Monday, December 7, 2009

MACC Chief is the Family Man of the Year 2009

MACC Chief is the Family Man of the Year 2009


MACC Chief is the Family Man of the Year 2009

Posted: 07 Dec 2009 09:06 AM PST

Thanks to Ahmad Said's family

We really have to thank the family of Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan, because finally, they have made him retire early.

Of course, the reason was given by Ahmad Said himself. He clarified that he was not resigning under any pressure but he has neglected his family over the past 34 years. Therefore, he quitted five months ahead of his retirement in May next year in order to have more time with his family.

What a great spirit! Without any political pressure, a fine man wanted to retire for the sake of his beloved family. Everyone, please applaud him.

Yes, Ahmad Said wanted to retire early. What a pity! There are still a lot of cases waiting for him to clarify the truth, but he is rushing home to be with his family.

"Without any political pressure, a fine man wanted to retire for the sake of his beloved family."

For example, the death of DAP political aide Teoh Beng Hock.

The inquest into Teoh's death will be resumed very soon and I wonder whether Ahmad Said will be able to participate.

Besides, I wonder how is the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal. What about the V.K. Lingam video clip case?

Of course, we can still remember the palatial mansion of former Selangor Menteri Besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, as well as the abuse of funds revealed by the Auditor-General's Report.

Ahmad Said has vowed to find out the truth of all. But today, he just leaves like that!

From the last Director-General of Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) to the first Chief Commissioner of the MACC, Ahmad Said said that under his leadership, the MACC would be among the best anti-corruption commission of the world and it would be comparable with the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) of Hong Kong.

From a director-general to a chief commissioner, the country has given him more power, more funds and more manpower. Of course, he has been given a higher salary, too. He has been expected to rectify the country's internal corruption.

Malaysia was ranked 37 in the Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) and Ahmad Said vowed to make it ranked at least 30 in 2008.

The people were having great expectations for him but 30 months later, Malaysia's ranking dropped to 47 in 2008 and 56 in 2009.

It has been 30 years and none a major case is solved.

Instead, Teoh was found dead on the fifth floor of the Selangor MACC office.

Do you remember what had Ahmad Said said?

"There is nothing I can do if people investigated cannot withstand the pressure and throw themselves off from the building!"

When the people were shocked and sad, Ahmad Said's response was: There was nothing he could do.

In fact, critics usually spare and be lenient to those who are retiring. However, I have failed to find any perspective that allows me to be lenient to Ahmad Said.

Therefore, I can only thank his family for making him aware of the value of family and retire early. (By TAY TIAN YAN/ Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE/ Sin Chew Daily)

( The opinions expressed by the writer do not necessarily reflect those of MySinchew ) MySinchew 2009.12.07

Remember, Ahmad Said is the father whose pilot son was found guilty of
bringing child pornographic material into Australia. Of course he vehemently denied that it was child pornography and said that the titles of the video clips found in his son's laptop computer were misleading. He said, "I can bet with you that it's something that you will find on most men's handphones." (Source: The Star Online)

I bet he is one of 'those men'. Maybe he watches them together with his son too! That's why they say, 'Like father, like son!' ;-).

Read
'MACC Datuk Ahmad Said, please note that we don't store porn like your son' and Jeff Ooi's 'My son's laptop...your handphone!'

LASTLY, READ 'Child porn pilot convicted' @ AdelaideNow.


Luahan Nik Amalina Undang Kritikan Balas

Posted: 07 Dec 2009 07:37 AM PST

Penglibatan anak perempuan menteri besar Kelantan dalam pertembungan terbuka antara suaminya dan blog Kickdefella kini mengundang lebih banyak kritikan terhadap kepemimpinan Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.

Blog-blog yang anti-pembangkang mengambil kesempatan daripada isu tersebut dengan mengaitkannya dengan amalan nepotisme, sekali gus cuba menggambarkan kelemahan kepimpinan menteri besar itu.

Blog Ruang Bicara Faisal menyifatkan keluarga Nik Aziz sekarang umpama "cacing kepanasan" sehingga menyebabkan anaknya Nik Amalina, yang tidak pernah bersuara, menghantar luahan rasanya di blog wakil rakyat PAS Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud.

Sebagai reaksi kepada tulisan 'Kesetiaan dan pengorbanan seorang isteri' hujung bulan lalu, blog itu berkata tulisan Nik Amalina menimbulkan rasa pelik kerana seolah-olah ahli keluarga Nik Abdul Aziz "kehilangan sesuatu yang berharga" apabila suaminya Abdul Ariffahmi Ab Rahman tidak lagi menerajui Perbadanan Menteri Besar Kelantan (PMBK).

"Walaupun meloyakan, tetapi saya tetap berterima kasih kepada Nik Amalina dan juga Dr Mariah kerana mencelarukan lagi keadaan PAS serta memudahkan kerja kami (menyerang parti itu)," coret penulisnya dalam artikel 'Keluarga Nik Aziz dah jadi cacing kepanasan'.

Sementara blog Masterdedah pula menyifatkan penulis Kickdefella Syed Azidi Syed Abdul Aziz – musuh Abdul Ariffahmi – sebagai "petugas bawah tanah" kepada exco kanan Kelantan, Datuk Husam Musa yang didakwa berdiam diri kerana tidak mahu dilihat anti-keluarga Nik Aziz.

"Petugas underground (bawah tanah) ini tidak difahami tugasnya oleh (Abdul) Ariffahmi. Inilah jadinya kalau seorang yang ditugaskan untuk gerak saraf berpaling tadah.

"Tentulah ini tidak akan difahami oleh Nik Amalina yang hanya tahu sebagai isteri Ariffahmi," coretnya.

Blog Warisan 2057 pula mengkritik Nik Amalina yang dikatakan gagal memahami isu nepostisme yang melibatkan ahli keluarganya.

"Dengan sebab itu Nik Amalina gagal mengupas isu tersebut melainkan bermain retorik (dan) melayan emosinya sahaja.

"Untuk menyedapkan permainannya, dia mengait-ngaitkan dengan ajaran Islam. Macam orang lain tidak mengaji," kata penulisnya, yang memperkenalkan diri sebagai Proharakah.

Blog itu juga mendakwa, luahan perasaan Nik Amalina itu dengan sendirinya "memberi pengakuan, tanpa keraguan yang munasabah" bahawa Nik Abdul Aziz "dengan sengaja, bersungguh-sungguh mengamalkan kronisme" dengan melantik Abdul Ariffahmi.

Ia membuat andaian itu berdasarkan tulisan Nik Amalina yang menyebut, pelantikan suaminya disokong bapanya Nik Abdul Aziz selepas perkara itu disuarakan sebanyak empat kali.

"Jadi kesimpulan akhirnya saya tidak nampak langsung hujah Nik Amalina yang dapat kita kaitkan dengan peranan keluarga ustaz ini (Nik Abdul Aziz) untuk agama, bangsa dan tanahair.

