Saturday, December 5, 2009

5:00pm for 7:00pm

5:00pm for 7:00pm


5:00pm for 7:00pm

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 07:23 AM PST

I just got back from Celebrating 40th years of TAR College Academic Excellence Alumni Dinner 2009. My mom has bought these two tickets ended up i accompanied my mom to this dinner. It was a quite okay dinner with lots of performance by talented Tarcian. Stay tune eh~ I will post all the picture i took later... ;p

Meanwhile, just wondered do any of you see something different on this ticket / invitation?

How do you interpret the 5:00pm for 7:00pm?


FOMCA: Tangani Beban Rakyat Sebelum Tarik Balik Subsidi

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 08:08 AM PST

Cadangan Kerajaan untuk memansuhkan subsidi gula dan membincangkannya ke peringkat Kabinet tidak lama lagi disokong Gabungan Persatuan Pengguna-Pengguna Malaysia (Fomca).

Bagaimanapun, gabungan berkenaan mendesak kerajaan untuk melaksanakan inisiatif lain dalam memastikan beban kos sara hidup rakyat dapat dikurangkan kesan daripada penarikan subsidi berkenaan.

Setiausaha Agungnya, Sha'ani Abdullah berkata subsidi berkenaan perlu ditarik balik berikutan ia gagal disalurkan kepada golongan sasar berpendapatan rendah.

"Dari segi itu, penegasannya kita menyokong subsidi ditarik balik tapi sebelum melakukan perkara itu pihak kerajaan harus memulakan langkah-langkah untuk mengurangkan beban kos sara hidup kepada rakyat.Itu perlu ditangani dulu sebelum pihak kerajaan nak tarik balik subsidi gula dan juga subsidi kepada barangan lain",katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika dihubungi TV Selangor, petang tadi.

"Subsidi yang diberi melalui harga barangan dimanfaatkan oleh mereka-mereka yang menggunakan barang tersebut dalam kuantiti yang banyak,so dalam hal ini pihak komersil yang meraih keuntungan lebihan dan sasaran iaitu golongan berpendapatan rendah amat sedikitlah dari segi manfaat,"katanya.

Beliau menegaskan bebanan yang bakal ditangung rakyat khususnya yang berpendapatan rendah perlu ditangani terlebih dahulu sebelum subsidi berkenaan ditarik balik.

Sebelum ini Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob berkata, kerajaan memandang serius cadangan supaya subsidi gula dalam usaha mengurangkan kadar pengambilan gula di kalangan masyarakat.

Ismail berkata, kerajaan hanya akan membantu rakyat mengurangkan beban dengan memberikan subsidi kepada makanan asas dan gula tidak termasuk dalam kategori tersebut. -TVS



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altantuya Najib ignores PI Bala's claims - nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 08:29 AM PST

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 5 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak has frostily ignored P. Balasubramaniam's claims that the prime minister's architect brother was allegedly involved in the private investigator's disappearance and payoff for his silence in the Altantuya murder case.

The missing private detective has made a series of sensational claims that Najib knew murdered Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu and his brother Nazim and a businessman linked to the prime minister's wife made him retract a statutory declaration on the case.

"I will not entertain any frivolous statement," Najib said icily before asking reporters to move on to the next question at the Umno supreme council meeting last night.

The Umno president has previously denied knowing Altantuya, who was killed in October 2006, despite claims by Bala and popularised by fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin. Najib's close friend, political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda was acquitted of charges of plotting her murder while two elite policemen are to hang for the offence. They are appealing the sentence.

In an interview with Bala carried in Raja Petra's Malaysia-Today.net news portal, the private investigator claimed he had met architect Nazim, who is the younger brother of Najib, last year.

Bala claimed the meeting had been arranged by carpet businessman identified as Deepak Jaikishan, whom the investigator claimed was a close associate of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the PM's wife.

He also alleged that he was offered RM5 million to retract his first statutory declaration and that his family was threatened if he did not do it.

The former special branch policeman further claimed he was forced to sign a second pre-prepared statutory declaration which he claims to have never read and was paid RM750,000 after he disappeared.

So far, no one knows the whereabouts of the private investigator but he claimed he had return three times to Malaysia this year since fleeing in July 2008 after issuing contradictory statutory declarations. Police are seeking him although he claimed to have given them his statement in Bangkok before travelling to India.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has begun investigating Bala's claims by questioning two opposition leaders yesterday.

One of them was PKR youth chief Mohd Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin who lodged a report against Nazim on Wednesday.

The Pakatan Rakyat have used the Altantuya case in some of their campaigns in the nine by-elections in Malaysia since Election 2008, winning seven in most opposition-held constituencies. The only Barisan Nasional seat they wrested effectively was the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary seat.

Opposition leaders and Raja Petra have claimed Altantuya was linked to the Scorpene submarine purchase made when Najib was the defence minister. Malaysia has since received the submarines in a deal where Abdul Razak's consultancy received a hefty commission.

(Source: The Malaysian Insider)

Najib always does what he does best - deny, ignore or swear but never sue to clear his name. Legally, Najib has never come clean!


