Friday, December 4, 2009

Video Aksi Datuk Azhar Tunjuk Punggung

Video Aksi Datuk Azhar Tunjuk Punggung

Video Aksi Datuk Azhar Tunjuk Punggung

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 08:47 AM PST

Belum pun 15 minit bersidang, Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Pulau Pinang di sini semalam kecoh apabila sembilan wakil rakyat Barisan Nasional (BN) bertindak keluar dewan.

Tindakan itu dibuat apabila Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Azhar Ibrahim sekali lagi digantung berikutan keengganannya memohon maaf kepada Sim Tze Tzin (PKR-Pantai Jerejak) yang mendakwa Azhar menunjukkan punggung kepadanya.

Semuanya bermula apabila Tze Tzin yang mengambil bahagian perbahasan Bajet 2010 pada pukul 9.45 pagi dan membangkitkan isu itu yang kemudian- nya mendapat perhatian Speaker, Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain.

Abdul Halim kemudiannya mengarahkan Azhar supaya memohon maaf kerana perbuatan itu seolah-oleh menghina Tze Tzin selain mempelawa Azhar menonton kembali tayangan video kejadian terbabit namun enggan dipatuhi Azhar.

Beliau kemudiannya mengumumkan Azhar digantung sehingga selesai persidangan yang menyaksikan semua ADUN BN keluar dewan. - Kosmo

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Nik Aziz Sangkal Tuduhan Hadi

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 08:05 AM PST

Mursyidul Am Pas, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat mengakui bahawa beliau tidak mengetahui individu yang didakwa memberi nasihat yang salah kepadanya sebagaimana yang dinyatakan oleh Presiden, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

Beliau yang juga Menteri Besar Kelantan berkata, sebarang nasihat yang diterima akan dipertimbang dan difikirkan dengan sebaiknya sebelum beliau memutuskan sama ada menerima atau menolak cadangan yang diberikan.

"Saya pun tidak tahu siapa dia penasihat saya yang tidak betul... orang beri nasihat, saya pilih yang betul... saya tidak tahu... tanya dialah( Abdul Hadi) siapa yang betul, siapa yang tidak betul," katanya selepas hadir di Majlis Sambutan Hari Integriti Peringkat Negeri Kelantan 2009 di Kota Darul Naim di sini, semalam.

Beliau berkata demikian sebagai mengulas kenyataan Abdul Hadi yang mengatakan Nik Aziz menjalankan tugas dengan ikhlas, tetapi individu di sekelilingnya tidak memberi nasihat perundangan dan politik yang betul kepada beliau.

Ditanya adakah beliau menerima semua nasihat yang diberikan penasihatnya, Nik Aziz berkata: "Bila diberi nasihat pada saya, saya bincang dulu... kalau saya berasa puas hati saya terima, tak puas hati saya tolak... Bergantung kepada sayalah... saya tak terima bulat- bulat."

Dalam pada itu, mengulas mengenai tahap integriti yang ada dalam Kerajaan Negeri, Nik Aziz berkata, beliau masih belum berpuas hati dan perkara itu boleh dipertingkatkan dari masa ke semasa.

"Mana ada puas hati, kita manusia mana boleh puas hati... kita nak tidur pun tidak puas hati ada nyamuk ada sejuk... puas hati ini tidak berlaku di muka dunia," katanya. -SH

Ulasan GB

GB telah ulas perkara ini di hari pertama Presiden PAS keluarkan kenyataan medianya yang menuduh Nik Aziz tidak mendapat nasihat perundangan dan politik yang betul dari penasihat sekelilingnya di SINI.

Satu tuduhan yang berat ke atas seorang yang bergelar Mursyidul Am PAS.

Kenyataan Hadi tersebut menyamai tuduhan-tuduhan para blogger penyokong UG dan anaknya sendiri Nik Mohd Abduh yang menyokong kuat gagasan Kerajaan Perpaduan yang dibawa oleh Abdul Hadi.

Sekalipun UG dikatakan ditutup, Abdul Hadi masih terus menyerang Nik Aziz melalui kenyataan biadabnya untuk sorang yang bergelar Mursyidul Am.

How to step off Air Force One with dignity

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 06:08 AM PST

Don't ban our bayonets! Or we'll use banknotes as weaponry by Burak Bekdil - Thursday, December 3, 2009

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 06:00 AM PST

"Minarets are our bayonets" was one line in the famous poem Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recited at a public rally several years earlier, earning the future prime minister a minor prison term. I was never able to fully understand the merit of the metaphor; why, after all, should a symbolic structure of a holy building be likened to a weapon? But sending someone to jail just because he had recited a poem was more ridiculous than the bizarre verse, probably long forgotten.

The Swiss vote and its aftermath have reminded us once again that the "minarets are our bayonets." The wisdom of the Swiss people's choice to ban minarets can always be debated, possibly with more of us disagreeing with the Swiss. All the same, just as Erdoğan's sentence was more ridiculous than the poem itself, the Turkish reaction to the Swiss referendum has been more ridiculous than the ban itself. Shame, disgrace, Swiss racism, victory of Islamophobia, illiberal decision... You name it. We are heading fast to say "One minute!" to the Swiss. Soon some genius Islamist may argue that the Swiss vote should be blamed on the Kemalist imitation of French rationalism, or on the Turkish military – which, by the way, has a ban on buying Swiss-made weaponry. Oh, but that should be the cover for the conspiracy!

