Thursday, November 19, 2009

home ministry insult islam

home ministry insult islam


home ministry insult islam

Posted: 19 Nov 2009 09:48 AM PST

Ya_allahwith reference to my earlier post about the home ministry flip flopping on the permit of the herald, i would like to share this interesting letter from malaysiakini... written by a muslim. he expressed exactly what i had wanted to express regarding the home ministry flip flop and it  banning the herald from using the word 'allah' . do read it at malaysiakini too for the comments.

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Malaysiakini
'Allah' row: Home Ministry an insult to Muslims
A. Rahman
Nov 19. 09
6.49pm

I refer to the Malaysiakini report Catholic paper in 'Allah' row gets new permit.The initial report stated that the publication permit had been revoked on Nov 12 but then a few days later, on Nov 15, we were told that the revocation order had been rescinded and the excuse by the Home Ministry official was that of 'mis-communication'.

Next we get another dose of excuses from the Home Ministry official which states that 'We only rejected their application to publish in the Kadazandusun language.'

As a citizen of this country and speaking from a citizen's perspective, I feel that the competency of the officials in the Home Ministry is questionable. The reason given to justify their revoking/ rescinding of the permit is very weak and at the same time on the lighter side, is laughable.

On a more serious note, it shows the incompetency of the Home Ministry officials in dealing with these cases. First, the 'Herald' is involved in a lawsuit with the government on the use of the word 'Allah' which the government claims can mislead Muslims.

There was never a statement by the Home Ministry officials that they did not revoke the permit of the publication. So, it is clear that an earlier instruction to revoke the permit was given and we are told it is due to a 'mis-communication'.

How can such an issue involving sensitive religious issues be 'mis-communicated' in light of the lawsuit ? Surely the Home Ministry should anticipate that this can be perceived as a 'retaliation' for the lawsuit? How can the Home Ministry be so stupid as to revoke and then claim it is a 'mis-communication'?

Don't they screen thoroughly what they issue out? I question the competency of the Home Ministry in handling this. Seems like the Home Ministry is good at messing up things more than administering things roperly. I think the current Home Minister needs to buck-up and not mess up more than his predecessor. His predecessor was a joke.

Second, I am not clear exactly to what this 'misleading' is all about. Maybe the government thinks that Muslims can become apostates due to being 'misled' which is clearly an insult to Muslims in the first place. Looks likes we Muslims cannot differentiate and that we need the government to do something for us in order not to be 'misled'.

Is our 'akidah' so weak that we need the government to intervene so that we don't get 'misled' and become apostates? What nonsense.

Third, what's wrong with publication of the 'Herald' in the Kadazandusun language? The majority of the Kadazandusun are Christians. Are we denying them the right to read the 'Herald' in their language?

If in another country Muslim publications are not allowed to be published in their mother tongue languages by government prohibition, would we as Muslims accept that kind of decision and be expected to keep quiet ? Is this not violating Muslims' freedom of religious practise there?

Though we are the majority in Malaysia, we, as Muslims, should not practice this form of 'religious indifference', as I call it. Where is our sense of Islamic justice? Islam does not teach us this but the government departments such as the Home Ministry, ran by some 'enlightened Muslims' think that they are doing us Muslims a favour perhaps.

In the context of a citizen's right, we are obstructing their religious freedom and denying them their right to read religious material in their own mother tongue. Are we being fair to the Kadazandusun people ?

Perhaps the rejection of the 'Herald''s request to publish in Kadazandusun is another 'mis-communication' again by the Home Ministry? If not, it looks like our government talks about justice, fairness and a '1Malaysia' but when it comes to actual practise, we are far from it.

It puts Islam in a bad light, which is the worst part of it and hurts me the most. As a Muslim, I don't agree with the Home Ministry's decision. It is both an insult to Muslims and violation of others' religious rights.

NOTE: above pic taken from lukorah myspace.


Lessons of Fort Hood - Either we get serious or we invite further massacres.

Posted: 19 Nov 2009 07:03 AM PST

When a military officer participates in a war against his own country, that is high treason, and that is the charge that ought to be brought against Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. But it's not going to happen. Hasan should have been weeded out of the military long ago. There was abundant evidence that his allegiance was not to the United States — the country that had given his immigrant family safe haven and provided him the opportunity to become, at taxpayer expense, a physician, an officer, and a gentleman. It was apparent that he had come to view himself not as an American soldier but as a "Soldier of Allah" — the phrase he had printed on his business cards — and that sooner or later he would wage war against the "unbelievers."

Why did none of those who saw something say something? In a culture where the value of diversity trumps the requirements of security, to do so would have been career suicide. There was no way that was going to happen. Let's be clear: The lesson of Fort Hood is not that Muslims in the U.S. military are a fifth column. But neither can we continue to blithely assume that someone like Hasan — American-born, well-educated, apparently sophisticated — could never succumb to the temptations of what the politically correct call "violent extremism."

