- the nile river runs deep… again!
- selamat hari raya aidil adha
- TRUTH: BTN courses are more than just politically motivated
- Happiness is....(Part 2)
- BTN Tolak Sistem Demokrasi Berparlimen - Khalid Samad
- Anwar menang kes saman NSTP, bukti media arus perdana diperguna Umno-BN
- Borang 2 Tidak Dihapus, Pas Tetap Gesa Undi Pos DiMansuh
- Political Idiots and Chimpanzees
- Selangor Tidak Akan Bayar Syabas
- Dengue flu at worrying level - nizar nizar nizar nizar
- FREE Malay Mail as of today. Grab one copy now!
- A Cause Worth Fighting For by Lt Col (Rtd) Idris Hj Hassan
- PROJECT 500
- KL shares close flat (26.11.09)
- Sibu In The Blue Ocean - Part 22
- Carol In Critical Condition
- Mum’s Poultry
- A Little Update From HKG
- Pahang Lulus Pembalakan Tanpa Pengetahuan Exco dan EIA
- Selamat Menyambut Hari Raya Aidil Adha
Posted: 26 Nov 2009 10:37 AM PST
'the nile' = 'denial'
the river nile runs deep again… for the umno govt… now in this instance, regarding the biro tata negara (BTN) courses.
the DPM defends BTN courses against racist brainwashing. also denies thatBTN are aimed at "converting" participants to the political ideology of umno and barisan nasional.
really? well, let's hear it from the horse's mouth then…
please read these two posts:
and if you bother to google, you'll find out lots other blogs/sites that reveal what the BTN is all about – like the harakah daily where the PAS youth chief himself said he heard that in BTN, the partiicipants were told that PAS president, and also anwar and lim kit siang are traitors to the country.
in the meantime, based on what DPM said so much in his defense, a sharp facebook friend pointed out that he had just admitted that BTN is the propaganda arm of 1malaysia and 1malaysia=1apartheid.
Posted: 26 Nov 2009 09:33 AM PST
taken from here.
Posted: 26 Nov 2009 08:10 AM PST
Posted: 26 Nov 2009 07:55 AM PST
Happiness is....well, getting married; presumably to the one you love. (The father of the groom in his speech tonite reminded that we are no longer living in the age of forced or pre-arranged marriage like before.)
It's not me though who is getting married. Went through that in 1981. As they say, been there, done that.
I am talking about Simeon Sipaun and Rosni Maladu who were married at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Kota Kinabalu, the State Capital of Sabah this morning. My wife and I attended their reception at Putera Theatre Ballroom at Bukit Padang a few hours ago.
Simeon is the son of Mr Stephen Sipaun, a retired Kadazan senior civil servant from the Kivatu village in Penampang near Kota Kinabalu and Mdm. Betty Kondu.
Stephen, in turn, is the brother of former Sabah State Secretary (Tan Sri) Simon Sipaun. So needless to say, Simon who is now Vice-Chairman of the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam), was among the hundreds of guests present tonite.
Rosni is the daughter of Mr Maladu Tovodso and Mdm. Mantiling Banjiran from the Rungus community in the Kudat area. A good mix which is in line with the 1Malaysia slogan. Or should I say 1Sabah or even 1Borneo?
Congratulations to Simeon and Rusni.
P/S: Which reminds me of my trip to Turkey in June. Our male Muslim Turkish guide was telling us that a Muslim man cannot marry more than one in Turkey. I then told him that in Malaysia, which is also an Islamic country like Turkey, a Muslim man can marry up to four; albeit with conditions. His reaction: "Tell me, tell me, how to migrate to Malaysia!"
(Footnote: No offence meant to my Muslim readers. The above is just meant to show how liberal we are in Malaysia. Mind you, a few Muslim Malaysian women actually started a Polygamy Club supporting their husbands marrying more than one! Looks like we better be ready for the influx of Muslim men from Turkey! They are, after all, tall and handsome plus with their mixed Bollywood/Arabic/Orang Putih good looks.)
Posted: 26 Nov 2009 07:24 AM PST
Ahli Parlimen Shah Alam, Khalid Samad menyifatkan Biro Tata Negara (BTN), kursus yang akan mewujudkan sentimen perkauman dan menolak sistem demokrasi berparlimen.
Katanya sistem 'check and balance' tidak lagi menjadi amalam dalam BTN kerana ia tidak memberi peluang kepada rakyat untuk menilai.
