Tuesday, December 8, 2009

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Umno a racist party, says Mahathir - nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar

Posted: 08 Dec 2009 08:40 AM PST

Dr Mahathir Mohamad is peeved with Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz for describing him as a racist over his stand with regards to the National Civics Bureau (BTN) issue. The former has lambasted the latter for being a member of that racist party.

Nazri said that when Mahathir was the prime minister, he was talking about how we must all think as Malaysians and now that he was not (the) prime minister, one could read his blog that was bloody racist.

Mahathir, who is still an Umno member, was prodded for a response at a function this afternoon, fired: "I must be a racist if Nazri says I am racist. Don't ever say that I am not. He knows everything. He belongs to a party which is racist... which is Umno."

Nazri faster join Nik Aziz! Nik Aziz says 'bumiputera' term is racist!!
Let Mahathir die a racist!!! ;)


Photogenic Wednesday - 013

Posted: 08 Dec 2009 08:00 AM PST

Anyone know who is the person in the picture?
And how this picture being taken?


Free books from Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org)

Posted: 08 Dec 2009 07:41 AM PST



Go check it out!

Of course, don't expect to get the latest books in the market. The No. 1 downloaded ebook in Top 100 Ebooks yesterday is 'A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens' (970 downloads).


Nazri finds another backer in tiff with Dr M

Posted: 08 Dec 2009 06:51 AM PST

PETALING JAYA, Dec 8 — Gerakan President Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon has supported Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz's stand that the National Civics Bureau (BTN) should be revamped to be in accordance with the spirit and principles of 1 Malaysia.

Koh who is also the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of Unity and Performance Management, came forward to defend his colleague Nazri.

"The prime minister is aware and this (revamps) was discussed," he said.

Koh said the thrust of 1 Malaysia as enunciated by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak encompasses acceptance and appreciation of diversity.

"The principle of nationhood according to our constitution and Rukun Negara, as well as justice and fairness for all.

"As 1 Malaysia is clearly all-inclusive, there is no room for any form of racism, extremism and hatred," said Koh in a statement released today.

He added this principle should be the basis for the training programme to guide the attitude and behaviour of all members of the civil service and university students.

Surprised by the remarks from the Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Koh said that the former prime minister may not be aware of the latest slant in the BTN courses.

Koh himself participated in one such course with other political and corporate leaders in the mid-90s, presided personally by Dr Mahathir.

"The content of the courses emphasised on unity and understanding as well as the need to handle all issues with great care and sensitivity.

"However, recent feedback from participants since last year showed that the BTN course has diverted from its earlier version.

"Participants, including JPA scholars, felt very upset and disheartened," he said and added that the need to revamp is based on such feedback.

The BTN runs compulsory courses for civil servants and undergraduates and has been accused of promoting hatred and racism by Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders.

The PR-led Selangor government recently imposed a ban on its civil servants and students within its state-run educational institutions from attending BTN courses, while Penang — another PR- governed state — is said to be considering similar action.

But the hawks in Umno, through Malay-based dailies like Berita Harian and Utusan Malaysia, have moved to defend BTN and attacked its critics as "traitors" who are trying to politicise the issue.

On Sunday Mingguan Malaysia urged the government not to "bow down" to the opposition on BTN.

Nazri had said that BTN training modules would be revamped to better reflect the 1 Malaysia concept introduced by Najib.

However, Dr Mahathir has been defending the BTN courses, saying that the criticism against them has been exaggerated.


Lembaga Disiplin PAS Ikut Arahan Siapa?

Posted: 08 Dec 2009 06:47 AM PST

Saya telah diminta pandangan untuk membincangkan isu mengenai Lembaga Disiplin Parti Islam SeMalaysia yang mendapat arahan menyelesaikan segera beberapa isu dalaman PAS.

Lembaga Dispilin PAS telah mengadakan persidangan buat pertama kalinya pada 31 Oktober lalu yang dilaporkan memulakan siasatnnya terhadap PAS Selangor.

Lembaga ini mempunyai lima anggota yang dipengerusikan oleh Naib Presiden PAS, Ustadz Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man. Sementara jawatankuas yang lain terdiri dari peguam, tokoh agama dan anggota veteran PAS.

Lembaga Disiplin dikatakan akan akan membuat cadangan kepada Jawatankuasa PAS Pusat apakah bentuk tindakan yang akan diambil setelah siasatan ke atas isu PAS Selangor itu selesai.

Persoalan kini, Lembaga Disiplin ini dibentuk oleh parti dengan kuasa pihak mana, mendengar dan mendapat arahan dari siapa serta perlu membuat cadangan kepada pihak mana.

Berdasarkan Perlembagaan Parti Islam SeMalaysia, Fasal 7 Ceraian 3(c) yang menerangkan hal Hukum dan Kekuasaan Majlis Syura Ulama berbunyi:

Memelihara, menjaga dan mengawal tatatertib PAS dan melantik ahli-ahli Jawatankuasa Tatatertib PAS seperti yang diperuntukkan dalam Fasal 75 Perlembagaan ini.