Paradoxically, the Fort Hood massacre highlights the fact that Muslim soldiers who are doing their duty as proud, patriotic Americans are extraordinarily independent-minded and brave. Because while there is no evidence that Hasan was ever harassed for being a Muslim — as some of his relatives have charged — there is a long record of Muslims who criticize Islamists being denounced as apostates — a sin that can bring a fatwa and the death penalty. "Patriotism is paganism," the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini famously said. Khomeini was a Shia Islamist, but on this theological point Sunni Islamists emphatically agree.

Out of ignorance or wishful thinking, Western commentators sometimes assert that Muslims who preach intolerance and belligerence are "heretics" who have "hijacked" a great and peaceful religion. But no Muslim authority would say that — not even those who denounce terrorism. How, after all, can a fundamentalist be a heretic? How can someone who insists on a literal reading of the Koran be accused of misrepresenting what it says? Some Western commentators also assert that there is a "civil war" taking place within "the Muslim world." It would be simpler and more encouraging if that were the case.

In reality, there are the many Muslims who look upon the West with disfavor but would not sacrifice themselves and their families to destroy it. They may even live in the West — enjoying the opportunities and freedoms the West provides. A second faction, small but deadly, do act on the conviction that Christians and Jews are vermin. They become what they call jihadis, holy warriors — revolutionaries on a mission from God, no hyperbole intended.

A third faction chooses to interpret their religion in a moderate, tolerant way and integrate it into the modern world, alongside the other great religions. But only a very small number are activists who put their lives on the line by publicly challenging the fascistic reading of Islam championed by Iran's rulers, the leaders of al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Wahhabi clerics. Continue to Clifford D May's article in the National Review


Day 1 and 2 of SPM 2009 Were So Far So Good

Posted: 19 Nov 2009 09:18 AM PST

So, I am currently sitting for an examination, a test, a big one, once in a lifetime and it's the SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia or more likely a O Level equivalent examination). I have been studying like crazy for the past few weeks, cramping as much facts as I could into my brain, finally 3 have done and 7 more to go which makes, I don't know how many days left, but the whole thing will end of afternoon of 16th December.

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Everything was scary at first but as I started getting my hands on the pen, things change and so far, so good. Cannot be sure that it will be excellence, but it's not bad, still doing good. 2 scary subjects, Malaysian History and Malay have gone.

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English was pretty fun, especially the writing part. I wrote on the question of "Write a story ending with : …We said our goodbyes and went our separate ways." I didn't thought of writing a story, normally I would write an argumentative essay and blast all my own thoughts and philosophy, but things became different. I went for a story, the last time I wrote a story was 2 years back.

Interesting, I wrote something about war and uses some medical term and borrowed a small bit from Grey's Anatomy. Woo! Hours spent on enjoying Grey's Anatomy during last weekend paid me off. Yay. Love my story and enjoyed every moment making the story out.

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Weather have been not so sunny lately and it chills during the morning, when all the FOUR fans in class fanning at full speed. I thought it would be hot sitting in the class, but it isn't. I guess the one in the hall would be colder because of the air conditioned.

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Time duration for English and History were pretty long and everyone was just like lying on the table, sleeping, napping for the past 45 minutes and for History, some struggles till the last minute.

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And I forget to mention that before going into our exam classroom, we must have our body temperature check and have our hand wash with the provided hand sanitizer. Face mask was provided too. It's an preventive measurement for A-H1N1, good one.

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Have fun, enjoy, happy Malaysian school holidays.


Matthew 9:36 (New International Version)

Posted: 19 Nov 2009 08:10 AM PST

Era Najib Altantuya : TGNA Tersenarai Top 50 Muslim Paling Berpengaruh Di Dunia

Posted: 19 Nov 2009 07:41 AM PST

The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center untuk pertama kalinya menerbitkan buku "The 500 Most Influential Muslims In The World" tahun 2009.

Para tokoh Muslim dari seluruh dunia yang terpilih masuk dalam daftar itu adalah kalangan Muslim yang dianggap memiliki kemampuan untuk mempengaruhi keadaan kemanusian dan mampu membawa perubahan dalam kehidupan ramai orang.

"500 Muslim Paling Berpengaruh di Dunia" sepanjang tahun 2009 itu, dibahagi dalam 15 katagori, antara lain katagori ulama, politik, cendekiawan, perempuan, pemuda, ilmu dan teknologi, media sampai katagori muslim radikal.

Nama tokoh Islam dari Malaysia yang tersenarai ialah Mursyidul Am PAS, TG Nik Abd Aziz Nik Mat yang menduduki tangga ke 42 dari keseluruhan 500 Muslim Yang Berpengaruh.

Tokoh Muslim dunia lainnya yang masuk dalam daftar 50 tokoh peringkat teratas dimulai dengan, Raja Saudi, Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud; pemimpin spritual Iran, Syed Ali Khamenei; PM Turki Recep Tayyib Erdogan; Imam Besar Masjid Al-Azhar dan Pimpinan Universitas Al-Azhar, Kairo, Dr Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi; Syaikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi; Pimpinan Ikhwanul Muslimin Mesir Syaikh Mohammad Mahdi Akef, Sekjen Hizbullah, Syed Hassan Nasrallah dan Pimpinan Hamas, Khaleed Mishal.

