- 1malaysia shit!
- RETURN OF THE RACIST CAVEMAN
- Lovey Dovey Time
- Snatch Theft Victim Dropped Dead
- Nazri Kata Mahathir Bapa Perkauman
- Kebocoran Paip Air Punca Tragedi Bukit Antarabangsa
- Sibu In The Blue Ocean - Part 29
- Jolly Old Saint Nicholas ...
- Virgin Galatic unveils world’s first commercial spacecraft
- This is technology
- Swiss minarets
- PAC says rail project badly-managed
- Kelantan Turut Tolak BTN
- The Editorial: 14 days to seal history's judgment on this generation
- Era 1 Malaysia : Tarif Eletrik Mungkin Naik Tahun Depan
- RMAF AIRCRAFT CHANGE
- "Cina Kaum Pendatang" – MCA, GERAKAN Dicabar Keluar BN
- MB Selangor Lancar Buku Mendepani Zaman
- Frog On Lily Pad
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 08:49 AM PST
my dear PM, are you going to do something with these idiots who were so clearly racist? you are not! then for sure 1malaysia is all shit!! where is the 1malaysia when some malays still think they are 1st class citizens while non malays are 2nd class citizens? it's 2 malaysia! one for these bigoted racist idiots malays (not all malays) and one for non malays!
you know what? these cow-head protesters were protesting in front of a police station! yes, right in front of the police station with all the racist rant and yet the police didn't do anything! so what else is new.
further reading the report from malaysian insider, you'll notice that these idiots racists umnoputera invoke the may 13 ghost! again! that's not all. they like to use the sultan as an excuse for their argument when they said that people who questioned malay supremacy is questioning the sultan since the sultan is head of islam. huh? er… have they forgotten not too long ago, the sultan of selangor, sultan sharafuddin idris shah had told the press that malaysia belongs to ALL races, not just the malays. he did not said malaysia belongs to the malays and the non malays are second class citizens.
seemed that these idiots racists cow-head no-brain umnoputera had lodge police report against DAP's kulasegeran for him (kula) questioning malay supremacy in parliament, and ahmad, one of the idots, was encourging other malay groups to lodge the police report too. he was heard to say:
whoa! berlagak nampaknya!
i don't think kula is going to get intimidated or scared. kula did nothing wrong. many other MPs (not umno) would have supported kula. why i myself had so many times question malay supremacy in my blog posts (and i said there is no such thing a 'malay rights' once… which actually comes from a malay professor himself). oohhh…. takut lor... will ahmad and his gang of racist goons come after me too? lodge a police report against me?
once again, these idiots racists had shamed the malay community as i know most malays are not like them. i remember during the cow-head protest in shah alam, many malays had spoken out how embarrased they felt at these idiots action of dragging the bloodied cow-head during the protest… and now they are at it again – insisting on malay supremacy, insisting on non malays as second class citizens – i'm sure they do not even represent 10% of malays in the country.
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 07:13 AM PST
"Have you ever been blindfolded when you are in love with someone?", a friend asked.
Did a bit of quick thinking and immediately I answered that once upon a time I am but at my age now, I guess I am not. And that simple question inspired me to write a little bit more, and it's a wonder that simple things like this can inspire me to write more.
And the above title, I was asked by someone to listen to that song. Unfortunately I am unable to read Chinese, but when the song was sent to me and I listened to it, I got this weird feeling about love & relationship thingy, all the girls that I am romantically linked with, popped up my mind one by one, pretty weird really.
Now listen to that song and tell me if you are feeling the same way too.
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Posted: 09 Dec 2009 09:11 AM PST
UPDATED 7.45PM Local Umno warlord Ahmad Ismail said Gerakan's top leaders must apologise to him if they want to work together.
Contacted by Malaysiakini, Ahmad wanted Gerakan president Dr Koh Tsu Koon, party state chief Dr Teng Hock Nan and former Bukit Bendera MP Chia Kwang Chye to publicly apologise to him and claimed that the trio were responsible for the breakdown in relationship between Gerakan, his division and Penang Umno during the height of the controversy.
Ahmad said Bukit Bendera Umno was not dependant on Gerakan's support for its survival.
Leave BN lah, Gerakan. Time to move on!
You don't need to depend on racist parties like Umno, MCA and MIC!
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 09:47 AM PST
My brother and his family are in town. Except for his youngest son whos got to attend his college classes, his 2 other boys have followed their parents to Kuantan.
Maybe you can recall the photo of the 3 handsome, cheeky musketeers who slept at the TV3 sofas after bubblewrapping all my paintings that day. That group laah..
They arrived from KL in the evening. Having brought the sculptures that I requested, the back bonet of the pickup truck reminded me so much of the Beverly Hillbillies series..minus granny's rocking chair..they had to travel slowly or else the heavy wood sculptures though properly wrapped would be gone with the wind!
It was about a 5 hour journey instead of 3. They had to make 10 stops!
I didn't want my brother and his family to sleep that 'sardine style' in our small domain.
And so they are now staying in a comfortably clean and reasonable budget hotel in town.
Its a family room with 2 big beds..you must try..The Grand City Hotel is located behind some new shophouses. Not the one infront of the main road okay..
