Thursday, January 28, 2010

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PANTUN MELAYU

Posted: 28 Jan 2010 10:49 AM PST

Melayu itu orang yang bijaksana
Nakalnya bersulam jenaka
Budi bahasanya tidak terkira
Kurang ajarnya tetap santun
Jika menipu pun masih bersopan
Bila mengampu bijak beralas tangan.
Melayu itu berani jika bersalah
Kecut takut kerana benar,
Janji simpan di perut
Selalu pecah di mulut,
Biar mati adat
Jangan mati anak.
Melayu di tanah Semenanjung luas maknanya:
Jawa itu Melayu, Bugis itu Melayu
Banjar juga disebut Melayu,
Minangkabau memang Melayu,
Keturunan Acheh adalah Melayu,
Jakun dan Sakai asli Melayu,
Arab dan Pakistani, semua Melayu
Mamak dan Malbari serap ke Melayu
Malah mua´alaf bertakrif Melayu
(Setelah disunat anunya itu)
Dalam sejarahnya
Melayu itu pengembara lautan
Melorongkan jalur sejarah zaman
Begitu luas daerah sempadan
Sayangnya kini segala kehilangan
Melayu itu kaya falsafahnya
Kias kata bidal pusaka
Akar budi bersulamkan daya
Gedung akal laut bicara
Malangnya Melayu itu kuat bersorak
Terlalu ghairah pesta temasya
Sedangkan kampung telah tergadai
Sawah sejalur tinggal sejengkal
tanah sebidang mudah terjual
Meski telah memiliki telaga
Tangan masih memegang tali
Sedang orang mencapai timba.
Berbuahlah pisang tiga kali
Melayu itu masih bermimpi
Walaupun sudah mengenal universiti
Masih berdagang di rumah sendiri.
Berkelahi cara Melayu
Menikam dengan pantun
Menyanggah dengan senyum
Marahnya dengan diam
Merendah bukan menyembah
Meninggi bukan melonjak.
Watak Melayu menolak permusuhan
Setia dan sabar tiada sempadan
Tapi jika marah tak nampak telinga
Musuh dicari ke lubang cacing
Tak dapat tanduk telinga dijinjing
Maruah dan agama dihina jangan
Hebat amuknya tak kenal lawan
Berdamai cara Melayu indah sekali
Silaturrahim hati yang murni
Maaf diungkap senantiasa bersahut
Tangan diulur sentiasa bersambut
Luka pun tidak lagi berparut
Baiknya hati Melayu itu tak terbandingkan
Selaga yang ada sanggup diberikan
Sehingga tercipta sebuah kiasan:
"Dagang lalu nasi ditanakkan
Suami pulang lapar tak makan
Kera di hutan disusu-susukan
Anak di pangkuan mati kebuluran"
Bagaimanakah Melayu abad dua puluh satu
Masihkan tunduk tersipu-sipu?
Jangan takut melanggar pantang
Jika pantang menghalang kemajuan;
Jangan segan menentang larangan
Jika yakin kepada kebenaran;
Jangan malu mengucapkan keyakinan
Jika percaya kepada keadilan.
Jadilah bangsa yang bijaksana
Memegang tali memegang timba
Memiliki ekonomi mencipta budaya
Menjadi tuan di negara Merdeka

(Usman Awang)




Moore lelaki kedua hamil

Posted: 28 Jan 2010 10:43 AM PST

LOS ANGELES: Sepasang suami isteri 'songsang' semalam berkata, mereka bakal mendapat anak pertama dalam tempoh sebulan lagi.




TAK SABAR... Thomas (kanan) bersama Moore.


Scott Moore - dianggap lelaki kedua yang mengaku hamil secara terbuka - dijadual melahirkan anak lelaki bulan depan dengan ditemani suaminya, Thomas.

Kedua-dua mereka dilahirkan sebagai bayi perempuan tetapi menjalani pembedahan menukar jantina beberapa tahun lalu.

Moore, 30, dianggap berkahwin secara sah dengan Thomas kerana masih mengekalkan sijil kelahiran asal.

Scott Moore - dianggap lelaki kedua yang mengaku hamil secara terbuka - dijadual melahirkan anak lelaki bulan depan dengan ditemani suaminya, Thomas.

Kedua-dua mereka dilahirkan sebagai bayi perempuan tetapi menjalani pembedahan menukar jantina beberapa tahun lalu.

