Wednesday, December 2, 2009

It is okay for Muslim countries to ban bibles and trash their minorities...not okay for Christian (Switzerland) countries to ban minarets

It is okay for Muslim countries to ban bibles and trash their minorities...not okay for Christian (Switzerland) countries to ban minarets

It is okay for Muslim countries to ban bibles and trash their minorities...not okay for Christian (Switzerland) countries to ban minarets

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 04:59 AM PST

Kuala Lumpur confiscated, believe it or not, 10,000 Bibles. In March, another 5,100 Bibles, imported from Indonesia, were impounded, the Associated Press reports. "[The Bibles] contained the word Allah to refer to God," BBC reported. "The government, which is dominated by Muslim Malays, claims that the word Allah is Islamic. And its use in Bibles could upset Muslims.""Church officials say that the word Allah originated in Arabic," BBC pointed out. "Malays have used it for centuries to refer generally to God. And Arabic-speaking Christians used it before Islam was founded." They are banning bibles meant for Christians in "moderate and modern" Malaysia.

No one blinks when a boiler-plate dictatorship, like North Korea, bans books. But a 21st century Asean member like Malaysia? Penalties for swapping the Lord's name can be three years in the slammer. Or a fine of up to $5,200. Or both. Clamping a patent on the Divinity's name can lead to farce. Kuala Lumpur earlier banned the Bup Kudus. This is the Bible used by Ibans, largest of Sarawak's 27 indigenous groups. It calls God "Allah Taala"—provoking suppression. There's no comparable term in Iban, Christians protested. KL grudgingly scrapped the ban—but only for Ibans.

So where is the broad named, Navi Pillay the United Nations human rights chief,a subservient Dhimmi, doing the biddings of her masters, she criticised a Swiss vote banning minarets, when Malaysia too needs a criticism and maybe a kick up the butt or two. She, is controlled by 57 'Oh I See' countries, where she is blind to atrocities inflicted on minorities in the said 57 countries. Hypocrisy!

Why did the Swiss actually vote to ban the minarets? The surprising vote reveals rather a growing unease in Switzerland, which traditionally has been one of the most open and most tolerant countries of the continent: Many Swiss are worried about the rise of political Islam and religious rules in Europe that are threatening hard-won rights such as equal rights for women and men, the secular rule of law above religion or the right of each individual to decide for him -- or herself. This was fueled by a number of incidents over the last years:

The former Imam of a mosque in Geneva, Hani Ramadan, a Swiss citizen by the way, publicly justified the stoning of adulterers or the punitive amputation of the hand of a thief. Muslim parents prevented their daughters from attending swimming classes, gymnastics or summer camps in public schools because they didn't want their girls to be together with boys. Media reports about forced marriages, female genital mutilations and "honor killings" of Muslim women - all confirmed by authorities or in court -- came as a shocking surprise. A university professor even went as far as to suggest in an official publication of a federal commission to introduce elements of the Sharia, the Muslim legal system, into Switzerland. Not forgetting the PM of "moderate secular" Turkey who actually instigated the whole issue by saying, "Mosques are our barracks, domes our helmets, minarets our bayonets."

Then there is this Paki broad (a hypocrite named Asma Jahangir, UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief and chairperson Human Rights Commission of Pakistan) who says, "Swiss minaret ban 'extreme Islamophobia". She further adds 'I therefore urge the Swiss authorities to abide by all its international obligations and to take the necessary measures to fully protect the right to freedom of religion or belief of members of the Muslim community'. That is rich coming from a Paki, when they kill, maim and oppress their minorities with impunity.

Let us look at another "paragon" of human rights, Iran condemns Swiss minaret ban as "Islamophobic act". Is that not hypocrisy, Iran's late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini had explained that non-Muslims rank between "feces" and "the sweat of a camel that has consumed impure food." Thus Iran's Zoroastrians, Jews, Mandeans, Christians, and Bahais are subordinated and indeed treated as a fifth column by the revolutionary Islamic Republic. No matter that most of these religious groups were established in Iran before Islam arrived there. They actually conduct religious cleansing enthusiastically, of course the UN and the other Muslim countries turn a blind eye to that.

Another hypocritic nation, Egypt, the gall of Egypt's Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa who lashed out at Switzerland voters' decision to ban minaret construction in the European country on Monday is exactly blatant hypocrisy.Christians in the Arab country have voiced their concern of what they are calling the "hypocrisy" of Egyptian society.They question whether Egypt, which has been forceful in its refusal to allow the construction of churches in recent years, is in a position to criticize the Swiss move. "This proposal…is not considered just an attack on freedom of beliefs, but also an attempt to insult the feelings of the Muslim community in and outside Switzerland," Gomaa added.

But, for Christians in Egypt, they are demanding honesty as critics asunder argument upon argument against the Swiss move, which was not supported by business circles, the government or religious leaders. "I was shocked to hear of what happened in Switzerland, but to be honest, I find it even more strange that Muslim leaders are saying what they are saying when almost the exact same thing happens in Egypt," said Maged Idris, a local pharmacist in Cairo. "They should not be so quick to judge that's all."

Coptic lawyer Naguib Gobrail, a firebrand leader, has voiced his concern over Gomaa and others' statements over the Swiss vote. He said that Egyptians should see the realities of their own country before criticizing the European nation. He argued that until Egypt makes it nearly impossible for new churches to be built, "so why should they have any right to say the things they are saying."

He added that their statements are an "insult to Christians" living in Egypt who have been forced to face "injustice upon injustice over their basic rights." He continued to say that no matter what leaders in the country say, Christians know the truth."We have lived under constant threat for a long time and have been unable to even build our places to worship because the government won't give us the proper permission. Now, Switzerland does something very racist and stupid, but Muslims in this country must understand that they do the same thing to us," Gobrail argued.

Here are more details on how Copts are treated in Egypt.

Turkey? Aaaah Turkey, The Wall Street Journal story on the Swiss minaret vote had a great quote in it, from a Jamal-on-the-street interview in Turkey (the source of most Muslims in Switzerland):Cavid Aksin, an Istanbul metalworker, was angered that the referendum coincided with the end of one of the most important religious feasts in the Muslim calendar. "I think Turkey should have a referendum on whether to close down its churches," he said.You mean churches like Hagia Sophia? Or the Armenian Church of the Holy Cross? Or the Halki Seminary? After 1,400 years of closing down churches, the gall is unbelievable. National Review

I will not even talk about Saudi Arabia's treatment of Non Muslims comparing it with Switzerland, it will be damned insulting to Switzerland.

Saved the best for last, our neighbour Indonesian Government: Swiss Ban on New Minarets Unacceptable : The government on Tuesday expressed its disapproval of any action curbing rights of religious observance, specifically the Swiss referendum this week banning the construction of minarets.