As for dinner, both our families went for the steamboat at The New Horizon Garden Restaurant in town. You need to order a medium package meal and thats more than enough for the 10 of us.
This restaurant is air-cond, so clean, the food is reasonably priced and nice and its a popular eating place for lunch and dinner.
For tehtarik, mee mamak, tosei, roti canai and beriani, try Alif restaurant behind Grancon.
Breakfast and lunches can also be enjoyed at Maliki's, Sarsha Restaurant and some warungs behind the Alliance Bank at the Berserah Road.
Talk about food, my heel spur syndrome is still nagging me.
I had a little bit of blood pressure headache this morning. But I will not allow these tiny excuses to stop me from joining the aerobics marathon coming up this Saturday.
Of course I'm sad I can't follow Dato' and the kids to KL tomorrow.
But I must have my own co-curriculum right?
And I must sent my fabric to Mrs Choy! I haven't tempah my baju kurung for Hakim's engagement ceremony!! Don't worry gals and guys..sempat!!
Siti Khadijah..a hantaran decorator is going to help beautify Hakim's engagement presents to Azra. She's also going to make the sireh junjung for the engagement.
Did you know that for the tunang ceremony, the sireh junjung is lower and for the Akad Nikah the sireh junjung is higher and if you guys nak kawin another wife the sireh junjung is Twin Tower high?? Hehehe
We are planning to have a stuffed roasted turkey gathering at Raha's house this 25th.
Only for our brothers and sisters of mine and Dato'..call it a taklimat/briefing too for Hakim's engagement on the 26th of December.
Its also a pot luck gathering.
I'm so excited..about the stuffed turkey too!
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 07:21 AM PST
(Source: the Sun)
Read 'Snatch theft turns fatal' @ The Star Online
On Nov 28, 2009, Bernama reported 'Crime Rate At 50 Hotspots Has Dropped - Hishammuddin'. The 50 hotspots identified are in Selangor, Johor, Penang and Federal Territory.
Dropped? Rubbish lah, Hishammuddin. What are you doing as Home Minister to make sure people are safe on the streets? Are there not enough police men to patrol the streets but more than enough police to catch civilians who protest on the streets?
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 05:47 AM PST
Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz menepis serangan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad dan menyelar mantan Perdana Menteri itu sebagai 'bapa segala perkauman'.
Berhubung isu modul perkauman Biro Tata Negara, Nazri membidas mantan Presiden Umno itu sebagai cuba menegakkan benang yang basah, dan mengkritik Tun Dr Mahathir sebagai seorang munafik.
Nazri berkata demikian ketika mengulas mengenai cabaran Mahathir supaya beliau meletakan jawatan bagi membuktikan Nazri bukan seorang yang rasis. Cabaran itu timbul selepas Nazri menyifatkan veteran Umno tersebut sebagai sangat rasis dengan mempertahankan kursus berkenaan.
"Jika saya bersifat perkauman kerana dalam Umno, beliau adalah bapa perkauman selaku Presiden Umno selama 22 tahun.
"Apa yang dia buat kini, kami menyokong dia sepenuhnya sebelum ini tanpa ragu dan sekarang dia menyerang kami lebih teruk dari pembangkang. Hari ini pembangkang tidak perlu buat kerja bagi Tun Mahathir sahaja," katanya.
Mantan Perdana Menteri itu dan Nazri Aziz bertelagah selepas kerajaan dikritik kerana akur dengan tuntutan rakyat supaya kursus BTN yang pro-Umno dan anti-Cina dirombak dan diperbaharui dengan modul yang pro-Malaysia.
Tun Dr Mahathir yang Nazri sifatkan sebagai gurunya dalam politik ala-Umno dikecam kerana menggerakkan kempen menjatuhkan kerajaan dibawah para penggantinya. Nazri juga menolak cabaran Dr Mahathir yang beliau sifatkan sebagai satu perangkap politik.
"Dulu masa dia hendak berhenti kita kata jangan berhenti, dia yang hendak berhenti. Lepas tu nak suruh saya berhenti kenapa?
"Saya tidak akan memenuhi permintaanya untuk membuat dia gembira kerana itu yang dia mahu dari saya. Saya tidak bodoh untuk terperangkap," katanya.
Nazri juga menyanggah dakwaan bahawa beliau telah bersikap kurang ajar terhadap mantan Perdana Menteri itu. Beliau menambah Tun Dr Mahathir perlu redha bahawa dalam negara demokratik, tidak ada orang yang bebas dari kritikan.
"Jangan kata saya ni kurang ajar, yang dulu pada tahun 60-an dia kritik Tunku Abdul Rahman beliau tidak kurang ajar? Dia ajar saya.
"Kalau dia boleh komen orang kenapa saya tidak boleh komen dia? Siapa dia? Hanya sebab dia mantan Perdana Menteri dia boleh buat apa yang beliau suka saya tidak setuju."katanya. -TVS
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Posted: 09 Dec 2009 05:18 AM PST
Laporan Tanah Runtuh Bukit Antarabangsa mendedahkan tragedi yang meragut lima nyawa dan memusnahkan 14 buah rumah itu berpunca daripada kebocoran paip air.