Moore, 30, dianggap berkahwin secara sah dengan Thomas kerana masih mengekalkan sijil kelahiran asal.

Kedua-dua mereka bersetuju menamakan anak mereka itu Miles.

Menurut Moore, walaupun sesetengah pihak mengkritik mereka, dia dan Thomas tetap gembira dan tidak berasa aib.


Kini pasangan dari California itu membesarkan dua anak Thomas, Gregg, 12, dan Logan, 10, yang dilahirkan hasil hubungan dengan pasangan wanitanya sebelum ini.

Kes itu sama seperti berlaku terhadap Thomas Beatie yang menjadi perhatian pada 2008 kerana melahirkan bayi perempuan.

Moore dilahirkan sebagai Jessica dan naluri kelelakiannya mula menonjol ketika berusia 11 tahun.

"Apabila saya memberitahu keluarga, mereka menganggap saya gila, tetapi lama-kelamaan akhirnya mereka sedar ia serius dan membenarkan saya mula mengambil hormon lelaki sejak berusia 16 tahun," katanya.

Ibu bapa Moore membelanjakan lebih RM25,500 untuk membuang buah dadanya, tetapi tidak cukup wang mengubah suai kemaluannya.

Thomas - dinamakan Laura sebelum ini - menjalani pembedahan menukar jantina tahun lalu.

Moore disahkan hamil pada Jun tahun lalu hasil sperma diderma seorang rakan lelakinya. - Agensi


If you'd have to go....

Posted: 28 Jan 2010 10:21 AM PST

Say, you're nominated to go.. to a far, far away country... Leaving your loved ones. And this country that you are going, is in such an unstable state, warfare for instance. You have only 20% chance of getting back in one piece or never at all.

Would you go?
Would you stay?

Going means forcing myself to be away, far away. The one thing I haven't been able to do for a long time. And the same goes for him. And perhaps it would help both of us say our goodbyes. Or not. At least it would force us to.

Staying means getting trapped in this never-ending twilight series, where uncertainties and worries grow as time passes. We would continue to hold on to each other without the slightest idea of how to move forward.

.......
.......
.......



p.s. on a lighter note, we just realized we both have rabbit teeth... LOL. tho i've always called his, 'squirrel teeth'


Mustapha Pengampu, Utusan Akhbar Dongeng - Ku Li

Posted: 28 Jan 2010 09:18 AM PST

Matlamat untuk mengumpulkan 100,000 orang di Stadium Sultan Mohd IV tercapai untuk program Solat Hajat dan Majlis Penerangan Royalti Minyak oleh YBM Tengku Razeleigh Hamzah malam tadi.

"Berbanding dengan Forum Wang Ehsan anjuran UMNO yang dihadiri oleh hanya 500 orang (yang digembar-gemburkan 5,000 orang oleh media arus perdana) menunjukkan bahawa rakyat berdiri teguh bersama kepimpinan kerajaan negeri di dalam isu Royalti," tegas seorang pemimpin PAS yang sempat GB hubungi.

Sambil menegaskan kehadirannya pada sesi penerangan malam ini mendapat perkenan Istana Kelantan, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah berkata, negeri itu berhak menerima royalti petroleum lima peratus, lapor Malaysian Insider.

"Saya maklum kepada tuanku perkara ini, tuanku perkenan. Pemangku Raja kata bagus tok li, bagus,"
kata beliau pada program penerangan isu tuntutan royalti di sini.

Justeru Pengasas Petronas itu mengesahkan Kelantan berhak menerima bayaran wang royalti sebanyak lima peratus.

Pada masa yang sama Tengku Razaleigh juga berkata beliau tidak mempedulikan apa jua tomahan orang berhubung kehadirannya malam ini.

"Kalau ada orang kata, jawapan saya, peduli apa...," kata beliau sambil menambah, kehadirannya adalah demi rakyat.

Pada sidang media, Tengku Razaleigh menyifatkan Pengerusi Umno Kelantan Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed sebagai pengampu manakala Utusan pula akhbar dongeng.

"Jangan sebut nama itu depan saya. Mustapa pengampu Utusan dongeng," katanya diminta mengulas kenyataan Mustapa bahawa kerajaan pusat hanya akan bayar wang ihsan pada kerajaan negeri.

Ditanya konflik antara wang ihsan dan royalti beliau berkata, "royalti bukan wang ihsan, wang ihsan bukan royalti."

