Monday, November 9, 2009

Sungai Melaka

Sungai Melaka

Sungai Melaka

Posted: 09 Nov 2009 10:53 AM PST

Salam to all & good day,
Lama jugak tak menulis kat blog sendiri, rasanya banyak cerita yg nak dikongsikan, tapi setiap kali aku menulis sepotong ayat, masa tu la rasa malas dan ilham yg mendatang tu tiba-tiba terpadam, rasa benci juga kalau nak menulis ni kalau takda mood, menulis ni dengan mood harus seiringan, kalau takda mood, cerita yg nak ditulis akan jadi buntu, tu pendapat aku la, kalau org2 pro yg menulis tu rasanya pun sama kot.

Hari ni aku pergi ke sungai melaka, kalau dulunya org nak dekat dengan sungai melaka pun naik geli, sebab bukan sahaja kotor, malah terlampau-lampau kotor, air dari jernih sampai jadi hijau, bau ia juga kurang menyenangkan, tapi dengan langkah-langkah drastik yg dilakukan oleh kerajaan negeri melaka, dengan pemantauan dan kerja-kerja membersih dan mengindahkan sungai melaka, sudah mula banyak dapat dilihat perubahan yg amat ketara, lebih-lebih lagi dengan keadaan fizikal sungai yg agak bersih dan tidak berbau.

Kalau dulunya, tebing-tebing sungai melaka asyik dimamah dengan hakisan, kini semua tebing-tebing sungai telah dilakukan pengubahsuaian yg amat baik sekali, semua tebing2 sudah mula dikonkrit, sudah di ratakan dan permukaannya pula di letakkan mozek, untuk menyusuri sungai melaka, perjalanan yg dilalui amat selesa, semuanya berlantaikan mozek, tidak kotor macam dulu, kalau dulu time hujan habis becak, lumpur-lumpur semua naik ke permukaan, tapi kini cukup bersih sekali.

Kalau dulu sungai melaka ni pelabuhan yg sibuk dengan kapal-kapal dagang yg besar, kini sungai melaka sibuk kembali dengan kehadiran bot-bot yg mengangkut pelancong-pelancong yg dtg ke melaka untuk melancong, semua yg dtg ke melaka tidak sah kalau mereka tidak mencuba sendiri untuk menaiki bot-bot tersebut, dengan kadar rm10 untuk org dewasa, dan rm5 untuk kanak-kanak yg berumur 5 thn hingga 12 tahun, kita dapat menyusuri sungai melaka dengan menaiki bot yg indah, bot2 tersebut dihadirkan untuk membawa pelancong-pelancong seperti kita yg ingin melihat keindahan sungai melaka dan kawasan sekitarnya.

Perkhidmatan bot ini bermula dari jam 8pg hingga ke malam hari, sesiapa yg belum mencuba lagi, aku harap korg cuba-cuba lah naik, memang seronok kalau dapat naik ramai-ramai, jgn risau, bot2 tersebut memang selamat, dengan langkah-langkah keselamatan yg ada, mungkin ada tidak akan rasa bimbang, arus sungai yg tidak deras, air yg tidak kuat berkocak, memang seronok untuk menaiki bot tersebut. Tidak lama lagi, keretapi - train seperti LRT akan dibina disepanjang sungai melaka, menghubungkan bandar hilir dan kawasan-kawasan sekitarnya untuk org ramai, masih dalam tempoh pembinaan, mungkin tak lama lagi siap kot, harap-harap la kan, boleh tambah pelancong lagi lepas ni...

Bagi kerajaan negeri melaka, tahniah sebab dh majukan sungai melaka ni sebagai salah satu tempat kawasan perlancongan yg akan menjadi salah satu tarikan bagi mereka semua untuk dtg ke melaka, harap-harap mereka ( pelancong ) datang lagi untuk melihat keunikan negeri melaka dan sekitarnya....
Jom dtg ke melaka!!!!

Kawasan dimana pelancong-pelancong boleh menaiki bot-bot tersebut.

Indah suasana...

Bot yg sedia ada.

Bot yg mempunyai nombor-nombor tertentu.
Jambatan pengkalan rama dibelakang tu, yg ada bentuk tengkolok kuning tu, masih lg dalam pembinaan.

Enjin bot yg berkuasa besar, laju juga tau bot ni.

Gambar train-LRT yg bakal diwujudkan disekitar sungai melaka dan kawasan-kawasan tertentu.