回应黄世豪

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 06:31 AM PST

马华前甘榜东姑州议员黄世豪医生日前通过新闻发布会抨击民联政府所提出的城市复兴计划(Urban Regeneration)没有概括灵市一带的新村,有忽略灵市新村之嫌。他也提及本人忽略双溪威新村的民生问题,即本人在部落格并没有提及任何关于发展双溪威新村的文章,以及没有动用本人50万令吉的选区拨款。黄世豪本人也质问本人没有提到任何民生问题和如何协助选民。由于黄世豪医生对本人和民联政府的指责非常严重,因此本人特此郑重交代,以及一一回应黄世豪所提出的所有问题。首先,黄世豪非议雪州政府忽略新村。这是不正确的说法,因为在当民联执政雪州之后,州政府已经大幅度提高州内新村拨款。在2009年,民联政府就已经拨出540万令吉给新村,比之前国阵政府所给的拨款多出27倍。以前国阵拨出只是每年拨款20万令吉给全州78个村委会,每个村委会只获2500令吉。这是微不足道的。这也就是为何以前国阵执政雪州政府期间,


Fr. Samir: The refusal of the minarets, an opportunity to rethink Islam and Europe

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 06:59 AM PST

Paris (AsiaNews) - The outcome of the Swiss referendum has aroused a wave of inquiries and questions on the Internet and in print, with reactions, sometimes very violent, sometimes more favourable. Typically politicians have reacted negatively, criticizing this vote. Instead, people in Europe have been in favour of the outcome. Some sites and European newspapers have thus voted:

Polls in Europe

In France, the newspaper Le Monde carried out a survey: "To hold a referendum like that of Switzerland is a sign of democracy or irresponsibility? 61.5% said it was a sign of democracy, 33.2% said it was irresponsible, to 5.3% no opinion.

L'Express posed another question: If the same referendum was held in France what would you answer? 86% answered yes, against the minarets, 11% no, 2% did not respond.

Le Figaro, which leans to the right: 77% yes to the ban, 23% no.

BFM, a television, reported these results: 75% yes, 25% no.

Radio Montecarlo 83% yes, 17% no; Euronews, which is to the left, 70% yes, 29% no, 1% do not know.

Le Soir in Belgium: 63.2% yes, 34% no; 2.8 without opinion.

In Spain,"Twenty minutes": 94% yes, 6% no. El Mundo: 79% yes, 21% no (with 25 thousand people surveyed).

In Germany, Die Welt online: 87% yes, 12% no, 2% do not know. In Austria, Die Presse: 54% yes, 46% no. Is the closest of all surveys.

In Italy I have seen only "Leggo" that gives 84.4% to the yes vote; 13.6% no, 2% do not know.

Nando Pagnoncelli, IPSOS director, said however that "in general the issue of Islam and immigration is causing concern and in some cases social alarm, because there is a perception of fanaticism". If there were a referendum like the Swiss, the voices are largely in favour of the ban.

In Holland Elzevier reported 86% yes, 16% no.

This gives a picture - perhaps not a perfect one but certainly an interesting one – of a reaction of fear widespread across Europe in the face of danger that comes from Islam. And there is also an act of courage of those who dare to say "enough" despite the propaganda of politicians and the threat of divisions that it has revealed. Commenting on the vote, Dr. Issam Mujahid, spokesman for the Muslim community of Brescia, said: "It 'a vote of fear," but he also added, "and we are all responsible."

Some thoughts on these data

This referendum can become a positive opportunity for us to reflect together. "Now, says Issam Mujahid, we must and we can assume our responsibility to work for dialogue among civilizations and reject the thesis of a clash of civilisations".

1. People in Europe do not reject the minaret to defend Christianity. Is not a religious problem: it is a problem of culture and visibility.

2. People feel that if they says yes to the minaret, tomorrow the call to prayer will also become widespread, then the microphones, then there will be requests for halal meat in school cafeterias or hospitals, then working breaks for the five prescribed daily prayers (as they tried to do with me at the University of Birmingham in 1991 when I taught there) ... Every now and then Muslims make fresh requests, which grow more and more insistent in places and countries, bringing new demands. And once they obtain a license to behave as they want they never turn back. Muslim groups have yet to be seen stopping their requests at some point. And that makes the Europeans think.

3. If we look at the situation of immigrants, only a little more than a third come from Muslim regions. Two thirds from other areas (Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America). Yet this third is the most discussed because it continually makes religious-cultural demands: The Vietnamese, Chinese, Indians, non-Islamic Africans, Latinos do not stake these claims or have this cultural visibility.

What is the problem?

4. Europe is discovering, with the presence of other cultures that itself has its own culture. The Italian reaction against the Strasbourg decision to abolish the crucifix in public places emphasizes the defence of an element of culture (as well as the religion of many). This rediscovery of culture is essential for dialogue. Muslims come with a strong sense of religious cultural identity because these two fields are not divided in the Islamic world. Europeans, who are the majority, however, find it difficult to say what their identity is. Now, there can be no real dialogue if a partner has a strong identity and the other weak one, or even if both partners are weak. Dialogue may be harder when both have a strong identity, but it is also richer and more valid!

5. On the other hand, Issam Mujahid says, "the culture of Muslim civil society organizations is lacking in Europe. In Europe, Islam is only represented by mosques. And this is wrong". Integrated Muslims in Europe do not help the immigrant Muslim community to integrate the values of European culture. For their part, imams are often not able to transmit these values, because they themselves have not received them.

6. The sense of the Swiss vote could be summed up as': "We no longer want to protect cultural diversity and guarantee religious freedom by submitting ourselves to the intolerance of Islam ... which in turn does not tolerate cultural diversity and religious freedom". Establish a true inter-cultural dialogue

This is an opportunity for Muslims to say what is really important in their faith and their culture and what is missing here in Europe. Certainly, the Muslim can not demand everything he had at home because he is living in another country that has its own laws, rules, customs, etc.. In doing so, we will see if it is possible to establish some directives at national, private or individual levels.