Nama Anwar Ibrahim turut disenaraikan di dalam lis 450 "Honourable Mention" di dalam pencapaian di bidang masing-masing dan diantara tokoh Islam yang signifikan di dalam dunia. Nama Anwar Ibrahim tersenarai di bidang politik berserta dengan nama Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad tetapi nama Mahathir tidak disenaraikan di dalam "Honorable Mention".

Dari kalangan cendekiawan, daripada Malaysia yang tersenarai ialah Prof Emeritus Dato Osman Bakar, Timbalan Naib Chancellor, Universiti Malaya dan Professor Undang-undang Universiti Islam Antarabangsa, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Hashim Kamali.

Mohideen Abdul Kadir, Naib Presiden Persatuan Pengguna Pulau Pinang di dalam kategori Pembangunan sementara Kumpulan Raihan turut tersenarai di dalam katagori Seni dan Budaya.

Dua orang pemimpin SIS yang kerap menimbulkan kontroversi dan pendokong Islam liberal di kalangan feminis, Sharifah Aljeffri dan Zaynah Anwar juga disenaraikan.

Dalam pengantar buku yang diterbitkan untuk membantu dan membuka wawasan tentang pengaruh umat Islam di dunia saat ini dan beragamnya kelompok-kelompok Islam yang ada di seluruh dunia.

Penyusunan buku ini melibatkan pengamat dunia Islam yang namanya sudah dikenal secara meluas di dunia antarabangsa, Profesor John Esposito dan Profesor Ibrahim Kalin sebagai editor utama.






Circling Sharks Smell American Blood

Posted: 19 Nov 2009 06:52 AM PST

On his recent trip to Asia, President Obama found China, Japan, and South Korea — like many nations these days — in no mood to hear more American lectures. Beijing is worried about owning so much American debt. Tokyo is tiring of an American military base in Okinawa, and wants to redefine its relationship with us. Seoul is starting to doubt American commitment to keep it safe from North Korea.

Why all the sudden pushback to our charismatic president? Our dollar is crashing, while the price of gold is soaring. The budget deficit has never been worse — and the president wants to float even more debt for health-care and energy initiatives. By the end of this presidential term, we may add another $9 trillion to our already astronomical $11 trillion debt. Unemployment has already topped 10 percent. This quarter's trade deficit reached a near-historic high. Our debtors and oil exporters talk of scrapping the dollar as the common international currency.

American hesitation abroad reflects the shaky economic news. In Afghanistan, we can't decide whether to seek victory or admit defeat — or simply vote present by keeping the status quo. President Obama reached out to enemies such as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and Hugo Ch├ívez of Venezuela. But so far they remain unimpressed, despite his apologizing for an assortment of supposed past American sins. The Chinese don't listen all that much anymore to our sermons on their human-rights, coal-burning, and free-trade abuses — not when they hold $1.5 trillion in U.S. assets. The president took a lot of flak for bowing to Saudi royals and the Japanese emperor. But why wouldn't he show deference — given America's huge dependence on foreign oil and Japanese imports?

France, of all nations, is now warning us to get a backbone with the Iranians. So far the theocracy has snubbed our new outreach efforts aimed at stopping its nuclear proliferation. Iran's Russian patrons now talk more nicely to us — but mostly because we caved on land-based missile defense in Eastern Europe, and got nothing really in return. The Norwegians gave Obama the Nobel Peace Prize after less than a year in office and without any real accomplishments. They must suspect that such global recognition will flatter Obama to push a now-unexceptional America toward a more multilateral perspective in tune with the thinking at the United Nations.

The Obama administration announced a kinder, gentler approach to the War on Terror. It serially promised to the world to shut down Guantanamo and loudly derided much of the Bush-era anti-terrorism protocols. We may put on trial former CIA interrogators, while we give civil trials and full American legal protection to the terrorist detainees who planned the 9/11 attacks. Continue to Victor Davis Hanson's article in the National Review


TVSelangor.com: MARI LAYARI - nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar

Posted: 19 Nov 2009 07:00 AM PST


Saturday November 14, 2009

S'gor Web-TV well received

ELAN PERUMAL at the Selangor State Assembly

THE Selangor Web-TV is fast becoming a hit among people both in the state and outside, including foriegners.

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said the state-owned web-television, which started operations in March, had received overwhelming response from viewers. It had recorded 6.82 million hits until October.

"We had a big following during the Select Committee on Competence, Accountability and Transperancy (Selcat) proceedings," he said in his reply to Kajang representative Lee Kin Sin (PR).

During the peak, Khalid said, the Web TV had received as many as 111,308 hits a day.

On a normal day, he said, it attracted an average of 50,728 visitors.

"Most viewers spent an average of between 30 and 60 minutes on each visit," he said.

Khalid also said the state had spent RM800,065 on the web television broadcasts so far. This averaged RM100,000 per month and he felt the money was well spent.

"We cannot deny that our Web TV is very popular," he said.

He added that the TV had not been officially launched yet.

Khalid said the objective of the TV was to reach out to the people of Selangor on the latest developments in the state, and the people had been following many events live, including the ongoing state assembly meeting.

The Web TV has not been officially launched yet.