Rangka bangunan dan tiang konkrit untuk LRT masih dalam pembinaan

photo of najib with altantuya exists, said…

Posted: 09 Nov 2009 09:54 AM PST

time_mag_najib… the french reporter, arnaud dubus.  it was given to the malaysian police by the mongolia honorary counsul in malaysia, who of course in turn got it from altantuya's father.

hmm… so the photo landed in the hands of the police… the IGP…. AND it stays there.  so it kind of add up what RPK said about the IGP and the PM eh? they are scratching each other's back!

read the full article about what dubus said regarding the photo at free malaysia today, a new online news portal.

bear in mind that our dear PM had firmly stated he did not know altantuya at all when he swore on the koran. in other words, he was saying altantuya's father and cousin, amy (who saw the photo) were liars. and now this french reporter too.

dubus said:

"This photograph was given to Mongolia's Honorary Consul in Malaysia, Datuk Syed Abdul Rahman Alhabshi, who gave it to the Malaysian police and then it sort of vanished,"

vanished? nah, it's still in the IGP's hands safe keeping… as a trump card for him to use against the PM, see.
and you see, how the IGP's contract had been renewed? how some charges against him was dropped?

Dubus said he doubted if the photograph would ever see the light of the day.

"Well, the photograph was given to the Malaysian police; so if we want to check where was the pic, somebody has to go to the Malaysian police and the one who can do it is the Honorary Consul as he was the one who gave it to them," said Dubus.

will he? of course not! he already given it to the police and to him it belongs to the police and up to the police what they want to do with it. and he's too chicken (or got paid?) to speak up that he saw the picture, he handed the picture to the police. it takes a foreigner like dubus to tell it out.

read the full article at free malaysia today, which is a new online news portal.

note:  the picture here was done by wits0 for famous blogger susan loone, first up on susan's facebook.

ADV: Text F to 32665 to Sign Up Facebook SMS

Posted: 09 Nov 2009 09:42 AM PST

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I have talked about my recent buying on a Channel X prepaid SIM pack and now I am teaching you how to sign up for the new Facebook SMS service. Actually, I don't really need to teach you because the steps are just too easy!

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On your phone, just text "F" and send to 32665 (without the open and close inverted comma of course). Wait for a text message which will contain the secret code for you to key into your Facebook.

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When you got the secret code, you can login to your Facebook and look for the Mobile linky on the bottom right page. Then at there, follow the on screen instruction, key in the secret code and you are ready to Facebook SMS!

Very easy right? Yes, I am receiving updates on my phone now, and at the same time, replying people's wall post and updating my status from phone. It's all only for RM1 per week. I got RM5 pre-credit in my SIM pack, so I still can use for another 5 weeks without reloading. Sweet!

Not available on other provider but only on CHANNEL X! Yeah.

Kekuasaan Tuhan....

Posted: 09 Nov 2009 08:36 AM PST

Terbentuk ayat: فيه شفاء

Terbentuk ayat: من شر حاسد

Terbentuk ayat: الله ربي

Terbentuk ayat :شفاء

Asparagus for cancer

Posted: 09 Nov 2009 08:28 AM PST

Three types of asparagus on a shop display, with white asparagus at the back and green asparagus in the middle. The plant at the front is Ornithogalum pyrenaicum, is commonly called wild asparagus,

Several years ago, I had a man seeking asparagus for a friend who had cancer. He gave me a photocopied copy of an article,entitled, `Asparagus for cancer ' printed in Cancer News Journal, December 1979.

I will share it here, just as it was shared with me: 'I am a biochemist,and have specialized in the relation of diet to health for over 50 years.

Several years ago, I learned of the discovery of Richard R.Vensal, D.D.S. that asparagus might cure cancer. Since then, I have worked with him on his project.. We have accumulated a number of favourable case histories.
Here are a few examples:

Case No. 1,
A man with an almost hopeless case of Hodgkin's disease (cancer of the lymph glands) who was completely incapacitated. Within 1 year of starting the asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to detect any signs of cancer, and he was back on a schedule of strenuous exercise.

Case No. 2,
A successful businessman 68 years old who suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years. After years of medical treatments,including radiation without improvement, he went on asparagus.. Within 3 months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumor had disappeared and that his kidneys were normal.

Case No. 3,
A man who had lung cancer. On March 5th 1971, he was put on the operating table where they found lung cancer so widely spread that it was inoperable. The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case hopeless. On April 5th he heard about the asparagus therapy and immediately started taking it. By August, x-ray pictures revealed that all signs of the cancer had disappeared. He is back at his regular business routine. *

*Case No. 4,
A woman who was troubled for a number of years with skin cancer. She finally developed different skin cancers which were diagnosed by asking specialist as advanced. Within 3 months after starting on asparagus, her skin specialist said that her skin looked fine and nomore skin lesions. This woman reported that the asparagus therapy also cured her kidney disease, which started in 1949. She had over 10 operations for kidney stones, and was receiving government disability payments for an inoperable, terminal, kidney condition. She attributes the cure of this kidney trouble entirely to the asparagus.

I was not surprised at this result, as `The elements of Materia Medica', edited in 1854 by a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania , stated that asparagus was used as a popular remedy for kidney stones. He even referred to experiments, in 1739, on the power of asparagus in dissolving stones.

