for one to care enough about democracy to want to implement them in the first place.

By closing our democratic deficit, we will make our public life more open and meaningful by making it more relevant to the lives of ordinary Malaysians as well as less corrupt.


Mr. President, Is It Getting Any Better as the Answers Come In? - Andy McCarthy Friday, November 06, 2009

Posted: 06 Nov 2009 11:20 PM PST

President Obama today in the Rose Garden, speaking about the Muslim mass-murderer who killed many more Americans yesterday than were killed by the Muslim mass-murderers who bombed the World Trade Center in 1993: "We don't know all the answers yet. And I would caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all the facts."

So, at the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Steve Emerson marshals some of the answers that have come in about Nidal Malik Hasan: "Born in Virginia, sent to medical school by the U.S. Army, the psychiatrist was chastised for proselytizing to his patients about Islam. Asked his nationality, he didn't identify himself as an American but as a Palestinian. He appeared pleased by the shooting death of a Little Rock Army recruiter in June and reportedly was heard saying, 'maybe people should strap bombs on themselves and go to Times Square.' In the fateful moment before he opened fire on his unarmed victims, he shouted Allahu Akhbar!''

President Obama has had no problems jumping to conclusions about everything from the stimulus (it was going to keep unemployment below 8 percent) to Honduras (the administration pronounced it a lawless coup when, as the answers came in, it was shown to be the opposite of that). In fact, based on what it acknowledged was no "specific information," his Homeland Security Department concluded that the country was about to experience a surge of violence from "rightwing extremists." I don't know what further answers the president is going to need here, but it seems some pretty obvious conclusions are in order.

By the way, as Steve points out, CAIR has also weighed in. They say . . . we don't know all the answers yet and we shouldn't jump to conclusions. Source....


Solving water gutter leakage problem affecting 4 houses at Solok Zoo, Air Itam

Posted: 06 Nov 2009 11:53 PM PST



It is an in-fill development. During the construction of a double storey house, the water gutter of 4 neighbouring houses were affected by the vibration and leakage happened. My voters came to me. I intervened by asking the contractor to resolve the problem and now it is solved.

黃漢偉早前巡視阿依淡選區時說,他早前接到居民王良輝的投訴,鄰居裝修時不小心弄壞連接他及鄰居共4間家的雨水槽,導致雨水偶爾會流進家裡。

他在接到居民投訴後,在他、裝修住家的屋主、市政局等人的協助下,已解決此問題。


Are All Religions Equally Violent? - Michael Rubin

Posted: 06 Nov 2009 11:14 PM PST

Regarding the ongoing discussion of Islam's role in terrorists' justification of their actions in general and Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's self-justification in particular, there's a tendency among the government, academics, and the media to engage in religious equivalency and suggest that Islamic extremism is really no different than Jewish and Christian extremism.

To counter such notions, Raymond Ibrahim's article, "Are Judaism and Christianity as Violent as Islam?," is certainly worth a weekend read. Source...


Shooting Raises Fears For Sanity Of Entire Western World - Mark Steyn Friday, November 06, 2009

Posted: 06 Nov 2009 11:11 PM PST

The Headline of the Day, from the BBC:

Shooting Raises Fears For Muslims In US Army

Really? Right now the body count stands at:

Non-Muslims 13
Muslims 0

I was reading from some of this kind of coverage on the Rush Limbaugh show today. Even if you are concerned that it would be terribly unfair if all Muslims were to be tarred by Major Hasan's brush, it is, to put it at its mildest, the grossest bad taste to default every single time within minutes to the position that what's of most interest about an actual atrocity with real victims is that it may provoke an entirely hypothetical atrocity with entirely hypothetical victims. I refer you yet again to this note-perfect parody:

British Muslims Fear Repercussions Over Tomorrow's Train Bombing

This kind of media coverage is really a form of mental illness far more advanced than whatever Major Hasan's lawyers eventually enter in mitigation, and apparently pandemic, at least among the western media.

On a related note, from David Horowitz: "Is everybody out of their mind?"

Bonus: "We're the ones who love death - our own." Source....


The gunman in Fort Hood shouted "Allah Akbar", the military

Posted: 06 Nov 2009 10:07 PM PST

UNITED STATES

The army said Nadil Malik Hasan shouted "Allah Akbar" - "God is great" in Arabic - by opening fire on the military base in Texas, where 13 people died and 30 were injured. The family of the gunman, who said he was "shocked", said he is "an American citizen and loves America."