Nevertheless, I don't think Khalid would mind me unofficially announcing it here in my blog! 8)

Click here to visit TVSelangor.com!


Malaysia too dependent on oil and gas, says World Bank

Posted: 19 Nov 2009 06:50 AM PST

The institution says the country should prepare for the day when fossil fuels deplete, and start looking for alternative revenue sources.

Also, the World Bank said in a statement yesterday that Malaysia's gross domestic product (GDP) would decline 2.3 percent this year and grow 4.1 percent in 2010 due to conditions in the country's manufacturing sector that accounted for some 30 percent of the GDP.


Era Najib Altantuya : Tamparan Ke Muka SPRM, Tiada Siasatan Selepas Waktu Pejabat

Posted: 19 Nov 2009 05:39 AM PST

Dalam satu keputusan bersejarah, Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur memutuskan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia tidak lagi dibenarkan menyoal siasat saksi pada waktu malam.

Hakim Mohd Ariff Md Yusof memutuskan SPRM hanya berhak menyoal siasat saksi dari pukul 8.30 pagi hingga 5 petang.

Keputusan itu dibuat berikutan pendedahan mendiang Teoh Beng Hock disoal siasat sepanjang malam sehingga awal pagi sebelum di jumpai mati di perkarangan ibu pejabat SPRM Selangor di Shah Alam 16 Julai lalu.

Seorang lagi saksi yang turut disoal siasat ketika itu, Tan Boon Wah, telah memohon Mahkamah Tinggi untuk menyemak sama ada SPRM berhak menyoal siasat saksi pada bila-bila waktu.

Boon Wah turut mendakwa beliau di kasari oleh pegawai penyiasat SPRM ketika beliau di soal siasat.

Beng Hock mati dalam keadaan mencurigakan, malah seorang pakar bedah dari Thailand tidak menolak kemungkinan mendiang mangsa jenayah.

Berikutan keterangan pakar itu pada inkues Beng Hock bulan lalu, arahan diberi untuk menggali semula mayat mendiang Sabtu ini bagi membolehkan bedah siasat yang lebih terperinchi dijalankan.

Dalam keputusannya hari ini, Hakim Mohd Ariff menolak tafsiran SPRM bahawa

Seksyen 30(3)(a) Akta SPRM kononnya memberi kuasa kepada badan itu untuk menyoal siasat saksi sepanjang masa.

"Ungkapan dari hari ke hari (untuk jalankan siasatan) dalam seksyen itu tidak bermaksud 24 jam tetapi waktu kerja pejabat yang biasa," kata beliau.

"Justeru, saya bersetuju bahawa pemohon (Boon Wah) dalam kes ini telah ditahan secara tidak sah untuk disoal siasat. -TVS




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Era Najib Altantuya : Khalid Pertahan Beli Hutang Talam Corp

Posted: 19 Nov 2009 05:34 AM PST

Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim mempertahankan tindakannya membeli hutang daripada Talam Corporation Berhad yang mempunyai hutang berjumlah RM391.7 juta.

"Keputusan untuk membeli hutang ini adalah urusan kerajaan negeri. Saya rasa ini isu Talam ini juga adalah isu teknikal dan juga isu kewangan yang menjadi urusan kerajaan negeri.

"Saya percaya bahawa semua polisi utama terutamanya melibatkan polisi awam akan dibincangkan di semua peringkat dalam masyarakat, termasuklah politik, pentadbiran dan awam," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian selepas mempengerusikan Mesyuarat Mingguan Exco di bangunan SUK sebagai mengulas kenyataan Setiausaha Agung Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Datuk Salehuddin Hashim yang mempertikaikan tindakan Khalid membeli hutang itu.

Exco Pelaburan, Teresa Kok turut menyokong tindakan Menteri Besar keputusan terbaik untuk mengatasi masalah hutang sebelum ini.

Pada Sidang Dewan Negeri sebelum ini, menteri besar mengumumkan kerajaan negeri melalui anak syarikatnya membeli Talam Corporation Berhad. -TVS



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Era Najib Altantua : Karpal Telah Sambut, Nazri Tiba-tiba Membisu

Posted: 19 Nov 2009 05:24 AM PST

Ahli Parlimen Bukit Gelugor, Karpal Singh hari ini menyahut cabaran Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz untuk mendakwa Datuk V.K Lingam sekiranya Peguam Negara memberikan kuasa kepadanya untuk bertindak.

Tindakan ini dibuat bagi menyahut cabaran Nazri semalam yang mengatakan Karpal boleh mewakili Peguam Negara dan mendakwa Lingam.

Karpal berkata di England ia menjadi perkara biasa apabila kerajaan membenarkan pengamal undang-undang untuk mendakwa sesuatu pihak bagi mewakili Queen's counsel.

"Di negera ini terdapat peruntukan undang-undang untuk Peguam Negara mengeluarkan sijil iaitu perintah untuk memanggil Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz untuk menasihati Peguam Negara supaya mengeluarkan surat perintah untuk mendakwa V. K. Lingam," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada siding mediannya ketika mengulas mengenai cabaran yang dibuat Nazri semalam bahawa Karpal boleh mewakili Peguam Negara untuk mendakwa Lingam.