On the European side is time to ask ourselves what defines us and makes us who we really are.

Islam must renew itself, trying to distinguish between the essential and the occasional, and the West must also deepen its own sense of self and see what is essential to their own identity.

Take for example the veil

It is a precept, but it does not mean that it is essential. Many great Muslim authors have written about this. Gamal al-Banna, the younger brother of Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, has written a book and several articles to say that the veil is not a requirement. It was at first a council given to wives of Muhammad, it is not clear whether this was for all women. Neither is it clear whether it is called for in a given situation or forever.

This is why up to 50 years ago in the Islamic world, the veil was almost disappeared from countries such as Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, etc.. and no imam ever cried shame. Over the past 30 years it has started to come out again and today it has almost become an obligation. Muslims, throughout the course of history have made the distinction between what is fundamental and what is secondary. Even regarding prayer: very few Muslims pray 5 times a day. Increasingly we are seeing that the Muslim community is rejecting imposed religion and respects those who, while believers, do not practice. Religious freedom is the foundation of all freedoms, and if the Muslims demand it for themselves, and rightly so, in Europe, then they must give it to non-Muslims in Muslim countries.

The effort of exegesis and hermeneutics lies in discerning whether something is important or if it is something special, valid only for that time. Many Muslims attempt this exegesis, but the problems are many: there is no established doctrine, there is no teaching authority, an authority that decides and settles controversial issues. Asia News


The difference between generations and young people without passion

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 06:13 AM PST

email from Maurizio Costanzo
The theme that John gives us is really interesting. We read your e-mail: "Dear Mr. Costanzo, my name is John and I have 68 years. I am the grandfather of four grandchildren who have an age ranging from 12 to 18 years. They're all good guys, but I must confess that I am a bit 'worried about their future. We are living a historic moment undoubtedly difficult for many points of view. It's all very precarious work, politics, the feelings. But if I go back in time, when I was a boy, I remember so many difficult moments. Even then the work was scarce and we did what we could, without fuss and the fact that you liked could be just luck. The policy then ... once right, once left, those malcontents are never missed. And it was also hard to have the wedding, with so many concerns and many moments of boredom. But above all, of course with a thousand obstacles, but we never became overwhelmed by the doom. They responded because there were so many responsibilities on his shoulders: his wife, children, the house. And it was just the sense of duty, in relation to things and people around us, giving us the strength to go forward. "

"Today, John continues I happen to spend much time with my grandchildren and I talk with them about various topics. I realize that they are so very different from what we were. Certainly among their generation and mine is a gap of 50 years, but what I realize is that lack of assertiveness, aggressiveness of that bit of sound essential for life. Do not cultivate passions and have no dreams. I remember when I was a kid my desire was to become a builder of ships. Meanwhile, I worked as a clerk in a copy shop all day, but at night when I got home, nobody could distract from my little corner where I had all my tools to build wooden ships. And it was the passion, love for the dream that kept me awake by candlelight until four in the morning and returned to work in a copy shop two hours later. But now my grandchildren when they come home are at your computer with video games. I do not know what to think. It is I who are old or there really something unconvincing in the last few generations?.

Each generation, dear John, is different from the previous one and is also right that it does. Having passion for something is certainly a gift but there's always been those who had passions and who's not, then as now. Accepted because the new generation as it is without thinking that his was better and not rebuke her grandchildren. Listen to them and talk a lot. Is already so much. Was published on the page ilmessaggero.it life titled: "When the estranged father can not speak with his son." Arrived in the forum comments. Here are a few. Too many tricks ... I suggest you speak with her son soon. I think very likely that his wife had cheated on her twice, now is deceiving your child. Retrieve the love ... Dear Andrea, try to explain to his son's situation, without bitterness. Its aim must be to recover the esteem and love of her son and not to imply contempt for his mother. Choose not to remain silent ... Very often our children come to wrong conclusions because we adults keep them ignorant. Talk with your son in the least traumatic as possible. Rather than ask your ugly mug to his wife, demanding the end of some shocking.

mauriziocostanzo@soloposta.it
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World Cup, Italy is in Group F with New Zealand, Paraguay, Slovakia

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 05:59 AM PST

CITTA 'DEL CAPO (4 December) - Italy is in Group F of the 2010 World Cup with New Zealand, Paraguay, and Slovakia. Were made this afternoon the draw for the pairing of teams for the World Cup in South Africa who sailed in the summer. The opening match of World Cup 2010 There will be Friday, June 11, 2010 between South Africa and Mexico.
Italy play their first match in Cape Town on June 14, 2010 with Paraguay.

Group A: South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France.

Group B: Argentina, South Korea, Nigeria, Greece.

Group C: England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia.

Group D: Germany, Australia, Ghana, Serbia.

Group E Netherlands, Japan, Cameroon, Denmark.

Group F: Italy, New Zealand, Paraguay, Slovakia.

Group G: Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast, Portugal.

Group H: Spain, Honduras, Chile, Switzerland.

All information FIFA website.

Lippi now studying opponents. "More teams are referred to as the games are easy and more difficult, I am convinced. For example, the Paraguay is strong, many of its players playing in our league, has overcome major teams. Now we start studying our opponents, we will verify their consistency and then we'll see. "

Fabio Capello onset difficult. "All groups balanced. Ours? Algeria is dangerous, all games are difficult and we begin the tournament with the most delicate part that is against the USA.