"Semata-mata berkisar pada kepentingan keluarga sahaja," kata penulisnya.

Sementara dalam blog yang tidak jelas pendirian politiknya Dunia Cacamarba, penulis Tayadih Maysia menyarankan Abdul Ariffahmi menyaman Syed Azidi bagi membersihkan diri dan nama bapa mertuanya.

"Orang ramai tertanya-tanya dan berasa agak pelik kerana sehingga kini masih belum kedengaran Tuan Sheikh (Syed Azidi) disaman oleh tuan badan yang dikatakan difitnah oleh Tuan Sheikh," katanya.

Syed Azidi turut dikenali sebagai Sheikh di kalangan teman-teman rapatnya.

Dalam artikel 'Saman sahajalah Tuan Sheikh itu', Tayadih Maysia hanya menyindir Nik Amalina dengan berkata:

"Banyak bercakap memberikan peluang kepada orang ramai menilai keperibadian dan perwatakan anda sebagai orang yang baik-baik."

Blog Kelab Greenboc pula berkata, Dr Mariah yang menyiarkan luahan perasaan Nik Amalina itu sepatutnya menasihatinya supaya mengadu kepada Nik Aziz sendiri daripada membiarkan anaknya itu "merapu-merapu".

"Sepatutnya YB Dr (Mariah) perlu menasihatinya bahawa ayahanda Nik Amalina sendirilah sepatutnya tempat mengadu.

"Ayahandanya seorang ulama disegani..., apa perlu Nik Amalina mengadu kepada orang lain tetapi membelakangkan ayahandanya sendiri?" coretnya semalam.

Blog itu turut mendakwa, Syed Azidi sebagai "orang yang dimusuhi" suami wanita itu, telah membawa bukti berhubung "gelagat dan perangai" Abdul Ariffahmi.

Abdul Ariffahmi dan Dr Siti Mariah ketika dihubungi Malaysiakini hari ini enggan mengulas berhubung artikel Nik Amalina dan juga penjelasan ahli parlimen PAS itu di blog tersebut. -malaysiakini


Another Tiring Day?

Posted: 07 Dec 2009 06:21 AM PST

Today had been a tiring day too... Let's see.. Went to Pulau Gadong for some delicious home-cooked nasi lemak.. Drove into a restricted area where I just found out that the State Government is building a lagoon. I was like.. ," Woahh... This is coolll!"..



Went to Malacca Club right after that. They had squash court, tennis court, swimming pool, jacuzzi, and many more.. But it's too expensive to be a club member though. Next, had rojak at the Bukit China cemetery.. Lol..  It's the only spot where you could eat with the dead. Hehe



Had an impressive dinner too in Portuguese Settlement. Loads of crabs, squids, prawns, oysters, any much much much more!!! Yum YUM!





Yup.. Eye on Malaysia! My first time sitting inside... Muahahha... Alright.. Back to studying in Old Town...


Building Peace Without Obama’s Interference - December 7, 2009

Posted: 07 Dec 2009 06:26 AM PST

A promising, independent Palestine is quietly being developed, with Israeli assistance. By Tom Gross

It is difficult to turn on a TV or radio or pick up a newspaper these days without finding some pundit or other deploring the dismal prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace or the dreadful living conditions of the Palestinians. Even supposedly neutral news reporters regularly repeat this sad tale. "Very little is changing for the Palestinian people on the ground," I heard BBC World Service Cairo correspondent Christian Fraser tell listeners three times in a 45-minute period the other evening.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. I had spent that day in the West Bank's largest city, Nablus. The city is bursting with energy, life, and signs of prosperity, in a way I have not previously seen in many years of covering the region.

As I sat in the plush office of Ahmad Aweidah, the suave, British-educated banker who heads the Palestinian Securities Exchange, he told me that the Nablus stock market was the second-best-performing in the world so far in 2009, after Shanghai. (Aweidah's office looks directly across from the palatial residence of Palestinian billionaire Munib al-Masri, the wealthiest man in the West Bank.- Mahathir, you did not know that, even if you knew, you will spin that accordingly, which is anti-semitism)

Later I met Bashir al-Shakah, director of Nablus's gleaming new cinema, where four of the latest Hollywood hits were playing that day. Most movies were sold out, he noted, proudly adding that the venue had already hosted a film festival since it opened in June.

Wandering around downtown Nablus, the shops and restaurants I saw were full. There were plenty of expensive cars on the streets. Indeed I counted considerably more BMWs and Mercedes than I've seen, for example, in downtown Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.

And perhaps most important of all, we had driven from Jerusalem to Nablus without going through any Israeli checkpoints. The government of Benjamin Netanyahu has removed them all since the Israeli security services (with the encouragement and support of Pres. George W. Bush) were allowed, over recent years, to crush the intifada, restore security to the West Bank, and set up the conditions for the economic boom that is now occurring. (There was one border post on the return leg of the journey, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, but the young female guard just waved me and the two Palestinians I was traveling with through.)

The shops and restaurants were also full when I visited Hebron recently, and I was surprised to see villas comparable in size to those on the Cote d'Azur or Bel Air had sprung up on the hills around the city. Life is even better in Ramallah, where it is difficult to get a table in a good restaurant. New apartment buildings, banks, brokerage firms, luxury car dealerships, and health clubs are to be seen. In Qalqilya, another West Bank city that was previously a hotbed of terrorists and bomb-makers, the first-ever strawberry crop is being harvested in time to cash in on the lucrative Christmas markets in Europe. Local Palestinian farmers have been trained by Israeli agriculture experts and Israel supplied them with irrigation equipment and pesticides.

A new Palestinian city, Ruwabi, is to be built soon north of Ramallah. Two weeks ago, the Jewish National Fund, an Israeli charity, helped plant 3,000 tree seedlings for a forested area the Palestinian planners say they would like to develop on the edge of the new city. Israeli experts are also helping the Palestinians plan public parks and other civic amenities.

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Turks irked by Oz genocide monument

Posted: 07 Dec 2009 05:31 AM PST

"Turkey Objects to Assyrian Genocide Monument in Australia," from AINA, December 6:

Fairfield, Australia (AINA) -- A proposed Assyrian genocide monument has drawn the Turkish government into the debate. The monument, proposed to the NSW Parliament by MP Ninos Khoshaba, would honor the Assyrian victims of genocide in the 20th century, particularly the Turkish genocide of Assyrians in World War One, in which 750,000 (75%) Assyrians were killed between 1915 and 1918, as well as Armenians and Greeks, and the massacre of 3000 Assyrians in Simmele, Iraq in August, 1933....