BTN juga dikatakan melahirkan sikap prejudis kepada pembangkang sehingga dianggap musuh negara.
"Kalau digambarkan pembangkang sebagai musuh negara maka itu akan menjejas peranan pembangkang dalam usaha melakukan semak dan timbang ini. Dan ianya akan memberikan gambaran, rakyat yang patriotik, mesti patuh kepada semua kehendak pihak yang memerintah" ujar Khalid.
Semalam kerajaan negeri Selangor mengumumkan akan melindungi penjawat awam di negeri itu dan penuntut-penuntut di institusi pendidikan milik kerajaan negeri.
Bercakap kepada TvSelangor, Khalid berkata, beliau sebulat hati menyokong keputusan yang diambil oleh kerajaan negeri.
Ujarnya BTN adalah platform kepada kerajaan untuk menyemat prinsip kepada generasi muda dan kaki tangan kerajaan tentang keburukan parti pembangkang dengan melabelkan parti-parti ini sebagai agen negara asing.
"Maka segala kritikan dan sebagainya tidak akan dilihat dari sudut yang positif, tetapi dilihat sebagai seolah-olah agen kuasa asing dan sebagainya. Dan inilah yang dilakukan oleh BTN sekarang ini"
Malah ujar beliau, masyarakat di negara ini dipinggirkan hak mereka dari dahulu lagi untuk menilai mana yang benar dan salah.
"Masalah kita ini, negara Malaysia ini ialah kita mewarisi satu sistem satu pemerintahan tanpa memahami selok belok dan rasional di sebalik sistem tersebut"
Sementara itu, Ketua Dewan Pemuda PAS Shah Alam, Ahmad Sayuti Bashiron turut menceritakan pengalaman beliau ketika menyertai BTN suatu ketika dahulu.
"Pernah suatu ketika dahulu, pada awal dahulu sewaktu saya di sekolah menengah, selain daripada lagu anak kecil main api, apa yang paling saya ingat apa yang ditanamkan ialah benci kepada Cina. Suatu ketika kami berlari-lari dari pusat pendidikan di Shah Alam, ketika kita berjumpa sahaja Cina seperti peniaga-peniaga Cina, fasilatator mengatakan 'lihat itu adalah Cina, dia adalah orang yang merempat di negara kita. Apabila besar nanti,kamu nanti bila sudah besar, mesti ada perasaaan tolak mereka dari negara kita". -TVS
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Posted: 26 Nov 2009 07:18 AM PST
Pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat membidas tindakan media arus perdana yang jelas dilihat digunakan oleh Umno-Barisan Nasional hanya untuk memburuk-burukkan parti pembangkang.
Ini berikutan fitnah yang ditaburkan kepada Ketua Umum Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim oleh New Straits Times Press (NSTP).
Naib Presiden Pas, Mahfuz Omar berkata, kemenangan Anwar dalam kes saman media terbabit jelas membuktikan betapa rendahnya moral dan mutu pemberitaan arus perdana yang dimonopoli oleh kerajaan Barisan Nasional.
Katanya, laporan palsu itu hanya bertujuan untuk memburukkan imej kepimpinan PKR dan komponennya.
"Dilihat bahawa UMNO dan BN yang menjadi tulang belakang kepada media arus perdana ini telah gagal, tidak bersaing secara sihat mengikut prinsip demokrasi yang sepatutnya diamalkan dalam negara. Setelah mereka dapat lihat bahawa pimpinan parti pakatan rakyat ini mula mendapat tempat di hati nurani masyarakat dan rakyat Malaysia. Lalu akhirnya mereka menggunakan media untuk melancarkan pemberitaan yang bersifat fitnah, memburukkkan peribadi-peribadi pimpinan ini untuk menjatuhkan, dimoralize pimpinan parti pakatan rakyat itu sendiri," katanya.
Beliau berkata demikian kepada TVSelangor ketika dihubungi pagi tadi.
Menurut Mahfuz lagi, jika dilihat dari sudut positif secara tidak langsung ia membuka peluang masyarakat beralih arah kepada media alternatif bagi mendapatkan maklumat yang sahih.
"Saya kira bahawa ini adalah masa terbaik untuk media baru akan dapat memberi keyakinan yang lebih tinggi kepada masyarakat dan pengguna-pengguna media ini dalam negara kita untuk masa depan," kata beliau.
Anwar telah menuntut ganti rugi sebanyak RM 100 juta kepada NSTP kerana telah mengeluarkan artikel fitnah yang mengaitkan beliau dengan agen Amerika Syarikat.