It's funny how the Turkish Foreign Ministry expects a "corrective action," or how the "Turkish democrats" queue up to condemn what was essentially a foreign nation's democratic choice, right or wrong. It was even funnier how Islamist Turks gave long lectures on Switzerland's ailing democracy. Here, the rule is simple: We love democracy only as long as it serves political Islam. Ironically, on the exact same day Turkish government big-wigs condemned Swiss democracy, their boss, Erdoğan, publicly said that "the less columnists wrote, the more peaceful Turkey would be." They may be right to dislike Swiss democracy. With Swiss democratic rules and values, half the cabinet might have to go to jail.

Turkey is 10 times bigger than Switzerland in population and nearly 10 times poorer in per-capita income. All the same, Turkish lawmakers earn 10 times more than the country's average income, while Swiss lawmakers earn just on the average. Swiss lawmakers cannot possibly spend most of their office hours meeting hordes of people from their contingency cantons asking for jobs, government contracts or other personal favors. Just try to imagine a delegation of merchants from Argovia, or farmers from St. Gallen, showing up at the offices of their fellow deputies to ask for government loans or jobs for relatives. In the land of the Crescent and Star, lawmakers enjoy the finer things in life – secretaries, armies of advisers, free telephone calls, travels to exotic territories, lifelong health care and much more, in addition to a de jure shield that protects them from prosecution if they offend. In the land of lakes, mountains, chocolate, fine watches and numbered bank accounts, lawmakers cost each taxpayer less than 10 francs a year – and no de jure shield to protect them from prosecution.

The hypocrisy is always there when political Islam is speaking. In a country where synagogues and churches have been bombed and priests killed, where locals have slit the throats of Christian missionaries and 50 to 75 percent of people refuse to have Christian, Jewish and atheist neighbors, we surely cannot be talking about putting to vote whether we should have church bells ringing. But it looks grossly absurd to talk about democracy and tolerance when observant Muslims can not even tolerate less observant Muslims.

We can always safely guess the results of a Turkish referendum on whether to ban churches and synagogues, or Jewry and atheism, as a whole. Again, the unspoken rule is simple: Interfaith tolerance is a one-way street.

It wasn't a surprise to hear Turkey's chief negotiator with the EU, Egemen Bağış, calling on "our Muslim brothers to withdraw their money at Swiss banks," and adding the vulgar opportunistic note that "Turkish banks would always welcome their money." That call for boycott was merely a seal that we are going through a clash of civilizations, not an alliance of them. The message is clear: If you offend Muslims, even through democratic means, we will make you pay for it. That's hardly the dynamics of an alliance. So, Minister Bağış, you want economic sanctions against a country because its people made an "undemocratic choice through democratic means?" Think about Iran and Sudan, both of which are on your government's "most-preferred nations" list for trade. But in the dictionary of political Islam, Iran and Sudan can always be perceived as more democratic than Switzerland. Hurriyet-Turkey's English Daily

Experience life on the front lines of Afghanistan - 51 minutes

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 05:20 AM PST

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Symbol of Faith & Power - The Minaret

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 05:28 AM PST

Among the most distinctive sights in any Islamic city are the minarets, tall slender towers attached to the city's mosques from which muezzins call the faithful to prayer five times a day. Indeed, the minaret—along with the dome—is one or the most characteristic forms of Islamic architecture, and the sound of the adhan, the call to prayer, is as typical of Cairo or Istanbul or Riyadh as the sound of bells is of Rome. In West and East alike, minarets have become such a distinctive symbol of Islam that political cartoonists use them as shorthand to indicate a Middle Eastern or Islamic setting, and authors and publishers use the word similarly to refer to the Muslim world or Islam itself.

Despite the recent proliferation of skyscrapers and television towers, soaring minarets still give a distinctively "Islamic" look to the skylines of cities from Morocco to Malaysia. And though tape recordings may have replaced and loudspeakers amplified many "live" muezzins, minarets remain essential elements in mosque design the world over, and architects are repeatedly challenged to reinterpret this traditional form in new and distinctive ways.

In recent years, as Muslims have established communities and built houses of worship in European and American cities, minarets have come to mingle with the traditional verticals of western cityscapes, often with surprising results. In Oxford, England, the university town whose "dreaming spires" were commemorated by the poet Matthew Arnold in the 19th century, a furor erupted in the summer of 2000 when the Egyptian architect Abdel Wahed El-Wakil proposed to erect a 10-story minaret on the playing fields of historic Magdalen College as part of a new Islamic center. In Frederick, Maryland, whose church spires, as Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote, gave the town "a poetical if seers and dreamers might live there," the local Muslim community was recently denied a construction permit to build a mosque, although Frederick's "clustered spires" had long been obscured by blocky, angular office buildings.

Once, a muezzin could rely on the strength of his lungs to lift the call to prayer above the clamor of a traditional city's activities, but today's muezzin cannot be heard without amplification above the modern city's incessant traffic and industrial noise. And outside the Muslim world, municipal noise restrictions often limit the volume at which Muslims can call the faithful to prayer, thus obviating the need for a muezzin's tower—and giving rise to imaginative substitutes: In some British cities with large Muslim populations, enterprising Muslims have brought the adhan into the electronic age by "beeping" the daily prayer times on an Internet website and broadcasting a text alert to Muslim subscribers' mobile phones.

Whether or not minarets are actually used to call the faithful to prayer, they remain potent symbols of Islam, and have sometimes been targeted accordingly. During the horrendous civil war in Kosovo, for example, Serbian forces regularly placed explosives inside minarets, not only destroying the towers but ensuring that they would collapse onto and damage the adjacent mosques. By this destruction, the Serbs hoped to erase what they saw as signs of centuries of Ottoman oppression.