Nazri berkata, sekiranya Karpal mahu, beliau akan menasihati Peguam Negara untuk melantik Karpal mendakwa Lingam bagi pihak kerajaan.

Semalam Nazri berkata, kerajaan tidak mempunyai sebab untuk melindungi Lingam dan Karpal selaku pengamal undang-undang boleh mendakwanya.

Sehubungan itu, Karpla menyahut cabaran berkenaan dan bersedia untuk mendakwa V. k. lingam terhadap tuduhan di bawah Seksyen 4, Akta Hasutan.

"Saya terima cabaran berkenaan. Saya telah bersedia untuk mendakwa Lingam dibawah Seksyen 4,Akta Hasutan. Berdasarkan klip video, apa juga yang dikata dikira sebagai cubaan menghasut.

"Dalam perkataan lain, ia berada di bawah seksyen 3(1) (c) Akta Hasutan yang mana ia adalah cubaan menghasut sebagai cubaan membawa rasa benci terhadap pentadbiran keadilan Negara," katanya.

Karpal menegaskan bahawa Peguam Negara adalah penasihat kepada kerajaan dan kerajaan mempunyai kuasa untuk mengarahkan penasihat.

"Saya rasa Nazri mencabar profesyen undang-undang. Apa yang saya perlu adalah fail berkaitan siasatan video klip berkenaan. Bila saya mendapat arahan daripada Peguam Negara untuk mendakwa, saya akan lakukan apa yang perlu,"katanya.

Karpal percaya Lingam bersalah dari segi hasutan dan harus dihukum.

"Telah sampai masa untuk mengambil tindakan. Kisah V. K. lingam ini telah berlanjutan lama lebih dari setahun. Cadangan yang dibuat Suruhanjaya DiRaja telah di abaikan oleh kerajaan," katanya -TVS



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English proficiency still a necessary skill - nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar

Posted: 19 Nov 2009 07:34 AM PST

I found the article entitled 'English proficiency still a necessary skill' very interesting as I could identify myself with the columnist who wrote:
Like anyone else who grew up studying at public schools, I speak relatively fluent Bahasa Malaysia. And, despite my reputation as a "banana" (white on the inside, yellow on the outside), I can speak basic Cantonese.

I reproduce below verbatim the said article:

Saturday November 14, 2009

English proficiency still a necessary skill

The Bangsar Boy by NIKI CHEONG

BEING your average Malaysian, I take pride that I am multi-lingual.

Like anyone else who grew up studying at public schools, I speak relatively fluent Bahasa Malaysia. And, despite my reputation as a "banana" (white on the inside, yellow on the outside), I can speak basic Cantonese.

But I am most comfortable speaking English, considering it is my first language — the lingua franca of choice at my home.

Needless to say, growing up, I was always proud of the fact that I had a relatively good command of the English language. In fact, there was a point in my life where I even thought I spoke better English than the British.

After all, I often spotted mistakes in letters sent to me from Maria Freeman, my childhood penpal from England. Most notably was her use of words like "their" and "your" when she actually meant "they're" and "you're" respectively.

At that time, too, it was not hard to feel a little superior to some of my classmates. After all, the biggest joke in school was the time that Puan Zamrudah, my former English teacher, tried to get some students to pronounce certain words that she wrote on the board.

Among the classics were:

1. Lingerie (They would pronounce it "ling-ge-ry")

2. Mosque ("Mos-queue")

3. Rendezvous ("Ran-des-vas")

Okay, so the last word isn't exactly English, but you get the idea and I'm sure this incident wasn't exclusive to my class.

You can imagine the surprise when I got my results for the English 1119 O-Levels paper I sat together with my SPM and I didn't get the 'A' I was expecting. Mostly, I was disappointed.

Since then, however, I've learnt to be more in control of my arrogance. I also have to admit to occasionally poking fun at those who not only have a poor grasp of English, but whose accents make their English even more difficult to understand.

Then again, everyone swoons when they hear a beauty queen speak in broken English at a Miss Universe pageant, for example, or when Rafael Nadal takes to the microphone when he wins a game of tennis. So maybe my arrogance is misplaced. I think they call it "exotic".

Accents aside, I do have a general wish that people in general — and Malaysians in particular — could speak better English. Like it or not, English is the major language of the world. While we are seeing slight changes with China's rise as a superpower making Mandarin more and more common, it will be quite a few years, I think, before anything overtakes English.

There is progress in getting Internet URLs to recognise different languages at the moment, but English will still remain the dominant digital language for the moment if only because of the headstart it has had.

Just look at the acronyms — or SMS language as many people refer it to — that are starting to become everyday terms: LOL (laugh out loud), OMG (oh, my God), BRB (be right back). However, shortcuts like these do exist in other languages.

My favourite Mandarin one is "881" which means "Bye Bye" from the sound of the Chinese pronunciation "Ba Ba Yi" (repeat it many times really fast and you'll hear it)!

I don't know many other languages well but from where I stand, I think English dominates.