We would have other case histories but the medical establishment has interfered with our obtaining some of the records. I am therefore appealing to readers to spread this good news and help us to gather a large number of case histories that will overwhelm the medical skeptics about this unbelievably simple and natural remedy. For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked before using, and therefore canned asparagus is just as good as fresh.

I have corresponded with the two leading canners of asparagus, Giant Giant and Stokely, and I am satisfied that these brands contain no pesticides or preservatives.

1) Place the cooked asparagus in a blender and liquefy to make a puree, and store in the refrigerator.

2) Give the patient 4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and evening.

Patients usually show some improvement in from 2-4 weeks. It can be diluted with water and used as a cold or hot drink. This suggested dosage is based on present experience, but certainly larger amounts can do no harm and may be needed in some cases.

As a biochemist I am convinced of the old saying that `what cures can prevent'. Based on this theory, my wife and I have been using asparagus puree as a beverage with our meals. We take 2 tablespoons diluted in water to suit our taste with breakfast and with dinner. I take mine hot and my wife prefers hers cold.

For years we have made it a practice to have blood surveys taken as part of our regular checkups.

The last blood survey, taken by a medical doctor who specializes in the nutritional approach to health, showed substantial improvements in all categories over the last one, and we can attribute these improvements to nothing but the asparagus drink...

As a biochemist, I have made an extensive study of all aspects of cancer, and all of the proposed cures. As a result, I am convinced that asparagus fits in better with the latest theories about cancer. Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called histones, which are believed to be active in controlling cell growth. For that reason, I believe asparagus can be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth normalizer. That accounts for its action on cancer and inacting as a general body tonic. In any event, regardless of theory, asparagus used as we suggest, is a harmless substance.

The FDA cannot prevent you from using it and it may do you much good.. It has been reported by the US National Cancer Institute, that asparagus is the highest tested food containing glutathione, which is considered one of the body's most potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants.

Please spread the news...
...the most unselfish act one can ever do is paying forward all the kindness one has received even to the most undeserved person *

Temple Visits Before SPM Examination

Posted: 09 Nov 2009 08:20 AM PST

Now I can't deny that we, a bunch of high school students are not superstitious. No offence to other religions, we are buddhist and we went to as many as 7 temples lately for prayers and blessing for the coming big, massive SPM exam which is O Level equivalent.

Organized by I don't know who, but it's all my classmate and skipped school together on a Wednesday and went for the temples trip around Penang. Since I was free and it's something must-do to me, so I went to join them. There's like, 11 of us.

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First stop was Mahindarama Temple or more likely to known as Guleng Hood. It's a famous place and everyone loves going there before exam for blessing. I had actually went there the week before this and so this was my second visit for this year. There's no restriction on how many time you can pray.

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They actually had a blessing ceremony for SPM students last Sunday but I find no reason why want to join the crowds and wake up early. I prefer going on some other time where there's little people.

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Go to Guleng Hood must bring a couple of milk and your exam time table. That's the standard procedure, then look for the sifu monk in the house for blessing.

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Spent like an hour at Guleng Hood and we were off to another place and that is the Penang Buddhist Association. This place is quite happenings during Wesak Day. It became so quiet on normal days.

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Don't want to talk so much about what happened there. Basically, it's just prayers for good health, good result and good everything.

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Next was the Siamese temple, Wat Buppharam on Perak Road. Tried the 50cents electronic fortune teller, but it didn't work for me. Too bad. We actually visited another one, Malaysia Buddhist Association on Burma Rd, it's just a very short visit.

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Then off to Burma Lane (Lorong Burma) to visit the two temple. A Siamese temple (Wat Chaiyamangkalaram) and a Dhammikarama Burmese temple. Living in Penang for 17 years, this was my first time and we were just like tourist at there. Everyday past by the place, thinking that it's just another temple and small, but everything I thought weren't true.

The compound, the garden, the statue are big. Inside is very pretty and clean. It just doesn't feel "Penang" to me, it's more like being in Thailand.

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There's a rotating thing inside the Burmese temple where you can aim and throw coins into it. Each different bowl representing different thing which you pray/wish for, etc. Health, Prosperity, Education, Marriage, Good Lucks.

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The Siamese Temple lies the reclining Buddha.

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Last week was the Loy Krathong, a Thai festival where people release boat with candles and written wishes into the sea. We bought a boat and wrote our wishes on it and they were release into the sea at Gurney Drive.

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After so many temples, finally we had came to our last stop. The Penang's Kuan Yin Temple at Pitt Street. It's not first or 15th of the Lunar calendar, so it's not that crowded. Usually it's full of devotees during those days.

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Parents bring their children who are sitting for exam here too. Mom did bring me here 2 years ago when I was sitting for PMR and now, it's friend who brought me there instead of my mom. To pray for good studies and education, we looked for the Confucious and Wen Chang Gong. =)

So, after that many prayers and temple visit, doesn't mean that we need not to study already, it's just a kind of believing. Good luck everyone!