Okay, you Indons, how about the following:

Indonesian Theology Students Withstand Threats, Illness JAKARTA, Indonesia, December 1 (CDN) — Some 1,000 seminary students are resisting efforts to evict them from the former municipal building of West Jakarta where they have taken refuge after Muslim protestors drove them from their campus last year. On Oct. 27 officials began ....Published in 2009

Seminary Students in Indonesia Evicted from Two Locations
JAKARTA, Indonesia, October 30 (CDN) — In the past week hundreds of students from Arastamar Evangelical Theological Seminary (SETIA) were evicted from two sites where they had taken refuge after Muslim protestors drove them from their campus last year. With about 700 students ....Published in 2009

Islamists Bully Villagers into Revoking Church Permit
JAKARTA, Indonesia, October 26 (CDN) — The regent of Purwakarta regency, West Java has revoked his decision to permit construction of a Catholic worship building in Cinanka village after Islamists threatened residents into withdrawing their approval of the project. Dedi Mulyadi on Oct. ....Published in 2009

This post would be very long, if I posted all of the Indon's intolerance, so just go to the site.

Makkal Sakthi Tajaan Najib Berpecah. Presiidennya Didesak Lepaskan Jawatan Segera

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 06:38 AM PST

Parti Makkal Sakti Malaysia, yang dilancarkan dua bulan lalu oleh Perdana Menteri, menuju perpecahan dengan kumpulan bertelagah mendesak Presidennya R S Thanenthiran melepaskan jawatannya dengan segera.

Kumpulan yang dipimpin oleh Timbalan Presiden A Vathemurthy yang mendakwa menerima sokongan lebih 15 daripada 27 anggota Jawankuasa Pusat (CC) tidak mahu Thanenthiran memimpin parti ini lagi.

"Kami mahu Thanenthiran melepaskan jawatan presiden dan tidak lagi memimpin parti. Usul untuk menyingkirkan sepatutnya dibincangkan hari ini tetapi mesyuarat CC dibatalkan minit terakhir, kami tidak tahu siapa di belakangnya," kata Vathemurthy pada sidang di sini sebentar tadi.

Mesyuarat CC yang dijadual membincangkan usul menggugurkan Thanenthiran sepatutnya bersidang malam ini.

Tetapi Setiausaha Agung R Kannan telah membatalkan notis mesyuarat tengah malam tadi.

Parti Makkal Sakti yang didaftarkan Mei tahun ini telah dilancarkan oleh Najib pada 10 Oktober lalu dan pernah dilihat sebagai sebuah parti politik alternatif untuk masyarakat India negara ini.

Bagaimanapun MIC telah memperlihatkan bantahan dengan mengatakan bahawa penubuhannya akan memecahbelahkan lagi masyarakat India yang pernah menyaksikan perpecahan teruk ketika pilihan raya umum Mac 2008.

Mengulas lanjut, Vathemurthy berkata majoriti anggota CC dan ahli akar umbi jelas sudah tiada keyakinan ke atas kepimpinan Thanenthiran.

"... dan merasakan bahawa kepimpinannya yang berterusan sebagai presiden adalah satu ancaman teruk kepada kestabilan, kemajuan dan masa depan bagi Parti Makkal Sakti Malaysia yang baru ditubuhkan dan bagi masyarakat India Malaysia secara keseluruhan," kata beliau pada sidang media di sini.

Seramai 12 daripada anggota CC yang beliau dakwa menyokongnya hadir pada sidang media hari ini.

Beliau menambah pihaknya amat kecewa kerana tanpa sebarang notis awal dan kelulusan, setiausaha agung secara unilateral telah membatalkan mesyuarat yang dijadual untuk diadakan mulai pukul 7.30 petang ini.

Mesyuarat itu dipanggil oleh kumpulan beliau dan awalnya telah mendapat kelulusan setiausaha agung.

Katanya, berdasarkan perlembagaan parti mesyuarat khas boleh diadakan jika empat anggota CC membuat permohonan dan perlu diadakan dalam tempoh tujuh hari.

"Kami telah mendapatkan nasihat perundangan dan percaya bahawa tindakan setiausaha agung (membatalkan mesyuarat CC pada minit-minit terakhir) adalah tidak sah dan tidak adil buat kami," katanya lagi.

Beliau mendakwa amalan tidak prihatin Thanenthiran dan gagal memperlihatkan kepimpinan yang efektif telah menyebabkan parti ini berpecah kepada dua.

"Beliau menguruskan parti ini macam hanya milik seorang individu dengan sokongan anggota keluarga dan saudara mara beliau sebagai anggota CC," katanya. Salah seorang adik Thanenthiran juga merupakan Naib Presiden parti.

Vathemurthy juga mendakwa Thanenthiran tidak telus dan tidak bertanggungjawab dalam soal kewangan.

"Sebagai contoh, apabila kami tanya beliau tentang jumlah wang yang telah dikumpulkan sejak parti ditubuhkan dan sumbernya, beliau tidak melayan pertanyaan kami dan mengatakan bahawa kami tidak wajar menanya perkara-perkara ini.

"Jadi di mana prinsip demokrasi dalam parti yang kita perjuangkan ini?" katanya.

Sehubungan itu beliau meminta agar Perdana Menteri dan semua pihak yang terbabit agar memutuskan segala urusan dengan Thanenthiran mulai sekarang.

"Oleh kerana isu ini memerlukan perhatian serius, kami akan menggunakan apa jua saluran untuk menyelamatkan parti ini," katanya.

Ketika ditanya mengenai tindakan susulannya, Vathemurthy berkata beliau akan memohon agar diadakan satu lagi mesyuarat khas CC dalam waktu terdekat.

"Kami akan memberikan mereka satu lagi peluang untuk membincangkan agenda ini (melucutkan kedudukan Thanenthiran).

"Kemudian kami akan bergerak dari sana," kata beliau sambil menambah akan memilih presiden baru daripada kalangan anggota CC semasa ataupun seorang dari luar parti.

Bagaimanapun beliau enggan mengulas lanjut tetapi menegaskan, calon itu bukan bekas Timbalan Presiden MIC Datuk S Subramaniam. -MI

Angkatan Pemuda Pakatan Rakyat Serah Rakaman P. Bala ke SPRM

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 05:30 AM PST

Angkatan Pemuda Pakatan Rakyat menyerahkan rakaman temuramah penyiasat kontroversi, P Balasubramaniam ke Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia Putrajaya petang tadi.

Ketika dihubungi TV Selangor, Ketua Angkatan Muda Keadilan Shamsul Iskandar Mohamad Akin berkata rakaman temubual ini adalah bukti jelas hubungan rapat Perdana Menteri Najib Abdul Razak dan wanita warga Mongolia, Altantuya Shaariibuu.

"Di dalam CD tersebut ada lebih kurang tujuh perkara yang telah diberikan fokus,dimana tujuh perkara itu telah saya simpulkan dan jadikan ia sebagai satu laporan rasmi terhadap SPRM. Antara yang penting ialah kita minta SPRM menyiasat terdapat usaha daripada pihak dato najib sendiri melalui agen agennya menawarkan wang sejumlah 5juta ringgit bagi mendorong balasubramaniam menarik balik akuan sumpah betarikh 1julai 2008", kata Shamsul.

Shaariibuugiin Altantuyaa mati dibunuh dua pengiring Najib pada Oktober 2006 di Shah Alam.

Mahkamah Tinggi Shah Alam menjatuhkan hukuman mati keatas Ketua Inspektor Azilah Hadri dan Korporal Sirul Azhar Umar, namun membebaskan pembantu Najib, Abdul Razak Baginda.