Of course, I only got to thinking about all this because of an email thread between my parents, my second sister ee che, who is currently living in Australia, and myself a few days ago.

We were discussing presents (or more specifically, who owed who a certain amount of money from sharing gifts) when my dad signed off his calculations with a simple "Q.E.D".

It is an acronym for the Latin saying, quod erat demonstrandum which means "that is demonstrated" or "that is proved".

Dad said his using of the acronym "was a throwback to those days when national schools were 'government schools' and one was bound to have a Mr Simon, Mr Bromley or Mr Atkinson as one's maths teacher."

Apparently, when teaching algebra, these teachers liked to add Q.E.D. at the end of their "workings" when solving an equation.

I guess it's not just the younger generation of today who are so fond of making up acronyms because, dad continues, "since we could not pronounce the Latin words, some wise guy said the phrase meant Quite Easily Done."

News words are created and added to the vocabulary all the time, and if we don't make an effort to improve on our language skills, we will always be playing catch-up.

In response to us scratching our heads over the use of QED, dad joked, "See lah, don't want to teach Science and Maths in English, all these problems will crop up."

That last sentence really does sum it all up, I guess, pun truly intended.

Niki blogs at www.nikicheong.com/blog and Twitters at www.twitter.com/nikicheong


Sibu In The Blue Ocean - Part 17

Posted: 19 Nov 2009 04:44 AM PST

Tan kee Hian also viewed Sibu as a potential Agri-business Hub. Simply put, agricultural industries can lift Sibu up to a higher level of growth. This vision is certainly not without bases. Kee Hian based his proposition on the following observations:

1. The world is presently facing food shortage.
2. West Malaysia is running out of arable land.
3. Singapore has to source food supplies from faraway Africa and South America.
4. There is growing demand for Halal food and it is underserved.
5. Sarawak is blessed with lands, rivers and coastlines.
6. Therefore, this unmet market needs for large scale supply of food and agricultural products.

That is precisely where Sibu can come in.

The photo shows Mr. Chang Jee Ren, Chairman of MPI's Board, presenting a memento to Mr. Tan Kee Hian. Looking on is Mr. Hii Ching Chiong, Lay Leader of SCAC. Photo: Terrence Tan of MPI


RM12K for each computer

Posted: 19 Nov 2009 03:22 AM PST

KUALA LUMPUR: The new computers installed for Members of Parliament in the Dewan Rakyat cost a whopping RM11,916 each.

In a written reply to Fong Po Kuan (DAP-Batu Gajah), the Prime Minister's Department said the touchscreen computers, including the cost of installation, cost RM11,233 each.

Furthermore, an additional RM320 was paid for the keyboard, mouse and tilting bracket, while an 80GB hard disk cost RM363.

The computers were installed before the current Parliament started on Oct 19 for all 222 MPs, which brought the total bill to more than RM2.6mil.

At the Parliament lobby, Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut) said the cost of the computers was exorbitant and handed out price lists from computer shops to prove his point.

"The 80GB hard disk has been phased out early this year. For twice the capacity, you can get a 160GB hard disk at RM150.

"The keyboard and mouse are not branded and are made in China. A Microsoft combo pack of keyboard and mouse costs only RM55," he said.

Lim said Parliament could have instead invested in a simple laptop for MPs, which would only cost RM2,000 per unit.

Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Bandar Kuching) said it boiled down to whether a proper tender was called for the purchase, or if the procurement was done through direct negotiations without proper comparison of prices.


Court: MACC can only question witnesses during office hours

Posted: 19 Nov 2009 03:19 AM PST

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has ruled that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) can only question witnesses during office hours.

Businessman Tan Boon Wah, 39, filed a suit on July 22 claiming that the MACC had falsely imprisoned him when he was detained for late at night along with the deceased political aide Teoh Beng Hock on July 16.

He also named MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan and Selangor MACC assis­tant superintendent Mohammad Hassan Zulkifli as defendants.

Tan, also the Kajang councillor, was said to be the last person to have seen Teoh alive at the MACC office at Plaza Masalam, Shah Alam. Teoh was found dead at the service corridor of the fifth floor of the building on July 16 and an inquest into his controversial death is ongoing at the Shah Alam Coroner's Court.

The MACC argued that it had the right to interrogate witnesses at odd hours.

On Thursday, Justice Mohd Ariff Md Yusof ruled that it was illegal for the MACC to question its witnesses at night as such questioning must be done during the daytime.

"The term day to day as stipulated in the MACC Act cannot mean round the clock. Following this, the court allows the application for the declaration," he said.

He also ordered costs to be paid to the plaintiff.


Home Sweet Home

Posted: 19 Nov 2009 02:42 AM PST

''Selamat datang ke Lapangan Antarabangsa Bintulu'' <---- how much I miss this sentence. Hi hi.

In less than 24 hours, I'll be home. Ermmm....I miss the smell of Sarawak's soil, nothing can compare than your own birthplace.....

Tomorrow journey quite long. From KB - KL, then, KL - BTU.... wahhhhhhhhhh. And of course I will lepaking at LCCT's Coffee Bean. I love the vanilla choc blended. Ermmm.........and of course free wifi.