Saluran paip yang bocor itu terletak sepanjang jajaran rumah terbengkalai di Taman Bukit Mewah yang menyaksikan kemusnahan paling teruk dalam kejadian 6 Disember tahun lalu.
Berdasarkan laporan ini, TV Selangor difahamkan berlakunya tiga siri gelinciran tanah setiap 3 hingga 5 minit.
Hasilnya mengakibatkan keruntuhan tanah seluas 4 hektar, dan meragut lima nyawa selain memusnahkan 14 buah rumah.
Laporan tersebut adalah hasil siasatan yang dijalankan jawatankuasa khas yang ditubuhkan diketuai oleh Cawangan Kejuruteraan Cerun Malaysia Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR-CKC).
Dalam laporan berkenaan, JKR mencadangkan agar sistem perparitan dalam tanah ditanam di kawasan resapan air dengan kadar kemendapan yang tinggi.
Pengarah Jabatan Perancangan Korporat Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ), Norziatulshima Tajjudin berkata, 50 naskah laporan berkenaan yang disediakan pihaknya habis dijual sebaik sahaja kaunter dibuka jam 8 pagi tadi.
Sehubungan itu, Norziatulshima menyarankan agar pihak yang ingin mendapatkan laporan tersebut membuat tempahan dengan MPAJ dan ianya akan diedarkan pada minggu hadapan.
"Next penjualan tu kita tengok mungkin dalam minggu depan. Kita tengok setakat ni baru 4 orang.
"Selalunya bergantung pada permintaan sebab kita pun tak tahukan berapa ramai yang nak. Lebih senang kalu dia buat tempahan,"katanya.
Antara pembeli laporan tersebut terdiri daripada pemaju hartanah dan individu.
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Posted: 09 Dec 2009 04:02 AM PST
With clear vision and mission for "Polytechnic" University in Sibu, Tan Kee Hian formulated four crucial strategies for the higher institution.
Strategy (1) is spelt out as follows:
Take a proactive approach to meeting the stakeholders' needs by delivering "products and services":
-Ready-to-deploy graduates, with:
*Degrees and professional qualifications
*Diploma and semi-professional qualifications
-Problem-solving, applied development and innovation services
-Programs and activities stimulating social, entrepreneurial and intellectual development
The picture shows Tan Kee Hian giving a talk at a public forum "Outlook For Sibu" at MPI on Oct. 25, 2008. Photo: Terrence Tan of MPI
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 04:30 AM PST
Gee, Christmas is not just creeping up on us but it's moving so fast that it's only about 2 weeks or so away. Before you know it, it'll be here and gone and I haven't even done a single thing yet for Christmas! Good God, this is the first time I'm really late in starting on my Christmas stuff. Come on, Nick move your lazy butt already or it'll soon be the Chinese new year by the time you get all that Golden lighting for the Christmas tree out.
Life hasn't been going smoothly for me recently, especially work wise. Things have not been going well at work and there are a lot of issues that have been plaguing me that is getting really impossible to sort out. And to be honest, it really worries and frightens me.
I'm the kind of guy who doesn't really let things bug me too much but somehow I can't seem to put what's happening in my career aside. No matter how much I push it to the deepest recesses of my mind, it kinda slowly move its way to the front of my mind. It's become so bad that it even seeps into my dreams.
I'm hoping to get things sorted out before the new year and hopefully get my life back on track, work wise. I've done and said all I can to the powers that be but if they don't think my words mean much, there is really nothing I can do. After all I'm only a hired hand.
It's come to a point where I'm totally demoralized at work. I don't have the enthusiasm I used to have every morning when I get up for work anymore. I don't feel the drive to give 130% anymore cos it's simply not appreciated. I know I'm good at what I do and for that to be taken advantage off while others just laze around is becoming too much for me to bear.
Let me get off this drab topic. I'll find a way to get through all this though right now it's a little bit too difficult to push aside. Sometimes it's just tough being an adult with so many responsibilities. I wish I could revert back to being a little kid, no worries, no problems, not a care in the world. Just play all day long and have fun. It's good being a kid :D
Anyways, I needed to let that out. After all, what's the point of having a blog if I can't bitch in it ... LOL! Hope I didn't put a damper on anyone's mood. Have a nice day folks :D
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 03:57 AM PST
Virgin Galatic on Monday unveiled SpaceShipTwo, their newest vessel and the world's first commercial spacecraft. Virgin Galatic founder Richard Branson talked to Discovery News (filmed in July) about his latest innovation…
The ticket to space would cost $200,000 USD and 300 people have already put in their deposit. It's not cheap in any sense; but it's far more affordable (and probably safer) than other previous options.
If the development goes well, in a few decades time the cost could drop to something that a commoner could really dream about. And as Branson pointed out, it could revolutionise the current flight system as well.
This guy never fails to amaze me; he tried to make everything cheaper (flight, cruise, space) which in turn makes himself really really rich, and deservingly so.