Bagaimanapun beliau menyerahkan kepada kerajaan negeri untuk menolak atau menerima bayaran royalti atau wang ehsan.

Terdahulu Tengku Razaleigh tiba di sini kira-kira 9.30 malam tadi dengan diarak 50 beca sebagai simbolik 'usaha' kerajaan negeri itu membawa pertikaian bayaran royalti.

Kehadiran beliau untuk memberi penerangan mengenai isu berkenaan diiringi oleh Exco Kerajaan Negeri Datuk Husam Musa.

Difahamkan iringan beca adalah kehendak penarik beca Kelantan sendiri untuk membawa Tengku Razaleigh sebagai tanda sokongan penerangan beliau terhadap tuntutan royalti negeri.

Majlis bermula dengan solat Maghrib berjemaah yang diimamkan oleh Timbalan Menteri Besar Kelantan, Datuk Ahmad Yakob, diikuti solat Isyak yang diimamkan oleh Ustaz Mohamad Mustafa manakala solat hajat dipimpin oleh Menteri Besar, Tuan Guru Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.

Ucapan Tengku Razaleigh berjaya menarik perhatian orang ramai yang memenuhi padang Stadium Sultan Mohamad IV itu berakhir kira-kira jam 10.50 malam.

Beliau yang juga bekas Pengerusi Petronas dan Ahli Parlimen Gua Musang menyatakan Kelantan ada hak untuk mendapat royalti minyak sebanyak RM2 bilion dan akan menjadi negeri yang terkaya.

Beliau turut mempersoalkan mengapa Kelantan tidak mendapat royalti minyak sedangkan Sabah dan Sarawak memperolehinya.

Memorandum berhubung tuntutan royalti itu diedarkan kepada orang ramai untuk ditandatangani dan akan diserahkan kepada Pemangku Raja dan Perdana Menteri.

Kira-kira 7 petang tadi, Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat hadir dengan diiringi timbalannya dan exco-exco kerajaan, wakil rakyat serta pegawai kerajaan negeri.





FINAL BLOG POST!

Posted: 28 Jan 2010 08:35 AM PST

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This is it!



It's taken me 2 years to finally realize that this blogging thing aint exactly my thing. So ima put an end to all this... for a couple of reasons i will disclose.

I will also talk about the 2 years of bloggine experience. How I've started, how i got into it in a few burst of times, how i got frustrated and how im finally getting out of it.



The first reason i've decided to call it quits is because im really finding it a struggle to update my blog. Because time aint on my side, firstly. Secondly, less & less time as the years go by - not a good sign at all. Thirdly, because im too lazy to upload & resize all the pictures i take wherever i go. Because of that i dread blogging but i have the urge because my blog's still running - so you know that feeling kinda suck.

Last but not least, more people come to my blog by searching for the word "tee yam", than my own name. And tee yam actually refers to (according to RPK of Malaysia Today) datuk koo tee yam, the triad boss of Malaysia, who the "four heavenly kings" of the Malaysian triad society report to.

One day, i reposted 2 paragraphs from an article from Malaysia Today regarding this person and ever since, his name appeared on this graph everytime i check my analytics. FML



If you haven't also realized, it's not only that. More people ALSO come to my blog by searching for the word "altantuya", than my own name. FAIL. hahahhaha

And just in case you've not spotted"free gay sex"... lol FML

Now the blogging story. How i started blogging was totally from peer pressure, like smoking. Specifically a colleague of mine, Audrey Ooi... and more so Timothy Tiah, someone i've worked very closely with ever since i met him. And speaking about Timothy Tiah, he contributes a quarter of my traffic because he's linked me from his blog.

So early in 2008, when i just got back from a vacation and was still on leave and had a bad hang-over i decided to chill at home ... i started my blog. I think i wrote about 3 blog posts ... and Timothy linked me, so i got some traffic and i was running Nuffnang ads and i made like RM2+ and i thought i was on a journey to make a million bucks, and i suddenly got really busy at work i didnt have time to write genuine blogs i started reposting articles from the net i thought were popular so people would search for them, come to my blog and make me some money. After 2 years, i've made RM102.50

Anyway, if you've not already seen, i started off as "Encounters" and what an influence http://timothytiah.blogspot.com had on me i made my blog my own name too.

Not long after that i got into it for a while when Kenny Sia put my blog link on his short-talk. In that week alone, i got more than 5,000 unique visitors.

So i started writing a few more genuine blog posts to retain the traffic. It wasn't until 3 when i got really busy at work again.