I'm looking forward this holiday because I'll be attending an important program to Bakun Dam, Ulu Belaga. So, see ya!

p/s: I may not be able to update any post this holiday because I'll be busy. I try to update anything, so, I know you'll miss me (^_^). HAPPY HOLIDAY!


Era Najib Altantuya : SPRM Tiada Hak Soal Saksi Selepas Waktu Pejabat, Kata Mahkamah (updated)

Posted: 19 Nov 2009 02:47 AM PST

Dalam keputusan yang dilihat sebagai signifikan, Mahkamah Tinggi hari ini memutuskan bahawa Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) tidak boleh menyoal siasat mana-mana saksi selepas waktu pejabat.

Mahkamah juga memutuskan SPRM telah bertindak secara tidak sah apabila menyoal siasat ahli Majlis Perbandaran Kajang, Tan Boon Wah sepanjang malam di pejabat negeri Selangor di Plaza Masalam, Shah Alam kira-kira empta bulan yang lalu.

Waktu pejabat yang dimaksudkan antara 8.30 pagi dan 5.30 petang.

Tan disoal siasat sehingga 2 pagi dan hanya kembali ke rumahnya pada waktu tengah hari keesokan hari.

Pesuruhjaya Kehakiman Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof yang membuat keputusan itu menjelaskan pengertian frasa "sehari ke sehari" yang menjadi pertikaian teras antara Tan dan SPRM "tidak boleh dianggap sebagai sepanjang hari" termasuk merakamkan kenyataan daripada saksi.

Mohamad Ariff berkata, SPRM kemungkinan sedar perkara ini apabila mereka mengarahkan Tan kembali untuk membantu siasatan susulan pada pukul 10 pagi Julai 20, yang termasuk dalam tempoh waktu pejabat normal.

Mahkamah Tinggi juga mengarahkan SPRM membayar ganti rugi dialami Tan ekoran "penahanan tidak sah" antara 9.45 malam Julai 15 hingga 2.53 pagi Julai 16.

Bagaimanapun jumlah itu termasuk kadar faedah akan ditentukan oleh pendaftar mahkamah.

Tan ditahan pada pukul 9 malam Julai 15 lalu, hari yang sama Teoh Beng Hock iaitu pembantu politik kepada Exco Kerajaan Negeri Selangor turut ditahan tetapi kemudian ditemui mati di tingkat lima Plaza Masalam.

Tan memohon mendapatkan perisytiharan SPRM hanya boleh menyoal siasat saksi dalam tempoh waktu pejabat.

Mohamad Arif menetapkan hari ini untuk keputusan selepas selesai mendengar hujahan peguam Karpal Singh mewakili Tan selaku plaintif dan Peguam Kanan Persekutuan, Noorin Badaruddin mewakili defendan.

Dalam hujahnya sebelum ini, Karpal menegaskan, walaupun Seksyen 30(3) Akta SPRM 2009 menyebut pegawai suruhanjaya yang menjalankan siasatan boleh memanggil sesiapa sahaja untuk memberi keterangan tetapi perkataan sehari ke sehari yang terdapat dalam seksyen tersebut perlu diperhalusi.

Beliau berpendapat SPRM seharusnya mengamalkan Peraturan 20 Peraturan Lokap dengan para banduan akan dimasukkan ke dalam lokap antara pukul 6.30 petang hingga 6.30 pagi.

Sementara itu, Noorin berhujah, maksud "sehari ke sehari" perlu dilihat dari segi istilah. Jelasnya, menurut buku "In Words, Phrases & Maxims Legally & Judicially Defined", "sehari" mengikut kalendar Inggeris bermaksud ia bermula pada waktu tengah malam sehingga tengah malam hari yang berikutnya.

Tan, 39, menamakan Ketua Suruhanjaya SPRM, Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan; Penolong Penguasa SPRM, Mohammad Hassan Zulkifli dan suruhanjaya tersebut sebagai defendan pertama hingga ketiga.

Plaintif menuntut perisytiharan bahawa seseorang yang disiasat di bawah Seksyen 30(1)(a) Akta SPRM 2009 hanya boleh direkodkan pernyataan sebagai saksi dalam waktu pejabat iaitu mulai pukul 8.30 pagi sehingga 5.30 petang setiap hari dan bukannya selepas tempoh yang ditetapkan.

Sehubungan itu, plaintif menuntut perisytiharan bahawa defendan telah bertindak bertentangan dengan peruntukkan Seksyen 30(3)(a) akta tersebut.

Tan kelihatan gembira semasa keputusan itu diumumkan.

Kata Tan, beliau memfailkan saman dengan harapan agar SPRM berhenti daripada menyoal siasat seseorang pada waktu-waktu pelik selepas tempoh waktu pejabat khususnya selepas apa yang dilalui oleh Teoh.

"Ini keputusan baik untuk semua rakyat Malaysia," kata Tan.

Tidak diketahui sama ada SPRM akan mengemukakan rayuan ataupun sebaliknya.

Sementara peguam-peguam mewakili SPRM tidak menyatakan sama ada akan membuat rayuan, Karpal merasakan pihak berkenaan akan membuat rayuan memandangkan keputusan hari ini membawa implikasi ke atas pihak berkuasa lain.