Bagaimanapun, Ahli Parlimen Klang, Charles Santiago berpendapat jumlah saman yang dimenangi oleh Anwar tidak setimpal dengan nilai reputasinya yang telah dimusnahkan sejak tujuh tahun lalu.
"Dan saya fikir sebenarnya 100 ribu itu tidak cukup sebab ini merupakan kemusnahan seorang pemimpin dan atleast dapat 1juta ke macam tu," ujar beliau.
Beliau menambah, cara ini merupakan taktik sekian lama yang digunakan kerajaan Barisan Nasional untuk menimbulkan rasa kebimbangan rakyat dalam aspek salah guna kuasa pemimpin PKR.
"Dan juga ini ada unsur-unsur mewujudkan kebimbangan atas orang ramai bahawa pemimpin pakatan rakyat tidak boleh dipercayai," katanya. –Hadri Yaziz (TVS)
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Posted: 26 Nov 2009 07:08 AM PST
Pas masih tetap dengan desakannya meminta Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) menghapuskan sistem undi pos walaupun permintaan mereka supaya Borang 2 sistem undi berkenaan tidak tercapai.
Ketua Penerangan Pas Pusat, Suhaizan Kayat berkata Pas lebih menekankan penghapusan sistem undi pos kerana sistem berkenaan menimbulkan manipulasi pihak ketiga.
Sehubungan itu, beliau mahu sistem pengundian awal diperkenalkan untuk mengelakkan berlakunya sebarang penyelewengan semasa proses pengundian.
"Sebab itu saya sebenarnya tak pandang kepada Borang 2.Pada saya yang penting adalah undi pos ini mesti dimansuhkan itu sahaja, kalau kita terima Borang 2 kita terima konsep undi pos itu secara keseluruhan."
"Tapi kepada saya undi pos ini perlu dimansuhkan, ditukar kepada proses pengundian advance vote(pengundian awal) maknanya ini pernah dicadangkan oleh SPR, maknanya dia buat advance vote(pengundian awal) maksudnya macam ni pengundi yang betul-betul kritikal pada masa itu sahaja yang dibenarkan mengundi awal", katanya.
Suhaizan berkata demikian ketika mengulas mengenai kenyataan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri di Parlimen semalam bahawa penggunaan borang 2 dalam sistem undi pos tidak akan dihapuskan.
Sebelum ini, Naib Presiden Pas, Salahuddin Ayub bersama 15 wakil Pas Pusat telah mengadakan pertemuan dengan SPR yang diketuai oleh Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof bersama 15 pegawainya.
Dalam pertemuan berkenaan PAs mengemukakan beberapa cadangan kepada SPR iaitu meminta supaya Borang 2 dihapuskan kerana ia merupakan faktor ketakutan kepada pengundi pos.
Suhaizan juga berkata pengundian awal yang dicadangkan hanya melibatkan pengundi yang dikategorikan sebagai kritikal seperti pelajar, anggota tentera dan juga duta-duta Malaysia yang berada di luar negara.
"Jadi kalau katakan ada satu pilihanraya maknanya mereka yang terlibat ini sahaja yang perlu buat report kepada SPR menyatakan dia pengundi disini, sini dan dia memohon untuk membuat pengundian awal,golongan ini sahaja,yang lain tak terlibat dengan masa krtikal ini mengundi seperti biasa", katanya. -TVS
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Posted: 26 Nov 2009 06:17 AM PST
Should the skies not cry,
And the heavens not fall,
For we are cursed and condemned,
With the presence of human beings,
Of highest virtue and talent,
Gifted with empty heads,
Skilled in nonsense,
And blessed with monstrous stupidity,
Human beings they should be,
But full of shit they are,
They come in many names,
The famous among which is deputy prime minister,
And defence minister,
One should cry,
And the earth would shake,
For the former is also the education minister,
Only disaster can tell us, what should be of our students,
Our national treasures,
And the latter, tasked with defending our country,
Would perhaps be more suitable,
With playing warcraft and starcraft, or Left4Dead,
Then to be in charge of national defence and security,
One ponders, for how can one deny and defend,
The racist propaganda,
That the BTN perpetuates,
The world has never seen,
Of such absurdity, such arrogance,
That is not all, there is another,
Who speaks of democracy, and of freedom,
Representing what is known as the Selangor GPMS,
Good and useful citizen he says he is,
Owing to the courses of BTN,
How idiotic can one be,
For there is no democracy, no freedom,
Only the oppression and rule,
Of the rich and powerful, of BN and UMNO,
Good and useful citizen he says he has become?