P. Bala mengundang kontroversi dengan akuan bersumpah yang mengaitkan Najib kepada pembunuhan Altantuya.

Bekas anggota Cawangan Khas yang diupah Abdul Razak Baginda untuk memantau gerak-geri Altantuya mendakwa pihak polis telah membuang maklumat perselingkuhan Najib dan wanita Mongol itu.

P. Bala menghilangkan diri bersama keluarga, sebelum muncul kembali tahun dan mendedahkan bahawa beliau telah dibawa lari ke India oleh kerajaan Malaysia.

Rakaman perbualan P Bala bersama 3 orang peguam membutirkan perencanaan menutup hubungan Najib-Altantuya dari terbongkar.

P Bala mendakwa beliau disogok RM5 juta ringgit untuk menarik balik akuan bersumpah itu oleh Deepak Jaikshnan, yang dikatakan rapat dengan isteri PM, Rosmah Mansor.

Tambah Shamsul lagi,"Terdapat keyakinan dan ulangan beberapa kali Balasubramaniam yang mengatakan beliau konsisten dengan pendirian affidavit yang pertama yang ditandatnagani pada 1julai 2008 itu,ia satu affidavit yang sah,yang mengzahirkan kepada seluruh rakyat Malaysia tentang hubungan rapat Dato Najib dengan perempuan Mongolia yang dibunuh itu iaitu Altantuya".

Sehubungan itu, Pemuda Pakatan Rakyat akan melipat-ganda tekanan terhadap Najib sehingga Perdana Menteri itu sendiri tampil membuat penjelasan terbuka kepada rakyat Malaysia.

Shamsul berkata jentera sayap pemuda PKR, Pas dan DAP akan mengadakan kempen melalui laman sosial Facebook, meraih sebanyak mana tandatangan rakyat menggesa inkuiri bebas diadakan bagi menyiasat skandal memalukan ini.

"Saya ingin mendesak perdana menteri dan saya ulangi petang tadi di hadapan pejabat SPRM supaya beliau tampil dan berikan pendirian beliau dan ulasan beliau memberi penjelasan dimana kita lihat ini ada kaitan dengan soal kepimpinan,ini memalukan Negara dan kerajaan", katanya lagi.

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Ronnie Kesal Hasutan Noh Omar

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 05:24 AM PST

Exco Selangor, Ronnie Liu, kesal dengan cubaan Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani, Datuk Seri Noh Omar menghasut penduduk berhubung perpindahan tokong dan rumah nelayan di Pasir Penambang, Kuala Selangor.

Ronnie berkata dakwaan Timbalan Pengerusi Umno Selangor Noh Omar bahawa kerajaan negeri mengugut untuk membatalkan projek pembinaan jeti di kawasan itu adalah tidak benar sama-sekali.

"Hari ini saya ingin menegaskan disini bahawa apa yang dikatakan oleh Menteri Pertanian, Datuk Noh Omar dimana dia kata negeri ataupun saya memberi satu amaran bahawa kita akan batalkan projek jeti di pasir Penambang di Kuala Selangor saya ingin menegaskan itu bahawa tidak benar sekali dan isu ni tidak langsung dibangkitkan apabila beliau berjumpa dengan saya di Pasir Penampang"katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita pada sidang media selepas Mesyuarat Mingguan Exco di Bangunan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri(SUK) hari ini.

Pada tahun 2006, pihak LKIM mengambil-alih tapak kediaman dua keluarga berkenaan dan Tokong Sei Ling bagi tujuan pembinaan, dan digantikan dengan tapak baru seluas 1,093 ekar kepada pihak tokong.

Kerajaan Negeri Pakatan Rakyat bagaimanapun berpendapat tapak kediaman baru yang disediakan untuk dua keluarga berkenaan terletak terlalu hampir dengan kawasan tokong, lantas digantikan dengan tapak yang baru.

"Kita akan mementingkan interest dan kepentingan kedua-dua pihak sebab kerajaan negeri ada hak, ada kuasa untuk mencari tanah dan juga cara penyelesaian yang paling baik.

"Kita minta Noh Omar janganlah, ikutlah undang-undang dan kes ini boleh diselesaikanlah. Dan kita harap pihak tokong dan juga pihak penduduk terlibat boleh bertenang dan bersabar dan kita akan cari satu penyelesaian", katanya.

Terdahulu, Ronnie Liu dan Noh Omar bertegang leher dalam satu sedi dialog mengenai isu pemberian tanah kepada dua keluarga yang terbabit dalam projek pembinaan jeti Lembaga Kemajuan Ikan Malaysia, Ahad lalu.

Di sesi dialog berkenaan Ronnie mendakwa Noh membawa pengikut untuk membuat kacau dalam sesi itu ketika kerajaan negeri cuba memberi penerangan kepada penduduk.

"Dia batu api, dia yang menjemput saya tetapi cara dia tidak betul dengan memanggil semua kawan dia membawa bendera BN dan meminta mereka membuat bising. Setiap kali kita memberi penjelasan orang dia buat kacau,"katanya. -TVS

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MB N9, Isteri Menteri Kanan Terbabit Seludup Wang Negara

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 04:50 AM PST

Skandal dakwaan Menteri Besar Negeri Sembilan Mohamad Hassan menyeludup keluar RM10 juta ringgit wang negara adalah sekelumit dari ratusan kes sedemikian rupa.

Ahli Parlimen Batu Tian Chua berkata Bank Negara mengesahkan 114 kes penyaluran wang secara haram berjaya dikesan bank pusat itu sejak 2006.

Walaubagaimanapun butiran penyeludupan wang ini dirahsiakan dari pengetahuan awam.
Menurut Tian, beliau menerima maklumat ada dua kes membabitkan isteri seorang menteri kanan dan seorang bekas menteri.

"Sebenarnya dalam rekod yang didapati oleh saya, di antara 2006 sehingga 2009, seperti dalam jadual yang ditunjukkan, sebanyak 114 pengiriman tidak mematuhi syarat telah berlaku. 114 kes tetapi sehingga ke hari ini, hanya 1 kes sahaja yang diambil tindakan manakala yang lain seolah-olah tidak siasatan lanjutan dilakukan".

Tian bagaimanapun enggan mendedahkan maklumat dalam tangannya sehingga Bank Negara selesai menyiasat skandal ini.

"Di sini saya ingin mendesak Bank Negara mengambil siasatan yang adil dan tegas dalam kes-kes yang berkenaan". -TVS

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DAP Perak Mohon Maaf Isu Pijak Gambar Adun

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 04:34 AM PST

Akibat dikecam pelbagai pihak, DAP Perak Rabu memohon maaf kepada rakyat Malaysia yang tersinggung dengan perbuatan beberapa pemimpin parti itu memijak poster wajah tiga anggota Bebas Dewan Undangan Negeri Perak pada Ahad lepas, lapor Bernama.

Sambil mengakui perbuatan itu satu kesalahan, Setiausaha DAP Perak, Nga Kor Ming berharap isu berkenaan akan dapat diselesaikan secepat mungkin.