Mandela: all united in the circle of the ball. "We are all united in the circle of the ball: it is a privilege to know that this good fortune to host the World Cup touches to my great and beautiful country, my South Africa." Nelson Mandela said during the videotaped message aired at the beginning of the ceremony of drawing lots of rounds of South Africa 2010, Cape Town. "I give my personal welcome to all those who choose to come - even the former President said the Nobel Prize for peace - It will be an exceptional event, which will generate benefits for many years to our country. South Africa has learned important lessons, and even touching at the level of our soul. Now we must show the world our hospitality next year. And thanks to those who fought to give us this chance. "

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Mengapa Nik Amalina Tidak Mengadu Kepada Ayahnya?

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 02:48 AM PST

Ahli Parlimen Kota Raja dari PAS, Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud berkata, beliau tidak perlu menyatakan pendiriannya berhubung banyak pertanyaan sama ada beliau menyokong menantu Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat atau Datuk Husam Musa dalam krisis pertelingkahan antara keluarga tuan guru itu dengan bloger Nik Azidi atau lebih dikenali sebagai kickdefella.

Pertanyaan ini timbul kerana Dr Siti mengambil pertanggungjawaban untuk menyiarkan luahan hati anak perempuan Nik Azizi, iaitu Nik Amalina di dalam blognya.

Kata Dr Siti, jika beliau tidak mengambil keputusan untuk menyiarkan luahan perasaan Siti Amalina dalam blognya, beliau percaya, orang lain akan berbuat demikian.

Minggu lalu, Nik Amalina telah meluahkan perasaannya melalui laman blog Dr Siti Mariah berhubung isu suaminya yang terpaksa melepaskan jawatan sebagai ketua pegawai eksekutif Perbadanan Menteri Besar Kelantan (PMBK) atas apa yang beliau sifatkan satu fitnah besar dan penganiayaan ke atas suaminya.

Tulisan Nik Amalina itu telah dikutip dan disiarkan pula di dalam laman blog Kickdefella. Dalam tulisannya, Nik Amalina turut menyentuh tentang keperibadian Kickdefella yang menurut beliau sebagai punca yang menyebabkan karier suaminya di PMBK hancur musnah.

Bagaimanapun, tulisan Nik Amalina itu mendapat kritikan daripada pelbagai pihak yang menyifatkan beliau cuba mendokong nepotisma di dalam pentadbiran bapanya, taksub, riak malah dikatakan takabur.

Apatah lagi Nik Amalina dikatakan cuba mempertahankan kedudukan suaminya, Abdul Ariffahmi Abd. Rahman dengan acapkali menyebut yang suaminya adalah orang yang paling layak untuk jawatan tersebut sehinggakan Nik Aziz menawarkan jawatan itu bukan sekali tetapi empat kali.

Dalam hal ini, Dr Siti berkata, beliau bersimpati dengan Nik Amalina yang beliau merasakan tertekan dengan isu yang melanda suaminya.

"Dia (Nik Amalina) mahu mengisytiharkan perasaannya. Rasionalnya jika tidak saya yang memberi ruang kepadanya untuk meluahkan perasaan, dia tetap akan menyiarkan dalam blog lain," tulis Dr Siti dalam posting terbarunya.

Dan oleh kerana tulisan Nik Amalina itu adalah satu luahan perasaan, kata Dr Siti, maka sudah tentulah ia beremosi.

"Luahan perasaan mestilah beremosi. Emosi biasalah...tidak rasional," kata Dr Siti untuk menjustifikasikan tindakan Nik Amalina menulis dengan penuh emosi bagi menjawab kritikan pembaca ke atas anak Nik Aziz itu.

Oleh yang demikian, kata Dr Siti lagi, tidak semestinya apa yang diluahkan oleh Nik Amalina itu betul dan objektif dari perspektif pembaca walaupun kemudiannya Nik Amalina mungkin akan kembali tertekan apabila membaca komen-komen bloger yang sebahagian besarnya menghentam cara dia mempertahankan suaminya itu.
Jelas Dr Siti lagi, beliau juga telah ditanya, beliau berada di pihak mana? Keluarga Nik Aziz atau Husam Musa yang selama ini dikaitkan rapat dengan Kickdefella.

Kepada persoalan tersebut, Dr Siti menjawab; "Saya mendengar daripada pelbagai pihak. Komen-komen positif dan negatif mengenai orang yang terbabit dalam isu-isu tersebut. Saya tidak akan merakamkan apa yang saya dengar. Cukuplah saya katakan, semua maklumat saya terima dengan secubit garam. Entah betul, entah tidak. Saya tiada cara untuk memastikan maklumat dengan objektif. Semua dari persepsi sumber maklumat. Saya orang yang paling akhir yang akan "menghukum" orang lain. Jika saya ada pengalaman negatif dengan seseorang pun mungkin saya akan mendiamkan diri," katanya.

Dr Siti juga berkata, pengalamannya selama 10 tahun lebih dalam jemaah telah mematangkan dirinya dengan karenah manusia.

"Kesimpulan saya ialah, dalam perjuangan ini, survival parti dan jemaah yang penting bukan individu. Sahabat-sahabat dalam perjuangan tidak akan mahu terlibat dengan konflik-konflik yang dianggap peribadi. Semasa kita 'berjasa' kepada parti, kita akan dijulang, tatkala kita membuat kesilapan dan menyebabkan imej parti terguris, kita akan dikritik. Jika kita merajuk, tiada siapa yang akan memujuk. Mungkin kata nasihat dan pendapat akan diberi, keputusan di tangan kita. Parti tidak memerlukan kita. Kita yang memerlukan parti sebagai wadah jihad kita," ujarnya.