Today, at bad times, i get about only 200 unique visitors on my blog a week. Not even retained 10% ?... lol

Along the last year, i got a few shots of motivation when there were a few strangers (like 2) who walked up to me and said they read my blog. Also had a few friends (like 5 or 6) who told me that they do the same. So i tried... again... and...

Today i thought of just shutting it down but due respect to all my followers (8 to be precise.. lol) i thought i let u know first.

I will however be Twittering still. So you can still follow me at twitter.com/desmondkiu. Much shorter but much more commitment.

Cheers everyone!


Who is a true Muslim - he who fetes for peace or he who fights?

Posted: 28 Jan 2010 07:43 AM PST

@ The Malaysian Insider
Excerpt from Nik Aziz fetes non-Muslim religious leaders
PAS has taken the position that Islam does not prevent Christians from using the word 'Allah' but it should not be used to confuse Muslims. Today the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) together with the Attorney-General's office also organised a special session in Putrajaya to explain its position on the use of the term. In a recent interview given to Harakahdaily, Nik Aziz said that he hoped that today's meeting would bring calm and comfort to the people of the country.

Excerpt from Muslim overseers blame Christian for 'Allah' row
But Zamihan went as far as suggesting that a repeat of the May 13 racial riots was possible if the Christians, which to him practised extremism in the matter, did not back down.
"Who knows, there might be a Feb 13?" said Zamihan.
(Zamihan Mat Zin from the Institut Latihan Islam Malaysia)


Picture A Joke

Posted: 28 Jan 2010 07:42 AM PST

Sometimes when one is bored and has nothing to do, one just surf's the internet to find stuff that can entertain oneself. Well, that's just exactly what I did today. I was feeling pretty bored and decided to go from page to page to find stuff to entertain me and just happen to come across this site where you can create collage online.

The site is called picjoke.com which lets you make collage online by uploading any photo you have of yourself or even of your loved one or friend and try to create some pretty cool and amazing effects of yourself in different situations. And it won't even take you more than a minute at the most. It took me 30 seconds to be exact.

What's even better when you create collage on their site is the fact that they have more than 100 awesome effects and they have a new effect every single day! Trust me, they're pretty cool and I even tried them out myself with my very own ready made cute as hell doggy for a model :D


Funny Pictures
Doesn't she just look good on that billboard?

Funny Pictures
Her own doggy fashion line

Funny Pictures
Artistic beauty ...

Funny Pictures
pining away for my love ...

So what are you waiting for, go and try it out already. Yeah, yeah I know. Anyone with some decent knowledge of photoshop could probably whip up something like this but heck, this is so much more fun. I know after I post this, I'm going to try some with my own pictures but don't worry, you won't be seeing me post them over here though ... LOL!
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As you may have read, Israel has played a big role in relieving Haiti...........

Posted: 28 Jan 2010 06:34 AM PST

following the hugely destructive earthquake. Unfortunately, the Israelis have a lot of experience in digging people out of rubble, etc. They are a people who have faced bombings over and over. At the end of 2003, there was a major earthquake in Bam, Iran. (Yeah, I know: "Bam," an earthquake.) The Israelis were alacritous: They wanted to send rescue workers immediately. There was no time to waste, and Israel was very close, physically, to Iran. But Iran refused this aid and expertise. The government preferred that people die rather than suffer the ignominy of being rescued by Jews. This episode was a further indication of the psychosis prevalent in the Middle East. Fortunately, Haiti, for all of its sufferings, does not suffer from that.

I noticed an interesting piece by Marty Peretz of The New Republic — noticed it because it was cited in Commentary's Contentions. Peretz wrote,

I've just read the transcript of the president's remarks about Haiti, the ones he made on January 15. He noted that, in addition to assistance from the United States, significant aid had also come from "Brazil, Mexico, Canada, France, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic, among others." Am I missing another country that truly weighed in with truly consequential assistance? Ah, yes. There it is. Right there "among others." Yes, the country to which I refer is "among others," that one.

The fact is that, next to our country, Israel sent the largest contingent of trained rescue workers, doctors, and other medical personnel. The Israeli field hospital was the only one on the ground that could perform real surgery, which it did literally hundreds of times, while delivering — as of last week — at least 16 babies, including one premature infant and three caesarians. . . .

It's not that Israeli participation in the Haiti horror was being kept secret. I myself saw it reported several times on television . . .