More likely a big potato, and one of the highest quality
Posted: 26 Nov 2009 06:53 AM PST
Kerajaan Selangor menegaskan tidak akan membayar ganti rugi kepada anak syarikat Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd iaitu Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) berhubung pengumuman keuntungan Puncak Niaga.
Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim berkata, Puncak Niaga dalam satu pengumuman semalam menyatakan keuntungan bersihnya meningkat sebanyak 275 peratus atau RM46.7 juta pada suku akhir 30 September lepas berikutan peningkatan pendapatan dan ganti rugi kenaikan kadar tarif air oleh kerajaan negeri itu.
"Saya ingin menjelaskan bahawa kerajaan negeri tidak pernah mempersetujui kenaikan tarif air oleh Syabas dan kami juga tidak akan membayar ganti rugi kepada Syabas atas keputusan tidak membenarkan kenaikan tarif air", kata Tan Sri Khalid.
Beliau berkata, walaupun terdapat terma yang termaktub (bayaran ganti rugi) dalam perjanjian konsesi di antara kerajaan Selangor dan Syabas tetapi terma itu hanya dipakai jika terdapat persetujuan daripada kerajaan negeri.
Abdul Khalid, berkata pada mesyuarat lembaga pengarah, Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd. amat konsisten menyatakan bahawa Syabas perlu mendapatkan persetujuan daripada kerajaan negeri dalam menentukan kadar tarif air.
"Oleh kerana tiada persetujuan dalam hal ini, maka isu ganti rugi tidak timbul", tegasnya lagi.
Beliau berkata, kerajaan negeri berpendirian kenyataan Puncak Niaga tidak mematuhi perjanjian yang telah dibuat dan ia merupakan satu kenyataan keuntungan lebih tetapi realitinya bukan begitu, di mana syarikat itu perlu bertanggungjawab terhadap pemegang sahamnya.
Abdul Khalid berkata, kerajaan negeri juga tidak akan bertanggungjawab ke atas laporan yang dikeluarkan Puncak Niaga mengenai peningkatan keuntungan itu seperti yang disiarkan media semalam. - MOHD SAHRULNIZAM MOHD ZAIN (TVS)
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Posted: 26 Nov 2009 06:42 AM PST
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 (Bernama) -- Three deaths -- two in Melaka and one in Penang -- were reported from 819 dengue cases last week, Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said.
He said the number was an increase of 99 cases or 17 per cent from the previous week.
The first victim was a 32-year-old labourer from Kampung Orang Asli Lubuk Bandung, Jasin, Melaka who sought treatment from a private clinic on Nov 6.
"The patient was referred to the Melaka Hospital on the same day but died the next day due to haemorrhagic dengue fever," he said in a statement.
The second case involved a 49-year-old civil servant, who had hypertension, from Kampung Lubuk Redan, Masjid Tanah, Melaka.
Dr Mohd Ismail said the patient received an initial treatment from a Health Clinic on Nov 9 after developing a fever two days earlier and was asked to return the next day for an evaluation.
He was referred to the Melaka Hospital on the same day after showing dengue haemorrhagic symptoms and died on Nov 12 due to complications from dengue shock syndrome.
The third victim was a 10-year-old boy from Halaman Gelugor in Penang who was reported to have developed a fever but only sought treatment at a private hospital three days later in seriously ill condition.
The boy was then referred to the Penang Hospital and was admitted to the intensive care unit on Nov 15 and died on Nov 20 due to complications from dengue shock syndrome, he said.
Meanwhile, during the week between Nov 15-21, seven states recorded a high increase in the number of dengue cases namely Penang (29 per cent), Sarawak (28 per cent), Johor (21 per cent), Negeri Sembilan (19 per cent), Kuala Lumpur (12 per cent), Perak (11 per cent) and Selangor (seven per cent).
Dr Mohd Ismail said the ministry viewed seriously the increase in the dengue cases and had issued a circular to all state health directors urging them to step up enforcement.
He also called on members of the public to ensure their homes and workplaces were free of mosquito breeding sites.
"The weather could be the contributing factor to the rise in the number of dengue cases but we should continue giving attention to ensuring that our surroundings are free of aedes mosquito's breeding ground," he said.
Dr Mohd Ismail also said that apathy among the society was also a contributing factor to the increase in the number of dengue cases.
Due to this, he said, only 21 per cent of 106 gotong-royong activities in dengue epidemic area could be carried out.