Turkey's Consul General in Australia, Mr. Renan Sekeroglu, has expressed opposition to the erection of the monument and denied the genocide of Assyrians in World War One. Mr. Sekeroglu conceded there were "tragedies" on "both" sides during that period. Speaking to SBS Radio, Mr. Sekeroglu said "I am afraid that if such proposals bear fruit then it will create a climate of hostility and it will also contradict the environment of historically friendly relations between Turkey and Australia". Mr. Sekeroglu said he will lodge an objection to the proposed genocide monument with the Fairfield Council.

A spokesman for the Fairfield Council said the Council is "...taking into consideration all angles before making a decision on the 4.5 meters sculpture that looks like a hand holding up the globe." The Council will vote on the monument on December 15. Jihad Watch


Survey: 59% of Muslim Turks Against Allowing Other Religions to Meet Openly, Exchange Ideas

Posted: 07 Dec 2009 04:40 AM PST

Compass Direct 7 December 2009

More than Half in Turkey Oppose Non-Muslim Religious Meetings

ISTANBUL -Survey finds nearly 40 percent of population has negative view of Christians. More than half of the population of Muslim-majority. Turkey opposes members of other religions holding meetings or publishing materials to explain their faith, according to a recently issued survey. Fully 59 percent of those surveyed said non-Muslims either "should not" or "absolutely should not" be allowed to hold open meetings where they can discuss their ideas. Fifty-four percent said non-Muslims either "should not" or "absolutely should not" be allowed to publish literature that describes their faith.

The survey also found that almost 40 percent of the population of Turkey said they had "very negative" or "negative" views of Christians. In the random survey, 60 percent of those polled said there is one true religion; over 90 percent of the population of Turkey is Sunni Muslim.

Ali Çarkoglu, one of two professors at Sabanci University who conducted the study, said no non-Muslim religious gathering in Turkey is completely "risk free." "Even in Istanbul, it can't be easy to be an observant non-Muslim," Çarkoglu said. The report, issued last month, was part of a study commissioned by the International Social Survey Program, a 45-nation academic group that conducts polls and research about social and political issues. The survey quantified how religious the population is in each of its 43-member countries.

Çarkoglu, along with Professor Ersin Kalayc?og(lu, carried out the research in 2008. The completed study with the results of all 43 countries will be released in 2010. The study has been conducted previously three times at roughly 10-year intervals. This year marked the first time study data has been collected in Turkey. Turkey was the only Muslim-majority population in the study. The survey includes significant nuance. While 42 percent of the population agreed with the statement that religious people should be tolerant, 49 percent of those surveyed said they would either "absolutely" or "most likely" not support a political party that accepted people from another religion. But 20 percent of those surveyed said they had "very positive" or "positive" views of Christians – 13 percent "very positive," and 7 percent "positive."

Çarkoglu said the results of study could be attributed to the Turkish educational system, which mandates religious studies for both junior high school and high school students – classes in which Christians and Jews "are not even mentioned" or are portrayed as "the others," Çarkoglu said. "That instills in these students a severe point of view of intolerance," he added.

Dual Threat
The Rev. Dositheos Anagnostopoulos, speaking on behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul, said that Greek Orthodox Christians are treated like second-class citizens in Turkey. He said that members of his church feel "pressured" but things have improved slowly over the years. Earlier this year, two Greek Orthodox cemeteries in Istanbul and one in Izmir were severely vandalized. "There's still vandalism, but there haven't been any problems with physical threats lately," he said. In Turkey, Christians face dual threats from a self-declared "secular" state and from members of the public who, according to the study, have become more observant in their Islamic faith. Christians are often seen as enemies of the state, enemies of Islam or traitors to Turkish culture.

A 2009 report on international religious freedom by the U.S. Department of State said that in Turkey, "No law explicitly prohibits religious speech or religious conversions; nevertheless, many prosecutors and police regarded religious speech and religious activism with suspicion. Christians engaged in religious advocacy were occasionally threatened or pressured by government and state officials. … Threats against non-Muslims created an atmosphere of pressure and diminished freedom for some non-Muslim communities." At times in Turkey's history, the government has "manipulated public opinion" by putting forth the message that Turkish Christians are aligned with powers outside of the country that want to divide the nation, said Zekai Tanyar, a Turkish national who has been a Christian for more than 30 years. He is chairman of the Association of Protestant Churches (in Turkey).

"There are some who view that Christians are out to undermine the country, especially missionaries," he said. In January 2007, Hrant Dink, editor-in-chief of the Armenian weekly Agos, was shot dead in Istanbul. Dink was a member of the Armenian Christian community in Turkey. Three months later, two Turkish Christians and a German Christian were murdered in Malatya. The accused killers in all four slayings have alleged links to Turkish nationalists. Two other Christians, converts from Islam, are standing trial charged with, among other things, "insulting Turkishness" and inciting hatred against Islam.

According to the U.S state department report, by law religious services in Turkey can only take place at worship sites approved by the government. And while the Sunni majority receives generous support from the government for its mosques, "[Non-Muslim groups] reported difficulties opening, maintaining, and operating houses of worship." Tanyar of the Protestant association said that the anti-Christian persecution situation in Turkey has improved in some ways but gotten worse in others. "People have gotten used to the idea that we exist, and certain laws have changed to accommodate us," he said. "On the other hand, acts of disinformation and violence have increased."Europe News


Minarets as bayonets

Posted: 07 Dec 2009 04:30 AM PST

Daily Pioneer 7 December 2009By Kanchan Gupta

Turkey's Islamist Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was being faithful to his creed when he declared, "Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers." Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, a fascist Sunni imam with a huge following among those who subscribe to the Muslim Brotherhood's antediluvian worldview, was more to the point when he thundered at an event organised by London's then Labour mayor Ken Livingstone, "The West may have the atom bomb, we have the human bomb."

Sheikh Qaradawi, who is of Egyptian origin, frequently exhorts Muslims not to rest till they have "conquered Christian Rome" and believes "throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the Jews people who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Hitler". Islamic schools in Britain funded by Saudi Arabia use textbooks describing Jews as "apes" and Christians as "pigs". Theo Van Gogh, who along with writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali produced Submission, a film on the plight of Muslim women under sharia'h, was shot dead by Mohammed Bouyeri, a Dutch-Moroccan Muslim, in Amsterdam. Rallies by radical Islamists, which were once rare, are now a common feature in European capitals with banners and placards denouncing democracy as the 'problem' and Islam as the 'solution'.

Such crude though accurate assertions of Islamism, coupled with the relentless jihad being waged overtly — exemplified by the London Underground bombings and the riots in Parisian suburbs — and covertly as exposed by Channel 4's stunning investigation in its Dispatches programme titled 'Undercover Mosque', have now begun to raise hackles in Europe. The first signs of an incipient backlash came in the form of French President Nicolas Sarkozy demanding a ban on the burqa (the sharia'h-imposed hijab is already banned at public schools in France).