Karpal berkata mereka mempunyai masa sebulan untuk mengemukakan rayuan. -MI


Era Najib Altantuya : SPRM Hanya Boleh Soal Siasat Saksi Waktu Pejabat Sahaja

Posted: 19 Nov 2009 01:29 AM PST

Mahkamah Tinggi di sini hari ini memutuskan Suruhanjaya Pencegah Rasuah Malaysia tidak dibenarkan menyoal siasat saksi semalaman, dan hanya boleh dilakukan semasa waktu pejabat, iaitu dari pukul 8.30 pagi hingga 5 petang.

SPRM juga di dapati bertindak tidak mengikut undang-undang apabila apabila melakukan soalsiasat ahli Majlis Perbandaran Kajang Tan Boon Wah semalaman di ibu pejabat SPRM Selangor di Plaza Masalam, Shah Alam.

Hakim mendapati maksud kenyataan "hari ke hari", yang menjadi intipati pertikaian di antara Tan dan SPRM, siasatan yang dilakukan "tidak boleh bermaksud sepanjang waktu" termasuklah merekodkan kenyataan dari saksi.

Tan telah dibawa ke pejabat SPRM pada 9 malam pada Julai 15, hari yang sama Teoh Beng Hock menjalani soalsiasat, dimana Teoh akhirnya ditemui mati di tingkat 5 di luar bangunan SPRM dan inkues mengenai kematiannya Teoh sedang berjalan.

Tan telah di soalsiasat sehingga jam 2 pagi dan telah pulang ke rumah hari berikutnya waktu makan tengahari..


THURSDAYS WITH...

Posted: 19 Nov 2009 12:07 AM PST

MINNIE: I think we, Malaysians, or rather 1Malaysia as they say it now, are lucky to be in a country which is relatively peaceful and equipped with the basic infrastructure.
BUDDY: I agree with you to a certain extent. We are in deed better off than our neighbours. But it does not mean we now have what is our due.
MINNIE: Our roads are acceptable, we have schools, universities, hospitals, industrial and agricultural development and the likes. We should be happy.
EEBOT: That is the magic words, Minnie. We should be happy. Are we happy?
BUDDY: You mean, am I happy as Buddy or what happiness are you referring to, my friend?
EEBOT: Let me answer it this way. We are hungry. Therefore we eat whatever is available at that moment, and it was maggie noodle. Thus our stomach is full. We are happy, right?
MINNIE: Yes, we should be happy because we are not hungry anymore.
BUDDY: Roger that, Minnie.
EEBOT: But what happen if I were to say that while maggie was offered at that time, actually, there was also a full set of meal readily available? Should we be happy with just eating instant noodle?
MINNIE: Well, I like noodle soup.
BUDDY: Coffee will complete the meal, whether its noodle or a full meal.
EEBOT: Should we be stuck with coffee or we now should upgrade to expresso or capucino?
BUDDY: Stick to coffee -lah
MINNIE: But... but....


Era Najib Altantuya : DUN Kedah Ditangguh Kerana Kerosakan Penghawa Dingin

Posted: 18 Nov 2009 10:33 PM PST

Persidangan hari ketiga Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Kedah pada Khamis ditangguh ke Ahad minggu depan berikutan pendingin hawa dalam dewan mengalami kerosakan dan menyebabkan keadaan panas serta kurang selesa.

Speaker Datuk Dr Abdul Isa Ismail mengumumkan penanggguhan itu selepas menerima cadangan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak untuk menangguhkan persidangan hari ini, yang disokong Datuk Phahrolrazi Zawawi (PAS-Pengkalan Kundor).

"Peristiwa ini pertama kali berlaku, memandangkan keadaan dewan yang panas, saya menangguhkan sidang dewan ini pada hari Ahad ini (22 Nov)," katanya.

Sesi persidangan pada Khamis merupakan hari terakhir diperuntukkan bagi perbahasan usul terima kasih atas titah Sultan Kedah Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah ketika merasmikan sidang Dewan dengan sesi penggulungan dijadualkan pada petangnya. -Bernama

Ulasan GB

Dahulu sewaktu GB mengulas mengenai suasana di Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur yang bergelap selama 15 minit sewaktu semua pihak menunggu sebutan kali ke 2 pembicaraan krisis yang berlaku di Perak dan GB bertanya apakah "gelap" selama 15 mnit itu akan membawa satu petanda masih ada ruang "gelap" di dalam sistem kehakiman di dalam negara ini. (baca tulisan ini)

Itu petanda dan petujuk Allah sebelum sesuatu kejadian berlaku. Allah Maha Tahu namun Dia Maha Pengasih Maha Penyayang, memberikan tanda-tanda bagi mereka yang boleh membaca dengan mata hati terhadap apa yang tersirat dari menjengah tentang apa yang tersurat. Tidak ada sesuatu yang datang dari Allah itu sia-sia.

Kini Sidang DUN Kedah kepanasan. Sistem hawa dingin rosak. Terpulang kepada firasat masing-masing.


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