On Chikungunya, Dr Mohd Ismail said 275 cases were reported this week, dropping slightly from 277 cases last week, with Sarawak contributing 99 per cent of the cases.
A total of 4,742 Chikungunya cases reported so far this year compared to 4,271 cases during the same period last year. No Chikungunya deaths were reported so far.
Why wait until worrying level? Why didn't take any actiong BEFORE worrying level?
Isn't the Health Minister worried about the general health of the public or is he more worried for his position in MCA?
Posted: 26 Nov 2009 06:15 AM PST
As usual, after work, I left the office and was walking towards the Malay Mail. Suddenly, I saw a man standing and reading next to a newspaper stand.
'Something unsual,' I thought to myself. So, I stopped to look. I could not believe what I saw the word 'FREE' on the stand.
Before taking a copy from the stand, I asked the man, 'FREE?'
He answered affirmatively, 'As of today.'
'Just like The Sun,' I said.
He somewhat disagreed, saying, 'Ours is the only afternoon paper.'
'Yeah, Sun is in the morning,' I said matter-of-factly.
Quickly, I took a FREE copy of the Malay Mail, said 'thank you' to the man and walked off feeling rather happy.
FREE is better than cheap mah.
Posted: 26 Nov 2009 06:46 AM PST
This is the story of Captian Mukhtiar who was cheated of his pension by whom? Guess, really guess, the friggin Army. Unbelieveable, ain't it. Well it is true. At first everyone thought he was going to get his pension. The Army, whose mentality never ceases to amaze me, just would not budge, when this poor warrior had a combined total 28 years of both Police and Military service! Not one of the big shot Officers in the Army wanted to address this issue, they sent lowly indecisive Captains and Majors to attend to this problem. Mighty pen pushers they are, compared to a warrior. They are that, as there are no more Commies around. Poor Mukhtiar was given a run around. They are callous, selfish and uncaring. Here is a compilation of Lt Col Idris's efforts in helping Captain Mukhtiar Singh a warrior who slew the enemies of this nation, placing his life on the line. Unappreciated by Mindef, Lt Col Idris Hj Hassan, went all out to help Mukhtiar, without caring for his own physical pain, a very bad back, which until to this very moment he suffers from.
A Cause Worth Fighting For.....by Lt Col Idris Hj Hassan Part 1
A Cause Worth Fighting For.......by Lt Col Idris Hj Hassan Part 2
Posted: 26 Nov 2009 04:27 AM PST
I know.. I know.. I shouldn't be updating my blog...
Can't help it though..
Well, I got selected to be part of Project 500 and just taking this opportunity to update blog since I got 3 buffered campaigns going..
Anyway, I seriously got no idea on what this Project 500 gonna be..
As long as there are freebies, goodies, money, etc.. It'll be good for me..
MORE CAMPAIGNS = MORE MONEY
MORE MONEY = BETTER LIFE
Posted: 26 Nov 2009 03:08 AM PST
MALAYSIAN shares closed flat today due to pre-weekend selling and profit-taking, dealers said.
The Plantation Index surged 14.01 points to 6,245.94 but the Finance Index dropped 57.75 points to 10,902.77.
A dealer said retail players stayed out of the market ahead of a long weekend.
Maybank Investment technical analyst Lee Cheng Hooi said the bourse ended flat as "pre-weekend selling persisted ahead of the holiday break."
The bourse is closed Friday for a public holiday.
Lee said going forward, investors should only nibble on dips as profit-taking is likely to keep a lid on the market, adding that buying interest would emerge at 1,255 and 1,269.
"It was a very quiet trading day with thin participation from funds," Lee was quoted as saying by Dow Jones Newswires.
Among gainers, top mobile operator, Maxis added 1.3 per cent to RM5.37, national carmaker Proton gained 2.2 per cent to RM4.10 and plantation giant Sime Darby rose 0.3 per cent to RM9.01.
Construction firm Gamuda lost 5.2 per cent to RM2.75 . - Agencies
Posted: 26 Nov 2009 04:40 AM PST
In tourism industry, we have to go down to the basics. In receiving tourists from outside, even a kind gesture may mean a lot to them. Sibuians are traditionally hospitable. Let us turn this fine tradition into a blue ocean strategy to win the hearts of tourists. Together we practise courtesy to make Sibu a very heartwarming place for holiday! Changyi has good points in her comments in this respect.