Fasal 75(2)

Sebuah Jawatankuasa Tatatertib hendaklah ditubuhkan di peringkat pusat. Adapun Perhubungan Negeri, Kawasan-kawasan, Cawangan-cawangan dan Dewan-dewan bolehlah melaporkan apa-apa tindakan dan perbuatan ahli-ahli yang didapati melanggar Tatatertib parti kepada Setiausaha Agung atau Pejabat Agung untuk tindakan sewajarnya oleh Jawatankuasa Tatatertib itu.

Pasal 75(3) berbunyi

Jawatankuasa Tatatertib itu hendaklah terdiri dari:
(a) Seorang Pengerusi
(b) Seorang Setiausaha, dan
(c) Tiga Ahli Jawatankuasa.

Fasal 75(4)

"MAJLIS SYURA ULAMAK", menurut kuasa yang diperuntukkan kepadanya dalam Fasal 7(3)(c) Perlembagaan ini adalah diberi kuasa melantik semua ahli-ahli Jawatankuasa Tatatertib dari masa ke semasa.

Fasal 75(5)

Kuasa Jawatankuasa Tatatertib itu ialah
(a) Memberi amaran
(b) Melucutkan hak-hak dalam parti
(c) Menggantung keahlian
(d) Memecat dari menjadi ahli

Fasal 75(6)

Seseorang ahli yang tidak berpuashati terhadap sebarang tindakan dan keputusan yang dikenakan ke atasnya oleh Jawatankuasa ini bolehlah membuat rayuan bertulis kepada "MAJLIS SYURA ULAMAK" dalam tempoh tidak lewat daripada enam puloh hari dari tarikh tatatertib itu diambil terhadapnya. Keputusan "MAJLIS SYURA ULAMAK bersabit dengan rayuan itu adalah muktamad.

Fasal 77(7)

"MAJLIS SYURA ULAMA" dalam keadaan tertentu dalah berhak mengambil apa-apa tindakan tatatertib dengan sendirinya tanpa menghiraukan Jawatankuasa Tatatertib ke atas mana-mana ahli PAS yang diadukan kepadanya oleh mana-mana pihak yang tersebut dalam ceraian (2) Fasal ini. Keputusan dan tindakan "MAJLIS SYURA ULAMAK" itu adalah muktamad.

Senario yang ada kini nampaknya tidak memenuhi tuntutan seperti yang tercatat di dalam Perlembagaan.

Menurut Perlembagaan PAS, hal-ehwal tatatertib(disiplin) adalah di bawah urusan Majlis Syura Ulamak yang diberi kuasa untuk menubuhkan Lembaga Disiplin yang dianggotai lima orang jawatankuasa.

Namun, semenjak isu Pesuruhjaya PAS Selangor, Datuk Hassan Ali timbul dan selepas mesyuarat khas Jawatankuasa PAS Pusat bagi membincangkan hal itu, Lembaga Disiplin seperti sudah lari dari peranannya yang sepatutnya menerima arahan dari Majlis Syura Ulamak, bukan dari pihak lain. Ini adalah kerana pembentukannya sepertimana yang ditunjukkan di atas dilakukan oleh Majlis Syura Ulamak. Jika perlantikan Jawatankuasa Disiplin yang ada pada hari ini bukan dari Majlis Syura Ulama, dengan sendirinya Lembaga Disiplin yang ada adalah sebuah jawatankuasa yang haram, batal dan tidak sah.

Justeru itu laporan harakahdaily bertarikh 30 Oktober 2009 bercanggah dengan Perlembagaan parti:


Lembaga Disiplin PAS telah diarahkan bersidang segera bagi menyiasat beberapa dakwaan kepada PAS Selangor.

Arahan ini dibuat oleh mesyuarat khas Jawatankuasa PAS Pusat baru-baru ini. Ia dimaklumkan kepada media oleh Presiden PAS, Datuk Seri Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang dalam sidang medianya kira-kira jam 1.00 pagi 29 Oktober semalam.


Tidak ada arahan sepatutnya boleh dilakukan oleh Presiden atau Jawatankuasa Pusat atau mana-mana pihak ke atas Lembaga Disiplin kerana Lembaga Disiplin adalah bebas dari sebarang tekanan, manipulasi, eksploitasi, arahan atau apa-apa bentuk suruhan dari mana-mana pihak kecuali Majlis Syura Ulamak.

Walau bagaimanapun, Jawatankuasa PAS Pusat boleh mengambil tindakan berdasarkan Fasal 23(7)(g) tanpa melibatkan Lembaga Tatatertib

Menyelesaikan perselisihan yang berlaku dalam parti, dan berkuasa menggantung dan membubarkan serta mengambil alih mana-mana Badan Perhubungan PAS Negeri/Wilayah Persekutuan, Kawasan-kawasan dan Cawangan-cawangan dengan melantik satu Jawatankuasa tadbir sementara yang akan mempunyai kuasa sebagaimana sesebuah Jawatankuasa yang diambil menurut Perlembagaan ini untuk tempoh masa yang ditentukan.