Bercakap kepada pemberita di lobi Parlimen hari ini, Nga yang juga Anggota Parlimen Taiping, berkata parti itu bagaimanapun tidak akan mengambil tindakan terhadap tiga anggotanya yang meletakkan poster itu di pintu masuk ke konvensyen parti itu.

Pada konvensyen DAP Perak Ahad lepas, poster yang memaparkan wajah Hee Yit Fong (Jelapang), Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi (Behrang) dan Mohd Osman Jailu (Changkat Jering) diletakkan di pintu masuk bertujuan agar perwakilan yang menghadiri konvensyen itu memijak gambar mereka.

Hee sebelum ini adalah daripada DAP manakala Jamaluddin dan Mohd Osman adalah daripada Parti Keadilan Rakyat.

Ulasan GB

Sikap mahu mengakui kesilapan dan lantas meminta maaf adalah satu langkah mulia yang seharusnya diberikan pujian.

DAP Perak telah melakukan atu tindakan yang akan meningkat imejnya di mata rakyat Perak.

Biar Pemuda UMNO Pulau Pinang masih berdegil dengan hal pembakaran poster KM Pulau Pinang. Rakyat dapat mengenal yang mana benar-benar keras kepala dan samseng di dalam politik tanahair.

Rakyat Sokong BTN Dirombak

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 04:41 AM PST

Keputusan kabinet untuk merombak semula kursus Biro Tata Negara (BTN) mendapat reaksi positif rakyat Selangor.

Mereka ketika di temui TvSelangor menyokong keputusan itu kerana dilihat BTN selama ini satu program yang meracuni pemikiran rakyat dengan menggunakan sentimen Melayu.

Muhamad Nazirul Fikri berpendapat rombakan ini wajar dilakukan jika Perdana Menteri Najib Razak mahu formula perpaduannya, 1Malaysia tercapai.

"Kalau ikut pendapat saya sebenarnya saya sokong. Sebab yang kita tahu program tuh lebih kepada perkauman.Perdana Menteri Najib pun cakap nak bentuk gagasan satu Malaysia".

"Dari persepsi lain, benda tu memang kena rombak la.sebab kalau kita tengok memang banyak kaum la.Cina,India,Melayu,orang asli.Benda tu lebih banyak negatif dari positif, rombak untuk tengok dari sudut yang positif",tambah beliau lagi.

Bagi Norfara Liyana Norslee pula, rombakan yang akan dibuat itu adalah terbaik bagi menggambarkan Malaysia sebuah Negara demokrasi dan lambang perpaduan.

"Kalau kita rombak tu maknanya kita nak suruh rakyat bersatu padu,dari Melayu,cina,india semua.kalau kita amalkan perkauman bila nak maju dan bersaing dengan Negara lain.Lagipun Negara kita mengamalkan sistem demokrasi".

"Bagi saya pemikiran masyarakat sekarang lebih terbuka.Tidak boleh disekat sesuka hati.Diorang lebih open minded terhadap benda macam ni.memang patut dirombak",kata Norsyazwani Mohamad.

Manakala,bagi Mishati Misdi,yang pernah mengikuti program tersebut, beliau menyokong penuh rombakan tersebut asalkan modul yang menyentuh semangat patriotisma dikekalkan.

"Kalau nak penambahbaikan untuk merubah apa yang sedia ada ok.Tapi kalau nak merombak untuk kurangkan apa yang sedia ada rasanya tak perlu la". -TVS

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35th Anniversary Hello Kitty Design History

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 04:20 AM PST

Japanese pop culture icon Hello Kitty celebrates her 35th birthday in 2009. And Sanrio has released a video of its design history over the years for the character that charmed the world with its overloaded cuteness…

35th Anniversary Hello Kitty Design History from YeinJee's Asian Journal

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Sex for all ages

Posted: 01 Dec 2009 06:58 PM PST

The Office of Alicante is investigating the holding of a biker party in the province of Alicante Pilar de la Horadada that ended with a peep show, strip included in the presence of several children.

The party in question, organized by the Moto Club 12 +1, Was held on November 15 and had oversight and grant the City Council who gave a tent for the event.

"The ninth edition of Lunch motorcyclists who recently conducted the Moto Club pilareño Horadada 12 +1 gathered in the hall tent enclosure Andres Murcia Widows Park more than three thousand fans to the two wheels. A day filled with gifts and no surprises in the musical atmosphere lacked the drawings as well as various gifts and the expected performance of the go-go dancers"Reported the website of the City Council last week.

The "expected go-go dancers" danced in public, stripped down and up staged the show with a volunteer who stopped playing and stripping two feet of several girls who watched the show.

The Office investigates a possible crime of indecent exposure or sexual provocation and City Hall, severely criticized by the opposition, deck remove subsidies for future editions of the event. Meanwhile, the company which organized the festival, the Moto Club 12 +1, recalls that it has received complaints from their guests.

"All the children who went to the exhibition were accompanied by their parents and when the girls were doing the striptease was announced over the loudspeaker. The responsibility of a child's parent"Says one participant.


Declassify the landslide report, residents tell gov't - nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar

Posted: 01 Dec 2009 09:16 PM PST

Residents of Bukit Antarabangsa add to the chorus of calls to release landslide report so that safety options can be considered.

A resident, Dr Mohd Rafick Abdul Rahman who was visibly upset, made an emotional plea to the government to declassify the report and said it would help change their lives drastically and said, "When we wake up in the morning and go to work, we worry about their safety, especially whenever it rains...I don't understand why politics is causing havoc to our lives."

Malaysian PR: The Catch

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 02:17 AM PST

I'm on fire today! Two very productive calls to Malaysian government departments — both conducted completely in Malay (yay for fluency!) — and look at this, two blog posts. After my conversation with a surprisingly friendly and helpful officer at the National Registration Department, I called the Immigration Department to see if I could get some more information about the government's recently-unveiled plans to give PR status to foreign spouses of Malaysian citizens. The extension listed on an Immigration document I have at home was wrong, so I got some lady in the Student Visa section who had obviously been sleeping when the phone rang. She drowsily sent me back to the main switchboard, and I was finally connected to someone in the Entry Permit Section.

Now, I'm pleased with my fluency in Malay — at least it's better than a few years ago, when the prospect of speaking Malay on the phone scared the hell out of me — but I have to admit I didn't understand this guy as well as the guy at the National Registration Department. I think maybe my fluency diminishes as my morning coffee wears off. But I did manage to ask him all the questions I had, and I did get fairly comprehensible answers to those questions. Just for the record, if I didn't understand something he said, I asked him to repeat and/or clarify. So here's what he told me:

The good news is, eligible foreign spouses can apply for PR immediately. The Immigration officer said I could go and get the forms tomorrow morning if I want. However, here's the catch: even under the new initiative recently unveiled as part of next year's budget, foreign spouses will have to wait six years before they're eligible for PR. That is, if you're married to a Malaysian and you want PR status, you'll need to have lived here for at least six consecutive years, during which you were either under the now-defunct Spouse Programme or an equivalent.