Light lunch / rather snack @ Station 1 Jaya One, PJ

Posted: 09 Nov 2009 08:54 AM PST

Our second time patronizing Station 1 @ Jaya One, PJ.

Our light lunch or snack: Chicken nuggets - five pieces.

We had slight stomach discomfort 4-5 hours after eating the chicken nuggets.

Janson looking at don't-know-what.

Janson took a tiny bite of chicken nugget...thank God he was ok after eating!

Mommy looking at MTV...Janson looking at...?

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said...- Matthew 28:6

Posted: 09 Nov 2009 08:12 AM PST

Matthew 28:6 (King James Version)

6He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

An Album of My Memorable Weekend

Posted: 09 Nov 2009 08:56 AM PST

Director Of Huda Events Bidding Farewell To TV3 Lobby..

Last of the easels!

Amar..posing with the police squad guarding the TV3 entrance..Amar looks like a detective!

Awang the lorry driver liked this painting..dia nak free. Takboleh..Tuan Wil punya..

My cheeky crew still smiling despite being so very tired..

After bubblewrapping all the paintings, my young crew all stole a short snooze..

My younger brother and his sons..great job boys!

Nain my GM of Huda Events dismantling all the easels with a big warm smile..

My brother-in-law Dato' Aminuddin with his family...yang pakai kopiah pak haji tu..
hes off to perform the Haj on the 19th of November.

Posing with some of the siblings who came for the doa selamat..

Some of my nieces..ramai lagi tapi they couldn't come.

Hakim and some of his cousins..

Sekarang kitaorang semua dah tua ye..

My sisters and I..

L-R..future makji, Era, Raha and Intan..
Tan, jangan nampak sedih..BangMin gi Mekah 2 minggu jer..

My brother-in-law Man and I..

With my darling sweet Mak Andak and very obedient nephews

Hakim bersalam with his GrandAunty..

Salman on the left is Farah's husband..Farah is 3rd from the left sitting on the sofa..
shes one of BangMin's 3 daughters..

Thank you Raha and Ilyas (Raha's hubby) for hosting the doa selamat gathering...

My niece Madihah and nephew Irfan..Madihah ni rajin sangat..she never misses any family gatherings..she has asked BangMin to doa depan Kaabah dia dapat a nice calun husband..hehehe

L-R..Miss S, Jehan, Farah..apasal kurusnya sejak kawin ni? And Madihah..

Danial..yang pakai baju biru tu is Intan's youngest..

nizar: MACC more powerful than Royal Commission! - nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar

Posted: 09 Nov 2009 07:42 AM PST

MACC clears Eusoff and Lingam of wrongdoing in NZ trip
By Syed Jaymal Zahiid

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 9 – Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz revealed today that Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigations had found no elements of corruption when Tun Eusoff Chin and lawyer V. K. Lingam went for a holiday to New Zealand together.

The opposition had attempted to use the 2000 holiday trip to back its claim that former chief justice and the senior lawyer had enjoyed a close relationship and link it with the scandalous video recording of the latter fixing the appointment of judges.

Nazri, while giving his ministerial winding-up speech on the 2010 Budget, said though the Royal Commission had shrugged off explanations by Eusoff and Lingam that the trip was "coincidental", MACC investigations showed that Eusoff had paid for all of his own expenses, contrary to the opposition's allegations.

"Both the flight tickets and accommodation had been paid by Eusoff, either using cheque, cash or credit card. The flight tickets of his entire family were paid using cheque and cash amounting to RM23,704," the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department told Parliament.

He also said that Eusoff had arranged for the holiday himself through an agency while Lingam had made separate arrangements but had instructed his aide to use the same agency used by the judge.

"It is important to explain that there is nothing wrong with taking holidays together. Investigations have been launched into this and no laws have been found to be broken and therefore no action will be taken," Nazri said.

His explanation, however, contradicts testimony by Lingam's former secretary, L.G. Jayanthi, who claimed she was instructed by her boss to make travel arrangements for him and his family, together with Eusoff's family, to New Zealand.

Nazri also repeated MACC's claim that it was unable to proceed with the investigation into the New Zealand trip because it could not locate a key witness.

But opposition leaders claim the government is lying and is trying to cover up the fiasco.

PKR vice-president and Subang MP R Sivarasa says party officials have been in contact with the key witness, and he promised to present the key witness at a public appearance soon.

(Source: The Malaysian Insider)

Najib Altantuya Main Politik Isu Royalti Minyak

Posted: 09 Nov 2009 06:29 AM PST

Exco Ekonomi Kelantan, Husam Musa berkata tindakan Perdana Menteri menolak tuntutan rakyat Kelantan berhubung isu pemberian royalti minyak Petronas adalah permainan politik UMNO-BN.