Dalam hal ini kata Dr Siti, beliau telah banyak belajar daripada bekas Presiden PAS, Allahyarham Datuk Fadzil Noor. -MSTAR

Ulasan GB

Saya tidak dapat tidak untuk menegur YB Dr Siti Mariah, yang mengambil keputusan untuk menyiarkan surat Nik Amalina Nik Aziz, melalui blognya.

Alasan diberikan: jika beliau tidak mengambil keputusan untuk menyiarkan luahan perasaan Siti Amalina dalam blognya, beliau percaya, orang lain akan berbuat demikian.

Jawapan tidak boleh dijadikan justifikasi untuk menyiarkan surat luahan peribadi itu yang YB Dr sendiri mengakui ia luahan perasaan, iaemosi, ia tidak rasional.

Sepatutnya YB Dr perlu menasihatinya bahawa ayahanda Nik Amalina sendirilah sepatutnya tempat mengadu. Ayahandanya seorang ulamak disegani, ayahandanya seorang pemimpin tertinggi parti, ayahandanya seorang doktor rohani, ayahandanya seorang yang dicintai oleh sekalian ramai umat manusia di negara ini, apa perlu Nik Amalina mengadu kepada orang lain tetapi membelakangkan ayahandanya sendiri?

Apakah kerana hendak mengadu kepada sekalian orang bahawa ayahandanya itu dikelilingi oleh penasihat-penasihat yang dia sendiri tidak mampu untuk menembusinya sehingga terpaksa meminta orang lain melakukan serangan kepada ayahandanya?


Tidak ada sbarang bukti dibawa, sekadar fitnah yang merapu-rapu. Dan ditulis oleh seorang anak Tok Guru yang begitu mencemarkan ayahandannya sendiri. Sama fe'el dan perangai seorang lagi anaknya, Nik Abduh namanya yang pernah melondeh kain ayahandanya sendiri.

Sedangkan orang yang "dimusuhnya" itu ada membawa bukti tentang gelagat dan perangai suaminya yang bernama Ariffahmi itu.


Itu sebab saya katakan tadi YB Dr tidak sepatutnya melayan anak tok guru yang mengada-ngada itu.


Featured on w3garden.com

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 01:43 AM PST

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I am happy and want to thank the people behind w3garden.com for featuring my blog in their directory. w3garden.com is the Malaysia Blog Showcase, something like a blog directory which features some cool and interesting blog from Malaysia. Yay, thank you everyone for support. Follow me on Twitter. =)


SPRM Ada Unsur Penyelewengan - Manicka

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 01:03 AM PST

Ahli Parlimen Kapar, S. Manikavasagam percaya perletakan jawatan Ketua Pengarah Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM), Datuk Seri Ahmad Said bersangkut paut dengan skandal pemberian kontrak uniform suruhanjaya berkenaan.

Katanya kontrak itu diberi secara rundingan terus tanpa melalui tender terbuka seperti kebiasaannya.

Manikavasagam berkata, kontrak melalui rundingan terus itu mengakibatkan harga pakaian berkenaan melonjak melebihi 150 peratus berbanding harga asal.

Sehubungan itu katanya, beliau akan mendedahkan mengenai skandal pemberian kontrak itu dalam waktu terdekat.

"Saya memang ada beberapa kes rasuah melibatkan Ahmad Said dan akan dedahkan dalam masa terdekat.

"Di mana tender pakaian diberi kepada satu syarikat secara rundingan lansung," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada TVSelangor ketika mengulas mengenai perletakan jawatan Ahmad Said berkuatkuasa akhir ini.

Semalam Ketua Setiusaha Negara Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan berkata, Ahmad Said telah meminta supaya kontrak khidmat beliau yang sepatutnya tamat Mei depan di pendekkan.

Manikavasagam juga mendakwa beliau mempunyai dokumen lengkap mengenai pemberian tender berkenaan.

"Saya rasa mungkin ada tekanan mereka sudah tahu dokumen-dokumen berada di tangan saya dan kemungkinan besar mereka suruh dia (Ahmad Said) untuk meletakkan jawatan awal," katanya. -TVS




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Teoh haunts Plaza Masalam... literally...

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 01:17 AM PST

The tragic case of Teoh Beng Hock has taken a supernatural twist, with three individuals reportedly having seen his spirit.

China Press reported that his apparition was spotted on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam, where his remains were found, and on the 14th floor, where the MACC office is located and NONE said a security guard and two MACC officers had bumped into the spectre sometime in October, more than two months after the 30-year-old's death.

The security guard was sure that the apparition was Teoh (he saw Teoh's dead body after the fall) even though he could only see him from the back. He said that the apparition was clad in the same clothes which the deceased had worn when he came to the MACC office.


New Found Passion

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 10:09 PM PST

I'm on a diet! Yes again, for the umpteenth time! It's a never ending struggle between me and my quest for losing weight. Seeing as how my running days are not as consistent as they used to be, with me running for two or three days and then laying off for a week. At that rate I'm never going to achieve my goal of having a hunky body (like as if that will ever happen! LOL!). So cutting back on my food and eating a much healthier diet looked like the only way to go.

On the serious side I was getting totally unfit. Doing simple stuff took twice the energy it required from me and I'm only 42 years young! People twice my age started looking so much more healthier and lots more energetic than me. That was when I said enough is enough and I started weaning off from rice which was really the biggest contributor to my ever expanding waist line. I'm a rice eating person and I eat lots of it. Trust me, sometimes the amount of rice I eat even shocks wifey.