Is anyone really surprised that there's a catch? I'm certainly not. That's Malaysia. There is a bit of hope though, as the officer said time already spent in Malaysia before this new initiative does count, even the years I spent under the old Spouse Programme. That contradicts what I was told on my last visit to Immigration, which was basically that I still have to wait six years because the Spouse Programme's replacement is new and I'm starting from scratch. I really, really hope the new initiative means my previous visas count, because that would mean I really could apply for PR right away. But again, I have to look at this with a skeptic's eye and assume there's a big chance they'll tell me I can only apply in 2015, six years from the time I got my current pass. I'm sure they'll find a way to make me start from zero, because they've done it several times already.

For foreign spouses who just got here, or are about to move here: you'll definitely be waiting a while for your PR.

So that's it, straight from the source. If I get any more information, I'll be sure to share it here in my blog.

Some Information About Malaysian Birth Certificates and ‘Official’ Ancestry

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 01:26 AM PST

Some of you may know by now that Leen and I are expecting our second child (you can call him A2 for now) sometime in March. That means I'll be doing all that baby stuff again, which includes not only sleepless nights (woohoo, can't wait) but also a visit to the National Registration Department to get our child a birth certificate. I blogged about the registration of Alisdair's birth here. If you don't want to read that post, here's a summary: the form asked for both my keturunan and Leen's; since keturunan means ancestry and my ancestors migrated to Canada from Scotland, England, France, and Ireland, I put European on the form. Traditionally, children in Malaysia (at least in the dominant Malay culture) have taken on the ethnicity, religion, etc. of their fathers. So technically, at least according to his birth certificate, Alisdair is not Malay but European.

As someone who's interested in culture, history, and genealogy — and as someone who spends way too much time thinking about things when most people would have just moved on — I've spent the last few years wondering about the choice I made that day, identifying myself and my son as European. After all, he's never been to Europe, and the only time I've ever been there was a brief transit through Stockholm on my last trip home in 2005. I suppose if I had to choose just one population to identify with in terms of ancestry, I'd just go along with what the MacVays have been identifying themselves as for several hundred years: Scottish. But I went with European anyway, since it's also technically true. I certainly wasn't going to go with Caucasian or White or anything like that.

Well, it turns out European is exactly what the Malaysian government considers my ancestry to be; the National Registration Department would have put that into their system even if I had put Scottish or Canadian (which one could argue is a good label for my ancestry, though it's more accurately my nationality) on the form. I know that because fellow blogger Bin Gregory recently visited the NRD/JPN to register his youngest son (his seventh child, I believe). Here's what he told me:

JPN has redesigned their birth certificates again. For the first time, the race of the child is listed right on the cert. As you know, in the past it listed the race of the mother and father but not the kid, leaving the child's race undetermined. Well not anymore - the kid takes the father's race and now I have my first official European child, haha, though in fact the JPN told me all my kids are in the computer as Euro. Just thought I'd tell ya, in case you were as confused as I was about it. I asked to be listed as American, but that's not a recognized category, apparently. I don't suppose Canadian is either. :-)

So I guess I made the right choice in identifying myself as European, since that's what all 'white' parents of Malaysian children are labeled with anyway. But Bin Gregory's experience did leave me somewhat confused. When I registered Alisdair's birth I already suspected that the lack of space for his keturunan on the form meant his would just follow mine, but I was never really sure. Leen and I always assumed — or rather hoped — that the lack of an official keturunan for Al meant we could get away with identifying him as Malay. But again, we were never sure. With this new information, it seemed we had our answer: all 'white' parents are European by default; children inherit the keturunan of their fathers by default; therefore, Alisdair is officially European, not Malay. OK, fair enough (he's still got bumiputera status anyway, by virtue of having one Malay parent), but I needed to be sure. So I went straight to the source.

Today I called the National Registration Department and asked someone there the following questions: 1) Do all 'white' parents of Malaysian children have European as their keturunan? 2) Do children automatically follow their fathers? 3) If a child's ancestry is European, does that mean the child is officially non-Malay, even if the child's mother is Malay?

1) According to the friendly officer who spoke with me (I didn't get his name because I'm really horrible at remembering to ask for names like that, and even worse at remembering them), yes, all 'white' parents of Malaysian children are automatically European. It doesn't matter what they enter for their keturunan, because in the department's system they're on file as European. That's why Bin Gregory was told all of his children were in the system as European, even though that's not what he'd listed as his ancestry. Whether you're American, Canadian, or actually one of the various flavours of European, you're European to the Malaysian government. As long as you're 'white' anyway. Asian ancestries are broken down (Malay, Chinese, Indian, etc.) but those from outside Asia are put into larger groupings. So if you're American, Canadian, European or whatever, and you happen to be black, well then your ancestry will probably be in the system here as African (though that's just an assumption, since I didn't specifically ask about non-white foreigners).

2) Yes, children automatically follow their fathers. So if my ancestry is European, my children are considered European as well. However, that's just the default. For more information on that, let's look at the answer to the next question.

3) Yes, if the father's ancestry is European, and the child is officially European as well, then the child is not Malay. Bumiputera, yes, but not Malay. However, like I said above, that's just the default. This is where the reasoning for specifying the child's keturunan on the birth certificate comes in: parents can now choose to have their children be officially identified with either of their ancestries. So when our next child is born, I'll be European, Leen will be Malay, and A2 can be either one. I'm not completely comfortable with this, as I would prefer to have both lineages count towards his ancestry (even if that meant he would be put into the system as Eurasian). But it's good news for anyone who really wants their kids to be 'officially' Malay. We're still undecided. I mean, Al (along with his future adik) is for all intents and purposes Malay, no matter what label the government puts on him; plus, like I said, he's also a bumiputera, which will come in handy. What we need to figure out is whether or not there's any real advantage to being not just Bumiputera but a Malay Bumiputera. Being a Muslim and a Bumiputera should mean our kids will have plenty of opportunities and privileges even if they're not technically Malay (opportunities and privileges which ideally all Malaysians would enjoy, but I'm thinking as a parent here).

But there's a catch: children born before the introduction of the new birth certificate are considered to be of whatever ancestry their fathers are; to change the official ancestry of a child born before the new birth cert came out, parents have to apply to the National Registration Department. The officer I spoke to reminded me that there's no guarantee such applications will be approved. So it's quite possible that if we choose to register A2 as Malay, we'll have one European kid and one Malay kid, even though both have the same parents. That would be a bit strange.

Two Little Ducks

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 02:24 AM PST

Two ducks swimming at Sentul Park
Two ducks swimming at Sentul Park.
Photo by Wuan.

There were at least 200 of us, Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts and Girl Guides, forming a horeshoe around the bonfire. The healthy flames rose four or five feet. The bakau wood popped and crackled. From where I was standing, I could feel the heat on my face. We were all basked in a glow of orange, singing and clapping merrily. That is what I remember most about my Scouting days.

Until today, I can still sing some of those songs that we sang during Jamborees, JOTA (Jamboree On The Air) campfires and gatherings. These events were organised by the various Scout troops Girl Guide companies in the disctrict. Among the songs that have stuck in my mind are Ging Gang Goolie, Brownsea Island, Millipede Dance and This Little Scouting Light.

The ducks at Sentul Park reminded me of my favourite campfire songs – Two Little Ducks. It is an action song. We would all walk in Indian file mimicking the actions in the lyrics. Those we the days. How I miss them so. At one stage, I spent so much time in Scouting activities that Dad became worried that I was neglecting my studies. He was right. I did not do that well in SPM. Still, I have no regrets. Those were the best days of my schooling life.