Tan Kee Hian observed the following to be the building blocks for mass tourism in his talk:
1. There has got to be an integrated tourism development master plan:
-Joint government-private sector initiative.
2. Effective marketing and promotion of tourist attractions of Greater Sibu.
3. Development of affordable, reliable, mid-tier facilities:
-Hospitality, leisure, convention and transport.
4. Ever-green programmes and attractions.
5. Education, training and development focused on mass tourism.
The picture shows the packed ballroom at Kingwood Hotel where the forum was held. The turnout was close to 500 which was an encouragement. Photo: Terrence Tan of MPI
Posted: 26 Nov 2009 05:23 AM PST
DATELINE KUALA LUMPUR:
Petpositive Member Carol Rasiah who has brittle bones, is fighting for her life at the Intensive Care Unit in University Hospital Medical Centre (PPUM).
The story was broken to us by another Petpositive Member Stanislaus Anthony from Petaling Jaya earlier this afternoon.
Carol who hails from Subang Jaya was reported to have been traveling in a wheelchair-friendly van called Mobility on Tuesday morning when the accident happened.
She is reported to have fallen off her wheelchair when the van made an emergency stop.
Carol who suffered internal bleeding was rushed to the trauma ward on the fifth floor of PPUM where she is still in a coma.
One visitor who saw Carol at the hospital yesterday described her condition as extremely serious. She didn't think that Carol would be able to pull through.
According to her, doctors were waiting to perform surgery on Carol but were being prevented from doing so because she was not in a stable condition.
However at least one Web Forum where Carol regularly chats was more optimistic and hopeful that Carol would recover from her ordeal.
Carol has taken part in several activities of Petpositive to date. They include attending our historic charity concert in June 2007, our Xmas party by Mid Valley Megamall and a special animal-assisted therapy session at the Selangor SPCA last year.
The last we saw Carol was at MBPJ's Dog Forum in PJ in October where she had also traveled in the Mobility Van.
"Despite being in a wheelchair for all her life, Carol is always cheerful," noted Lynda Merican, special coordinator for Petpositive. "She would be present at some of the functions I attended and it was always great to bump into her," concluded Lynda, wishing her a speedy recovery.
Many in the disabled community have expressed shock at what had happened to Carol and have called for more improved safety measures for all vehicles that transport disabled and elderly persons.
This should include special training to drivers of special vehicles that transport vulnerable communities.
Carol who lives behind The Summit in Subang is active on Facebook and is also a blogger. Her address is http://blogsportcom-carol.blogspot.com/
PET+BLOGSPOT is the official online blog of the Malaysian Animal-Assisted Therapy for the Disabled and Elderly Association (Petpositive).
Our blog which was first established in October 2007 currently has more than 30,000 hits. Kindly take note that views expressed in this blog are not necessarily those of Petpositive.
You may also visit our Webpage by browsing: www.petpositive.com.my
Posted: 26 Nov 2009 02:18 AM PST
In the late sixties and early seventies, we stayed in a rented room near the Kek Lok Si Temple in Ayer Itam. The room was one of three in a wooden house with a big compound. There were three windows but only one was opened. It looked out into the compound. "Bar lay", a raised wooden platform, occupied two thirds on the left side of the room. Mengkuang and straw mats lined the platform. Items that were seldom used were kept in carton boxes underneath.
A two-door wardrobe and two smaller cabinets stood on top of the platform. Our clothes and other important documents were kept inside these cabinets. The platform doubled up as our bed too. Mum would roll out the cotton-filled mattress when we were about to turn in for the night. After that, she would string up the four edges of the "bang ta" (mosquito netting) and we would crawl inside to sleep.
There was another small cupboard on the floor with a metal oscillating fan on top. We had our meals on a round foldable table which she cooked over a gas stove in the kitchen at the back of the house. Rice was cooked in an electric cooker in the room. Two formica chairs rested on the wall beside the table. That was for guests who visited us ocassionally. I know Mum had a sewing machine that she used to make pillow cases, bedsheets and pajamas, but I cannot remember where in the room she placed it.
Mum sought permission from the landlady to rear chicken, and sometimes ducks, too, on one corner of the compound where she built an enclosure. Just outside the enclosure, banana trees grow on fertile blackened soil. These were from burning garden debris – dried leaves, twigs and branches pruned from trees in the compound. She built the enclusore and coop by herself mostly, from putting up the chicken wire fence to building the rickety coop for the birds to rest in the evenings. The coop had a place for the birds to perch inside.