So for the past nine days I've managed not to touch a single grain of rice and have started to eat a lot less (a lot less for me is normal portions for everyone else). I started to experiment and cook my own food so I could control the stuff I put in it, you know, less oil, less ajinomoto seasoning and the likes.

But then, eating healthy food is not cheap. The price of the stuff I would need to prepare a more healthy diet is definitely more expensive than buying your normal everyday food. But there was this statement I heard while watching 'The Biggest Loser Asia' where one of the contestant said the same thing about healthy food being expensive. And the trainer replied that yes, healthy food is expensive but a hospital bill is even more astronomical!

That statement kinda hit home so both wifey and me decided to not bother about how much food cost and buy more healthy stuff. And with that my new passion as a wannabe chef started. Three or so days ago, after watching a Gordon Ramsay cooking show, I decided to experiment and whip up this dish I saw him make. It didn't look too hard and it was healthy as sin :D

I told wifey I was going to cook up something special and she was really kinda skeptical (when it comes to me cooking, she's always wary ... LOL!) especially since I didn't use any recipe textbooks, everything was done out of instinct alone.

I'm not going to go into details, you can read all about it on my spaceman blog (there's even a picture of my masterpiece there ... hahaha!) but suffice to say, she was pleasantly surprised with the dish I cooked up. She even loved it and gave me two thumbs up. She said it was better than what Gordon Ramsay made ... ok, ok, she didn't really say that la ... LOL!

She's quite supportive of my new found passion and lets me mess up her kitchen to prepare more of these kinds of meals. In fact, she liked what I cook that she let me whip up a new dish for lunch today.

While out shopping this morning, we bought some beef and I made grilled beef (marinated with Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce) with seared onions, garlic and tomatoes topped with Alfredo Portobello sauce for me and for wifey, I made grilled beef with stir-fried Shitaake mushrooms with Alfredo Portobello sauce (she's not too fond of tomatoes and onions) and I must say that it tasted heavenly.

It may not look like much but here's how it turned out just before we both swallowed it down ... urrmmm .. don't mind the Pizza Hut plates ... LOL! And don't even bother asking me how I got them ... hahaha!



 

I'm actually kinda enjoying this new found cooking passion I've developed so much so that I've already prepped and marinated some chicken breast for dinner tonight that will be grilled and accompanied by cheese and broccoli pasta together with some thick creamy mushroom soup. Hopefully it'll turn out well. If I don't look anywhere close to Clive Owen in two months' time, I'm going back to eating rice! Hahaha!
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Web Humour: Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods & Tiger Woods

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 09:15 PM PST

IDPD - TIME TO ACT!

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 08:00 PM PST


TODAY is International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD).
Like every third day of the month in December since the early 1990's, this special UN-sponsored-day has been set aside for world communities to basically do three things: Stop, Think and Act in the interest of people with disabilities (PwD) around the globe.

Malaysia is no exception.

In fact, this morning Selangor Welfare Chairman Rodziah Ismail will be launching a very unique awards ceremony at The Curve's pedestrian shopping mall for persons with learning difficulties.

For the first time ever kids and young people with intellectual handicaps at the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) event are being recognised for some of their greatest personal achievements that often go unnoticed by society.

These are their abilities in passing their year six exams, for example; holding a simple job, doing the laundry or serving drinks.

Likewise, disabled residents like the blind and those in wheelchairs in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, are also in for a treat on Saturday.

That is the day when Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Sharizat Abdul Jalil will be paying them a special visit to mark IDPD.

"Holding grand events at hotels, I've discovered, have not always been an effective way in getting to know people," said Datuk Seri Sharizat to Wheel Power last week.

"But this year going down to where the PwD really are such as in an area where many blind people are located, is a much better way to touch base with them and find out what their problems are," she added.   
   
Syabas to both the Honourable Minister and the Selangor Exco Council Member for their new ways of tackling issues of the disabled.   

However, there are still much more things that our governments both at the Federal and local bodies – including the public – can do in order to raise the quality of lives of all Malaysians with disabilities in the country.

The first and most important of all is to discard all preconceived concepts and notions about disability and be ready to adopt totally new and progressive ones. 

In my advocacy work, I am most surprised to note that some people still have outdated views of the handicapped.

PwD's are still labelled as "sick" and are expected to be seen with their wheelchairs and crutches only in hospitals and clinics rather than in a cinema, pub or even a dance floor.

I was in PJ Hilton recently with a group of physically disabled patrons when one of them in crutches and callipers badly needed a wheelchair.

We were quite shocked when the hotel flatly refused his request with the excuse that their wheelchair was reserved for "accident cases" only.   

It wasn't after almost a dozen of us in wheelchairs had demanded to see the top brass of the hotel when a wheelchair finally arrived.

However, our friend had to wait in agonising pain for a full hour before he could go to the loo downstairs on the ground floor.  

And to think that the ruckus transpired at a seminar on "compassion" as the main theme was unimaginable.

Local councils in every state and town need to set up a special technical committee on disability of their own as soon as possible. It should meet at least once a month like what happens now in MBPJ.

It is also vital to include persons with disabilities in the committee. This will enable the council to get first-hand input of the kinds of problems that the council will have to anticipate in order to make their cities and towns with ergonomic designs.  

Experts from the medical world such as rehabilitation specialists, neurologists, geriatricians (to advise on senior citizens physical and mental needs) and even psychiatrists (for the mentally ill) should also be consciously invited into the committee wherever possible.