So didn't Obama notice? For God's sake, everybody noticed the deep Israeli involvement.

(For the full piece, go here.) In any case, it is rather remarkable that Israel, a tiny country very far away from Haiti, and with serious — indeed, existential — problems of its own, should find the time and resources to help this afflicted people in the Caribbean. Will the world credit Israel for it? That question was merely rhetorical. Jay Nordlinger in The National Review


Hamas frightened of Egypt

Posted: 28 Jan 2010 06:33 AM PST

Hamas knows that if Egypt ever becomes REALLY SERIOUS about hurting Hamas, Hamas is going to be in extremely hot water. Egypt can shut down the tunnels if it wants to do that, both by building as deep and strong a wall as it wants to build, and (if Egypt gets really serious) by arresting or shooting anyone on the Egyptian side who participates in the tunnel "industry."

The Egyptian steel wall sends that signal very clearly. In fact, ever since the news about the steel wall became public, the Hamas leadership appears - to me, at any rate - to have shown increasing signs of panic. I can see why; if it works, then Hamas can't bring in weapons, can't tax the tunnelers and can't smuggle its people in and out. If it works, then Gazans really WILL have a crisis on their hands, and Hamas will be very clearly to blame.

Egypt, for its part, is furious with Hamas for two reasons: 1. Hamas humiliated the Egyptian government when the Egyptians tried to reconcile the factions, and again when Egypt tried to work out an exchange of prisoners between Hamas and Israel. 2. Hamas has kept parading in front of the world its closeness to Iran, at a time when the Egyptians are absolutely apoplectic to find that Hezbollah was planning for terror attacks against the Suez Canal, which is one of Egypt's primary strategic assets, and against other Egyptian targets. As of last week, Egypt's state prosecutor was asking for the death penalty for the terrorists.

The Hamas attempt to do what it did last time, and use civilians to camouflage an attack on the Egyptian border (I'm assuming that this is what happened) went very wrong when Hamas murdered an Egyptian border policeman in cold blood.

[Egypt has shown its displeasure not only with the wall but also by kicking out the pro-Hamas demonstrators and the public announcement that no more leftist aid convoys will travel through Egypt. - EoZ]

Egypt said earlier this week that it would consider *cough* throwing the Gazans under the bus *cough* withdrawing completely from Palestinian affairs. It has pretty firmly rejected Hamas flirtations.

So now Hamas is going back to the Saudis. Why? Most importantly, because if the Saudis (who have been flirting a bit with the Syrians lately) actually agree to get involved again, this will make the Egyptians look isolated and powerless. Hamas leaders may be calculating that the Egyptians will immediately try to restore their diplomatic prestige by rushing to mediate something (this is a guess, I will admit. ; - ) And an engaged Egypt is not going to simply seal off Gaza and let Hamas stew in its own violence and stupidity.

While Hamas made the Saudis look like useful idiots last time around, the Saudis are suckers for things that will make them look influential in the region, as long as it doesn't involve making peace with Israel. So under normal circumstances, I would expect them to go for it.

But at the moment, the Saudis are fighting a war against what they see as Iranian proxies in Yemen. While Huthi forces are apparently trying to request a truce at the moment, the Saudis are apparently having none of it (I'm reading only a little bit into this column: ). The little snipe at Hamas in the column also suggests that Hamas is very much out of favor in Saudi circles. So I'm expecting the Saudis to ignore this.

Hamas will keep trying to find mediators that it hasn't already humiliated. I'm betting that Hamas will try the Turks next, and the Turks are likely to go for it. It's unclear whether Fatah will accept Turkish mediation.

Meanwhile, Hamas has lost the so-called "legitimacy" of an "electoral mandate, weakening its position among Gazans." Useful idiots will continue to willfully forget that in 2007, Hamas gunmen violently overthrew the elected order, threw their opponents off of buildings and forcefully occupied Gaza, putting it under the control of people who are living in Damascus. Now that the parliamentary term has expired, the fig leaf is simply gone. Hamas has refused to cooperate with PA elections, and that's how things stand.

None of this means that Hamas is on its last legs or that it will change its behavior or its associates. Hamas leaders have been very clever liars and very clever when it comes to survival - all the while continuing to try to murder as many Jewish civilians as possible.Elder of Ziyon


Avatar overtakes Titanic as top-grossing film ever!