Such clashes between competing visual cultures are unfortunately not only recent news, although modern weapons and explosives tend to make the results more dramatic. After the Ottoman sultan Fatih Mehmet conquered the Byzantine capital of Constantinople in May 1453, one of his first acts was to order a wooden minaret added to the 900-year-old church of Hagia Sophia to signal its conversion into a mosque. The temporary wooden minaret was soon rebuilt in stone and three others added for good measure. As Mehmet and his successors built other mosques in their new capital, Istanbul's skyline came to be punctuated by dozens of slender, arrow-like minarets that gave the Ottoman capital a distinctive aspect and signaled to all that it was no longer the capital of Christian Byzantium but the new capital of an Islamic empire. In full to the Saudi Aramco...

MACC to PKR Youth chief: Find Bala for us - nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar nizar

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 08:01 AM PST

The creative juices of Malaysia's graft warriors seem to have started flowing, they seek the help of an ordinary citizen to track down a 'fugitive'...

The party's Youth chief Shamsul Iskander Mohd Akin revealed to Malaysiakini that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had asked him to find Bala as soon as possible and get copies of Bala's first and second statutory declarations (SDs).

MACC so lame lah...cannot even find Bala.

There is only one word that best describes MACC - USELESS!

Assassin's Creed Lineage - 36 minutes

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 02:47 AM PST

For your weekend entertaiment pleasure. Enjoy!!

When the Duke of Milan is brutally murdered, Giovanni Auditore an Assassin - is dispatched to investigate the crime. His mission: determine who is responsible and why. The answers he uncovers implicate Italys most powerful families reaching all the way back to the Vatican itself. As Giovanni draws closer to the truth, he becomes hunted himself. He must expose the conspirators before he joins their ever growing list of victims This is the Prequel to the Assassins Creed 2 Story.

1476, Florence. Giovanni Auditore, an assassin, attempts to thwart a conspiracy against one of Lorenzo de Medicis allies, whom he works for. The ensuing inquiry will take him to Milan where he tries to prevent the worst from happening.

Pursuing Sforzas assassins, Giovanni arrives in Venice where he intercepts a coded letter from the members of the conspiracy. Decoding this document in order to get to the top of the conspiracy becomes of imperial importance.

Unable to decode the letter, Giovanni decides to deliver it to Rome in order to unmask the ringleaders. But there he discovers that the conspiracy is much more widespread and dangerous than he thought.

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We Love Tok Guru

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 04:32 AM PST

We Love Tok Guru ...

lagi dicerca.... lagi dijulang....
Lagi dihina.... lagi terbilang...
Lagi difitnah.... lagi disokong...

Royalti dan wang ehsan.... bezanya ternyata....
Terengganu terbukti dalam sejarah....
Mengapa Najib masih berbohong...
Katanya sama wang ehsan dan royalti....
1Malaysia tahu Najib berbohong...

Siakap Sonohong... Gelama Ikan Duri....
Bercakap Bohong...Jadi Perdana Menteri...
Itulah Najib PM Terkini...

Oleh sharpshooter

Ulasan GB

Itulah riaksi spontan rakyat terhadap kebiadaban UMNO BN.
Najib-Muhyiddin dan UMNO BN bakal menerima padahnya apabila aura ini terus merebak ke seluruh negara.

Tak dikerah, tak dipanggil, tak dipaksa
takder bas, takder nasi bungkus, takder fulus dihulur

terkedulah Najib, Muhyiddin, UMNO, boneka UMNO bernama UG dan semua musuh-rakyat
TGNA pemimpin untuk semua.

Gambar ikhsan Pinkturtle, TopengPerak etc.

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UMNO Belasah Nik Aziz Kerana Boneka UG Gagal - Halik Zaman

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 03:11 AM PST

Gagalnya Boneka Kerajaan Perpaduan, UMNO Belasah Nik Aziz
Oleh Datuk Halik Zaman

Para pemimpin UMNO dilihat dari hari kesehari semakin ketandusan subjek untuk menyerang kepimpinan Pakatan Rakyat. Mangsa terkini ialah YAB Tuan Guru Nik Aziz Menteri Besar Kelantan yang kita sendiri tidak begitu pasti apakah dosa dan khilafnya Tuan Guru Nik Aziz terhadap halatuju niat kearah kepimpinan para pemimpin UMNO?

Ada sahaja patah perkataan dan perbuatan Tuan Guru yang menjadi subjek serangan politik para pemimpin UMNO pada ketika ini. Orang nak pegi haji salah, cakap salah. Serba tak kena di buatnya. Tuan Guru Nik Aziz dimata kepimpinan para pemimpin UMNO bagaikan duri dalam daging. Sakit mata dan hati mereka dengan insan yang bernama NIK AZIZ !!

Kerana sakit hati atas pencapaian Kerajaan Negeri pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat yang gilang gemilang lantas nak sedekah korban pun SPRM nak tangkap dan siasat. Orang niat nak sedekah naikan haji keMekah pun SPRM menyibuk nak siasat. Komisen beli kapal scomi dan Musa Aman menyalahgunakan kuasa memberi kelulusan ratusan ribu ekar balak kepada Michael Chia, membawa masuk wang haram dari Hongkong keMalaysia itu SPRM diam diam sahaja. Perkara remeh temeh Tok Guru Nik Aziz di highlight kan oleh para pemimpin UMNO dan SPRM, ini yang rakyat meluat dengan UMNO.

Jika dilihat, dari motif serangan ini sekiranya di kaji dan di perhalusi sebaiknya, kita akan sampai ke satu asas sahaja. Yakni semua ini berlaku kerana Tuan Guru Nik Aziz tidak bersetuju dengan kewujudan Kerajaan Perpaduan sebagai penyambung oksigen pernafasan para pemimpin UMNO untuk memanjangkan pemerintahan mereka dibalik UMNO/BN.