Husam berkata kerajaan BN beralasan bahawa pemberian royalti harus menepati syarat 3 batu nautika walhal syarat itu tidak terkandung dalam Akta Petroleum.

Sehubungan itu, Husam yakin bahawa Najib sekadar mahu bermain politik atau membuli rakyat Kelantan.

"Satu-satunya hujah yang digunakan oleh kerajaan Malaysia ialah 3 batu nautika tapi tidak ada di mana rujukan" ujar Husam.

"Sekarang Perdana Menteri hanya bermain politik dan ia tidak berasas kepada perjanjian" tambahnya lagi.

Perdana Menteri Najib Tun Razak telah mengumumkan Kelantan tidak layak untuk menerima wang royalti minyak kerana kedudukan kawasan minyak Bumi Selatan terletak lebih dari 3 batu nautika dari perairan Kelantan.

Namun ujarnya, pihak kerajaan negeri Kelantan tetap akan meneruskan tindakan perundangan demi mempertahankan hak rakyat Kelantan. Walau bagaimanapun, Husam berkeyakinan Perdana Menteri itu akan memberikan wang royalti kepada Kelantan setelah rundingan diadakan.

"Kita akan terus dengan tindakan kita untuk meminta royalti" tambahnya lagi.

Husam menambah tuntutan ini dibuat berasaskan kepada perjanjian yang telah dimeterai bersama Petronas. Isu ini juga bertitik tolak kepada soal ketanggungjawaban dan ketelusan pemerintah.

"Suka saya tekankan Kelantan bukan hendak duit sahaja tapi ketelusan" katanya.-TVS

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Era Najib Altantuya : Bai'ah Terapkan Disiplin, Elak Pemimpin Salah Guna Kuasa

Posted: 09 Nov 2009 06:25 AM PST

UMNO-BN dan media arus perdana sengaja mensensasikan isu Bai'ah atau sumpah setia pemimpin PAS dengan memperlihatkannya sebagai perjanjian yang meletakkan institusi perkahwinan sebagai sesuatu yang boleh dipandang remeh.

Walhal Bai'ah yang dilakukan oleh pemimpin-pemimpin PAS adalah satu sisitem disiplin dalam memastikan pemimpin parti itu berpegang kepada prinsip parti.

Pemimpin PAS, Husam Musa berkata Bai'ah adalah untuk melindungi kepimpinan parti itu dari jenayah rasuah dan salah guna kuasa.

"Ini bukan isu politik. Ini isu agama. Isu Islam. Amanah tidak boleh dikhianati" ujar Naib Presiden PAS, Husam Musa apabila diminta mengulas isu Bai'ah yang telah menimbulkan pelbagai kontroversi sejak Sabtu lalu.

Menurut Husam, Bai'ah bukanlah sesuatu yang mendera perasaan golongan isteri dan anak-anak pemimpin dalam PAS seperti yang disifatkan UMNO-BN dan media arus perdana.

"Bai'ah ini hanya untuk melindungi amanah ini, dan UMNO tidak puas hati kerana dia hendak beli wakil rakyat PAS di Selangor, mahu beli wakil-wakil rakyat PAS di negeri lain" ujarnya.

Tambah beliau lagi, PAS menggunakan sumpah setia ini antara lain untuk menghindari pemimpin parti itu daripada berpaling tadah kepada UMNO yang sentiasa berusaha menarik wakil rakyat PAS menyertai UMNO.

"Dulu pun mereka hendak beli wakil rakyat di Kelantan. Sampai RM 5 juta wang tunai diletakkan di atas riba" katanya.

Diminta mengulas mungkin adanya campur tangan daripada Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM) berkenaan hal terbabit, Husam berkata JAKIM sewajarnya menumpukan kepada isu-isu yang mendesak.

"Banyak lagi JAKIM boleh buat fatwa lain. Kenapa perlu sibuk hal ini? Bukan saya tidak setuju tetapi JAKIM ada banyak lagi tugas lain" ujarnya.

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nizar: Public rallying to support MACC? Guess again - nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar

Posted: 09 Nov 2009 07:09 AM PST

An opposition leader is wondering when the MACC will win the kind of trust and public support its Indonesian counterpart gets.

The opposition leader is none other than Lim Kit Siang who said that Indonesia was witnessing a phenomenon, where its people are rallying to the support of the Indonesian anti-corruption agency, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

He said the I
ndonesians respected the KPK but had little faith in the police or the judiciary and believed that the reputation of KPK of putting corrupt officials behind bars - even those in high places, had caused KPK to become the target of the police and the attorney-general's office.

I would like to post a comment that I received from a reader

Posted: 09 Nov 2009 05:06 AM PST

I would like to post a comment that I received from a reader regarding my last posting for the general consumption of all readers. I strongly believe that there is much to be done to eradicate corruption, and the 'rot must stop at the head'. As of now, I see little hope that this could be done.