Any doubts that may have lingered about Europe's patience with Islam's rage boys running thin have been removed by last Sunday's referendum in Switzerland where people have voted overwhelmingly to ban the construction of minarets which are no longer seen to be representing faith. For 57.5 per cent of Swiss citizens, the minaret, an obligatory adjunct to a mosque which is used by the muezzin to call the faithful to prayers five times a day, is now a "political symbol against integration". They view each new minaret as marking the transmogrification of Christian Europe into Islamic Eurabia. The Islamic minaret, according to Swiss People's Party legislator Ulrich Schluer, has come to represent the "effort to establish sharia'h on European soil". Hence the counter-effort to ban their construction.

Last Sunday's referendum and the massive vote against Islamic minarets is by no means an unexpected development, as is being pretended by Islamists and those who find it fashionable to defend Islamism or are scared of taking a stand lest they be accused of Islamophobia. Resentment against assertive political Islam has been building up in Switzerland for almost a decade, triggered by refugees from Yugoslavia's many civil wars seeking to irreversibly change the Swiss way of life to suit their twisted notions of Islam's supremacy.

For the past many years the Swiss People's Party and the Federal Democratic Union, both avowedly right-of-centre organisations, have been trying to initiate an amendment to Article 72 of Switzerland's Constitution to include the sentence, "The building of minarets is prohibited." After doing the cantonal rounds, both the parties set up a joint Egerkinger Committee in 2007 to take their campaign to the federal level. The November 29 referendum is the outcome of that campaign.

The resultant vote — 57.5 per cent endorsing the proposed amendment to the Constitution with 42.5 opposing it — provides some interesting insights. For instance, the Swiss Government and Parliament, which are opposed to the amendment, clearly suffer from a disconnect with the Swiss masses. The voting pattern also shows that the spurious 'cosmopolitan spirit' of Zurich, Geneva and Basel, where people voted against the ban by a narrow margin, is not shared by most Swiss.

The initiative has got 19.5 of the 23 cantonal votes — Basel city Canton, with half-a-vote and the largest Muslim population in Switzerland, barely defeated the initiative with 51.61 per cent people voting against it. This only goes to show that the Left-liberal intelligentsia may dominate television studio debates, as is often seen in our country, but it neither influences public opinion nor persuades those whose perception of the reality is not cluttered by bogus 'tolerance' of the intolerant.

Daniel Pipes, who is among the few scholars of Islam not scared to be labelled an 'Islamophobe', is of the view that the Swiss vote "represents a turning point for European Islam, one comparable to the Rushdie affair of 1989. That a large majority of Swiss who voted on Sunday explicitly expressed anti-Islamic sentiments potentially legitimates such sentiments across Europe and opens the way for others to follow suit".

As always, Pipes is prescient. An opinion poll conducted by the French Institute for Public Opinion after the Swiss referendum shows 46 per cent of French citizens are in favour of banning the construction of minarets, 40 per cent support the idea, while 14 per cent are indecisive. "That it was the usually quiet, low profile, un-newsworthy, politically boring, neutral Swiss who suddenly roared their fears about Islam only enhances their vote's impact," says Pipes. The post-referendum opinion poll in France shows that one in two French citizens would not only like to see minarets banned, but along with them mosques, too.

Yet, it may be too early to suggest that the tide of Islamism will now have to contend with the fury of a backlash. Governments and organisations that find merit in toeing the line of least resistance have reacted harshly to the Swiss vote; rather than try and understand why more and more people are beginning to loathe, if not hate, Islamism, a case is being made all over again for the need to be tolerant with those whose sole desire is to subjugate the world to Islam.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navi Pillay, who is yet to utter a word about the suppression of freedom and denial of dignity in Islamic countries or the shocking violation of human rights by jihadis, has been scathing in her response, describing the Swiss vote as "a discriminatory, deeply divisive and thoroughly unfortunate step". The Organisation of Islamic Conference has warned that the vote will "serve to spread hatred and intolerance towards Muslims". The OIC's complaint would carry credibility if it were to demand tolerance towards non-Muslims in its member-countries, especially Saudi Arabia, and denounce Islam's preachers of hate. Europe News

(An expanded version of this article can be read at http://kanchangupta.blogspot.com/) -- Follow the writer on: http://twitter.com/KanchanGupta. Blog on this and other issues at http://kanchangupta.blogspot.com/. Write to him at kanchangupta@rocketmail.com


Sibu In The Blue Ocean - Part 27

Posted: 07 Dec 2009 05:39 AM PST

Councillor Robert Lau, a lawyer by profession and a planter, is certainly an aspiring politician on the rise.

When Tan Kee Hian came back last month to speak at the public forum, Robert Lau did his part by personally forwarding invitation messages to his contacts. I was one of the recipients and I really appreciated it.

Councillor Robert Lau turned up at the forum to show his keeness on the topic and his deep concern for Sibu.

More than just that, he penned an article to express his views on "Sibu In The Blue Ocean". He mailed it to me and asked me to upload it to the forum site ( http://forum.pilley.edu.my/) for sharing.

We really need more Sibuians to develop burning urge to turn around Sibu. However crazy they may be, please put forward your views for sharing to arouse wider and deeper interest on the subject.

The picture shows Councillor Robert Lau (second from right, front row) at the public forum. Photo: iong


Why neutral Switzerland is taking sides

Posted: 07 Dec 2009 03:44 AM PST

On the surface it might seem that Switzerland's law-binding vote to ban new minarets in mosques is petty, vindictive and unnecessary. And in a sense it is, but in another way it is understandable. It's pretty hard to depict Switzerland as a red-necked, xenophobic society. It is one of the few countries in the world that demands no passport for visitors entering, and it's famous for being a meeting place of cultures.

It is a functioning society that manages to exist without wars, nasty linguistic or ethnic feuds. It is a society that flourishes peacefully in times of war in other countries. It is a country where every male is expected to own a gun and knows how to use it. A country where gun crimes are rare.

All the Swiss seem to demand from people is they behave decently, obey the law, adapt to the Swiss way of life. It is not a country spoiling for trouble, which is why the vote to ban new minarets is more significant than, say, if it occurred in a country beset with Islamic militancy -- a condition that has been growing in Europe.

The Swiss, basically, want to keep their country Swiss.

They don't want Sharia law, even a modified version as dingbat democracies like the McGuinty government in Ontario once favoured in the name of cultural equivalency -- until saner heads prevailed. (As an aside, many of these "saner heads" were Muslim women who've escaped the tyranny of Sharia in their birth countries, and Muslim men who see its oppressiveness). Switzerland is not a country like any other. The cantons that comprise the whole are more important and influential than the central government. It is a country of four regions with four languages -- German, French, Italian and Romansh, with English the language of air controllers.