Kerajaan Perpaduan ini kita semua sedar dan amat maklum amat dinanti-nantikan dan di harap-harapkan oleh keseluruhan kepimpinan para pemimpin UMNO dan tidak kurang juga segelintir kepimpinan PAS yang kita yakin mula tergoda dengan fulus dan jawatan yang bakal tersandang di bahu masing-masing andai impian Kerajaan Perpaduan menjadi kenyataan.

Jadi pada mata mereka kini, Pok Nik tak ubah bagaikan penghalang besar atas impian-impian mereka selama ini. Tidakkah anda sedar betapa kemaruknya kerajaan UMNO/BN kepada Kerajaan Perpaduan ini ? Para pemimpin UMNO perlukan kewujudan Kerajaan Perpaduan kerana mereka telah mengenalpasti bahawa sokongan dan kepercayaan rakyat terhadap mereka sudah pupus dan jika dibiarkan ianya bakal menjadi sejarah hitam dalam hidup para pemimpin UMNO yang penuh sandiwara dengan rakyat Malaysia yang dicogankatakan sebagai 1Malaysia yang haprak.

Oleh sebab itulah para pemimpin UMNO tersangat memerlukan Kerajaan Perpaduan dengan PAS untuk 'menjernihkan' kembali hubungan rakyat dan diri para pemimpin UMNO yang telah terjejas teruk dalam PRU13. Para pemimpin UMNO terpaksa menumpang populariti PAS untuk kembali di yakini rakyat Malaysia. Tidakkah semua rakyat 1Malaysia sedar niat para pemimpin UMNO yang busuk dan yang telah patah kemudi kearah yang dituju itu selain bertaut idea Kerajaan Perpaduan dengan PAS?

Tanpa Kerajaan Perpaduan sokongan PAS UMNO akan ghaib, BN akan menjadi nostalgia. Justeru itu keghairahan mewujudkan Kerajaan Perpaduan begitu meluap-luap. Begitu pentingnya Kerajaan Perpaduan dimata Najib, Muhyiddin dan semua pemimpin UMNO.

Bila ada kepimpinan yang tidak bersetuju, maka pemimpin itulah mereka gasak, kehidupan pemimpin itu akan mereka cerobohi bagi mencari hatta sekelumit kesilapan untuk mereka perbesarkan dan jadikan isu yang bisa membangkitkan kemarahan rakyat. Sedar atau tidak, para pemimpin UMNO berharap kontroversi ini mampu mengalihkan setitik sokongan dari rakyat.

Perselisihan faham antara kepimpinan adalah satu perkara yang biasa dalam parti. Bilamana berlaku sedikit perselisihan dalam Pakatan Rakyat, maka para pemimpin UMNO mencari ruang dan peluang meriuh-rendahkan lagi situasi dan memperbesar-besarkan dalam setiap media. Walhal kepincangan dan kemusnahan yang berlaku dalam UMNO/BN tidak mereka endahkan.

Sudah-sudahlah buat kerja tak berfaedah ni. Ini bukan cara terbaik untuk menawan kembali hati rakyat yang sudah dilukai oleh para pemimpin UMNO. Orang yang kamu kerjakan adalah seorang Ulama' agama. Buat sayang air liur sahaja kamu semua mengutuk beliau, sedangkan pengundi dan rakyat Kelantan lebih kenal siapa itu YAB Tuan Guru Nik Aziz.

The Big Move…Done

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 02:50 AM PST

I kind of missed my blog when I was away, moving house.

But I am back now and though I wouldn't say I'm totally settled in (after all, I scare myself when I look at my 3rd room and see boxes and more boxes of unpacked stuff!), I'm lots better now. Less frazzled. Less stressed.

While we loved the old apartment (we stayed there for 9 years), the new place is HOME. Yes, cornily it is. We've been hunting for this type of apartment for the longest time ever and we found it.

Law of Attraction? Highly likely.

Serendipity? Most probably.

What I love best about our new home is that it's a total change from our old place. Gone are the tangerine walls. When I told Jo I had bright tangerine walls in my old place, she went "Cool!" I had a sky blue wall in my bedroom. Nic's home office was orange and dark green! (We once lived in a room which Nic painted black and with a red door. This was in our student days. Yup, we were radical people!)

Gone are most of the knick-knacks and stuff we accumulated over the years. We sold off a lorry-load of stuff!

It's unbelievable how much junk two people and a cat can amass.

But a move also portends lots of de-cluttering - not just physically but also mentally.

When we moved into our previous place, we were in our 20s. So the decor reflected us in our mid-20s. A bit mad, a bit adventurous, a bit brazen. I still remember the cow's skull hanging in my living room wall. It scared off a lot of folks. Even the 8 fake plastic geckos stuck to the tangerine wall using blu-tack also freaked out most friends. Plus we had Iban war shields and a fiery parang too hanging on the wall. No wonder everyone thought Nic was not Chinese!

It was shocking all right. It also attracted attention. Even the postman wanted to step in and have a look around!

We did the paint job ourselves so it was messy and unkempt, and the colours were raw.

But that's youth you see. And when you get a whole apartment to play with, you go crazy!

Over the years, we've realized that our style has changed a little. Gone are the raw colours. But yellow (Dulux Popcorn Yellow) still features in my all-white kitchen. Everyone who knows me know I adore yellow.

And Nic likes his red, well, red. Powerful and energetic.

And Dulux Ruby Red is on our feature wall. Red is a colour that attracts and repels. You either love it or hate it. You can either turn a house into a temple or you can turn it into a home. After all, we are Redbox Studio right? Red features in our lives a lot. So red made a splashing entrance.