1. Corruption is a practice as old and as difficult to stamp as prostitution.

2. MACC must be seen to be serious in taking drastic measures to eliminate or at least minimize acts of corruption. To do this MACC must tackle the big fishes. Their targets should be those politicians and civil servants including those in the police and armed forces who appear to live beyond their means. They must be thoroughly investigated and if they cannot explain their sources of income and new found wealth they must be brought to book, charged in the court of law and if they were found guilty, then they should be punished in accordance to the existing law and their properties confiscated.

3. Next is for MACC to investigate those givers of bribes, especially those in the business sector. They too should be brought to book and be meted with the same punishment.

4. I am sure, after several such cases, the news will become a deterrence to such future acts. To achieve this the top leaders of the political parties and the civil service in the government must have the political will and the moral courage to stamp this social menace and curse from our society !


Big-spending Malaysian is the mystery man of city club scene

Posted: 09 Nov 2009 05:03 AM PST

A fleet of black Cadillac Escalades hums outside Chelsea hot spot Avenue -- the A-list watering hole of such celebrities as Justin Timberlake and Lindsay Lohan. As the car doors open, a dozen men emerge and a bouncer whisks them over the club's threshold, past a group of shivering models behind the velvet rope. "Who is it?" one of them wonders out loud. "Is it P. Diddy?"

But the man at the center of the entourage isn't a celebrity. He isn't even a mogul. He's Taek Jho Low, a 20-something Wharton grad from Malaysia who has burned through hundreds of thousands of dollars at the city's hottest nightspots in the last three months -- and shows no signs of stopping.

The nightlife scene is abuzz with tales of this international man of mystery -- who goes by the name Jho Low and whose chubby, bespectacled appearance hardly meets the image of a wealthy gadabout. In September, during Fashion Week, sources said, Low helped rack up a $160,000 bar tab at Avenue, including several $900 bottles of Cristal champagne.

One month later, Lindsay Lohan was belatedly celebrating her 23rd birthday at downtown drinking den 1OAK when 23 bottles of Cristal suddenly appeared. They were reportedly paid for by a "mystery Malaysian," who, sources claim, was Low. At chic 27th Street hangout Pink Elephant, Low routinely spends $50,000 to $60,000, according to the club's owner, David Sarner. One night, at the Pink Elephant outpost in Southampton, Low enjoyed himself so much that he kept the revelry going -- all the way to Malaysia, Sarner said.

"He ended up flying eight of our [waitresses] to Malaysia for a party," he added. Strangely, for a man attracting so much attention, very little is known about Low. According to his official biography, he currently serves as a group adviser of several international corporations and was appointed to the board of UBG Berhad, a financial-services group in Kuala Lumpur, last year. But when The Post interviewed Malaysian experts at such think tank as the Council on Foreign Relations, no one had ever heard of Low.

According to inside sources, Low lives at a $100,000-a-month apartment in the Park Imperial, on West 56th Street, home to James Bond actor Daniel Craig and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs -- and he won't go anywhere, not even on the elevator, without at least one bodyguard. Some of Low's entourage of eight to 12 people also reside in two other apartments at the Park Imperial -- a $30,000-a-month pad and a 2,200-square-foot loft with Central Park views that costs $20,000 a month, according to real-estate investor Michael Hirtenstein, who used to live in the latter. Continued here...

Jihadi Denial Syndrome reaches epidemic proportions

Posted: 09 Nov 2009 04:52 AM PST

After the 7/7 London transport bombings woke at least some people up to the phenomenon of British 'sleeper' Islamic terrorism – and, equally important, to the way this was continuing to be denied by the British establishment – the reaction across the pond was, to say the least, complacent. What on earth had happened to the British lion? Americans asked, scratching their heads in amazement at how a country which had once stood united in determination to fight the enemies of democracy on the beaches was now apparently indifferent to the spread of jihadi fanaticism and support for religiously inspired violence amongst its own citizens. Americans were particularly astounded that Islamists were even being recruited to serve in the British police and other parts of the establishment.

The fact was, however, as I have written and said on a number of occasions, America was going in a similar direction, albeit more slowly and with a quite different demographic. While the vast majority of its Muslim citizens appeared to be people who really had come to the US to get a slice of the good life and had signed up to American values, there was a growing element amongst US Muslims which was becoming steadily radicalised. Worse still, the FBI and other counter-terrorism agencies had been influenced by their appeasement-minded British cousins in the security world peddling their wholly false analysis of Islamic terrorism as having nothing to do with religion, encouraging US officials similarly to downplay or passively allow the rise of US radicalisation. (See for example this story about the silence over a Hizb ut Tahrir conference in Chicago.)