Fasal 75 (2) yang menyatakan "apa-apa tindakan dan perbuatan ahli-ahli yang didapati melanggar Tatatertib parti kepada Setiausaha Agung atau Pejabat Agung untuk tindakan sewajarnya oleh Jawatankuasa Tatatertib itu" bukan memberi kuasa Setiausa Agung untuk mengarahkan tetapi adalah tugas Setiausaha Agong memaklumkan kepada Lembaga Disiplin parti.

Dari Perlembagaan PAS, jelas, bahawa Majlis Syura Ulamak yang dipengerusikan oleh Mursyidul Am adalah kuasa tertinggi di dalam parti yang bertakluk (bukan tertakluk) ke atas Lembaga Disiplin. Lembaga Disiplin PAS perlu mematuhi hal ini.

Kenyataan Pengerusi Lembaga Disiplin yang menyatakan "lembaga ini akan membuat cadangan kepada Jawatankuasa PAS Pusat apakah bentuk tindakan yang akan diambil" adalah tidak betul kerana mengikut perlembagaan, cadangan hendaklah dihantar terus kepada Majlis Syura Ulamak, bukan Jawatankuasa PAS Pusat kerana nantinya sebarang rayuan adalah dilakukan kepada Majlis Syura Ulamak berdasarkan kepada Fasal 75(6).



Getting on with life…

Posted: 08 Dec 2009 05:53 AM PST

Remember my recent update about Yati complaining to me that her husband AJ seemed to be getting weaker but simply refused to go to the clinic or hospital? Yati herself had almost given up on him as she didn't how what else to do with him.

"Pujuk sudah, marah pun sudah kak. Tak jalan!"

I told Yati she had to continue coaxing him to get treatment. Otherwise nobody could help him. I even told Yati to threaten him that I'd be visiting them at home if he still refused to get treatment. I knew neither Yati nor AJ wanted me to visit at home to avoid suspicions from Yati's family who were still unaware about AJ's HIV.

I guess the threat worked. The very next day Yati sent me a text message saying she was at the hospital. I called her to find out more info.

"Di mana ni?"

"Kat hospital lah."

"Masuk wad ke?"

"Tak tau lagi kak, masih kat tempat emergency lagi ni. Doktor dah jumpa tadi, depa kata hati dia bengkak. Tapi lepas tu dok melangut je lah. Saya pun tak tau depa nak suruh balik ke apa ke."

Oh well, it was the emergency unit… unless you look like you're dying, you've got to wait!

After a while I got another text message. They were already in the ward – AJ had to be warded and he was put on drip. Yati was worried. The next day was the Saturday that her brother was getting married and the whole family including herself was going to KL. I told her I'd try to visit if I had the time but whatever it is, I'd inform AJ's buddy about it and get him to visit at least.

Saturday came and I was down with a flu. I didn't dare visit for fear of spreading the flu to others, especially at the hospital ward. Besides, I wanted to have a good rest as the next day was our awareness campaign at the OA village. But my colleague who's been assigned as AJ's buddy did visit.

Yesterday I got another text message from Yati – inviting me to her house as her family was planning to have bacaan Yaasin after Maghrib. Hmmm… so now they don't mind me visiting at home? No more worries about her family becoming suspicious? Or does her family already know?

Anyway, remember AJ was supposed to have his blood test done at a private hospital to get his CD4 count? And they couldn't afford it and so we approved the amount from our Client's Welfare Fund? Due to the long list referred to the private hospital by the GH for the CD4 tests, an appointment had to be set. The appointment was for this afternoon but AJ was at the ward in Ipoh GH. Yati called me to find out what to do.

Somehow these clients prefer to call me to ask these things when it would have been easier to ask the nurses at the ward. Or are they just afraid to open up their mouths to ask?

I told Yati to explain the matter to either the nurses or the doctors. Or call the lady in charge at the private hospital to explain the situation. Yati did finally call the lady at the private hospital and was told to get the nurses at the ward to arrange for AJ's blood to be taken, then reps from the private hospital will come over to get the blood and payment for the blood test.

Later today when I called Yati, she sounded a bit happier. She said AJ seemed better and could at least sit by himself and could walk to the toilet if aided. Earlier he was so weak he looked so helpless.

Hopefully that is proof enough to him that he could get better with proper treatment and that life is not over just because he has been infected with HIV. He just needs to have more faith.


Divine Visitation

Posted: 08 Dec 2009 06:34 AM PST

I. Divine Disclosure
Luke 1: 28-38
- Choice with a price
- Divine contract made

II. Divine Desert
- To fulfill one's Divine Destiny, all of us have to through hardships.
- Positive response quickens or accelerates our journey to God's destiny for us.
- Luke 1:38 - Then Mary said, "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word."