In a way, we toned things down a little. But heightened it a lot with lighting. It's amazing what lighting can do for a home. People think we splurged on major renovation but a lot of it went into de-gunking the place. Tearing down the built-in display units, old kitchen and toilets.

Starting anew with contemporary colours, a fresh new foundation. Re-wiring the place up. Replacing all the old pipes and plumbing. Putting in extra power points - this sounds mad but I go all tingly inside when I know I have 8 places I can plug in my electrical appliances in the kitchen!

Expensive? Yes.

Was it worth it? Definitely!

I'll post up photos of our new home soon - I have to get things sorted out by unpacking first.

On our first official day here, Margaret got lost after we let her out of her pet carrier. We spent a good half hour walking about this area with a torchlight and shaking her plastic container of kibble like maniacs at 10pm. We'd read stories of cats finding their way back to their old homes thousands of miles away. Margaret could possibly find her way back to Taman Jadeview!

Fortunately for us, Nic is a cat whisperer. He finally found her crouched in a shallow drain. Margaret was a bit wet, all together frightened but no limbs missing. Once she got her bearings and sniffed enough, she was happily munching kibble and rolling over on the marble floor.

I'm still getting used to the new home. I actually have a garden right now (hurray for being on the ground floor) and I can do my 10-pot composting which Don taught.

I can hang my laundry at the back of the house now. We can (finally) park our car right in front of the house! No more going up the multi-storey car park and no more car tyres getting ruined! I can have a fun barbie at the back. Nic can do all the painting and carpentry he wants. I actually have real grass under my feet! I have my own floor to ceiling bookshelf. Oh and a kickass shower.

For some people, it's the big things.

For us, it's the little things which matter!

Ketua SPRM Letak Jawatan

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 02:14 AM PST

Ketua Setiausaha Negara, Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan memberitahu, Ketua Pesuruhjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan memohon menamatkan kontrak perkhidmatannya lebih awal berkuatkuasa pada 31 Disember ini.

Ahmad Said telah mengemukakan notis bertulis supaya kontrak perkhidmatannya sebagai Ketua Pesuruhjaya SPRM yang sepatutnya tamat pada 25 Mei 2010 dipendekkan kepada 31 Disember 2009.

Sehubungan itu, Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamed dilantik sebagai Ketua Pesuruhjaya baru SPRM berkuatkuasa 1 Januari depan. .

"Bagi mengisi jawatan yang akan dikosongkan Ahmad Said, Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong berdasarkan peruntukan subseksyen 5(1) Akta Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia 2009 [Akta 694] telah memperkenankan supaya Abu Kassim…dilantik sebagai Ketua Pesuruhjaya SPRM yang baru, berkuat kuasa mulai 1 Januari 2010," kata Mohd Sidek dalam satu kenyataan sebentar tadi.

Permohonan Ahmad Said menamatkan kontraknya lebih awal, sekaligus mengundang pelbagai persepsi, apatah lagi selama ini, kewibawaan SPRM sering dipertikaikan termasuklah 'dakwaan terpilih'.

Kematian setiausaha sulit kepada Exco Selangor, Teoh Beng Hock yang mayatnya terdampar jatuh di tingkat lima Plaza Masalam, Shah Alam yang menempatkan ibu pejabat SPRM Negeri Selangor mengundang pelbagai tanggapan sehingga mahkamah memutuskan sesi soal jawab penyiasatan tidak boleh dibuat selepas waktu pejabat.

Sejak akhir-akhir ini, pemimpin-pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat menyifatkan SPRM dan Polis adalah antara parti komponen Barisan Nasional (BN). Mereka cekap mengendalikan kes-kes yang membabitkan pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat sekalipun ia hanya berdasarkan laporan media tetapi menghadapi pelbagai masalah mengendalikan kes-kes melibatkan pemimpin BN sekali pun bukti diserahkan kepada mereka.


Posted: 04 Dec 2009 12:36 AM PST

I was the lone volunteer on duty during HIV clinic last Wednesday. The 2 trainee volunteers in my team had work-related matters to attend to.

But it was no big deal, really. SN too was not around since she had to attend a course elsewhere and so I had to postpone whatever matters I needed to discuss with her.

Only the junior nurse was around to refer any cases to us but according to her, although there were supposed to be 4 new cases that day, only one turned up. So yes, I only met one new patient.

As I was getting bored waiting, in case the other 3 patients may turn up, I decided to text Asiah. It had been quite some time since my last contact with her – she had then just been confirmed pregnant and if I recalled correctly, she should be due to deliver anytime soon.

Coincidentally Asiah was at the hospital for her blood test when I sent her the text message. I took the opportunity to go down to meet her since there weren't any more cases referred to me. Asiah and her husband were at the canteen having a drink. Usually her husband would shy away from me but since he was having a drink, he couldn't simply get up and sit elsewhere. I finally got a clearer picture of how he looked like!

Anyway, Asiah's full term of pregnancy is in early January. Although she has not got the confirmation from the doctor, chances are her c-sect will be scheduled 2 weeks earlier. That'll be soon enough. She promised she'd inform me once she knows when she needs to be warded at Ipoh GH. It'll be easier for me to visit her then.


I called up Sofie yesterday to find out how her family was doing. Sofie had brought Saiful to the Ipoh GH to set an appointment with the eye specialist. His appointment is set in February 2010. Hmmm… must be a long list of patients waiting to see the specialist.

I had initially planned to bring Sofie's children to shop for their schooling needs early next week, but according to Sofie, Saiful is scheduled to be circumcised today. So I think I'll give him a bit more time. I'll wait until later next week to bring them shopping.