Together as an expert team with disabled and elderly persons, town and city planners and engineers will be better equipped to address fundamental issues starting from the accessibility of pavements and all the way into public and government buildings.

Their expert eye should cover even facilities in elderly and disabled homes and centres throughout the nation ensuring that those who live in them are receiving the best possible care.

Working as a city councillor who heads MBPJ's technical team on disability, I have for myself witnessed how vital and wonderfully effective such a body is.

Even though our work had only started last year, the results that we have achieved have meant the world to the end users.

These include disabled-friendly covered car parks, improved ergonomic toilet designs for wheelchair users, free local clinics, etc.

The latest success last week was the council's decision to include free dog licenses for the disabled in view of empowerment through animal-assisted therapy for positive living.

A similar decision for the elderly is pending further discussions.

Without such a crucial committee, as they often say, "we can talk, and talk, and talk, until the cows come home but there won't be much change."


Let's make IDPD work!
    
The End

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Weekend Chats ( Updated)

Posted: 05 Dec 2009 09:21 AM PST

It has been raining heavily since morning. Great for everyone to hug their Mr/Mrs Loves in bed.

Again..we're off to KL for just a couple of days.
Hannan has her Chemistry papers this coming Tuesday. So we'll have to back in Kuantan soon.
At least I can help to sent her for her exams and she does not have to catch a cab.

I was observing Banun yesterday.
My goodness.. she can really hug and kiss ALL her cats.
I can hold them close but not to that extent. Ooh..the furs can be so ticklish!

My friend Nomi mentioned that her sis-in-law in KL lost her car a few weeks back.
The car was only 2 months old.
J lost her new car last year just before Deepavali.
We had to continue payment for around 9 months for nothing and even topped up a few more thousand when the insurance claims was not enough.

What was the common denominator?
Both my daughter and my friend's kakak ipar washed their car regularly at a particular car wash in Ampang..somewhere near Melawati.

I am just wondering..hmm..bukan nak tuduh2 tapi be careful.
Hopefully the police can check?
I have to just say it because theres no harm if our police just run a routine observation right?

I am on the eve of helping our son to prepare some hantaran for his engagement.
Our first time..
My sister Era has found somebody who can help decorate the trays.

We are moving to a time when our children are slowly going about setting up their own immediate families..
I am sure many parents of our age group are experiencing these same beautiful butterfly feelings.

Hopefully J will follow suit soon..InsyaAllah.
Lambat betul nak decide oi!!

I love Kuantan.
Even though many of our children are now residing in KL, Dato' and I enjoy our peaceful atmosphere here..

We'll just keep on continuing our weekend travels to KL then.

Hopefully we'll drive to Trengganu next week.
Another beautiful destination not to be missed for long.

Kelantan? Absolutely! The sacred place of the budu..and ayam perciks!


Latest:
1. A heartless cruel person abandoned 3 tiny little kittens ( blind and still in need of its mother's milk) near my daughter's dustbin in Kota Damansara KL. They were placed in a small basket and you know whats the alas? Panties buruk! Koyak? My daughter was too geli to check the condition of it.
She tried getting the RSPCA to help. Sadly they are so overburdened and short of manpower that they will put the kitties to sleep if sent there..
Somebody! Please ask the wealthy tycoons to donate some regular funds to the RSPCA so that they can cope with the influx of these poor creatures!

Finally, she coaxed a nearby vet to have the tiny animals for the night. She'll have to pick them up tomorrow morning. As it is there are already 2 cats in the house. They might instinctively attack and hurt these tiny baby kittens.
My daughter plans to sent these abandoned babies to Paws at Subang.

2. Fateen wants me to write an entry on the late Tan Sri P.Ramlee's son..Sazali. Rupanya that name in the movie Anakku Sazali is taken from a real life son of the famous pair.
Apparently hes a very hardworking Alam Flora or DBKL worker.
Her question is..shouldn't he be getting some royalties for his late father's legendary movies and albums?
Now..how can I cari this Sazali guy and interview him? If any of you can find out, that'll be great!!



Ng Yen Yen admits she once held Australian PR - nizar nizar nizar nizar

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 07:20 PM PST

@ The Malaysian Insider:
Ng Yen Yen admits she once held Australian PR

An old story, it was first exposed by The Sun deputy editor R. Nadeswaran. The gist of it here:
Deputy Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Datuk Ng Yen Yen was a permanent resident of Australia when she took the oath of loyalty to King and country when she was appointed a senator more than nine years ago.

She was a director from April 1992 until she resigned in May 1995. Ng took her oath of office as a senator in August 1993, but nine months earlier she had declared herself as a permanent resident of Australia in documents filed with the Australian authorities.

In her resignation letter to the board of directors, she gave her full name as "Senator Dr Ng Yen Yen". The 1992 profile of the directors describe Ng as "a Malaysian qualified and registered medical practitioner".

"She has been living in Australia for approximately three years... and has undertaken substantial business activities concerned with the import of intellectual properties and commodities," the documents said.

If you want to know more, just Google 'ng yen yen australia pr'. Jeffooi of Screenshots has put up some interesting posts in his blogspot blog! For those who do not already know, Jeff Ooi is the blogger-turned-MP whose name was even mentioned by the PM of Singapore in his National Day speech.

For your easy reading, just read his posts here and here regarding 'ng yen yen australia pr'.


in johore now

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 06:00 PM PST

was in pentong, johore since thursday morning. the post below about burning images i made on wed. before i left penang and set it to be publsihed on thurs morning but i don't know what went wrong that the contents did not come out, only the heading.

there's wi-fi here but i can't get the settings on my PDA to go online. am using my colleaugue's notebook for a while to post this. i'll be back in penang on monday morning.