The world comes together in Switzerland in the form of international organizations and banks, and it values its neutrality (since 1815) and guards its continuing democracy. Prior to the minaret vote, polls indicated 53% of the people opposed banning minarets, which on voting day turned into 57% in favour of the ban. Even the Swiss tell pollsters what they think pollsters want to hear.

Swiss are uneasy about their culture and don't want their landscape dotted with minarets from which the Islamic faithful are called to prayer. Odd, because of Switzerland's 150 mosques, only four have minarets. Non-Muslims -- which is 94% of the 7.5 million population -- are not keen on being roused by sing-song calls for the faithful to pray, should minarets sprout on all mosques. Now there's some fear of a Muslim backlash in Switzerland. Blame for all this is not Swiss prejudice, but Islamic militancy in countries like the Netherlands, Denmark, France, and world-wide awareness that while most Muslims are not terrorists, most terrorists are Muslim.

SILENT TOO LONG

In their way, the vast majority of moderate Muslims are victims of jihadism and Islamic extremism that has poisoned relations. Yet the moderate majority has been too silent for too long. Canada has been fortunate in escaping extremism, as has Switzerland, but there is growing unease about the future here, as there is in Europe's most neutral and tolerant country. One hopes Muslims, who are not monolithic in their attitudes, speak up and take a lead in opposing extremism which threatens the future. Source..


68 percent

Posted: 06 Dec 2009 11:00 PM PST

68 percent... No no it's not my daily lucky today @ Facebook... although i did check out my daily lucky today once a while to see how lucky am i for the day... but one thing i would not be bother by the percentage... :p

So what is 68%? hehehe... it's my trial exam score on Sunday. I was scoring the highest in the class but I was still not satisfied with the score... I should have done better... So what should i do from now until Saturday? I have to STUDY STUDY and STUDY... I wanna to score high~

Please DO NOT DISTURB sign has been hanging on my room door knob... STUDY in progress eh~
Ok, gotta to go now to STUDY STUDY and STUDY ....

Ciao~


Stop Smoking

Posted: 07 Dec 2009 01:11 AM PST

Mexcio City - The price for a pack of cigarettes will rise from Monday between two and three dollars, although some miscellaneous and convenience stores in the city are already sold from last week at the new price, even above the estimate.


Christmas Decor At Mid Valley Megamall 2009

Posted: 07 Dec 2009 12:29 AM PST

Christmas at Centre Court Mid Valley Megamall
View of the Christmas decor at Mid Valley Megamall Centre Court from Level 1.

The Centre Court in Mid Valley Megamall was decorated with flaming candles and uprooted trees hovering above an empty castle, bare tree trunks standing amongst pine trees decorated with baubles, pine cones and other ornaments. Those conjured up an eerie atmosphere. The theme is "A Magical Christmas". So, those floating candles were supposed to be magical. The Centre Court was abuzz with shoppers taking the opportunity to have their photographs taken before the castle and Christmas trees. The was a three-storey tall Christmas tree at the North Court and a cage with two reindeers at the East Atrium.

Christmas at Centre Court Mid Valley Megamall
Photo opportunity galore for shoppers at Mid Valley Megamall.

Christmas at Centre Court Mid Valley Megamall
The castle, Christmas trees and floating candles from the Ground Floor.

Christmas at Centre Court Mid Valley Megamall
Giant acorn.

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Bukan Soal Berapa Lama, Tetapi Bagaimana? - Aziz Bari

Posted: 06 Dec 2009 11:42 PM PST

Demonstrasi oleh para penyokong UMNO dan Barisan Nasional di Kelantan dan Pulau Pinang minggu lalu saya fikir menarik untuk dibicarakan. Dari sudut perlembagaan ada beberapa sisi yang boleh diperkatakan. Yang pertama ialah soal hak bercakap dan berkumpul secara aman yang dijamin oleh Perkara 10(1) Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Semua warganegara berhak untuk berbuat demikian

Tetapi dalam konteks negara ini perlembagaan membuat peruntukan yang membolehkan Parlimen membuat undang-undang untuk membatas atau menyekat hak-hak tersebut. Atas asas inilah kita ada peruntukan yang memberi kuasa kepada pihak polis di bawah Akta Polis 1967 untuk mengawal selia, termasuk tidak membenarkan perhimpunan awam.

Dalam kedua-dua insiden itu pasukan polis dikecam kerana mengambil sikap tidak kisah; yang jelas berbeza dengan garang yang mereka tunjukkan dalam demonstrasi yang dianjurkan oleh para penyokong Pakatan Rakyat. Kecaman itu, pada saya, wajar dan patut diizinkan dalam negara demokrasi seperti Malaysia. Umumnya saya berpendapat bahawa Perlembagaan dan undang-undang perlu selaras dengan demokrasi dan atas dasar ini saya fikir polis masih belum begitu berjaya meyakinkan rakyat tentang integriti dan keadilan mereka. Bandingkan sahaja cara polis bertindak memaksa Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berhenti berucap di Johor beberapa minggu yang lalu.

Sisi lain yang saya hendak sentuh ialah perkara yang hendak ditangani oleh kedua-dua demonstrasi itu. Di Pulau Pinang para penyokong Barisan mendakwa bahawa mereka turun ke jalan kerana Kerajaan Negeri yang dipimpin oleh Ketua Menteri Lim Guan Eng gagal melaksanakan janji-janji mereka. Di Kelantan pula para penyokong UMNO itu mahu Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat meletakkan jawatan.

Dari sudut Perlembagaan demonstrasi bukanlah cara yang betul untuk meminta Lim Guan Eng atau Nik Aziz meletakkan jawatan. Cara yang disediakan oleh Perlembagaan ialah melalui undi tidak percaya di dalam dewan. Dengan kata lain kalau UMNO benar-benar komited dengan Perlembagaan dan mempunyai sokongan yang diperlukan mereka perlu menggunakan cara itu. Menjerit-jerit dan membakar gambar di jalan raya bukan caranya.

Saya fikir polis boleh memaksa penyokong Barisan bersurai kerana dalam Perlembagaan jelas ada cara yang lebih betul untuk melaksanakan kehendak mereka. Sebab itu saya katakan di atas tadi polis gagal melaksanakan tugas mereka. Apalagi setelah mereka menafikan hak Anwar untuk berucap di Johor itu. Apakah di Pulau Pinang dan Kelantan tidak timbul soal kesesakan lalu lintas atau mengganggu ketenteraman awam sebagaimana yang mereka jadikan alasan di Johor dan beberapa demonstrasi Pakatan yang lain?

Selain itu saya tidak fikir penyokong Barisan di Pulau Pinang itu mengundi parti-parti Pakatan dalam Pilihan Raya Umum 2008 yang lalu. Jadi apa hak mereka untuk mengatakan bahawa kerajaan pimpinan Lim Guan Eng gagal mengotakan janjinya. Saya fikir yang lebih layak untuk menuntut itu semua ialah mereka yang mengundi Pakatan.