Maybe before that I can bring Yati's children to shop for their schooling needs first. Yati texted me last night, telling me that her husband AJ seemed to be getting weaker but simply refused to go to the clinic or hospital. He seemed to think there is no hope for him anymore and as such no point getting treatment. Yati is beginning to lose her patience with him.

I told Yati that AJ may need a bit more time to get out of it and that she should keep on coaxing him to go for treatment. I even told her to threaten him that I'd be visiting them at home if he refuses to go to the clinic/hospital (her family that they're staying with are not aware of his HIV and so they don't want us Buddies to visit them at home in case her family becomes suspicious). No, we don't visit them at home without their permission… I just wanted Yati to threaten him a bit…


For the first time ever, Buddies will be organizing our own World AIDS Day programme instead of joining the programmes of other NGOs. About 7 or 8 of us will be going to an Orang Asli village for an HIV awareness programme. I've finally got my powerpoint presentation ready. I had to redo the slides as the ones I had previously were either in English or the one or two I had in Malay were a bit more technical. We have been advised to keep the presentation in simple Malay and without too much statistics which may just confuse them further. The important thing is to inform them on the basics of HIV.

So yeah, my next blog posting will probably be about the visit to the Orang Asli village.

MBPJ Champ of the Disabled, says YB Rodziah - The Star

Posted: 04 Dec 2009 02:56 AM PST

Friday December 4, 2009

More jobs for the disabled in Selangor


THE Selangor state government will set aside at least one percent of the posts available in its administration for disabled people. The quota applies not only to all local councils but also contractors taking up government projects.
State executive councillor Rodziah Ismail, who is in charge of the Welfare, Women's Affairs, Science, Technology and Innovation Committee, said the move would begin in January.

"The state wants to ensure that disabled people are given due opportunities in job placement," she said after launching the International Day for Disabled Person celebration organised by the Petaling Jaya City Council yesterday at E@Curve, Mutiara Damansara.

Also present at the celebration were mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman as well as councillor Anthony Thanasayan and Chan Chee Kong.

At the function, prizes were presented to special children with good academic results while members from the Dyslexia Association Malaysia presented an interesting opening act. Others took part in a treasure hunt while children were taught handicraft.

"At least one per cent of government projects will also be offered to disabled people to ensure that they get a fair chance in business, too," she added.
She said the idea had long been mooted and even practised internally but the announcement was not made yet to officially invite application from disabled people.

"Currently, disabled people take up only 0.3% of the posts in our administration throughout the state so we are at the same time offering education and skills training to prepare them for the posts," she said.
Also, factories in the state have 18,000 jobs to be filled and the government had arranged for the disabled to sit for the interviews because they are skilled.
The state's next step in improving the welfare for the disabled groups is to have a sign language interpreter at the front desk of government organisations.

"We also want the entire state to be barrier-free as we are having an increasing population of disabled people. So far, Selangor has 20,000 disabled people but many still have not registered with us.

"I would say MBPJ is the champion in making its city accessible to the disabled and it is indeed an excellent example for all other local councils to emulate," she added.

She said the state would also form a committee made up of disabled people next year. The committee is expected to give its input in all planning discussions and the recommendations will be followed through by the local councils and relevant parties.

Roslan said the council set aside RM3.9mil to make Petaling Jaya a barrier-free city.

"However, the fact is that disabled people face not only physical barrier but also attitude barrier. The disabled have a right to basic accessibility and the public must not abuse these facilities provided for them," he said.

Please click on the link for The Star's video of the event.

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stomping, burning, tearing images – whose culture?

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 11:03 PM PST

Rakyat Berbilang Kaum Nyatakan Sokongan Kepada Tok Guru

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 10:27 PM PST

Kira-kira 5,000 (angka sebenar puluhon ribu - GB) warga Kelantan berhimpun di Dataran Ilmu dekat ibu pejabat PAS negeri di sini pagi ini bagi mengisytiharkan sokongan kepada kepimpinan Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.

Perhimpunan tersebut bermula kira-kira pukul 10.30 pagi sebaik sahaja tamat kuliah mingguan oleh Nik Aziz, Menteri Besar Kelantan.

Kumpulan yang terdiri daripada anggota pertubuhan-pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) Kelantan itu juga menyokong usaha kerajaan negeri dalam membuat tuntutan royalti minyak.

Turut hadir dalam perhimpunan itu adalah barisan kepimpinan negeri termasuk anggota exco kanan kerajaan negeri Datuk Husam Musa.

Husam dalam ucapannya semasa perhimpunan itu menegaskan tidak ada salahnya dengan doa Nik Aziz dalam usaha menuntut pembayaran royalty petroleum.

"Tidak membayar royalti itu satu kezaliman jadi dalam Islam kita diharuskan berdoa," kata Husam dalam ucapannya.

Perhimpunan tersebut, yang diadakan sebagai reaksi kepada perhimpunan anti-Nik Aziz sebelum ini, bersurai selepas menyerahkan memorandum sokongan kepada Menteri Besar.

Selasa lepas Jemaah Prihatin Rakyat Kelantan yang dipimpin Timbalan Ketua Umno Pasir Mas, Che Johan Che Pa mengadakan tunjuk perasaan di pintu masuk pejabat pentadbiran kerajaan negeri Kelantan di Kota Darul Naim menuntut Nik Aziz meletakkan jawatan atas doanya kepada Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan Umno.

Nik Aziz dalam khutbah Aidiladha minggu lepas menggesa para jemaah supaya berdoa agar hati Najib dibuka untuk membayar royalti minyak kepada kerajaan Kelantan.

Beliau juga berkata akan mendoakan kecelakaan ke atas Najib dan Umno sekiranya royalti minyak itu tidak dibayar.