COP15 Debates

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 03:00 PM PST

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Najib Dan UMNO Takut Dengan 2 Bala

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 05:02 PM PST

Sekembalinya ke tanahair, Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak telah diserbu wartawan dengan mengajukan kepadanya beberapa isu yang melanda negara, khususnya yang ada kaitan dengan Mohd. Najib sendiri.

Pertama isu dakwaan bahawa adiknya, Datuk Mohamed Nazim telah memaksa penyiasat persendirian, P Balasubramaniam menarik balik akuan bersumpahnya.

Beliau bagaimanapun menafikan dakwaan itu yang menurutnya tidak berasas.

Apabila soalan itu diajukan kepada beliau dalam sidang akhbar selepas mesyuarat Majlis Tertinggi (MT) Umno malam ini, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak sepertimana biasanya dalam isu Altantuya berkata, beliau tidak akan melayan kenyataan semberono.

Beliau diminta mengulas dakwaan Balasubramaniam dalam siri video wawancaranya yang disiarkan dalam Youtube.

Dalam wawancara tersebut, Balasubramaniam mendakwa Nazim dan beberapa individu lain, bertindak sebagai proksi Najib bagi memaksanya menarik balik akuan bersumpah pertamanya.

Beliau juga mendakwa ditawarkan RM5 juta oleh Nazim dan individu lain yang dikaitkan dengan kes tersebut.

Akuan bersumpah itu mengandungi dakwaan yang Najib mempunyai hubungan dengan Altantuya Shaariibuu, di mana Najib telah menafikannya.

Balasubramaniam telah menarik balik akuan bersumpah pertamanya itu dalam tempoh 24 jam dalam situasi yang meragukan dan meninggalkan negara bersama anggota keluarganya.

Walaupun pelbagai pihak telah mendesak Najib supaya memberi reaksi terhadap perkembangan terbaru itu, tetapi perdana menteri dan adiknya itu sebelum ini, hanya membisu.


Najib memang selama ini takut untuk membicarakan hal berkaitan Altantuya, memang hantu Altantuya sentiasa mengejarnya ke mana ia pergi. Jalan mudah - jangan fikirkan lansung mengenainya.

Kedua ialah isu rompakan terhadap royalti minyak Kelantan dan bala yang didoakan oleh Mursyidul Am PAS keepada perompak-perompak dari UMNO ini.

Najib berkata beliau tidak pasti mengenai penglibatan bekas Menteri Kewangan Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah untuk mengetuai kaukus mengenai royalti minyak Kelantan kerana perkara itu belum disahkan.

Najib berkata kerajaan juga tidak berhasrat mengambil alih soal penubuhan kaukus mengenai royalti minyak Kelantan yang kini diusahakan oleh pembangkang.

"Nak take over macam mana... kerajaan telah pun membuat pendirian berhubung perkara itu," katanya.

Pada bulan lepas, Najib mengumumkan kerajaan akan membayar wang ehsan kepada kerajaan negeri Kelantan melalui Petronas bermula tahun depan, sebagai menggantikan tuntutan royalti minyak yang dimahukan kerajaan negeri Kelantan.

Beliau berkata kerajaan negeri Kelantan tidak berhak menerima wang royalti minyak di perairannya kerana ia terletak di kawasan bertindih dan wang itu akan disalurkan dalam bentuk pembangunan melalui kerjasama dengan kerajaan negeri.

Sementara itu, Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin yang mewarisi kelembapan Tun Abdullah dalam kabinet Najib, terkejut dengan doa Nik Aziz.

"Tak tahu nak kata apa", itulah reaksi Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yang terkejut dengan kenyataan Mursyidul Am PAS Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat yang akan mendoakan pemimpin kerajaan BN "pecah perut" berhubung isu bayaran royalti minyak.

Beliau berkata kenyataan sedemikian kononnya langsung tidak mencerminkan sifat keislaman dan terperanjat kerana ia keluar daripada seorang yang bergelar mursyidul am.

Merompak royalti Kelantan itu mencerminkan sifat keislaman agaknya.

Munkin Najib dan Muhyiddin selepas ini akan sentiasa meraba perutnya, khuatir nanti terlalu gedempol dengan hasil rompakan minyak Kelantan, maka wang haram itu akan cepat diagihkan kepada pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO Kelantan, supaya pemimpin UMNO Kelantan pula yang akan pecah perutnya kerana melantak duit kepunyaan Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan berdasarkan Perjanjian yang telah di tangani di bawah Akta Petroleum yang senang-senang saja diubah dan dicabuli oleh pemimpin tertinggi UMNO ini.

Semalam di Kelantan, dunia dan langit menyaksikan rakyat pelbagai kaum memberi sokongan kepada Nik Aziz. Melayu, Cina, India dan mungkin kaum Siam juga, dari kanak-kenak kepada orang tua, lelaki dan perempuan, tanpa dipaksa oleh ssiapa, telah mengenakan lilitan di kepala WE LOVE TOK GURU.

Mungkin Najib dan UMNO terpaksa merancang untuk memaksa Ong Tee Keat yang sedang berdepan kemelut MCA, Samy Vellu dan Kayveas dengan masyarakat India agar memakai lilitan di kepala WE LOVE NAJIB... sebagai tangkal untuk menghalau dua bala yang menyerangnya.


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