III. Divine Destiny
- Divine contract fulfilled


Escape from Sobibor (1987 full length feature - 1hr 38 mins), not shown in Malaysia

Posted: 08 Dec 2009 04:04 AM PST

During WWII, the death camp at Treblinka had an escape, causing the Commandant at a similar camp in Sobibor to vow (actually threaten) that his camp would never experience the same thing. But those who were its captives, the Jewish laborers that had been spared from the ovens, knew that they were on borrowed time and that their only hope was to escape... the only question was how to do it. However, because the Germans would kill an equal number of others whenever a group attempted to escape, the captives knew that if ever an escape was tried, all 600 prisoners in the camp would have to be included



... logistically precluding any ideas about tunnels or sneak breakouts. Indeed, to have such a mass escape could only mean that the Ukrainian guards and Germain officers would have to be killed, which many of the Jews felt simply reduced themselves to no better than their captors... thus making it a struggle of conscience. And therein lies the story, with the film being based on a factual account of what then happened at that Sobibor prison.


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Is this for real? Or just another sideshow?<br><br>This nation is

Posted: 08 Dec 2009 05:56 AM PST

Is this for real? Or just another sideshow?

This nation is already divided without all these courses. It will be even worse if the powers within the ranks insist on its continuance. Worse that it is compulsory and affects the confirmation of the status and posts of participants who refuse to attend. So they are coerced to accept all these brainwashing without question.

The rakyat is already impoverished with spiraling prices, looming GST, stagnation of the economy and we are still arguing over the running of these courses.

This is still happening despite the fact that much has been allocated to the force to fight crime. And the problem ridden tranport system as testified by this letter and of which my daughter is subjected to as she travels to work by train and LRT.

Sometimes I wonder where our nation is heading for. How I wish back for yesteryear when we hardly talk about our differences. I wish for the good old days when English medium schools existed, when there was only HSC(equivalent to STPM), only one route to local universities, when our universities were high in the rank, when the good old mission schools like the Bukit Bintang Girl's School(my alma mater)was allowed to flourish without restrictions. I wish for yesteryear when children find joy in attending sports activities and not like present times where they are herded to tuition centres after school.

And now one by one all these like the wave of a wand, all is gone. So called mission schools which have churned outstanding personalities has lost its character and is dwindling in numbers. There is the flip back to studying Mathematics and Science in Bahasa Malaysia. Matrikulasi which caters mainly for one group is given a shorter and easier route to institutions of higher learning. And there is the craze for taking more subjects in the race for scholarships when eight was the maximun in the 70's. And grades are inflated to an extent that one cannot separate the mediocre from the excellent.

Nothing seems right about the nation. Everything seems to be in the doldrums. Medical colleges are sprouting in greater numbers and there seems to be no quality control over the type of graduates produced. Frightening to think whether patients are treated by competent doctors in the public hospital. And leaders are not leading by example. People at the helm are each other's throats. Those who have retired are still stirring hatred by making statements that can invoke ill feelings.

Who now, what now, where now can Malaysians hope for, to turn the nation around and lead it to splendour glory?


Usaha Asri Berdakwah Di Pusat Hiburan Boleh Bawa Kesedaran

Posted: 08 Dec 2009 04:17 AM PST

Hasrat Bekas Mufti Perlis, Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin untuk berdakwah dipusat hiburan seperti disko di Selangor mengundang pelbagai reaksi dari pelbagai pihak.

Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Hulu Klang, Shaari Sungib bagaimanapun menyatakan sokongan beliau terhadap tindakan Asri itu dan menyifatkan pendekatan tersebut sebagai cara baru yang diperkenalkan.

Shaari menambah, pendekatan tersebut dilihat mampu memberi keinsafan kepada pengunjung pusat hiburan yang kebanyakannya terdiri daripada pengunjung Islam.

"Itu bagus,maknanya dari segi dakwah ini Rasulullah pun pergi berdakwah macam-macam tempat," katanya.

Shaari berkata demikian ketika mengulas hasrat Asri untuk turun padang dan berdakwah dipusat-pusat hiburan termasuk disko di Selangor dengan bantuan kumpulan dakwah yang dilatihnya sendiri menerusi program dinamakan ulama turun padang.

Semalam Mufti Selangor, Datuk Seri Mohd Tamyes Abdul Wahid menyifatkan hasrat Asri yang mahu berdakwah di pusat hiburan sebagai langkah tidak bersesuaian dengan matlamat dakwah.

Tamyes berpendapat sebagai individu yang menyebarkan ajaran Islam, pendakwah seharusnya menjaga maruah dan imej ketika menyampaikan berdakwah agar tidak dipandang serong masyarakat.

Bagaimanapun Shaari berpendapat usaha yang akan dijalankan Dr Asri itu sebagai satu langkah terbaik dalam membantu dan membimbing golongan muda terutamanya remaja Islam.