Two Little Ducks

Two little ducks that I once knew
Fat one, skinny one, two by two
But the one little duck with a feather on his back
He ruled the others with a quack quack quack

Down by the river he would go
Wiggle waggle wiggle waggle two by two
But the one little duck with a feather on his back
He ruled the others with a quack quack.

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Dr. M Dapat Lihat Sendiri Kemusnahannya Seperti Didoakan Almarhum Ust Fadzil Noor

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 01:11 AM PST

Kini Mahathir baru terkejut dengan apa yang telah terjadi kepada UMNO dan ahli serta para pemimpinnya. Harakahdaily menyiarkan berita bahawa Mahathir berkata "UMNO kini busuk hingga ke ususnya".

Ketika ramai di kalangan kita tidak hairan dan terkejut dengan apa yang kini telah menimpa UMNO, mungkin kita terkejut kerana Mahathir baru terkejut.

Suatu masa dahulu ketika Dr. M menerajui UMNO, Shahnon Ahmad pernah memperkatakan tentang kebusukkan apa yang ada di dalam usus UMNO, ramai pemimpin dan ahli UMNO menentang dan marah. Kemarahan mereka dibawa hingga ke dalam teks khutbah Jumaat (di seluruh masjid negeri Selangor ketika itu).

Apakah ini seperti yang pernah IB sebut sebelum ini – Al-Marhum Ustaz Fadzil Doa Mahathir Dipanjang Umur … ?

Namun kemusnahan yang dialami UMNO kini berpunca tidak lain dari Mahathir sendiri. Dalam era pemerintahannya yang hampir suku abad itu telah sedikit demi sedikit merosakkan UMNO dari sistem hingga ke orang-orangnya sekali. Kemusnahan ini tidak terbendung di dalam UMNO sahaja malah wabak ini berjangkit hingga ke parti-parti komponen BN yang lain dengan apa yang kita dapat lihat hari ini.

Malangnya bagi negara kita, kerana kekuasaan BN dan kekuatan mereka, kemusnahan ini turut terkesan kepada kita semua rakyat yang biasa hinggakan boleh juga kita lihat tercerna pengaruhnya di dalam pemikiran sesetengah ahli dan pimpinan parti lawan (yang mungkin sebelum ini mereka pernah bergelumang dalam UMNO dan terikut-ikut dengan budaya sana) – dan PAS pun terkesan sama.

Mungkin ini menjadi suatu cerminan untuk pemimpin PAS memerhati perilaku dan budaya kita supaya tidak terikut-ikut kemusnahan yang dilalui UMNO. -IbrahimBaba

Al-Marhum Ustaz Fadzil Doa Mahathir Dipanjang Umur …

Dalam perjalanan untuk hadir ke satu majlis pada tahun 2000, Al-Marhum Ustaz Fadzil Noor pernah berkata kepada kami dalam kereta yang dipandu IB sendiri ketika itu, bahawa beliau mendoakan agar Mahathir dipanjangkan umur untuk melihat kemusnahan yang telah dilakukannya sendiri.

Apakah kini doa Al-Marhum mantan Presiden PAS itu dimakbulkan satu demi satu?

Kemusnahan institusi kehakiman, kerosakan akhlak remaja [dan orang-orang tua pun!], kebejatan sosial, rasuah berleluasa, asas ekonomi yang mula goyah … sebahagian besarnya ini adalah hasil tangan Mahathir sendiri. Kebanyakan rungutan yang Mahathir luah kini adalah berpangkal dari Mahathir sendiri. Pak Lah mungkin sebagai perlengkap sahaja.

Saban hari, satu demi satu isu dan pelbagai pembongkaran dihebahkan di dada akhbar dan lain-lain media untuk dihukumkan oleh masyarakat. Kini Mahathir seolah-olah sedang dibicarakan oleh rakyat umum. Walaupun Mahathir tetap menjawab namun suara-suara yang dulu pernah dikunci beliau sudah tidak lagi menikus dengannya. Tidak mungkin mampu Mahathir membela dirinya untuk segala tuduhan dan isu yang dilodehkan oleh mereka yang pernah berada di sekeliling beliau ketika berkuasa selama lebih 22 tahun.

Mereka yang dulu mendiam diri kini bangkit berani bersuara.

Senarai "pendakwa raya" "perbicaraan rakyat" Mahathir panjang dan kini bertambah setiap hari [tidak mungkin IB boleh lengkapkan senarai yang kian bertambah itu]. Pak Lah yang sebelum ini hanya sekadar menepis pelbagai tuduhan Mahathir kini telah kian lantang membongkar pula pelbagai dakwaan terhadap Mahathir.

Walaupun ada yang menyebelahi Mahathir dalam krisis kini untuk menjadi "peguam bela" namun ramai dari "peguam bela" ini sendiri turut terbabit dalam pelbagai kes yang dibongkar itu. Dan mereka ini adalah sebenarnya antara barisan "saksi" utama dalam "perbicaraan rakyat" ini.

Dalam membela dirinya, Mahathir turut, tanpa disedarinya sendiri, membongkarkan pelbagai perkara yang sebelum ini rakyat umum tidak tahu. Betul atau tidak kata-kata Mahathir itu dalam keadaan beliau tersempit – banyak yang kita boleh persoalkan. Sememangnya persaksian orang-orang seperti Mahathir ditolak dalam Al-Qur'an.

Apabila seseorang berbohong dia akan berbohong lagi untuk menutup pembohongan lamanya [when you compound a lie, you compounded the consequences]. Dan dia akan terus dengan pembohongan demi pembohongan. -IbrahimBaba

Mutated Virus in blog communities

Posted: 01 Dec 2009 08:00 PM PST

Recently there is a mutated virus from H1N1 spread within the blog communities... what virus is that? hehehe... it's H10N10.

As of Dec 2nd 2009, i observed that the H10N10 virus has slowly disappeared... everything was back to normal. will another wave is coming to hit us soon? or H10N10 just totally disappear from the blog communities which we could celebrate?... Anyhow, preventive is always better than cure said all the doctors out there... Ooops, is there a cure for H10N10?... maybe we should ask the very first person that spread the H10N10, he might be able to help the communities.

So what is H10N10 exactly?

The H10N10 was discovered among Malaysia bloggers. This virus has been seen lots of the blogs... i have no idea how many percent of the bloggers have infected by this virus. No idea of who is the very first person that bringing this virus to the communities... Maybe some of you can help to answer this questions :)

The symptoms of H10N10 is that infected person click into the blog entry and leave multiple comment back to back... the number of comment usually is 3 and above... Besides, the H10N10 infected person will also get so excited whenever they were the 1st to comment and just leave "1st" in comment as the 1st commenter in the list followed by his or her list of comments back to back.

Now you know what is H10N10...
Do you have this symptoms?
Are you infected by this virus?
How to Cure? Ask the Very first person

Buddies 1 Malaysia Night

Posted: 02 Dec 2009 02:25 AM PST

1st December 2009 - World AIDS Day.