Now we have seen the horrific outcome – the Fort Hood attack which left 13 people dead and dozens more injured by army psychiatrist Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who reportedly screamed the jihadi battle cry 'Allahu akhbar!' before he opened fire. There can be no doubt whatever that this was a jihadi attack upon America, not least from the evidence that has now surfaced of Major Hasan's attitudes for months before his rampage – evidence that the US authorities simply ignored. The Times reported:

His name appears above radical internet postings praising Islamic suicide bombers — something that the FBI was alerted to six months ago. He had frequent arguments with soldiers at Fort Hood because of his declarations that fellow Muslims 'should stand up and fight against the aggressor', and his vocal opposition to US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He even appeared to celebrate the shooting dead of a soldier at an army recruiting centre in Arkansas in June, carried out by a Muslim convert. He said at the time that Muslims should strap on suicide bombs and detonate them in Times Square.

These were the extraordinarily provocative statements and actions of the army psychiatrist Major Nidal Malik Hasan in the months before his deadly shootings at Fort Hood — a massacre that began with him shouting 'God is Great' in Arabic.

Yet not only did the US authorities ignore these warning signs that its army psychiatrist was an Islamist fanatic – it has been revealed that he was even a member of the Homeland Security panel advising on the presidential transition -- but much of the media reaction to the atrocity on both sides of the Atlantic has demonstrated an astounding state of denial. The BBC tried to close off any possibility that this was a jihadi attack and then appeared to lose interest in the story altogether; while the Guardian maintained that the victims of the atrocity were not the American military but the Muslim community, on the basis of revenge attacks against them of which, thankfully, there has been as yet not one sign. (This is the same Guardian that, week in, week out, runs mendacious or distorted pieces about Israel which contribute to a climate of frenzied hatred of Israel and its Jewish supporters which results in dramatic spikes in the number of attacks on British Jews). See Robin Shepherd's blog entry for an excellent analysis of this extraordinary coverage. And see Robert Spencer here and here and C Edmund Wright here for some discussion of Jihadi Denial Syndrome in the US.

Now it has been further revealed that Hasan worshipped at a mosque led by a radical imam said to be a 'spiritual adviser' to three of the hijackers who attacked America on 9/11. Nevertheless, people are still suggesting that he just snapped -- possibly under the impact of, wait for it, post-traumatic stress arising from military conflict. In other words, he was not a religious fanatic but was merely deranged. But religious fanatics are deranged. How else to describe the people who cut off the heads of Daniel Pearl, Nick Berg and so many others; or who strapped suicide bomb belts onto hundreds of Iranian children to turn them into human bombs against the Iraqis; or who want to murder thousands of their fellow British citizens because the Islamists 'love death'?

Oh I forgot; they are all just resistance fighters against Israeli oppression.

One really has to wonder, looking at this reaction to the fanatic psychiatrist whom the US authorities employed to counsel their soldiers, just who really needs the clinical treatment here. Spectator

Degrees of Separation - Mark Steyn

Posted: 09 Nov 2009 04:23 AM PST

Step One:

Hasan, the sole suspect in the massacre of 13 fellow US soldiers in Texas, attended the controversial Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Great Falls, Virginia, in 2001 at the same time as two of the September 11 terrorists, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt. His mother's funeral was held there in May that year.

The preacher at the time was Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born Yemeni scholar who was banned from addressing a meeting in London by video link in August because he is accused of supporting attacks on British troops and backing terrorist organisations.

Hasan's eyes "lit up" when he mentioned his deep respect for al-Awlaki's teachings, according to a fellow Muslim officer at the Fort Hood base in Texas...

Step Two:

Danquah assumed the military's chain of command knew about Hasan's doubts, which had been known for more than a year to classmates in a graduate military medical program. His fellow students complained to the faculty about Hasan's "anti-American propaganda," but said a fear of appearing discriminatory against a Muslim student kept officers from filing a formal written complaint.

Step Three:

Thinking Anew—Security Priorities for the Next Administration

A coherent strategy to address 21st century threats to the United States, one that treats national and homeland security as a seamless whole, has yet to emerge... To help fuel this process, in April 2008 The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) established the Presidential Transition Task Force, comprised of national and homeland security experts, policymakers and practitioners... The goal was to determine the top strategic priorities to advance the nation's security in the coming decade...

Event Participants:

...Amanda Halpern
U.S. House of Representatives

Beth Hampton
Homeland Security Institute

Nidal Hasan
Uniformed Services University School of Medicine

Donald Hawkins
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Eric Heighberger
Homeland Security Council...

That's quite the company for a deranged misfit loner whacko of no broader significance.

I believe it was Derb a few months after 9/11 who said that for this new struggle our watchword was "Better screwed than rude." Major Hasan represents the institutionalization of that attitude. Thirteen people are dead, dozens more will live with their injuries for the rest of their days, and a lot of families have had a great big gaping hole blown out of their lives because of it.