She also made the trough for the feed by sawing planks to size and nailing them together. The birds were fed with a mixture of corn kernels, oat groats, chopped green vegetables, mashed steamed fishes and finely ground chicken feed. The green vegetables and fishes were discards that the grocer would sell at a very cheap price. Sometimes, when she was tilling the soil and found earthworms, she would chop them up as well and fed them the poultry. The birds drank a lot. Mum filled up discarded glazed saucers with tap for them.
The birds were fed twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening. If there was leftover rice, they were added into the chicken feed as well. Once in a while, when Mum was busy with other chores, she would get me to feed them. It was not something I liked. The enclosure was full of chicken droppings. The yet to be neutered cockerels would sometimes attack me when I got too close to them.
The grains were bought from the sundry shops around the market, the ground chicken feed from the small livestock supply store beside the bridge over the Ayer Itam River opposite Swee Wah Mini Market. The medicine for livestock inside the store were arranged on shelves and made it smell like a hospital. The chicken feed were pre-packed in brown paper bags. She would buy two or three packets whenever she dropped by at the store. Otherwise, she would get them from the sundry shops that sold them loose and by weight.
The locals call the area around the bridge "keow thau teng" meaning the place above the bridge head. Underneath the bridge, on both banks, garbage from the market and houses along the river created an eyesore. There were animal carcasses, too. At the other end, on the same side as Swee Wah Mini Market, there were stalls selling curry noodles, hokkien mee and delicious Nyonya kuihs. I liked the kuih talam best for its sweet and salty taste, and pandan fragrance. On the opposite, there was a small stall selling uniforms, stationery and such. What I remember most about this stall is the bak hu (pork floss) that was kept in a huge glass jar. I would pester Mum to buy some for me everytime we passed the stall.
In the morning, vendors displayed chicken and ducklings in open top wood cartons on both sides of the walkway on the bridge. Mum would be at the market by seven when it was at its busiest. She squatted by the boxes, looked for the healthier birds, gently held those little yellow fluff balls and turn them over to determine their gender. I would squat beside her and tried to grab the chicken with my small hands. She would stop me. She said the chicken would die if I were to drop them.
The chicken cost 30 sen each, ducklings slightly more expensive. She usually bought ten at one go. The selected chicken were put in flat bottom paper bags made from newspaper. They would be struggling and chirping away inside. Mum would put the paper bags in her "chai na" and continue with her marketing. The "chai na" was a weaved bamboo basket, cylindrical with an arched handle. It was used mostly for carrying groceries from the market. These have since been replaced by plastic ones like those found in supermarkets.
The poultry were kept for festive seasons like the Chinese New Year and Dong Zhi (Winter Solstice Festival). There were more hens than cockerels. The hens were for meat and eggs. The cockerels were neutered to make them grow fat. They were called "eam kay". When the cockerels matured, Mum took them to her father, my Ah Kong, for neutering. They would balloon up afterwards and slaughtered for extra special occasions like the birthday of an elder in the family.
The neutered rooster, called a capon, was also prized for its fat. "Eam kay eu", as it is known, was removed and placed in a glass bottle before the carcass was washed to prevent contamination. It would then be preserved in salt and used as a lubricant to remove splinters in the skin. The few times I had stubborn splinters embedded in my hand, Mum would wrap the wound in the salted fat for a few minutes. The splinter could then be removed with little effort.
Mum slaughtered the chicken herself. She would slit the bird's throat and let the blood drip into a bowl. The carcass was then soaked in a pail of boiling water. This made it easier for the feathers to be plucked out. Most of the entrails would be discarded except for the gizzard. It was supposed to be a delicacy – steamed, sliced, dipped in soya sauce and eaten just like that. I never liked the gizzard for its unusual taste and texture.
Posted: 25 Nov 2009 11:03 PM PST
Many might regard working here in Hong Kong is a glam as this country is more developed than what we have back home. For foreigner like me, I am considered lucky that I do not have to pay for my accommodation which might cost me a bomb if I were to go out and rent a place.
A decent apartment or flat here would cost not less than HKD10k per month, that is approximately RM5k. What I enjoy most here for the time being is the weather, though sunny it is not even warm, a perfect day to walk around and sightseeing.
So back to my work, it had complications last week. And I had a chance to participate in a regional meeting and I am currently having a savior to back me up on this project. My target to finish this region would be 3rd week of December if they can approve it fast for me, I just hope there will no longer be any delay further.