Our programme for this year's World AIDS Day is scheduled to be on Sunday 6th December. But we usually have our own internal activities on Tuesday nights, be it meetings or fellowship gatherings, and last night we had our fellowship night to coincide with World AIDS Day. We call it the Buddies 1 Malaysia Night - to celebrate all the major festivities in Malaysia - Raya (both), Deepavali, Christmas, New Year etc. Our decor, although simple, covers all the festivities... there's even a small Christmas tree at the corner!
The guitar was not only for decor, but used later for live entertainment.

It was just a simple affair held at our centre, and just to make it slightly more interesting, we fixed a theme. The last fellowship night we had 2 years ago, it was Sarong Night. This time we opted for Fancy Headgear. So how did I end up? Well, let's just say I used the same thing I used the last time ie the sarong, and used it as a headgear instead! Oh, I took the liberty to find a sarong which matches my baju and tudung!
Me in striking colour so as not to be mistaken as a Taliban!

I brought along the small scarf we got as souvenir during the opening of ICAAP in Bali in August, in case somebody decided to come without wearing any headgear. We wanted to make it a point that we meant what we said that everyone MUST come in a headgear. Well, not one, but three of the volunteers came without any headgears! My spare Bali scarf went to the first guy who came without any headgear, so he tied the scarf around his head. As for the other two ladies who came without headgears, well, we used the leftovers of our decors and decorated their heads instead!!

14 volunteers turned up out of the 20 over volunteers that we have. And oh, our patron turned up too, bringing along some food as well (including some nice big prawns) to add to whatever we already had on our menu - putumayam, mutton curry, satay, mee goreng, and some desserts including the yummy mango cake.

Our OC cum Santa Klost (he's always "lost", thus the change of spelling) cum guitarist cum singer for the night.

The yummylicious mango cake.

Buddies in their headgears!

OK, you've seen the pics... guess who won the prize for best headgear? No prizes for the correct answer though...

Jangan Angkuh, Amaran PPP Kepada Murugiah

Posted: 01 Dec 2009 11:33 PM PST

Parti Progresif Penduduk (PPP) memberi kata dua kepada Senator Datuk T. Murugiah, yang enggan tunduk kepada desakan melepaskan jawatan timbalan menteri walaupun telah dipecat enam bulan lalu, agar jangan bersikap degil dan angkuh.

"Saya member nasihat di sini, janganlah terlalu degil dan angkuh. Buat sahajalah kerja sebagai timbalan menteri, janganlah pandai-pandai mahu cari pasal dengan PPP," kata Ketua Penerangan PPP A. Chandrakumanan dalam satu kenyataan.

PPP mengeluarkan reaksi terbaru ini ekoran pendirian Murugiah (gambar) bahawa beliau tidak akan melepaskan jawatannya dalam tempoh 14 hari yang diberikan oleh Presiden PPP Datuk M. Kayveas kelmarin.

Murugiah menyerang bekas bosnya sambil mempersoalkan "siapakah dia Datuk M. Kayveas yang mahu keluarkan notis" memintanya agar mengosongkan jawatan timbalan mentri dalam 14 hari.

"Datuk M. Kayveas tidak layak untuk meminta saya meletakkan jawatan sebagai timbalan mentri," tegas Murugiah.

"Ini jawatan kerajaan yang pelantikannya dibuat oleh Perdana Menteri. Ini bukan jawatan parti. Oleh itu, nampaknya Kayveas tidak menghormati keputusan Perdana Menteri," kata beliau kepada The Malaysian Insider kelmarin.

Sehubungan itu, Chandrakumanan memberitahu beliau juga hairan dengan kenyataan Murugiah yang boleh mengatakan bahawa Kayveas tidak ada kuasa untuk mendesaknya meletak jawatan sebagai Timbalan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri.

"Sebab jawatan ini dipikul oleh beliau melalui PPP. Jadi mengikut artikel 6.10 Perlembagaan parti, beliau harus meletak jawatannya kerana beliau bukan lagi ahli PPP.

"Tak perlu jadi Peguam Negara untuk hantar notis... budak pejabat pun boleh hantar notis ini kepada timbalan menteri yang degil dan sombong ini.

"Selalu dia mengunakan nama Perdana Menteri, memang PPP tahu bahawa jawatan ini dilantik oleh Perdana Menteri dan kerajaan, tetapi dia perlu tahu macam mana kerajaan beri jawatan ini kepada beliau, bukan kerana Murugiah tetapi untuk PPP sebagai parti komponen Barisan Nasional.

"Jadi melalui PPP dia memikul jawatan ini, dia tak harus lupakan ini," katanya lagi.

Sehubungan itu, Chandrakumanan memberitahu PPP juga mahu Najib mengambil satu tindakan wajar dengan segera terhadap Murugiah sebab mengikut perlembagaan parti, beliau tidak boleh memegang sebarang jawatan kerajaan kerana bukan lagi ahli parti.

"Perdana Menteri juga harus mengambil tindakan ini dengan segara kerana kerap kali Murugiah membuat kenyataan dan berkata Perdana Menteri menyokong beliau, perkara seperti ini tidak baik untuk Barisan Nasional," katanya lagi. -MI


Posted: 01 Dec 2009 08:02 PM PST

我欢迎雪州政府最近所作出的果敢决定——停止派送州政府机构公务员接受国家干训局的洗脑活动。雪州民联青年团议员在上次州议会结束后曾经召开记者招待会,呼吁雪州政府立即停止派遣公务员前往国家干训局(Biro Tata Negara,简称BTN)接受训练。州政府在上周三的行政会议后也回应雪州民联青年团的呼吁,立即下令州内各公务员,以及州政府管辖的大专院校停止派遣公务员和大专生参与国家干训局的任何训练。大家应该知道,大马各族群之间的关系在近50年以来正处于最脆弱的阶段。不幸的,大马的民事服务是其中一个,因为我国建国将近半个世纪以来,公共服务渐渐被视为"马来人的民事服务",而非"马来西亚人的民事服务"。为何这会发生?其中一个原因就是国家干训局长期向公务员灌输单一族群之上的狭隘思维所致。这并非是媒体第一次报道这类事件。过去,各媒体曾经报导及谴责国家干训局(Biro Tata Negara,简称BTN)

3 Hakim Ditukar Secara Mengejut?

Posted: 01 Dec 2009 10:14 PM PST

Sistem kehakiman negara ini makin hilang kredibiliti apabila tiga hakim Mahkamah Tinggi yang berpengalaman serta berpegang kepada prinsip keadilan dan bebas dipindahkan secara mengejut dipercayai bermotifkan politik.

Menurut sumber badan kehakiman, tiga hakim berkenaan adalah Datuk Alizatul Khair Osman Khairuddin, Lau Bee Lan dan Mohamad Ariff Md Yusoff.

Hakim Alizatul Khair Osman, dalam penghakiman terbarunya menolak rayuan Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya (SPR) untuk menangguh keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi yang mengiystiharkan DUN Kota Seputih sebagai kosong dan kes Anwar Ibrahim, Bee Lan pula dengan kes Krisis Perlembagaan Perak manakala Mohamad Ariff dengan kes Anwar Ibrahim.