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Posted: 09 Dec 2009 04:30 AM PST
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 04:37 AM PST
Muslims need to look within themselves, instead of playing victims. "Saudi scholars slam Swiss minaret ban"-Gulf News by Abdul Rahman Shahee. Several prominent Saudi Islamic scholars and preachers lambasted the recent Swiss referendum to impose ban on the construction of mosque minarets in the country. This people are from a country where other religions are not allowed houses of worship and worshipping in the open could get you into serious trouble, is that not sheer hypocrisy? Carrying a cross or a crucifix could land you in the slammer. How do you say 'hyopcrisy' in Ayyraab?
Then the gall of the enemy of free speech , the Secretary General of OIC, which groups 57 Muslim countries, qualified the ban as an unfortunate development that would tarnish the image of Switzerland as a country upholding respect for diversity, freedom of religion and human rights, in that same news. Is that not hypocrisy, again? Do Ayyraabs have an inkling or understanding of the word hypocrisy? Is it in their dictionary at all, that they can condemn the Swiss with a straight face?
According to Iman Kurdi, writing in the Arab News: "And let's not be hypocrites. If you held a referendum in a Muslim country asking whether the construction of new church steeples should be permitted, you are also likely to get an overwhelming no. So let us not brand this a Swiss phenomenon and let us also remember that it is not the majority of the Swiss population that supported the ban but the majority of those who voted, which if you do the maths comes to 30 percent of the population."
First, it raises delicate issues of reciprocity in Muslim-Christian relations. A few examples: When Our Lady of the Rosary, Qatar's first-ever church opened in 2008, it did so minus cross, bell, dome, steeple, or signboard. Rosary's priest, Father Tom Veneracion, explained their absence: "The idea is to be discreet because we don't want to inflame any sensitivities."
What about the Church in Shah Alam, Malaysia, the Church of Divine Mercy? Remember, it took more than 20 years from 1977 to 2005 to build and it looks like a factory, religious symbols must be discreet, it is located in an industrial park. See image above.
And when the Christians of a town in Upper Egypt, Nazlet al-Badraman, finally after four years of "laborious negotiation, pleading, and grappling with the authorities," won permission in October to restore a tottering tower at the Mar-Girgis Church, a mob of about 200 Muslims attacked them, throwing stones and shouting Islamic and sectarian slogans. The situation for Copts is so bad, they have reverted to building secret churches.
Why, the Catholic Church and others are asking, should Christians suffer such indignities while Muslims enjoy full rights in historically Christian countries? The Swiss vote fits into this new spirit. Islamists, of course, reject this premise of equality; Iranian foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki warned his Swiss counterpart of unspecified "consequences" of what he called anti-Islamic acts, implicitly threatening to make the minaret ban an international issue comparable to the Danish cartoon fracas of 2006.
Second, Europe stands at a crossroads with respect to its Muslim population. Of the three main future prospects – everyone getting along, Muslims dominating, or Muslims rejected – the first is highly improbable but the second and third seem equally possible. In this context, the Swiss vote represents a potentially important legitimation of anti-Islamic views. The vote inspired support across Europe, as signaled by online polling sponsored by the mainstream media and by statements from leading figures. Here follows a small sampling:
France: 49,000 readers at Le Figaro, by a 73-27 percent margin, would vote to ban new minarets in their country. 24,000 readers at L'Express agreed by an 86-12 percent margin, with 2 percent undecided. A leading columnist, Ivan Rioufol of Le Figaro, wrote an article titled "Homage to the Resistance of the Swiss People." President Nicolas Sarkozy was quoted as saying that "the people, in Switzerland as in France, don't want their country to change, that it be denatured. They want to keep their identity."
Germany: 29.000 readers at Der Spiegel voted 76-21 percent, with 2 percent undecided, to ban minarets in Germany. 17,000 readers of Die Welt voted 82-16 in favor of "Yes, I feel cramped by minarets" over "No, freedom of religion is constrained."
Spain: 14,000 readers of 20 Minutos voted 93-6 percent in favor of the statement "Good, we must curb Islamization's growing presence" and against "Bad, it is an obstacle to the integration of immigrants." 35,000 readers of El Mondo replied 80-20 percent that they support a Swiss-like banning of minarets.
Although not scientific, the lop-sidedness of these (and other) polls, ranging from 73 to 93 percent majorities endorsing the Swiss referendum, signal that Swiss voters represent growing anti-Islamic sentiments throughout Europe. The new amendment also validates and potentially encourages resistance to Islamization throughout the continent.
For these reasons, the Swiss vote represents a possible turning point for European Islam. Source....
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 03:18 AM PST
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 9 — The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has found no embezzlement in the double-tracking project, saying bad management has led to cost over-runs of RM1.14 billion.
The cost over-runs came from variation orders (VO) for the turnkey project without the approval from the Treasury.
"We have called up representatives from Transport Ministry, KTM, consultants including contractors that implemented the project. Our focus from PAC was to why there was a cost overrun of RM1.14 billion or 32.9 per cent higher than the original value of the project just reported in the AG report,"PAC chairman Datuk Azmi Khalid told reporters.
"Based on our findings, the PAC could not detect any misappropriation this time, although this project involves a double tracking project, implementation was not tidy and issues that will be raised to the government is to improve the standard operation procedures, complete the checklist properly, and look to whether the design and build could still be used or not," he told reporters during a press conference in parliament.