Isu-isu di atas sememangnya komplikated dan sepatutnya diselesaikan oleh mahkamah. Tetapi dalam keadaan yang ada sekarang tidak banyak yang boleh kita harapkan dari hakim-hakim kita. Malah sekitar 15 tahun yang lalu seorang hakim Mahkamah Tinggi memutuskan bahawa hak di bawah Perlembagaan itu boleh disekat oleh apa sahaja undang-undang yang dibuat oleh Parlimen! Hakim ini jelas tidak faham Perlembagaan; khususnya prinsip ketertinggian Perlembagaan dan peranan polis dalam negara demokrasi.

Hak bersuara dan berbeza pendapat ini memang mengelirukan jika kita tidak faham kerangka Perlembagaan. Ini pernah ditimbulkan oleh mereka yang menyokong gelagat Datuk Dr Hassan Ali di Selangor. Saya katakan pada mereka yang Hassan tidak boleh menggunakan hak di bawah Perkara 10(1) kerana beliau adalah anggota pentadbiran. Ada peruntukan lain yang mengatasi peruntukan umum itu; yakni Perkara 43(3) yang menuntut beliau patuh kepada prinsip tanggungjawab bersama sebagai anggota Kabinet. Kalau Hassan hendak menggunakan hak di bawah Perkara 10(1) tadi maka perlulah beliau meletakkan jawatan Exconya.

Tentang Nik Aziz pula media UMNO begitu gemar menyebut betapa beliau terlalu lama memegang jawatan. Soalnya apakah tempoh yang baru masuk tahun ke 20 itu lebih lama dari Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yang menjadi Perdana Menteri selama 22 tahun? Atau Tan Sri Wan Mokhtar Ahmad yang menduduki kerusi menteri besar di Terengganu sebelum tersungkur dalam Pilihan Raya Umum 1999. Di Sarawak Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud sudah memegang jawatan Ketua Menteri selama 28 tahun.

Pada faham saya apa yang penting, kalau kita melihat isu ini dari sudut Perlembagaan dan demokrasi ialah cara bagaimana seseorang itu mendapat dan memegang jawatan. Bukan soal berapa lama seseorang itu memegang jawatan berkenaan. Minggu lalu, di Singapura, seorang bekas wartawan membuat dakwaan yang mengejutkan tentang jumlah wang yang lesap dalam tempoh 1981-2003. Sehingga ini orang yang selalunya cukup pantas membuat reaksi itu masih menikus. Kita juga sering mendengar betapa tempoh itu dikaitkan dengan pengembirian begitu banyak institusi awam dan pelanggaran hak asasi di negara ini. Bagi mereka yang prihatin dengan demokrasi tempoh 22 tahun itu dilihat sinonim dengan zaman gelap.

Pada saya itu menunjukkan bahawa apa yang lebih penting ialah bagaimana sesuatu jawatan itu dimenangi dan bagaimana kuasa yang dikaitkan dengan jawatan itu digunakan. Bukan soal berapa lama. Kita boleh pegang jawatan itu selama yang mungkin asalkan caranya demokratik. Tetapi memanglah bahawa logiknya sukar untuk mengekalkan jawatan kerana cabarannya banyak dan kuat pula. Sebab itu bekas Perdana Menteri Britain Harold Wilson (1964-1970 dan 1974-1976) pernah berkata bahawa seminggu dalam politik sudah cukup lama. Pengucapan itu tentunya perlu dilihat dalam konteks demokrasi mereka yang begitu terbuka, telus dan tidak ada cara untuk membawa lari tiang gol seperti di sini!

Presiden Amerika Syarikat, Frank D Roosevelt memegang jawatan itu selama empat penggal (1933-1945). Tetapi zaman kepresidenannya ditandai oleh sokongan dan pengaruh yang kuat. Beliau berada di situ atas dasar demokrasi yang kalau dibandingkan dengan Malaysia atau negara-negara primitif lain jauh bezanya. Memang selepas beliau Perlembagaan Amerika Syarikat dipinda dan seorang hanya boleh memegang jawatan presiden selema dua penggal berturut-turut. Tetapi itu dilakukan secara terbuka dan demokratik. Dengan kata lain itu adalah kehendak rakyat.

Para penyokong Barisan yang turut ke jalanan itu sepatutnya ingat hakikat itu. Mereka perlu buktikan bahawa Lim Guan Eng dan Nik Aziz sudah kehilangan sokongan. Tetapi ia perlu dilakukan di dalam dewan. Bukan di luar. Ketua Polis Kelantan dan Pulau Pinang pun kena tahu hakikat ini. Undang-undang ini terpakai kepada kedua-dua pihak, Barisan dan Pakatan. -Prof Abdul Aziz Bari


My 1000th blog post

Posted: 06 Dec 2009 09:27 PM PST

My 1000th blog post, technically, since starting this new journal in April 2008. Concurrently the 8000th blog comment was left just minutes ago :)

Thanks to everyone who have been reading this blog, thanks for sharing your thoughts, and special thanks to those who have been following me for ages.

Ending this with the 10 most viewed stories written since April 2008; most are not my personal favourites unfortunately lol…

1. Chinese bikini babes break world record
2. SNSD marine girls, solo photos
3. Toad migration in Jiangsu, China
4. Computer mouse celebrates 40th birthday
5. Korean actor Ahn Jae-hwan committed suicide
6. Leah Dizon, pregnant, married
7. Wonder Girls – Nobody music video and pics
8. Celebrity guests at Kwon Sang-woo's wedding
9. Korean pop star Rain exclusive interview
10. SM Entertainment Global Audition 2009

My 1000th blog post from YeinJee's Asian Journal


GP Jati Beriani House

Posted: 06 Dec 2009 10:35 PM PST

Semalam, dalam perjalanan balik dari Paya Indah Wetlands terjumpa GP Jati Beriani House, tak jauh dari Simpang Paya Indah Wetlands. Serta-merta tekan brek dan masuk parking...Tengok dari luar kedainya sungguh cantik dan baru, ala-ala Bali gitu. Nampak semuanya baru lagi.Didalam nya kerusi meja dari perabot Jati... semuanya kelihatan baru... tapi yang pentingnya sedap atau tidak. Saya ni "very particular" pasal nasi beriani ni. Ramai sangat yang mengaku Beriani Batu Pahat atau beriani gam.