Doa kontroversi Nik Aziz itu telah digunakan oleh pemimpin Umno untuk menekan Mursyidul Am PAS itu.

Selain perhimpunan hari ini, pemimpin PAS di Mekah turut menganjurkan majlis sembahyang hajat di tanah suci umat Islam itu memohon bantuan Tuhan bagi menyelesaikan kemelut tuntutan royalti minyak negeri itu. -MI

Nik Aziz: Kita doa sampai pecah perut

Membalas bantahan sekumpulan penyokong Umno terhadap Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat pada Selasa lalu, ribuan penyokong menteri besar itu hari ini mengadakan satu demonstrasi di Kota Bharu.

Perhimpunan itu diadakan di Jalan Dato' Pati bermula jam 10 pagi tadi, sejurus selepas kuliah mingguan tokoh besar PAS itu di depan pejabat perhubungan PAS Kelantan.

Para penyokong Nik Abdul Aziz memakai lilitan kepala warna merah bertulisan putih "We Love Tok Guru" sambil mendengar ucapan beliau, exco kanan kerajaan negeri Datuk Husam Musa, pemimpin Pemuda PAS Dr Rosli Alani Abdul Kadir dan beberapa pemimpin lain.

Dalam ucapannya, Nik Abdul Aziz antaranya menyifatkan penafian terhadap bayaran royalti minyak seperti dituntut kerajaan negeri sebagai "melanggar keadilan asasi".

"Perkara ini bercanggah dengan (prinsip) keadilan asasi. Selagi tidak bagi (royalti petroleum), kita doa sampai pecah perut orang itu," kata mursyidul am PAS, dengan sorakan para penyokongnya.

Nik Abdul Aziz mengaitkan perkara itu dengan bantahan masyarakat bukan Islam yang menentang peraturan kawalan arak ketika beliau baru memimpin Kelantan, 19 tahun lalu.

"Ada (ahli masyarakat) yang kata hendak buat pesta minum arak. Bila wartawan tanya saya (perkara itu), saya kata, bagi dia minum sampai pecah perut," katanya, disambut gelak ketawa penyokong.

Tambahnya, hasil penjelasan itu, semua pihak menyambut baik tindakan kerajaan negeri.

Selasa lalu, ratusan penyokong Umno, yang diketuai seorang pemimpin bahagian Pasir Mas, mengadakan demonstrasi di depan kompleks Kota Darulnaim bagi mendesak Nik Abdul Aziz memohon maaf kepada Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak berhubung ugutan untuk berdoa bala terhadapnya.

Mereka, yang menggunakan nama Jemaah Rakyat Prihatin Kelantan, juga mendesak menteri besar melepaskan jawatannya.

Nik Abdul Aziz menyatakan hasratnya untuk berdoa sedemikian sebagai reaksi terhadap keengganan kerajaan persekutuan menyerahkan bayaran royalti minyak kepada Kelantan, sebaliknya sekadar menyerahkan wang ehsan.

Sementara itu, mengulas kritikan terhadap kepimpinannya akhir-akhir ini, Nik Abdul Aziz berkata, serangan itu dibuat ekoran "rasa cemas" BN dalam usaha menutup masalah dalaman parti-parti komponennya.

"Dia (BN) hendak tipu budak-budak dengan hantu boleh. Tetapi hendak tipu pengundi Kelantan tidak boleh," katanya.

Perhimpunan sejam itu berakhir dengan laungan takbir para penyokongnya. Tiada sebarang perarakan dibuat, walaupun terdapat ura-ura mengenainya sebelum ini.

Kepemimpinan Nik Abdul Aziz akhir-akhir ini menerima pelbagai kritikan susulan beberapa isu, antaranya pelantikan menantunya Abdul Ariffahmi Ab Rahman sebagai ketua pengarah eksekutif (CEO) Perbadanan Menteri Besar Kelantan (PMBK) dan tajaan haji daripada seorang kontraktor.

Anak syarikat kerajaan (GLC) itu juga sedang disiasat Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah (SPRM) berhubung dakwaan berlakunya penyelewengan dan salah guna kuasa.

Belum reda isu itu, Nik Abdul Aziz menimbulkan pula kontroversi baru apabila mendakwa terdapat usaha menjatuhkannya yang didalangi oleh seorang pegawai tentera yang dikenali sebagai "Kolonel Mat." - malaysiakini

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Negri MB’s RM10m tip of hot money iceberg

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 10:20 PM PST

KUALA LUMPUR Dec 4 — When aides to the Negri Sembilan mentri besar sent RM10 million to London via a money changer recently, they were just following in the footsteps of many who have sought the hawala system to move ill-gotten gains and wealth to more secure locations.

Apart from flouting exchange laws and possibly the Anti-Money Laundering Act, the trail of money outside the country betrays a lack of confidence in the future of Malaysia as they are basically transferring funds outside the country through underground channels.

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) is unlikely to charge any of them because the list contains a number of prominent Malaysians, including top businessmen, chiefs of some government-linked companies (GLCs), politicians and several ordinary people either sending money for their children's needs abroad or just plain distrustful of Malaysia's future.

And the list is too long as BNM has discovered that these well-heeled tycoons, cutting across all racial lines, and the rest have been using the network of Indian-Muslim money changers across the world to remit millions of ringgit every month to offshore accounts.

The only thing BNM has done is to cancel the licences of the money changers, with some 40 licences taken back this year.

The case came out in the open when Batu MP Chua Tian Chang revealed that Negri Sembilan MB Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan had used Salamath Ali money changers in KLCC Suria to send RM10 million to London. The money changer lost its licence and its shoplot is now closed, ostensibly for renovations.