Anwar al-Awlaki and his chums have bet that such a society is too sick to survive. Watch the nothing-to-see-here media driveling on about pre-post-traumatic stress disorder like gibbering lunatics in a padded cell , and then think whether you'd really want to take that bet. Source...

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Fort Hood gunman had told US military colleagues that infidels should have their throats cut 08 Nov 2009

Posted: 09 Nov 2009 04:11 AM PST

Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the gunman who killed 13 at America's Fort Hood military base, once gave a lecture to other doctors in which he said non-believers should be beheaded and have boiling oil poured down their throats

He also told colleagues at America's top military hospital that non-Muslims were infidels condemned to hell who should be set on fire. The outburst came during an hour-long talk Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, gave on the Koran in front of dozens of other doctors at Walter Reed Army Medical Centre in Washington DC, where he worked for six years before arriving at Fort Hood in July. Colleagues had expected a discussion on a medical issue but were instead given an extremist interpretation of the Koran, which Hasan appeared to believe It was the latest in a series of "red flags" about his state of mind that have emerged since the massacre at Fort Hood, America's largest military installation, on Thursday.

Hasan, armed with two handguns including a semi-automatic pistol, walked into a processing centre for soldiers deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan, where he killed 13 and injured more than 30.Fellow doctors have recounted how they were repeatedly harangued by Hasan about religion and that he openly claimed to be a "Muslim first and American second." One Army doctor who knew him said a fear of appearing discriminatory against a Muslim soldier had stopped fellow officers from filing formal complaints.

Another, Dr Val Finnell, who took a course with him in 2007 at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Maryland, did complain about Hasan's "anti-American rants." He said: "The system is not doing what it's supposed to do. He at least should have been confronted about these beliefs, told to cease and desist, and to shape up or ship out. I really questioned his loyalty." Selena Coppa, an activist for Iraq Veterans Against the War, said: "This man was a psychiatrist and was working with other psychiatrists every day and they failed to notice how deeply disturbed someone right in their midst was."

One of Hasan's neighbours described how on the day of the massacre, about 9am, he gave her a Koran and told her: "I'm going to do good work for God" before leaving for the base. A civilian police officer who shot him, bringing the rampage to an end, said Hasan appeared "calm" during the massacre, hiding behind a telephone pole and shooting fellow soldiers in the back as they tried to get away. "He was firing at people as they were trying to run and hide, said Sgt Mark Todd. "Then he turned and fired a couple of rounds at me. I didn't hear him say a word, he just turned and fired."

Hasan flinched after he was shot and slid down against the pole still clutching his gun, which had a laser sight on it. The officer kicked away the weapon and handcuffed him. He said: "The guy was breathing, his eyes were blinking. I could tell that he was fading out and he didn't say anything. He was just kind of blinking." Senator Joe Lieberman, who chairs the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security, said there had been "strong warning signs" that Hasan was an "Islamist extremist".

The committee would ask "whether the Army missed warning signs that should have led them to essentially discharge him, he said. He added: "The US Army has to have zero tolerance. He should have been gone." But General George Casey, the Army's Chief of Staff, said it was "speculation" that military authorities failed to pick up on warning signs. "I don't want to say that we missed it," he said. Asked if military authorities had missed warning signs Gen Casey, the Army's Chief of Staff, added: "We have to go back and look at ourselves ,and ask ourselves the hard questions. Are we doing the right things? We will learn from this. "It's too early to draw conclusions but we will ask ourselves the hard questions about what we are doing and the changes we should make as a result of this." Telegraph

In Need of Backpack and Flip Flops

Posted: 09 Nov 2009 05:24 AM PST

maybe i haven't been persistent enough. maybe i'm too resilient, in a negative way. after all these years. after all that had happened, after all that have been happening.

or maybe it's the surrounding that is getting rougher and tougher after each breath i take.

i don't know anymore. i really don't know. i kept looking for Square One, i kept going back to Square One. my Square One is so worn it will wreck soon, if i keep on going back there.

if i could, i would have grabbed my backpack and flip flops, and go. go and go. and go away from Square One.

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Jalan-jalan Cari Makan

Posted: 09 Nov 2009 04:58 AM PST

Happy 23rd birthday, Jenny!

I went to celebrate my friend's birthday last few days. Wahh, she's 23 years old already. A year older than me. But, when I saw the first year students in my campus, I think I'm old. Oh no! Because they are 90's babies, no more 80's babies like me. Furthermore, they are same age with my little sister. Oh year I'm going to be 23 years old, BIG GIRL. Ermmm.

My batchmate, my churchmate for 4 years.......

May God grant your wish

Blow the candles girl!

Me and birthday girl.....I know, I have perfect teeth, isn't it? Ha ha ha

Manji and birthday girl

Steph and Manji

With my beloved coursemate....Siok Ee

The sumandaks......hehehe

p/s: Time is fast.

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