Pernah saya jumpa penjual yang tulis poster Beriani Johor di pasar malam, tapi tak ada lauk masak beriani, yang ada daging rendang, bila ditanya mana lauk beriani?, dia tanya balik, Lauk beriani tu apa? Ceh! apalagi saya pun cakap lah kalau lauk beriani pun tak tahu jangan mengaku Nasi Beriani Johor/Batu Pahat.
Beriani Ayam

Bila order dah sampai... dari segi rupa nasinya dapat A++, bukan semua penjual yang guna "saffron" atau koma-koma secara "generous" begini, merah kuningnya ketara, sebab saffron ni mahal, 1 gram berpuluh ringgit. "Saffron" ni di import dari Spain atau Turki kerana bunganya hanya terdapat disana. Beras basmathi yang panjang-panjang dan lerai memang sesuai untuk masak Beriani.
Beriani Kambing
Giliran merasa nasinya dulu... WOW! memang sedap, nasi aje tu belum lagi lauk beriani...

Bila rasa kambing beriani... wah baru betul ni... memang tak di nafikan setelah sekian lama saya mencuba nasi beriani di KL/Selangor ni, inilah yang terbaik, terpower, tersedap untuk seluruk KL/Selangor lah. Sampai habis licin. Memang makan nasi beriani ni lawannya air sirap bandung yang dibancuh dengan "cream soda" - semuanya authentic...
Hampir setanding Beriani masakan Emak saya & juga Pak Cik saya - Arwah Pak Mat Kepol di Tampoi JB, setanding beriani Restoran Hj Bakhil juga di Tampoi JB, Beriani Mat Shah di Batu Pahat dan Beriani Taman Soga, BP.

Beriani lain yang dah saya cuba di KL/Selangor ni tak sehebat ini. Sebagai orang Johor makanan ini adalah my all-time favourite apatah lagi semua adik beradik saya kahwin dan semua kenduri-kendara semuanya masak beriani samada oleh Pak Mat Kepol, Emak, Pak Hamid, semuanya saya terlibat sama... buat menyibuk...

Lokasinya terletak tak jauh dari persimpangan ke Paya Indah Wetlands, jika datang dari pekan Dengkil/Putrajaya, terletak di kiri jalan bersebelahan gedung perabut Jati. Jika dari Banting atau Klang, tak jauh selepas Simpang Paya Indah.

Harganya standardlah kalau nak makan yang betul-betul power... Beriani Kambing RM12 tak jadi hal, Beriani Ayam RM10 dan ada pulak Beriani Keli RM7... ini harga standard KL. Harga koma-koma atau saffron mahal dan beras basmathi pun tersangatlah mahal sekarang ni.


'SAPUISM'

Posted: 06 Dec 2009 10:02 PM PST

'SAPUISM' is defined as 'the act to acquire personal wealth through dubious and unscrupulous means, and at the shortest time possible'. Sapuism is derived from the Malay word 'sapu', meaning to sweep.

I have coined the above definition to aptly described the act by a Political Secretary to a Senior government Minister who is reported to have amass huge amount of ill-gotten wealth that is beyond his means, within a short period of time that he is with the Senior Minister.

Many have asked that if this person could amass so much of wealth, then what of the others in the circle of the Senior Minister's office? Would it not be strange that the Senior Minister is oblivious to the 'thievery acts' of his own personal staff, or was the act carried out with the connivance of the Senior Minister himself? If anyone were to say to me that the Political Secretary was acting alone, I most certainly would not want to believe it. He must have acted with some conniving parties; whoever it maybe.

I believe too that 'sapuism' is not a strange act among those who claim to be in the inner circle of the minister's office, and I suppose for that matter in all other government ministers offices. The talk around town these days are that those working in the ministers offices are an 'elite lot', driving around in flashy cars, spotting expensive homes and dinning in posh hotels. I believe there are honest ones too, but they too have been perceived to be dishonest merely on grounds that they are associated with those deemed to be corrupt.

Now, this takes me to the latest article posted by Tun Dr. Mahathir in his blog titled 'UMNO' in which he wrote about a statement uttered by a retired senior UMNO leader who said that "UMNO is rotten to the core". It is a damning article by Tun Dr. Mahathir of his own political party, and I suppose he fears that if this poor perception of UMNO is not address properly, what the country will get in the end is a totally corrupt government.

I do not know how the present UMNO leaders feels about what Tun Dr. Mahathir has written, but there is nothing in Tun's article denying what has been said to him by the retired senior UMNO leader. It is therefore quite obvious that Tun is also in subtle agreement with the statement made by the retired senior UMNO leader. I am surprise that no UMNO leader has come forward to strongly condemn Tun on his article, or have they been silenced by the truth, as revealed by Tun Dr. Mahathir. Tun certainly has done something abnormal by saying things that are bad for the party, and a bitter pill to swallow by current UMNO's leadership.

The ball is now at the feet of Najib and his party leaders. To deny is to challenge Tun, and to accept is to face the wrath of the Malays, and a sure loss of face for the party. The question asked is, what's next for UMNO in its efforts to counter such negative perception and to remain relevant?


CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION


Pakatan MPs press for Hazard Map disclosure

Posted: 07 Dec 2009 05:53 AM PST

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PKR's Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin said she would submit a motion in Parliament to urge the federal government to reveal the the Hazardous Map report that indicated the level of risk in residential areas in Hulu Klang. was released on Sept 11 - earlier than the Bukit Antarabangsa landslide report - to Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ).



Hidden Charges In Chinese Restaurants

Posted: 06 Dec 2009 09:55 PM PST

Roasted and salted peanuts
Roasted and salted peanuts.

You have placed your order. You wait for the food to come. You have nothing else to do. The salted peanuts on the table look inviting. You pick one and pop into your mouth. You like the saltiness and the aroma. You pop a few more into your mouth. Soon, you finish the entire plate of peanuts. Fortunately, your food arrives just after that. You tuck into your food. Scrumptious is the word. You are full. You belch a little. You use the wet paper towel to wipe your hands. You feel refreshed. You ask for the bill, pay with your credit card and think nothing about it afterwards.

Many Chinese restaurants do not reveal that extra items like roasted and salted peanuts, braised peanuts, pickles and paper towels are not complimentary. They are charged into the final bill. The peanuts may cost RM2 to RM3 per plate, likewise the pickles, and individually packed wet paper towels from 50 sen to RM1. Apart from the food ordered, these extra items can cost up to RM20 for a family of ten dining in a restaurant on top of the mandatory 5% government tax and 10% service charge.

What I would like to see is for the servers to tell patrons upfront that peanuts, pickles and paper towels will be charged and not nonchalantly placing them on the table together with the cutleries and walk away after that. Most times, we realise too late only when we check the bill, after we have eaten the peanuts and used the paper towels. Other times, we know these are extras but are too embarassed to tell the server we do not want them. Either way, I am of the opinion that the servers should at least ask if patrons want these extras. The next time you are at a Chinese restaurant, be aware of what are complimentary and what are not. There is no point in paying for food and items that we do not want or need.