Le commandant Cone s'exprime devant les caméras après la fusillade (AFP)

Commander Cone spoke before the cameras after the shooting (AFP)

DAccording to the commander of Fort Hood, Robert Cone, who spoke Friday, November 6 on NBC, the shooter yelled Fort Hood "Allah Akbar" ( "God is great" in Arabic), opening fire Thursday on his comrades in the military base in Texas. Thirteen people died and 30 were injured.

Asked by the American channel to see if the commander Nadil Malik Hasan shouted "Allah Akbar" in opening fire, General Cone said, "there are first-hand accounts of soldiers here who are saying".


Family "in shock"


Nidal Hasan Malik (AFP)
Nadil Malik Hasan, 39, an officer in the army psychiatrist American of Palestinian origin, to be sent to Iraq, has started shooting on Thursday with two handguns around 13:30 local in the largest base of U.S. military at Fort Hood.
The U.S. military, which had initially reported the death of the drawer, the commander Nidal Hasan Malik, during the shootout in the base of Fort Hood (Texas Southern), announced this evening that the military psychiatrist had survived. "He is under arrest and his condition is stable," said the base commander, General Bob Cone.
Many soldiers were receiving medical examinations in the building before being sent on mission in Iraq or Afghanistan.
The family of the commander expressed "in shock"In a statement.
"We are shocked and saddened at the terrible events from Fort Hood," said the statement sent by Nader Hasan, cousin of the gunman who spoke on behalf of the family, stating that parents Nidal Hasan died.

An "American citizen" who "loved America"


Nader Hasan then stated that his cousin was "a U.S. citizen"." He was born in Arlington (Virginia) and raised in the United States. He went to the local public schools and graduated from (university) Virginia Tech, "said the statement posted on the site Washington Post.
"Our family loves America. We are proud of our country, "said the statement.
His cousin, Nader Hasan had already expressed Thursday on Fox News. "He was the victim of harassment by his colleagues in the army," he said. Nidal Hasan Malik, a military psychiatrist, felt harassed because of his "Middle Eastern origin," he added.
"He had hired a military lawyer to try to solve the problem. He was willing to reimburse the state in order to leave the army but he had reached the end of its possibilities," said Nader Hasan. "He had just learned he would be deployed on the ground."

Harassment


The captain did not want to comment on the Mobile the shooting or the shooter's background, which has not yet spoken to investigators and "do not appear at the point of death." The sergeant declined to rule out the possibility of a terrorist act, "but the elements that we do not moving in that direction," he said.

On his official photos, Nidal Hasan Malik shows a round face and smile of a man in his forties, balding skull.

Threats on Internet



The shadows appear in the course of the alleged killer.
For six years before being sent on the basis of Ford Hood, Texas, Major of the Army 39 years has worked at Walter Reed Medical Center. There was internal PsychiatryThen made a specialization in psychiatry and preventive disaster. He graduated from the Military University in Bethesda, Maryland, in 2001.

During his internship at Walter Reed, he has met with difficulties that forced him to consult and undergo surveillance, noted Dr. Thomas Grieger, who led his training at the time. The doctor is bound by professional secrecy, but he said that Hasan got along well with his patients.

Six months ago, Hasan has attracted the attention of federal agents because of Messages on Internet evoking suicide and other threats. He made the analogy in his emails between military sacrifice giving their lives to save their platoon, and suicide bombers.

Shooting a civilian


Commander Hasan opened fire around 13:30 local time (1930 GMT) using two handguns in a building where many soldiers were receiving medical examinations before being sent on mission in Iraq or Afghanistan.

He then went to a room where they attended a ceremony of graduation, attended 600.
"Several soldiers have responded quickly and closed the doors of the auditorium," reported General Cone, noting that the calendar was first to shoot the assailant, putting an end to the massacre.

The Pentagon has released images of wounded evacuated on stretchers and then installed in ambulances, while sharpshooters surrounded a building.

Condemnation


The reactions are numerous. "It was a horrible explosion of violence", stated U.S. President Barack Obama. The U.S. President will visit the military base of Fort Hood, Texas to attend the religious service, said his spokeswoman Friday without being able to specify the date of this displacement. An American Islamic Association, CAIR strongly condemned the shooting. A member of the association, Ibrahim Hooper, has expressed fear that tragedy can be turned against American Muslims.

Fort Hood is the largest base of U.S. military and covers nearly 880 km2, almost as much as the City of New York. It is home to tens of thousands of soldiers and thousands of civilians.

The massacre may depress just over the armed forces stressed by the violence of combat, the frequency and length of missions in Iraq and Afghanistan - twelve consecutive months, interspersed with one allowed 15 days. These repeated deployments are considered to cause a sharp increase in the number of suicides in the U.S. Army.


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