Posted: 28 Jan 2010 06:05 AM PST

Avatar overtakes Titanic as top-grossing film ever


Click on image to go to BBC News to read further.


Even the sales executives’ quality of lives are obviously much better than House Officers’

Posted: 28 Jan 2010 04:40 AM PST


After studying very hard for about seven long years and spending quite a lot of money, got the Medical Degree, called a doctor but became the General Worker/Clark/Punching bag of a ward called Houseman! Worse is the HOs dare not complaint or fight back or change place of work! If do anything, forget about the Medical carrier!

If that student studies in other Arts and Science subject, less fees, less grilling in the exams and about half the time, he/she could at least be a Sales Executive or Assistant Manager. If don't like the employment environment could change place. At the time his friend doctor became a Houseman, normal graduate's life is quite stable.

During our time as a houseman back in Burma, we are not bullied to work long hour here. Because of the enough numbers of MOs or we called Assistant Surgeons, Master students and fresh young Master Graduates, our work load is reduced. Although there was no enough House Officers, we were not forced to work long hours. We have to work in three shifts or even if we work 24 hours on call in some wards, we were free to rest the next day. So we had time to go to libraries, read the theories and texts and even got time for socializing or extracurricular activities.

Ren's letter, "Houseman's work hours, a US perspective" in Malaysiakini

I am currently completing my surgical residency in the US. Being a Malaysian citizen and having friends who have remained in Malaysia to complete their housemanship training, I have the opportunity to compare the work environment, training atmosphere as well as the issue of work hours in both places.

Health Director-General Dr Ismail Merican is either completely oblivious to the fact that – yes, housemen in Malaysia are grossly overworked and underpaid or he is ignoring the obvious.

He needs to get his feet down to reality and start taking the physical, mental and social health of housemen seriously. After all, ultimately, all these affect patient care and as the health DG, he has an obligation to make sure it is taken care of.

In the US, there exists strict 80 hours per week work rules. It is also illegal to have residents work more than 24 hours without at least a 12-hour break before the next shift. These are strictly regulated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and was implemented in 2003.

The ACGME regularly conducts spot checks on residency programmes to review resident work hours. Any programme which violates these rules are subjected to hefty penalties, including firing of programme directors or having the entire residency programme placed on probation.

In Malaysia, such regulatory bodies do not exist and there is no council that overlooks the welfare, training and education of housemen.

There is research from Europe and the US on nonstandard work hours and sleep deprivation and they found that late-hour workers are subject to higher risks of gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, miscarriage, pre-term births, and low birth weight of their newborns.

Chronic sleep deprivation and the resulting fatigue and stress can affect job productivity and the incidence of workplace accidents.There are also social effects such as a significantly higher rate of marital difficulties and divorce among physicians who work long hours.

Almost every single friend of mine who did their housemanship in Malaysia tell me about their 100+ hours work week, poor pay, 36-hour straight on-call, the resulting fatigue, weight loss, social problems, health and safety issues (including a few near post-36 hour on-call car accidents). They aren't the only ones affected – their patients suffer as well as their care is affected by physician fatigue.

Senior physician bullying is also a common problem in Malaysian hospitals and I feel for the housemen because they do not seem to have anyone to turn to for help. In the US, any act of bullying, coercion or harassment is reportable to the ACGME and appropriate investigative and disciplinary actions are undertaken with severe consequences.

I think there needs to be a regulatory body formed for the Malaysian healthcare system which specifically functions to regulate and monitor housemen/medical officers/registrars work hours and well-being as well as provide specific patient-oriented core competencies like the ones endorsed by the American ACGME.

This includes Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice- based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism and Systems-based Practice I do not know if the Malaysian Medical Association has provisions for this.

Then again, given the attitude and track record of our politicians and the higher-ups in the health ministry, I doubt this will ever materialise in the near future. However, I do encourage more housemen to continue voicing out their discontent and to fight not only for their right to provide the best healthcare, but to be adequately compensated and their own physical, financial and mental well-being taken care off.

If things continue the way they are, many doctors are going to continue opting out of public service or seek greener pastures overseas. The public health system will continue to suffer a 'brain drain' and we will continue to hire poorly-trained foreign medical graduates.

Taxpayers money will not translate into improvements in health care but on the contrary into worse treatment by tired, disgruntled, poorly trained and underpaid physicians.

Anne Matthews letter, "He was so tired, houseman slept off at traffic lights", in Malaysiakini

I  have worked in hospitals and these are the comments that I would give concerning housemen in hospitals.