According to this year's audit report, the government may have to bear part of the RM1.14 billion loss in the RM6 billion double-tracking rail contract between Rawang and Ipoh, as the project was poorly managed.
He added that there were weaknesses in all levels of management in the project.
"The most obvious weakness was the delay in acquiring and utilisation of land. The problem was decision from the city halls which required deliberation and approvals. This has caused the project to be delayed which led to the increase in cost," he said.
Azmi pointed out that the poor planning has incurred the project with unexpected costs.
"This project has two phases, infrastructure and system. The two have to be planned before hand but what happened was that the two was not planned before hand.
"Again there were requirements that were not seen in the earlier part because when you introduce new items it will cost more money. Delayed contracts also cost money to the contractors and suppliers. So there is money everywhere," he said.
He also revealed that the VO in the double-tracking had cost RM588 million.
"We found that there was a VO of about RM588 million that was approved but not paid by the government and that also caused delay. The contractors have done their work but not yet paid," he said.
The Rawang to Ipoh (southern) double-tracking and electrification project was completed in 2008, while the Ipoh to Padang Besar portion was proposed in 2002 as a continuation of the existing tracks.
In 2003, former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced that the government had decided to postpone the project, which drew heavy criticism from his predecessor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
However, the project was revived when then Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced that the Cabinet Committee on Public Transport had decided to revive the shelved northern section double-tracking project in 2007.
The Rawang to Ipoh (southern) double-tracking and electrification project was completed in 2008 while the Ipoh to Padang Besar portion was proposed in 2002 as a continuation of the existing tracks.
The project was awarded to Gamuda Berhad and MMC Corporation Berhad. The major stakeholders of Gamuda and MMC are Raja Datuk Seri Eleena Sultan Azlan Shah and Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary respectively
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 03:13 AM PST
Selepas Selangor dan Pulau Pinang, kini Kerajaan Kelantan pula menolak pegawai dan kakitangannya daripada menyertai program Biro Tata Negara (BTN).
Menteri Besar Kelantan, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, berkata beliau tidak bersetuju menghantar pegawai dan kakitanganya menyertai program yang dianjurkan BTN selagi modul dan kurikulumnya tidak diubah mengikut acuan Islam.
Malah, beliau mahu kurikulumnya dirombak dan menonjolkan ke arah Islam. Menurutnya, beliau bersama dua negeri di bawah Pakatan Rakyat bersetuju untuk tidak menghantar pegawainya mengikuti kursus BTN itu.
"Kalau dalam keadaan (kurikulum sekarang) saya setuju tak kirim. Kalau Selangor tolak, Pulau Pinang tolak, tak ada sebab saya nak kirim. Kirim wat gapo (buat apa)?," katanya pada sidang media di pejabatnya di Kota Darulnaim, di sini, hari ini.
Bagaimanapun, beliau tidak bercadang untuk ''mengharamkan'' pegawainya menyertainya kerana haram itu perkataan Islam, cuma tidak bersetuju dan tidak menggalakkan menghantar pegawai menyertai program anjuran BTN.
Kerajaan Pulau Pinang 2 Disember lalu melarang semua kakitangannya daripada mengikuti kursus BTN berkuat kuasa serta-merta.
Timbalan Ketua Menterinya, Mansor Othman berkata, tindakan itu dibuat kerana mendapati kursus BTN memberikan kesan negatif dan menjadi medan menyebarkan propaganda Barisan Nasional (BN).
Minggu lalu, kerajaan Selangor mengharamkan kakitangannya dan pelajar Institusi Pengajian Tinggi (IPT) milik penuh kerajaan negeri mengikuti kursus atau program dikendalikan BTN berkuat kuasa serta-merta.
Nik Abdul Aziz berkata, sudah lama beliau memerhatikan bahawa kurikulumnya tidak diajar mengikut Islam dan bercanggah dengan dasar agama.
"Kalau boleh BTN ini mengadakan forum dengan pakar ekonomi ke atau ahli dalam bidang tertentu ke arah Islam merombakkan semula BTN mengikut acuan Islam," katanya. -Bernama
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 02:52 AM PST
for Malaysia, I took this from The Sun
14 days to seal history's judgment on this generation
By: (Mon, 07 Dec 2009)
This editorial was published yesterday by 56 newspapers around the world in 20 languages including Chinese, Arabic and Russian. The text was drafted by the editors at the Guardian newspaper in UK during more than a month of consultations with editors from more than 20 of the papers involved.
LONDON: Fifty-six newspapers in 45 countries today took the unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial. They did so because humanity faces a profound emergency.
Unless we combine to take decisive action, climate change will ravage our planet, and with it our prosperity and security. The dangers have been becoming apparent for a generation. Now the facts have started to speak: 11 of the past 14 years have been the warmest on record, the Arctic ice-cap is melting and last year's inflamed oil and food prices provide a foretaste of future havoc. In scientific journals the question is no longer whether humans are to blame, but how little time we have got left to limit the damage. Yet so far the world's response has been feeble and half-hearted.
Climate change has been caused over centuries, has consequences that will endure for all time and our prospects of taming it will be determined over 14 days. We call on the representatives of the 192 countries gathered in Copenhagen not to hesitate, not to fall into dispute, not to blame each other but to seize opportunity from the greatest modern failure of politics. This should not be a fight between the rich world and the poor world, or between east and west. Climate change affects everyone, and must be solved by everyone.