"Dakwah itu kreatif, bagi saya, saya tidak ada halangan dakwah itu kreatif asalkan prinsip-prinsip dakwah yang dah termaktub sebagai skop dakwah,pesuluh dakwah itu diperhatikan dengan betul.Dari segi wasilah dia punya skop,dia punya jalan-jalannya itu,kaedah-kaedah perlaksanaan itu berbagai-bagai," katanya.

Namun katanya, peranan kerajaan sangat diperlukan dalam membetulkan kepincangan kawasan tempat-tempat maksiat sehingga menyebabkan ramai orang Islam terutamanya remaja sewenang-wenangnya berkunjung ketempat tersebut.

"Jadi maknanya menghalang lebih baik daripada mengubati sebelum berlaku orang Islam pergi kepusat-pusat maksiat hingga berbunuh-bunuh, hingga perlu berdakwah disitu maknanya perlu ada proses dan sistem untuk tidak menggalakan program pendidikannya,program berdakwah besar-besaran, program menjelaskanmemujuk orang islam tidak terjebak dengan maksiat,itu lebih penting sebab kita dah ada kerajaan dekat sana," katanya.-TVS




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8-12-2009

Posted: 08 Dec 2009 04:03 AM PST

因不想再两间店跑来跑去~
转到另外一间店,就放弃另一间店的事物...
我被责怪没有责任感,态度变得超级差...
以前刚开始工作的时候,我是在另一间店工作...
那时候的我可以为了他的要求,放下当下的职务,跑去他那边帮他...
现在完全没有了...
对他而言,我已经不再是以前的我...
我的脾气一天比一天的差...

其实说真的,好想把自己封闭起来...
这个世界哪有可能让我把自己封闭起来...

不想再站在前线,想转去幕后...


Sibu In The Blue Ocean - Part 28

Posted: 08 Dec 2009 03:58 AM PST

Touching further on higher education, Tan Kee Hian took the audience to expound on the mission of "Polytechnic" University.

In Kee Hian's views, "Polytechnic" University in Sibu has the following mission:

To facilitate and accelerate the economic and social development of the Greater Sibu Region by focusing on domains of direct relevance and applicability to the needs of its key stakeholders:
-Businesses and enterprises
-People and society
-Parents and students

Photo: Liong


YB Nurul Izzah’s opinions on DBKL’s 2010 Budget- in STARMETRO

Posted: 08 Dec 2009 03:40 AM PST

Monday December 7, 2009
DBKL to focus on upgrading services and amenities
By BAVANI M ( STARMETRO NEWS)

A PEOPLE-centric budget for next year focusing on maintaining and upgrading existing public amenities as well as improving services is expected to be unveiled by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) today.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail who disclosed some details of the 2010 budget at a meeting with Kuala Lumpur MP's on Friday had said the budget of RM2.12bil is aimed at ensuring that KLites enjoy a better quality of life with a better administered DBKL.

DBKL's 2010 budget with the theme "Putting People First'' is aimed at promoting integrity and transparency and to emphasise on people-centric projects.

DBKL has allocated RM1.102bil for administration costs for cleanliness, beautification, upgrading of pipes, roads, public amenities, recreation as well as safety while the RM1.07bil for development cost will focus more on projects that would benefit the residents.

As for revenue, a bulk of DBKL earnings are from assessment (RM755mil), sale of asset/housing (RM451mil), rental of public housing (RM65mil), licence and permit (RM47.96mil) and planning and construction (RM116 mil).

DBKL would also receive various grants from the Federal government totalling millions for administration and development purposes.
Even though the budget is supposed to be more people friendly, city MP's are disappointed that their request for a more detailed budget was not granted.
"They are talking about integrity and transparency and being accountable, but they are not practising it,'' said disgruntled Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai.

"Open up all the 20 departments in DBKL and show the various projects and contracts given out. The Public Works Department alone has over 100 projects amounting to hundreds of millions of ringgit. Show us all the contracts,'' he said.
Tan said that the DBKL is the third biggest spender in the country.
"Compare KL's RM2.12bil against Selangor's RM1.2bil. On paper it would seem that KL's two million residents are getting a fair deal compared to Selangor's 5.6 million residents but KLites have the right to know where their money is going,'' he added.
Batu MP Tian Chua said that DBKL should allow elected reps to give input when formulating the budget.
"Not just the budget. They should also let us see when tabling their annual audited accounts. We have the right to know how people's money is being spent so there is some monitoring. This is certainly inadequate,'' he said.

Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar said DBKL needs to review the contracts of its service providers like Alam Flora.
"Waste collection service has deteriorated ever since Alam Flora took over the management of waste in the city.
"DBKL has to honour numerous contracts that are still running but the quality and service performance of these contractors must be re-examined as well," she said.
She also said the surplus budget, thanks to federal government assistance, formed a whopping 67.6% of the development expenditure and which also included a one-off payment amounting to RM451.3mil.
"There is no rationale for distribution of development expenditure according to constituencies. DBKL is not answerable to Parliament. One example is the number of public housing in Bandar Tun Razak, Lembah Pantai and Bukit Bintang – 11, 3 and 5 respectively.
"You would expect that the budget would follow the number of housing but Bandar Tun Razak gets RM79.2mil, Lembah Pantai 26mil and Bukit Bintang RM240mil.
"As such, the RM2.12bil budget (even higher than that for Selangor and Penang), has to be tabled in Parliament, to constituents and to MPs.
"This is made even more necessary with the disclosure that not even the Auditor General has the right to review the big budget.
"Such powers have been given to DBKL to freely use taxpayers' money with no proper check and balance, save for some episodes of internal auditing."
"We were also informed, after a query, that an item under maintenance costing RM250mil (for 2010) has been transferred from the FT Ministry to DBKL in the form of the said amount. Hence for 2010, the maintenance item under the FT Ministry has been effectively erased.
"How do we monitor and compare past and present implementation of maintenance works in our cities.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng feels that the budget allocation is a huge amount.
"Make no mistake. It is still a deficit budget despite the extra windfall from the sale of PPR units. The RM451mil revenue from the sale of the flats is a 'one off thing' and DBKL cannot rely on that,'' added Lim.


A hard Iraqi to lose - By Jay Nordlinger

Posted: 08 Dec 2009 02:35 AM PST

Well, this was an arresting opening, to an Associated Press report: "He compared al-Qaida in Iraq to wolves, urging that the terrorist group be crushed since he believed its members would never reject violence.

But the wolves got to the Iraqi counterterrorism officer first."That officer was Ahmed Subhi al-Fahal, killed in a suicide bombing in Tikrit (Saddam Hussein's old bastion). Killed along with him were two bodyguards and two bystanders. Al-Fahal was in his early 30s and apparently lived to eliminate violent extremists from his country. He claimed on al-Arabiya, the TV network, that he had killed more than 250 of al-Qaeda's finest: not a bad haul.

And, according to the AP, "he was also thrown the most difficult missions. It was al-Fahal who was called in to track down 16 prisoners — including several al-Qaida-linked inmates awaiting execution — who escaped in a stunning September jailbreak . . ."

After al-Fahal's death, an American colonel wrote, "He was controversial, flamboyant, brave, and effective. He single-handedly disrupted numerous enemy plots during the last election . . ."

Sounds like a very useful man, and it is no wonder that al-Qaeda is rejoicing over his death. May Iraq, for the sake of its possibility of life, have many more like him. National Review


BTN Hanya Bazirkan Wang Rakyat - Ku Li

Posted: 08 Dec 2009 02:13 AM PST

Program BTN hanya membazirkan wang rakyat, demikan diberitahu oleh pemimpin Umno yang sangat dihormati, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

Sehubungan itu, Ahli Parlimen Gua Musang itu mencadangkan program BTN itu dihapuskan kerana ia sudah jauh menyeleweng daripada matlamat asal.

"Saya diserang bertubi-tubi dalam seminar, perbincangan semasa mengikuti BTN. Mereka cakap pelbagai perkara," katanya kepada pemberita selepas menyampaikan ucapan Hari Hak Asasi Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu di Kuala Lumpur, hari ini.

Ku Li menjadi mangsa kempen kotor dan jahat semasa beliau mengetuai barisan pembangkang apabila mengetuai parti Semangat 46 yang mewujudkan Perpaduan Ummah bersama Pas.

BTN, yang dibawah pentadbiran Jabatan Perdana Menteri, menganjurkan kursus berkenaan yang wajib disertai oleh kakitangan kerajaan dan penuntut universiti. Kursus berkenaan mendapat kritikan sama ada daripada pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat mahupun kerajaan.

"Ia sepatutnya ditutup kerana kursus itu hanya menanam kebencian dan menghentam mereka yang menentang kerajaan dengan kempen-kempen beerbau perkauman dan fitnah," katanya.

Kekecuhan isu BTN ini memuncak apabila, kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat Selangor melarang kakitangannya dan pelajar tajaan mereka daripada menyertai kursus ini bulan lalu. Beberapa hari selepas itu Kerajaan Pulau Pinang pula mengambil langkah sama manakala Kelantan dan Kedah sedang menimbangkannya untuk mengambil keputusan yang sama.

Di kalangan menteri kabinet pula berlaku percanggahan di kalangan mereka terhadap usul merombak modul BTN.

Menteri di JPM, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz bersetuju ia dirombak kerana modul yang ada boleh memecahbelahkan perpaduan kaum.

Beliau membidas mantan Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad dengan panggilan 'rasis sebenar' atau bapa rasis kerana tindakan Matahir mempertahankan BTN dengan menyelar kritikan yang dianggapnya keterlaluan.

Sebelum itu, sehari selepas Selangor mengumumkan larangan itu, Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin menafikan kurikulum program BTN berbau perkauman dan tidak perlu dirombak.

Namun beberapa hari selepas itu, dua kenyataan yang bercanggah di antara sesama mereka dikeluarkan oleh Timbalan Menteri di JPM, Ahmad Maslan yang menyatakan ia tidak dirombak manakala Menteri Pengajian Tinggi, Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin mendakwa cadangan merombak modul dan pendekatan BTN sudah lama dibincang dalam kabinet.

Bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tun Musa Hitam juga menyifatkan modul BTN sudah ketinggalan zaman. Beliau berharap rombakan kurikulum itu mestilah merangkumi penambahbaikan terhadap pengetahuan dan metodololgi supaya selari dengan keadaan semasa. -FMT


Parlimen Lulus Usul Siasat Setiausaha Politik Najib

Posted: 08 Dec 2009 01:09 AM PST

Parlimen hari ini meluluskan usul bagi menyiasat Setiausaha Politik Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Datuk Shafie Abdullah.

Usul yang diluluskan di bawah Akta Keistimewaan dan Kuasa 1952 membolehkan sebuah jawatankuasa khas dibentuk untuk menyiasat Shafie.

Jawatankuasa itu akan menyiasat dakwaan dibawa Ahli Parlimen Wangsa Maju dari PKR Wee Choo Keong.

Wee mendakwa Shafie telah cuba untuk menakut-nakutkan beliau di lobi bangunan Parlimen selepas beberapa isu berkaitan dengan setiausaha politik itu dibangkatkan semasa perbahasan semalam.

"Selepas perbahasan, saya keluar dari (Dewan Rakyat) dan berbual dengan seorang pegawai dari Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan.

"Ketika sedang bercakap seorang lelaki mendampingi saya. Dia kelihatan marah dan bertindak kasar. Dia bertanya mengapa saya membawa nama dia di Parlimen," kata beliau kepada pemberita pada sidang media.

Wee berkata beliau menyedari lelaki itu sebagai Shafie berdasarkan tag namanya.

Parlimen pernah meluluskan usul sedemikian awal tahun bagi menyiasat kejadian Pengerusi DAP Karpal Singh dikepung oleh sekumpulan pemimpin Pemuda Umno Selangor.

Wee berkata beliau kemudian memberitahu Shafie bahawa menjadi haknya untuk membangkitkan isu-isu berkaitan dengan kepentingan awam.

"Saya mengatakan bahawa ini adalah hak saya sebagai Ahli Parlimen. Anda sebagai setiausaha politik tiada hak dalam hal ini. Saya adalah Ahli Parlimen dan saya mempunyai hak saya," tambah beliau.

Di Parlimen semalam, Wee mendakwa Shafie mencampuri urusan pentadbiran Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) dan setiausaha politik itu seolah-olah menjadi Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan "de-facto".

Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz mempertahankan dakwaan Wee sambil menegaskan, setiap Ahli Parlimen harus "bebas untuk bercakap di Parlimen."

"Sebagai menteri yang bertanggungjawab atas urusan Parlimen, saya tidak boleh menghalang seseorang anggota Parlimen daripada membahaskan isu-isu berkaitan meskipun ia melibatkan individu tertentu.

"Jika hendak menyaman mereka, kita boleh berkata ulangi apa yang anda berkata di luar Dewan dan kita boleh menyaman mereka, mereka ada imuniti (di Parlimen) dan anda mesti tahu," katanya.

Nazri menambah, jika apa yang diperkatakan oleh Ahli Parlimen Wangsa Maju bahawa beliau dihalang oleh setiausaha politik, ia adalah perkara serius.

Kata Nazri banyak perkara diperkatakan tentang beliau di Parlimen tetapi tidak pernah menakut-nakutkan sesiapa daripada membahaskan isu tertentu.

"Saya tidak pernah berbuat demikian tetapi balas mereka balik, tidak marah di Parlimen," katanya. -MI

Ulsan GB

Apakah dia ini Setiausaha yang dimaksudkan di SINI?

GB masih mengumpulkan maklumat.



The Living Room

Posted: 07 Dec 2009 08:35 PM PST

There are many questions in this one. O' wise readers kindly please share your ideas.

The living room is vertical rectangle 19ft x 14 ft. I don't know what to do with it. It has two sliding doors. One facing the porch another opens up to the patio in the little garden. Can I separate this room into two?

Ok if I use a room divider, what types are the nicest? String curtain? Bamboo? Glass is gorgeous eh? Like this artist impression… Can I afford this? Damn!

artist impression living room
photo from typhoonvigour.blogspot

Ok, lets say I sold my kidney at the human organ black market to an old dying millionaire for a few thousands and I can afford a nice room divider; one part will be the living room proper with the TV and couches and coffee table, what would the other be?

It would be nice if the second part with the patio can be a dining room so that we can dine with a view but we have another dining room attached to the kitchen already. Azman thinks we should buy a snooker table and put it there. I said ok if we also buy a Jean-Claude Van Damme live size statue tengah tertonggek main snooker letak kat situ.

On the other hand, if I keep my kidney and just treat the room as one living room, it's gonna be too oblong and I cannot think of a nice way to arrange the couch and stuff. How do you arrange a living room like this? Help!


1Malaysia Development Bhd – another vehicle of patronage?