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Jawapan soalan lisan (tidak termasuk dalam Hansard)-isu kebebasan internet

Posted: 06 Dec 2009 08:55 PM PST

Puan Nurul Izzah Anwar [ Lembah Pantai ] minta MENTERI PENERANGAN, KOMUNIKASI, KESENIAN DAN KEBUDAYAAN menjelaskan

a) Kenapa siasatan ke atas laman web Malaysiakini dilakukan oleh Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia (SKMM) walaupun langkah tersebut bercanggah dengan Perkara 7 dalam Bill of Guarantee Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC); dan

b) Langkah-langkah yang perlu/telah diambil untuk memastikan tiada lagi sekatan melampaui batas diambil oleh SKMM.

JAWAPAN:

Tuan Yang Dipertua,

Kerajaan memberikan jaminan atau dengan izin, Bill of Guarantee, kepada syarikat-syarikat yang memperoleh status Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC). Walau bagaimanapun, jaminan ini tidak memberi sebarang imuniti kepada mana-mana pihak untuk melakukan aktiviti yang bercanggah dengan undang-undang negara melalui perantaraan Internet malah syarikat-syarikat bertaraf MSC juga perlu memastikan aktiviti-aktiviti yang dilakukan oleh mereka dalam Internet mematuhi semua undang-undang negara yang berkaitan.

Berikutan aduan dari orang ramai yang diterima oleh SKMM, satu siasatan telah dijalankan terhadap laman sesawang www.malaysiakini.com berkaitan penyiaran klip video bertajuk "Temple Demo: Residents march with cow's head" pada 28 Ogos 2009 dan "Hisham: Don't blame cow-head protesters" pada 2 September 2009 yang telah dimuat naikkan ke dalam laman sesawang tersebut.

Siasatan yang dijalankan adalah kerana SKMM mengesyaki berlakunya pelanggaran terhadap peruntukan Seksyen 211 dan Seksyen 233 (1)(a) Akta Komunikasi & Multimedia (AKM) 1998 yang memperuntukkan bahawa seseorang tidak boleh menggunakan kemudahan perkhidmatan aplikasi kandungan untuk membuat apa-apa komunikasi yang lucah, sumbang, palsu, mengancam atau jelik sifatnya.

Sehubungan dengan itu, penyiasatan kes ini bukanlah menjurus kepada isu penapisan Internet sebaliknya ianya adalah penyiasatan berdasarkan pelanggaran undang-undang bagi kesalahan yang mungkin atau telah berlaku di bawah AKM 1998.

Seksyen 263 (2) AKM 1998 menetapkan bahawa adalah menjadi kewajipan pemegang lesen membantu SKMM atau pihak berkuasa lain, setakat yang munasabah, untuk mencegah perlakuan sesuatu kesalahan di bawah mana-mana undang Malaysia.

Dalam hal ini, sebagai langkah untuk mencegah perlakuan sesuatu kesalahan di bawah undang-undang Malaysia, arahan untuk menyekat laman-laman sesawang dan blog adalah merupakan satu bentuk tindakan yang dibenarkan di bawah AKM 1998. Oleh yang demikian, ia tidak bercanggah dengan peruntukan Subseksyen 3(3) akta yang sama yang tidak membenarkan penapisan Internet.


Jawapan soalan lisan(tidak termasuk dalam Hansard)-Isu penyelenggaraan oleh DBKL

Posted: 06 Dec 2009 08:52 PM PST

Puan Nurul Izzah Binti Anwar [LEMBAH PANTAI] minta MENTERI WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN menyatakan apakah langkah segera untuk memastikan setiap pili bomba di setiap unit perumahan kelolaan DBKL berfungsi supaya langkah awal dapat diambil ketika berlaku kecemasan atau kebakaran.

JAWAPAN:

Tuan Yang di-Pertua,

Untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat bagi Lembah Pantai, Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan (KWP) melalui Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) sentiasa memantau dan mengambil langkah-langkah yang diperlukan dalam memastikan keselamatan penghuni di perumahan Program Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) dan Perumahan Awam (PA) sentiasa terjamin.

Sehubungan dengan itu, setiap PPR dan Perumahan Awam yang dikelolakan oleh Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur dilengkapi dengan pelbagai kemudahan peralatan pencegahan kebakaran. Peralatan-peralatan tersebut adalah seperti berikut:

i) Alat Pemadam Api;

ii) Sistem Pancur Turun (Downcomer System) / Sistem Pancur Basah (Wet Rinser System) / Sistem Pancur Kering (Dry Rinser System);

iii) Sistem Alat Bantu Mula (Hose Reel System); dan

iv) Sistem Pili Bomba (Pillar Hydrant System).

Tuan Yang di-Pertua,

DBKL masih bertanggungjawab ke atas penyeggaraan di perumahan PPR dan Perumahan Awam (PA), sehinga Badan Pengurusan Bersama (JMB) ditubuhkan. Dalam hal ini, DBKL sentiasa memantau penyenggaraan kesemua peralatan pencegah kebakaran melalui kontraktor-kontraktor yang dilantik. Kontraktor-kontracktor ini bertanggungjawab untuk memastikan peralatan-peralatan tersebut sentiasa berada dalam keadaan baik, berfungsi dan selamat untuk digunakan, terutamanya apabila berlaku kes-kes kebakaran.

Di samping itu, dalam usaha untuk memastikan setiap pili bomba sentiasa berada dalam keadaan baik dan berfungsi, pihak Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan (KPKT) melalui Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia bertanggungjawab melaksanakan langkah-langkah berikut:

i) membuat perancangan pemeriksaan pili bomba secara berkala dengan menetapkan setiap pili bomba diperiksa sekurang-kurangnya dua (2) kali setahun. Pemeriksaan dan pengujian dibuat ke atas pili bomba tersebut berdasarkan keadaan fizikal pili dan tekanan aliran air;

ii) membuat pembaikian segera ke atas mana-mana pili bomba yang rosak;

iii) mengambil tindakan undang-undang melalui Seksyen 23 Akta Perkhidmatan Bomba 1988 (Kompaun) ke atas mana-mana orang / pihak yang menyebabkan pili bomba gagal berfungsi; dan

iv) melaksanakan program Skim Teman Pili Bomba di mana penghuni perumahan dilantik sebagai 'bapa angkat' kepada pili bomba yang berhampiran dengan perumahan mereka.

Dalam hal ini, Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur masih bertangungjawab terhadap kemudahan-kemudahan berskala besar di persekitaran perumahan PPR dan Perumahan Awam termasuk pili bomba. Malah, DBKL telah menyediakan sejumlah peruntukan untuk tujuan tersebut. Oleh yang demikian, dalam memastikan supaya langkah awal dapat diambil ketika berlaku kecemasan atau kebakaran, Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur amat berharap agar penghuni-penghuni PPR dan Perumahan Awam di Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur dapat bekerjasama menjaga keselamatan peralatan pencegahan kebakaran daripada dicuri atau dimusnahkan oleh pihak-pihak yang tidak bertanggungjawab.


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