The science is complex but the facts are clear. The world needs to take steps to limit temperature rises to 2°C, an aim that will require global emissions to peak and begin falling within the next 5-10 years. A bigger rise of 3-4°C -- the smallest increase we can prudently expect to follow inaction -- would parch continents, turning farmland into desert. Half of all species could become extinct, untold millions of people would be displaced, whole nations drowned by the sea. The controversy over emails by British researchers that suggest they tried to suppress inconvenient data has muddied the waters but failed to dent the mass of evidence on which these predictions are based.
Few believe that Copenhagen can any longer produce a fully polished treaty; real progress towards one could only begin with the arrival of President Obama in the White House and the reversal of years of US obstructionism. Even now the world finds itself at the mercy of American domestic politics, for the president cannot fully commit to the action required until the US Congress has done so.
But the politicians in Copenhagen can and must agree the essential elements of a fair and effective deal and, crucially, a firm timetable for turning it into a treaty. Next June's UN climate meeting in Bonn should be their deadline. As one negotiator put it: "We can go into extra time but we can't afford a replay."
At the deal's heart must be a settlement between the rich world and the developing world covering how the burden of fighting climate change will be divided — and how we will share a newly precious resource: the trillion or so tonnes of carbon that we can emit before the mercury rises to dangerous levels.
Rich nations like to point to the arithmetic truth that there can be no solution until developing giants such as China take more radical steps than they have so far. But the rich world is responsible for most of the accumulated carbon in the atmosphere – three-quarters of all carbon dioxide emitted since 1850. It must now take a lead, and every developed country must commit to deep cuts which will reduce their emissions within a decade to very substantially less than their 1990 level.
Developing countries can point out they did not cause the bulk of the problem, and also that the poorest regions of the world will be hardest hit. But they will increasingly contribute to warming, and must thus pledge meaningful and quantifiable action of their own. Though both fell short of what some had hoped for, the recent commitments to emissions targets by the world's biggest polluters, the United States and China, were important steps in the right direction.
Social justice demands that the industrialised world digs deep into its pockets and pledges cash to help poorer countries adapt to climate change, and clean technologies to enable them to grow economically without growing their emissions. The architecture of a future treaty must also be pinned down – with rigorous multilateral monitoring, fair rewards for protecting forests, and the credible assessment of "exported emissions" so that the burden can eventually be more equitably shared between those who produce polluting products and those who consume them. And fairness requires that the burden placed on individual developed countries should take into account their ability to bear it; for instance newer EU members, often much poorer than "old Europe", must not suffer more than their richer partners.
The transformation will be costly, but many times less than the bill for bailing out global finance — and far less costly than the consequences of doing nothing.
Many of us, particularly in the developed world, will have to change our lifestyles. The era of flights that cost less than the taxi ride to the airport is drawing to a close. We will have to shop, eat and travel more intelligently. We will have to pay more for our energy, and use less of it.
But the shift to a low-carbon society holds out the prospect of more opportunity than sacrifice. Already some countries have recognised that embracing the transformation can bring growth, jobs and better quality lives. The flow of capital tells its own story: last year for the first time more was invested in renewable forms of energy than producing electricity from fossil fuels.
Kicking our carbon habit within a few short decades will require a feat of engineering and innovation to match anything in our history. But whereas putting a man on the moon or splitting the atom were born of conflict and competition, the coming carbon race must be driven by a collaborative effort to achieve collective salvation.
Overcoming climate change will take a triumph of optimism over pessimism, of vision over short-sightedness, of what Abraham Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature".
It is in that spirit that 56 newspapers from around the world have united behind this editorial. If we, with such different national and political perspectives, can agree on what must be done then surely our leaders can too.
The politicians in Copenhagen have the power to shape history's judgment on this generation: one that saw a challenge and rose to it, or one so stupid that we saw calamity coming but did nothing to avert it. We implore them to make the right choice.
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 02:36 AM PST
Nampaknya slogan Pencapaian Diutamakan Rakyat Didahulukan semakin menjadi satu slogan kosong era 1 Malaysia. Dasar penipuan kerajaan Barisan Nasional era Mohd Najib Razak sebagai Perdana Menteri.
Tarif elektrik baru mungkin diperkenalkan Januari tahun depan sekiranya ia diluluskan oleh kabinet, kata Menteri Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui, Bernama dipetik.
Beliau berkata Tenaga Nasional Berhad telahpun mengemukakan permohonan untuk menaikkan tarif elektrik, namun kementerian masih membuat kajian mengenainya sebelum dikemukakan kepada Kabinet untuk diluluskan.
"Tarif ini dikaji semula setipa enam bulan sejajar dengan harga minyak, tetapi sama ada tarif baru akan dikenakan atau tidak, bergantung kepada kabinet," katanya kepada pemberita pada perhimpunan bulanan kementerian dan sambutan Hari Inovasi peringkat kementerian di sini hari ini.
Chin berkata kabinet akan mengambil kira semua perkara sebelum meluluskan sebarang tarif baru.