Do not compare housemen of times past who worked without any complaints (a comparison usually made by our so called health directors and our dear health director-general).

Please be aware that we are in the 21st century and not in primitive ages. First and foremost, the health director-general should go down to the ground and meet the housemen personally.

Talk and find out the truth about their complaints Do not just take the words of those you delegate the job to. Each and everyone would like to 'cover' for themselves by being a goody tow-shoes in your record book.

The housemen will not complain for they will be blacklisted by their so called Medical Officers and specialists. This reminds me of one houseman who slept off at a traffic light because of overworking and was exhausted from lack of sleep having worked from 6.30am till 6pm the day after.

Is this what the DG wants? You are answerable and responsible for this problem. You are a DG for the health ministry and not a politician. Go down and see for yourself the conditions and the working hours. All hospitals should be uniformed of the same.

Housemen's letter, "We have to beg our patients to urinate" in Malaysiakini

I  am a house officer working at a state general hospital. I thank your readers for all the responses and comments. We really feel appreciated. Many, or shall I say, all the responses were against our health director-general.

I would like to emphasise here that this is not a housemen vs DG issue. It's about understanding a houseman's life. Our DG gave his view based on the feedback he gets. And I believe it;s true that until now he has yet to receive any formal complaint from a houseman or even an ex-houseman who is still in government service.

Why? One obvious reason, it is the PTK . Our yearly 'penilaian tahap kecekapan' is signed by our head of department, verified by the hospital's director Pengarah and evaluated by the ministry. So I don't think any government service doctors who are in their right mind will ever lodge a formal complaint.

I do appreciate my DG's call to us , saying that we can always come to him on any problem. But Tan Sri, I daresay you will never will hear anything from us. That's the reason I am writing this letter anonymously to Malaysiakini.com.

Now let's have a look at the issue. Are housemen overworked? I will pen down my view as a house officer, and let you judge. As a houseman, we start our day at work at 6.30 or 7am. And we thereafter have no breakfast or lunch break. At some hospitals, housemen shouldn't be seen at the hospital canteens.

As a health service provider, Malaysian government hospitals give top class service. We will see our patients three times a day via our official 'rounds'. Meaning we will be following and presenting our patients to our bosses three times a day. First at 8am, then 3pm and 8pm.

And its our responsibility to know our patients well prior to the official rounds and to get all the necessary 'jobs' done after the official rounds and be prepared with everything for the next round. We even need to beg our patients to pass urine, bottle it, run to the lab and get the results printed. Don't be shocked, but this is what we are doing and are expected to do.

So we will be done with our work earliest by 6pm in some of the departments. But there are some departments which still demand us to work till 12 midnight. Personally, I don't complain about this because I and many others take this as an opportunity given to us to learn.

But trust me – not many can bear this pressure and they break down. And many fail to give their optimal service to their patient due to exhaustion.

As for the on call scenario, life starts as usual at 6.30am and we will perform our routine responsibilities in addition to fulfilling our on-call duties. This goes on until 7am the next day. And after that, we have to carry on with our normal routines that most of the time extend even until 11 or 12 pm. That is more then 40 hours.

Of course, we get ourselves cleaned, fed and maybe shut our eyes for an hour or so with the mercy of our fellow housemen. But this is 'off the record' and if we ever get caught, we can be considered as 'ponteng' and can be disciplined for that. At least a warning letter or a public humiliation by our bosses.

And for all this, what do we get in return?

• Much lesser pay compared to our counterparts in other countries.

• No weekends off.

• No medical leave. In some departments we must go to work as usual even if we are sick and get ourselves examined by our bosses before getting permission for an MC. Not to mention the hours we have to wait for them.

• Being humiliated by our bosses in front of our patients.

• Getting our tenures extended for three months for minor misdeeds

• Running around doing 'other' people's work. Like those os the ward attendants, staff nurses etc. This because at end of the day, we will be blamed and only we will be blamed if things are not done.

I am writing this letter after 42 straight hours of work, without any sleep and only one meal.


"Let's ask ourselves if covering one's face isn't the first sign of refusal to integrate and closing oneself off... from the host community and its ..