Tiga hakim berkenaan sebelum ini mengendalikan Mahkamah Tinggi bahagian Rayuan dan Kuasa-Kuasa Khas, Kuala Lumpur.

Tindakan ini dilihat sebagai usaha Barisan Nasional untuk membersihkan "pengacau" kepada usaha parti pemerintah itu memastikan kemenangan dalam kes-kes yang membabitkan kepentingan mereka.

Mulai Disember, mereka tidak lagi akan terbabit dalam kes politik kerana ditukarkan ke bahagian Mahkamah Dagang.

Akhbar rasmi PKR, Suara Keadilan edisi terbaru 30 November dipetik melaporkan pemindahan itu dilihat sebagai usaha Umno-BN menguatkan cengkamannya ke atas badan kehakiman dengan "membekukan" saki-baki hakim yang bertindak secara adil dan bebas dari telunjuk mana-mana pihak.

Sebagai ganti, parti itu mendalangi pemindahan hakim yang pro-Umno-BN. Antara hakim baru yang akan bertugas di Bahagian Rayuan ialah Datuk Mohamed Apandi Ali, bekas Bendahari Umno Kelantan sebelum beliau dilantik sebagai Pesuruhjaya Kehakiman pada 2003.

Peguam kanan Edmund Bon yang diminta mengulas mengenai pemindahan tiga hakim berkenaan, berkata beliau dan rakat sejawatan pelik dengan tindakan itu.

"Ketiga-tiga hakim berkenaan tidak pernah menjadi sasaran aduan atau rungutan daripada mana-mana pengamal undang-undang sepanjang perkhidmatan mereka di bahagian Rayuan dan Kuasa-Kuasa Khas.

"Apakah kriteria objektif yang digunakan untuk menukar mereka ke bahagian lain kerana tempoh perkhidmatan mereka hanya baru antara satu hingga lima tahun sahaja?" tanya Edmund.

Edmund berkata tanpa alasan lojik, pertukaran itu akan menimbulkan persepsi bahawa ada unsur politik di sebalik tindakan itu.

"Pertukaran mereka juga akan meningkatkan jumlah kes tertunggak kerana hakim baru terpaksa meneliti semula semua dokumen untuk memahami kes-kes yang diwarisinya.

"Jadi kalau hakim ditukar sesuka hati sudah tentu KPI badan kehakiman pun akan terjejas. Prinsip keadilan juga mesti ditegakkan walaupun dalam bidang pentadbiran badan kehakiman ," kata beliau lagi.

Pada 16 November lalu Alizatul adalah hakim yang mengisytiharkan kerusi DUN Kota Siputeh kosong selepas penyandangnya Datuk Abu Hassan Sarif tidak menghadiri dua persidangan DUN tahun ini.

Sebelum itu hakim yang sama memutuskan untuk menolak permohonan Ketua Umum Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Datuk Seri Anwar untuk mendapatkan kebenaran semakan kehakiman bagi melucutkan kelayakan seluruh pasukan pendakwaan dalam kes liwat terhadap bekas pembantunya.

Bagaimanapun Hakim Alizatul menasihati Anwar mengemukakan kes itu di Mahkamah Tinggi Jenayah dan bukannya di mahkamah beliau.

Hakim Lau dilihat bertindak berani dalam memutuskan Speaker Perak V. Sivakumar dari Pakatan Rakyat dan enam orang lagi mempunyai hak mencabar keputusan Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya untuk tidak mengadakan pilihan raya kecil bagi tiga kerusi DUN di Perak.

Keputusan itu membolehkan Pakatan Rakyat terus mencabar kesahihan kerajaan negeri Barisan Nasional menerusi proses undang-undang.

Hakim Mohamad Ariff pula memutuskan mahkamah tidak ada kuasa untuk mencabar keputusan Speaker Dewan Rakyat berhubung penggantungan 12 bulan ke atas Ahli Parlimen Puchong, Gobind Singh Deo.

Namun beliau menempelak tindakan Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia membekukan gaji dan elaun Gobind, dan mengarahkan enoulmen Ahli Parlimen itu di pulihkan seperti biasa.

Pada 25 Mac lalu, Mohamad Ariff juga menarik diri daripada mendengar saman Menteri Besar Pakatan Rakyat Perak, Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin terhadap Menteri besar lantikan Umno, Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.

Beliau sanggup bertindak demikian bagi mengelakkan persepsi negatif memandangkan beliau bekas ahli PAS dan penasihat undang-undang parti dalam beberapa petisyen pilihan raya sebelum menjadi Pesuruhjaya Kehakiman.

Menurut Edmund, antara fungsi Mahkamah Tinggi Rayuan dan Kuasa-Kuasa Khas ialah mendengar semua kes semakan kehakiman yang berkaitan Perlembagaan Negara dan undang-undang pentadbiran yang mempunyai kepentingan awam.

Ini termasuk kes yang melibatkan kementerian, agensi dan jabatan kerajaan serta badan berkanun seperti SPR, Suruhan Jaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia dan Polis Di Raja Malaysia.

"Bahagian ini amat penting kerana ia mengendalikan kes-kes yang mempunyai hubung kait politik," kata Edmund.

Justeru, campurtangan politik akan memastikan pelantikan hakim-hakim di bahagian berkenaan harus disesuaikan dengan kepentingan pihak pentadbir. -freemalaysiatoday

Dungun Dan Marang Dilanda Banjir..

Posted: 01 Dec 2009 09:40 PM PST

Banjir di Terengganu bertambah buruk dengan lebih ramai mangsa daripada empat daerah dipindahkan dan beberapa jalan ditutup kepada kenderaan mulai pagi Rabu, lapor Bernama.

Sehingga pukul 9 pagi ini, jumlah penduduk yang dipindahkan meningkat kepada 561 orang berbanding 422 malam tadi melibatkan daerah Dungun seramai 81 orang, Marang (321), Hulu Terengganu (25) dan Kuala Terengganu (136) orang.

Jurucakap Majlis Keselamatan Negara (JKM) Terengganu berkata setakat ini 13 pusat pemindahan dibuka iaitu di Dungun (tiga), Marang (lima), Hulu Terengganu (satu) dan Kuala Terengganu (dua).

Kebanyakan pusat pemindahan ialah di sekolah, balai raya, dewan sivik dan surau, katanya kepada Bernama di sini Rabu.

Beliau berkata sebanyak sembilan batang jalan negeri melibatkan daerah Marang, Hulu Terengganu, Besut dan Setiu ditenggelami air antara 0.3 meter dan 1.5 meter, ditutup sama ada kepada semua kenderaan atau kepada kenderaan ringan sahaja.

Paras air Sungai Setiu, di Kampung Bukit meningkat kepada 13.16 meter melebihi paras 12 meter manakala sungai-sungai yang lain masih di tahap biasa.

Ulasan GB

Kalam Ilahi terus berjalan. Bacalah dengan mata hati.

Kepada pemimpin dan penyokong PAS terutama di kawasan yang dilanda banjir, kena pantas turun padang untuk membantu mangsa-mangsa banjir.

Berdoalah kita agar Allah menyelamatkan saudara-saudara kita dan diberikan kesabaran menempuh ujian tersebut.

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