"Adalah perkara biasa untuk TNB meminta kenaikan tarif elektrik oleh kerana kenaikan kos dan sebagainya tapi kabinet akan melihat situasi keseluruhan termasuk keadaan ekonomi dan kemampuan rakyat untuk membayar," katanya.
Chin berkata antara Petunjuk Prestasi Utama (KPI) kementerian itu yang telah ditetapkan adalah untuk mengurangkan indeks gangguan bekalan elektrik di Sabah, yang pada masa ini jauh lebih tinggi dari di Semenanjung dan di Sarawak.
Untuk itu, kementerian akan bekerjasama dengan Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) untuk membolehkan perkara itu dicapai dalam tempoh setahun, dengan memastikan kapasiti tenaga yang dibekalkan mencukupi untuk kegunaan rakyat di sana.
Antara KPI lain yang ditetapkan ialah meningkatkan kawasan liputan bekalan air terawat, meningkatkan penggunaan tenaga boleh diperbaharui dan kecekapan tenaga, serta mewujudkan lebih banyak sistem pembetungan serantau, katanya.
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 01:06 AM PST
Met a friend who had just returned from visiting LIMA 2009 last night, and the discussion soon revolves around the intended replacement of the MiG 29 jet fighter aircrafts that has been in service with the RMAF for almost 15 years, and is said to be at the end of its operational life. I questioned this friend of mine as to who decides the operational life of the aircraft? Is it the maker of the aircraft, or is it the experts in the RMAF? Or are there the 'external influences' that compels the RMAF to decide upon the replacement, even though the aircraft seemed to be in good flying condition?
To answer my question, my friend drew an analogy between a Malaysian made Proton Saga car and a gleaming Ferrari sports car. He says that in the case of our country, a proclaimed developing nation finds it far too expensive to maintain the Proton Saga car; whereas in the case of the underdevelop nation like Myanmar, finds it fairly cheap to maintain the Ferrari sports car.
I was kept wondering what the analogy meant, but I soon realised that my friend was simply saying that while some 'poor nations' like Myanmar and Sudan could continue maintaining their MiG 29's, Malaysia on the other hand finds it convenient to dump the jet fighter aircraft on grounds that it is too old and, probably also far too expensive to maintain. Myanmar is believed to have acquired another 15 more MiG 29, reportedly this year.
I quickly searched the internet on articles relating to the MiG 29, only to find that there are no less than 20 countries in the world that deploys the aircraft. I note too that outside the former Eastern block countries, India has the largest fleet of MiG 29; a total of 81 aircrafts in all. Next is Algeria with 51 MiG 29 aircrafts that came into service in 2008.
The MiG 29 and along with the SU 27 jet fighter aircraft was developed by the Soviet Union to counter the American F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon. Development of the MiG 29 began in 1970 and the the aircraft entered service with the Soviet Air Force thirteen years later. At the point when Malaysia acquired the MiG 29, the RMAF was said to be 'masters of the air' of sorts, and with the induction of the Sukhoi soon, I do not know if the RMAF can continue to claim themselves to be the 'masters of the air'.
Going back to the analogy that my friend drew, I can now presume that the intended replacement is not one of age. Rather, I believe it has all to do with the exorbitant charges that the RMAF has to bare, to keep the aircraft flying. I see no logical reason for the cost to be high, since 'poor nations' who have similar aircrafts are able to maintain the aircrafts (some reportedly much older than ours). I sense that whichever agency that has been contracted to maintain the aircrafts has obviously kept the charges high, and the way to correct this 'anormaly' is probably to look at how the Indian Air Force maintain its fleet of MiG 29 and at what costs. I am quite sure there is a substantial disparity in costing that does not favour the RMAF and the government.
At a time when the nation is digging deep into its reserve, companies that are given long term maintenance contracts from the government seemed to be getting the best, at a time when the government is at its worse. Changing new aircrafts will certainly not be the best option at a time when the country is at its worse economically and financially. But what need to be looked at in future probably, is a maintenance costs structure that is comparable with other countries that has a similar aircraft. I have always believe that maintenance contracting companies in this country have been overtaxing the government in every single maintenance contracts.
As some friends of mine would say about winning a contact with the government; 'the higher the cost proposed, the better it is'.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 01:27 AM PST
MCA dan Gerakan dicabar keluar dari Barisan Nasional (BN) berikutan pembatalan penggantungan bekas Ketua Umno Bukit Bendera, Datuk Ahmad Ismail yang pernah mengeluar kenyataan "Cina adalah kaum pendatang."
Ahli Parlimen DAP-Ipoh Barat, M Kulasegaran (gambar) menganggap MCA dan Gerakan sebagai parti tidak berprinsip jika kekal dalam BN walaupun tidak bersetuju dengan kenyataan itu.
"Apa pendirian Gerakan dan MCA dalam hal ini? Adakah mereka berani membuat keputusan meninggalkan BN. Itu yang patut dibuat jika mereka ada prinsip.
"Saya tidak hairan dengan keputusan Umno. Mereka langsung tidak menghiraukan desakan Gerakan dan MCA dulu yang mahu menghukum Ahmad.
"Kini semuanya kabur," katanya pada sidang media di lobi Parlimen hari ini, sambil mendesak Umno membuat pengumuman rasmi mengenai isu itu.