Several Indian-Muslim money changers and opposition leaders say Mohamad's transfer is just one of many transacted daily to move millions of ringgit to "safe havens" abroad, potentially depriving the nation of capital and breaking local laws in the process.

Chua, who is also PKR strategy chief, told The Malaysian Insider he has access to a list of high-profile personalities who used the money changer transfer services, also known as hawala as practised in India.

He claimed among them is a senior minister's wife who allegedly had money transferred to her overseas and a major GLC chief who apparently moved £3.2 million (RM18 million) worth of funds to London.

But Chua said that he will not reveal the names until he is "absolutely sure".

"This is only the tip of the iceberg," Chua said. "Millions of dollars are going out and I think it is affecting the economy."

Money changers say however that authorities should not focus on the hawala system but rather on why some politicians have access to so much money and moving it abroad.

"We are just doing a service and the commission is very little," said a prominent money changer in central Kuala Lumpur.

Others added that it will be difficult to prove that the money has moved as transactions are in cash and politicians will not appear in person at the money changer but send runners to do the deed.

In Mohamad's case, he blamed the RM10 million transfer on an aide who chose Salamath Ali Money Changer, which later had its licence revoked on Oct 26 for contravening Section 30 of the Money-Changing Act 1998 which states that no licensee may remit or transfer funds outside Malaysia.

The hawala system has been described as a "subsystem" of the conventional banking system. It is run on trust where money given to a money changer in one country will be paid out by a money changer in another with just one phone call.

This network of money changers will settle outstanding debts later using coded chits or notes via their own clearinghouse system which could involve contra of funds, exchange of jewellery or even runners moving bags of cash.

The use of hawala in Malaysia grew after capital controls were imposed in the wake of the 1998 Asian financial crisis where the movement of large sums of money to locations outside Malaysia required Bank Negara's approval.

Some individuals also prefer it as it is cheaper and faster than using conventional banks and leaves no trail.

The United Nations had promised to eradicate hawala as a potential conduit for financing global terrorism and crime and Bank Negara has been quietly working to ensure the integrity of the local banking system particularly the independent money changing system.

In April this year, Bank Negara revoked the licences of 19 money changers and another 20, including Salamath, in October.

The list of money changers whose licences have been revoked can be found here.
- MalaysianInsider

30th Blue Dragon Film Awards (2009)

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 10:09 PM PST

Korea's 30th Blue Dragon Film Awards were held at Seoul's KBS Hall on Wednesday night. Mother claims the top excellence award, while Kim Myung-min and Ha Ji-won won the best actor and actress awards with their performance in Closer To Heaven. Full winners list after some red carpet pics…

Son Ye-jin

Korean actress Son Ye-jin at 2009 Blue Dragon Film Awards in Seoul

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30th Blue Dragon Film Awards (2009) from YeinJee's Asian Journal

Things That Make My Baby Happy – Part 1

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 10:02 PM PST

There is a little someone who has stolen my heart. He likes walker rides and bath times. He likes to smell the flowers and run in the park chasing after bugs. My love for the little someone is unconditional. In this blog memories shall remain.

Someday Mummy and Daddy will grow old and Miki will get bigger. We will see all of these again and we will have memories. Sweet sweet memories.

Here are the things that can make Miki very happy, when Miki was a baby…

smell a rose

" Smell the roses"
8 February 2009, Butterfly Farm, Cameron Highlands

walker rides

 "Walker Rides"
9 January 2009, Opah's house, Penang 

 bath tub baby

 "Bath Time"
3 January 2009, Langkawi

bug hunting

"Bug Hunting"
19 April 2009, Bukit Jalil Park, KL



"Wear Mummy's sunnies"
18 February 2009, in our car, North South Highway

Life is short… Have a nice weekend everyone… 

I Was At The Big Bad Book Sale

Posted: 03 Dec 2009 09:48 PM PST

Big Bad Book Sale at Amcorp Mall
The queue going into the Big Bad Book Sale at Amcorp Mall.
Photo by Wuan.

Wuan did not have to go to work last Friday. It was a public holiay. We planned our strategy to attack the Big Bad Book Sale at Amcorp Mall. I had to drag myself out of the bed at 8.30 am. We did not even have a decent breakfast. I parked the car outside Hong Leong Bank at Pandan Perdana. Wuan went to the wet market to get two packets of economy noodles. We ate in the car.

Big Bad Book Sale at Amcorp Mall
That is me with the Big Bad Wolf.
Photo by Wuan.

We reached Amcorp Mall at 10 am sharp. To our consternation, there were already more than 100 people waiting in the queue to get into the hall. I have never seen a queue this long. We stood in line waiting for our turn. By the time we reached the entrance, the queue had swelled to 200 people by my estimation. I looked at my watch. It was 10.30 am.

Big Bad Book Sale at Amcorp Mall
The crowd inside the Big Bad Book Sale hall.
Photo by Wuan.

The crowd inside the hall doubly as many in the queue. We spent almost three hours there browsing from aisle to aisle rummaging through the stacks of books. The only books we particularly wanted to get were the Asterix comics. I am particularly fond of Obelix and his cute puppy. Apparently, all the copies were snapped up by the time we found our way to the comics section.

Big Bad Book Sale at Amcorp Mall
The books we bought from the Big Bad Book Sale.

All in, we bought thirty over books that fitted nicely into one carton box. I do not need to buy anymore books to read for the next three years. The books from the Pearson and Penguin Books Warehouse Sale are still begging to be read. I have only finished two books from that batch. In between that, I have read The Time Traveler's Wife and am currently reading Holder of the White Lotus.

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