If I happen to meet my expected time line and get paid at the same time, the first thing that I want to reward myself is a holiday! Definitely I need a break, I need to see beautiful sea, beaches, do some reading by the beach, drink as much beer as I can. This is how lonely my life is here in Hong Kong. I agree with my friend who stays here as well. This city can be very vibrant but also can make one lonely as well.
I can't wait to eat my nasi lemak and hokkien mee. There's so much I miss back home now.
Pray for me, I shall be back soon!
Posted: 26 Nov 2009 01:42 AM PST
Ahli Parlimen Kuantan, Fuziah Salleh melahirkan kebimbangan dengan sikap tidak bertanggungjawab Kerajaan Negeri Pahang yang meluluskan aktiviti pembalakan di negeri itu tannpa melalui Penilaian Kesan Alam Sekitar (EIA).
Beliau berkata, aktiviti pembalakan seluas 42,000 ekar berkenaan bukan sahaja tidak melalui EIA, bahkan ia juga tidak mendapat kelulusan Exco.
"Saya nak tunjukkan peta, ini adalah kawasan yang telah diluluskan untuk pembalakan dalam tempoh setahun setengah di Pahang yang melibatkan dua hutan simpan,"katanya di Lobi Parlimen semalam.
"Dia punya total ialah 42 ribu ekar atau 17 ribu hektar secara total tetapi ianya dipecahkan kepada kompartmen-kompartmen yang diluluskan kurang daripada 500 hektar maksudnya tidak perlu EIA. Dan mereka melanggar sistem tanpa membuat EIA, tanpa kelulusan EXCO. Ia terlepas dari kerajaan negeri tetapi apabila kita petakan, ia kelihatan seperti ini,"katanya.
Ujar Fuziah, tindakan tidak bertanggungjawab ini akan mengakibatkan hutan yang sepatutnya menjadi tempat tadahan air menjadi gondol dan menyebabkan kejadian banjir lumpur dan banjir kilat.
Malah menurut Fuziah, sekiranya tiada kawalan yang sewajarnya dilakukan, bandar Kuantan yang kecil berbanding dengan kawasan pembalakan tersebut mungkin akan tenggelam akibat bencana alam yang tidak dijangka.
"Saya tahu, Pahang memang ada masalah dari segi penguatkuasaan dan inilah masalahnya yang akan menimpa di Pahang. Jadi setakat ini kerajaan negeri memberitahu saya, tidak mungkin berlaku,"katanya.
Namun ujar Fuziah, meskipun kerajaan negeri menafikan tindakan mereka itu, Fuziah mempunyai bukti keterlibatan kerajaan negeri dalam meluluskan kompartmen-kompartmen yang berjumlah 17 ribu hektar.
"Tapi di sini, saya ada surat kelulusan daripada Jabatan Perhutanan Pahang, mesyuarat exco dan sebagainya dan total semuanya ada di sini. Daripada Oktober 2007, Oktober 2008 dan Mac 2009. Luluskan sedikit demi sedikit dan kini menjeadi sebegitu banyak,"katanya.
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Posted: 26 Nov 2009 01:14 AM PST
Saya dan isteri ingin mengucapkan Selamat Menyambut Hari Raya Aidiladha kepada semua Muslimin dan Muslimat di seluruh negara.
Kepada mereka yang berada di Tanah Suci menjalankan ibadah haji (termasuklah Dr. Syed Husin Ali, YB Azmin Ali, Dato' Zaid Ibrahim dan Ustaz Badrul Amin) kami mendoakan semoga selamat semuanya dan pulang dengan haji yang mabrur, insya Allah.
Marilah kita menyambut hari kebesaran ini dengan mengingati pengorbanan Nabi Ismail a.s. yang bersedia dikorbankan demi Allah s.w.t. Kemenangan hanya boleh dicapai dengan pengorbanan.
Insya Allah malam ini saya akan mengadakan majlis ringkas penyerahan lembu korban DUN Seri Setia di Masjid Sg Way selepas solat Isyak.
Esok pagi saya akan solat Aidil Adha di Masjid Nurul Yaqin SS 7, Kelana Jaya dan melihat aktiviti korban di Surau KTM, Desaria, PJS 5 dan Surau Flat Taman Melewar, Glenmarie, Seksyen U 1 Shah Alam. Saya akan solat Jumaat di Masjid al-Hidayah, SS 3, Kelana Jaya.
Pada pagi Sabtu saya akan ke Masjid Kg. Lindungan, PJS 6 bagi aktiviti korban di sana.
Insya Allah kita ketemu di sana!
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