September tahun lalu, Ahmad digantung keahlian dan dilucut hak-haknya dalam Umno selama tiga tahun kerana menyentuh sensitiviti kaum, tapi dibatal Jumaat lalu.
Pembatalan itu dibuat Umno dalam mesyuarat Majlis Tertinggi (MT) manakala Ahmad sudah dimaklumkan perkembangan itu tetapi tiada pengumuman rasmi setakat ini.
Pada satu ceramah 23 Ogos 2008 dalam kempen pilihan raya kecil Permatang Pauh, Ahmad didakwa menyebut masyarakat Cina adalah pendatang dan tidak layak menuntut hak yang sama.
Ahli Parlimen DAP-Bukit Bendera, Liew Chin Tong pula berkata, pembatalan itu meningkat imej rasis Umno dan bertentangan dengan semangat 1Malaysia.
Beliau tertanya-tanya pendirian Pengerusi BN Pulau Pinang yang juga bekas Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Datuk Seri Koh Tsu Koon yang terlibat secara langsung dalam pertelagahan dengan Ahmad Ismail.
"Sebagai menteri yang bertanggungjawab dalam soal perpaduan, apa pendirian Tsu Koon? Dan, apa sebenarnya mesej yang mahu disampai melalui keputusan itu?" katanya.
Ahli Parlimen DAP-Petaling Jaya Utara, Tony Pua pula menyifatkan penggantungan itu ditarik balik bagi mengukuhkan konsep Ketuanan Melayu.
Menyifatkan keputusan itu mengecewakan banyak pihak, beliau mendapati Umno cuba memulihkan individu yang didapati bersalah dalam kelakuan mereka semata-mata atas dasar kepentingan politik. -FMT
Posted: 08 Dec 2009 11:51 PM PST
Buku Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, Mendepani Zaman: Melayu untuk Abad ke-21 dilancarkan oleh Dato' Menteri Besar Selangor YAB Tan Sri Dato' Abdul Khalid Ibrahim di Kelana Jaya semalam.
Buku tersebut turut diterbitkan di dalam Bahasa Inggeris sebagai Moving Forward: Malays for the 21st Century.
Di dalam ucapan beliau, Khalid menyebut penulisan buku tersebut membuktikan bagaimana generasi muda yang mendapat manfaat daripada DEB kini berani memikirkan pendekatan baru bagi mengangkat martabat masyarakat Melayu dan Bangsa Malaysia.
Beliau turut menceritakan pengalamannya sebagai orang di barisan hadapan DEB sewaktu di Permodalan Nasional Berhad dahulu.
Khalid menutup ucapannya dengan membacakan sajak Allahyarham Usman Awang, 'Melayu'.
Nik Nazmi menegaskan sudah sampai masanya pemimpin masyarakat Melayu berlaku jujur dengan masyarakat, bahawa mereka mesti bersaing dan menerima realiti dunia hari ini. Mitos bahawa mereka harus dilindungi dan lemah secara semulajadi tidak membantu orang Melayu.
"Sesiapa yang membaca sejarah akan sedar bapa-bapa DEB sendiri seperti Tun Abdul Razak dan Tun Dr. Ismail menyedari DEB merupakan kompromi sementara. Malah, jika kita meneliti wawasan Dr. Burhanuddin al-Helmy dan Ahmad Boestamam lebih awal pun menunjukkan pandangan yang dominan hari ini bukanlah inevitable, dan wujud pelbagai pandangan alternatif."
Beliau turut merakamkan penghargaan bagaimana bapanya, yang lahir pada zaman British, bersekolah pada zaman Jepun, belajar sejarah di universiti dan memulakan karier sebagai pegawai kerajaan mendedahkannya kepada bab-bab terlindung sejarah negara. Bapa beliau, Haji Nik Ahmad Nik Hassan, berada di barisan depan pelaksanaan DEB apabila dasar tersebut mula-mula diperkenalkan.
Turut hadir pada program tersebut Tn Syed Shahir Mohamud, Ketua Keadilan Cabang Kelana Jaya; YB Tony Pua (DAP - PJ Utara); YB Nurul Izzah (Keadilan - Lembah Pantai); YB Gwo-Burne Loh (Keadilan - Kelana Jaya); Hannah Yeoh (DAP - Subang Jaya) dan YB Amirudin Shari (Keadilan - Batu Caves). Haji Ahmad Mohayen, Timbalan Setiausaha MBPJ; Dato' Hussamuddin Yaacob, Pengerusi Karangkraf; dan Jason Tan, Editor Off the Edge juga hadir sama.
Posted: 08 Dec 2009 10:43 PM PST
Frog clinging on to lily pad.
The keyword "frogs" has topped the list of search engine terms in this blog for the past few months, consequently making Freedom Frogs, an entry published in 2006, one of the most viewed posts. I cannot understand the phenomenon with this particular keyword.
Frog on lily pad.
I am putting up two more photos from the same series. They are of the same frog. Except for their sliminess, I think frogs are adorable. From today onwards, I swear I will never eat frogs again although I love them cooked Tung Po style. And I wonder why wicked witches like to turn charming princes into frogs.
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