Posted: 08 Dec 2009 12:25 AM PST

Press Release by YB Puan Nurul Izzah Anwar (18 November 2009)
In a written answer to my question addressed to the Minister of Finance – "What is the rationale for Terengganu Investment Authority(TIA) to be taken over by Minister of Finance Inc, become a federal entity known as 1Malaysia Berhad, and reports directly to the Prime Minister?" – it was replied that this is done to "ensure that there will be a boost in economic development and the wealth can be equally distributed to fellow Malaysians regardless of race and ethnicity "for 1Malaysia".
I take this as an absolute sham and an affront to the commons sense!
Is the PM trying to say that the state and an independent board of directors cannot do the same? Is this an allusion that only the PM can ensure that wealth generated from the fund reaches the people under a fair and equal distribution mechanism?
On the contrary, this is a blatant attempt by the PM to have direct intervention in the management of the wealth fund.
Recall that the initial plan in setting up the Terengganu Investment Authority(TIA), a sovereign wealth fund, in May 2008, was to ensure that the state invest its wealth, especially oil royalty, for its own people, without any political intervention.
It was stated that the TIA would "incorporate a triple-tier check and balance system comprising a board of directors who CANNOT hold positions in the government or occupy ANY political positions". In fact, when the YDP Agong Sultan Terengganu mooted the idea, it was stated that the fund will "manage the state's long-term oil royalty revenue to ensure sustainable income for the Terengganu people after oil and gas reserves run out".
Taking over and naming it 1Malaysia Development Berhad is a blatant display of federal BN led control and centralization. This move contradicts the very initial plan it had which was to be free from any political manipulation and marks the end of an independent and professional management of the fund.
It is much feared, especially looking at the current distortion of facts pertaining the royalty issue vis a vis Kelantan, (now that the PM says it was never a royalty, but only a 'compassionate payment'), and the sudden departure of IRDA's CEO, what assurance do we have that the PM will not use 1Malaysia Development Berhad as another vehicle of patronage to reward a certain class of persons, whereas the true and rightful beneficiaries of the fund – the Terengganu people, are denied from what is essentially theirs.


Discrepancy of Crime Statistics in Brickfields

Posted: 08 Dec 2009 12:20 AM PST

In October last year, I had raised the discrepancy of the crime statistics for Brickfields announced by the KL Deputy OCPD, Datuk Abdul Samah Mat (Bernama, 23 June 2008), which stated a reduction of 19.4% compared to only 7% declared by the Brickfields Deputy OCPD, Supt Azri Abdul Rahman, (Utusan Malaysia, 25 June 2008) from the month of January to May 2008.
I raised this issue in Parliament, and the then Deputy Home Minister, Datuk Chor Chee Heung, did not give me any answer.
I raise the same issue again this session, and today, in a written answer, much to my surprise, the Home Minister traced the discrepancy to a misreporting done by Bernama in the statement issued on 23 June 2008.
The public deserves an explanation for this, and if indeed a misreporting had occurred, Bernama needs to acknowledge it and carry out a retraction.
We do not want this to be another case of finger pointing between a Ministry and the press, when the crux of the matter is a blatant attempt by the police to deceive the public.


Jawapan soalan lisan (tidak termasuk dalam Hansard)-isu Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri

Posted: 08 Dec 2009 12:06 AM PST

Soalan

Puan Nurul Izzah Binti Anwar [LEMBAH PANTAI] minta MENTERI DALAM NEGERI menyatakan apakah justifikasi penerusan tahanan rakyat-rakyat Malaysia di bawah Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) memandangkan 5 tahanan Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) yang dikatakan berbahaya dibebaskan akhirnya pada 14 September 2009 tanpa sebarang alasan diberikan.

Jawapan
Tuan Yang Dipertua,
Untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat, Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (AKDN) 1960 adalah undang-undang pencegahan yang berbentuk pemulihan (rehabilitative) dan bukannya berbentuk hukuman(punitive). Kerajaan akan membebaskan mana-mana orang tahanan yang telah menjalani proses pemulihan serta telah mencapai tahap yang ditetapkan.
Semasa menjalani tempoh tahanan, orang tahanan akan mengikuti program pemulihan yang dijalankan oleh agensi-agensi berkaitan dan mereka akan dinilai tahap pemulihan yang telah dicapai. Sehubungan dengan itu, penerusan atau perlanjutan sesuatu Perintah Tahanan itu akan diputuskan dengan mengambil kira syor daripada pelbagai pihak seperti Lembaga Penasihat dan Kementerian sama ada seseorang itu telah insaf, atau mencapai tahap pemulihan yang ditetapkan atau ditaksirkan telah tidak lagi mendatangkan ancaman kepada keselamatan negara.
Untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat, mamandangkan AKDN 1960 adalah undang-undang berbentuk 'rehabilitative', kerajaan tidak berhasrat untuk mendakwa orang-orang tahanan di mahkamah terbuka atau menutup tempat tahanan perlindungan Taiping, Perak.


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