Posted: 28 Jan 2010 05:38 AM PST

Indeed. The face veil in its various forms is the most visible symbol of an ideology that wants nothing to do with equality and integration. "Italy: Foreign minister rejects face veil," from AdnKronos International, January 27 2010:

Florence, 27 Jan. (AKI) - Italy's foreign minister Franco Frattini on Wednesday voiced his opposition to the face veil. Women wearing the garment pose security issues and symbolise "a refusal to integrate" by Muslim immigrants in a host country, he said.''Let's ask ourselves if covering one's face isn't the first sign of refusal to integrate and closing oneself off... from the host community and its traditions," Frattini said.

He was speaking at a conference of young publishers taking place in the Tuscan city of Florence, a day after France moved a step closer to banning the face veil. A French parliamentary committee on Tuesday issueda report recommending a partial ban on the face veil in hospitals, schools, government offices and on public transport.

"It is the symbol of the repression of women, and... of extremist fundamentalism," said French parliament speaker Bernard Accoyer upon the presentation of the report. France's parliamentary recommendation is expected to be followed by the drafting of a bill and a parliamentary debate on the issue of the face veil, which has sparked heated debate in many European countries."I would not legislate on the face veil but would tackle the issue through a wider process," Frattini said, noting that it raised also security problems.

''When someone enters a bank or a public office veiled from head to toe, it seems logical to me there is a security issue," he said.... Jihad Watch


Majlis Perbandaran Klang Creates Local History With Canines Under Their Care

Posted: 28 Jan 2010 05:18 AM PST

PETPOSITIVE BREAKING NEWS!


LOCAL HISTORY WAS CREATED this morning in the Royal Town of Klang when a brand new committee sat at the local council to deliberate canine issues. 


The expert group forming what is now called the Canine Advisory Team (CAT) of the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) will meet regularly to discuss and debate effective strategies on how to deal with dogs within its municipality in more effective and humane ways.


CAT is a collaboration of the local council and NGOs from animal concerns fashioned after the style of MBPJ (Petaling Jaya City Council) CAT committee which was formed two years ago after Pakatan Rakyat came into power in Selangor. 


MBPJ Councillor and Chairman of CAT MBPJ Anthony SB Thanasayan was appointed as Chairman of CAT MPK by the Yang DiPertua Mislan Bin Tugiu.


The other members appointed to the committee are Shenaaz Khan from Petpositive, Christine Chin from SPCA Selangor, Jacqueline Tsang from Save-A-Stray and Pat Lim, an individual animal rights rescuer from Klang. 

The Department of Veterinary Services is also represented by Dr Thiba Rajoo who offers her professional advise as an animal doctor.

Dr Thiba has served in the Petaling District area which covers Bukit Raja right up to Sungei Buloh for the past two years. 


After a full two-hour meeting at the MPK earlier today, CAT visited the dog pound in Klang for an hour.

The Committee went into action straightaway by feeding the dogs (including some strays from outside the pound) with premium food donated by Pat Lim's friend.

The two veterinarians who were present, Dr Thiba and Dr Syed Zulkifly from the Klang district inspected the pound thoroughly to ensure that the animals were kept properly.   


SPCA's animal inspector Cunera Kimlon checked on each individual dog. She had to separate a mother dog with her pups that were just born overnight in one of the brand new ten cages which were generously donated by the SPCA.

The SPCA immediately offered to provide food twice a week, starting from next week for three months as a temporary measure to help relieve the situation at the pound. 

More things are being planned for the future in MPK's CAT programmes. They include expert guidelines on proper ways to catch canines to education about responsible pet ownership information for all dog owners in Klang.

A press conference will be held soon to inform pet owners of the latest developments.

PET+BLOGSPOT 
    


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seperti angin.

Posted: 28 Jan 2010 04:40 AM PST

You may tie my hands with chains and my feet with shackles, and put me in the dark prison, but you shall not enslave my thinking, for it is free, like the breeze in the spacious sky.


Menanti Februari :1Malaysia Bergolak

Posted: 28 Jan 2010 03:17 AM PST

Tiada kepastian sehingga hari ini bahawa krisis Perak akan dibubuh noktah dengan penghakiman Mahkamah Persekutuan yang bakal diumumkan pada 9 Februari 2010. Apa yang pasti, Februari tahun ini tidak kurang "berkocak"-nya berbanding Februari 2009, melihat kepada isu demi isu yang beratur menunggu masa untuk diletupkan.

Perbicaraan kes liwat Anwar Ibrahim dan inkues tragedi kematian Teoh Beng Hock telah dijadualkan pada awal bulan Februari, sebelum diberi kata dua "siapakah Menteri Besar Perak yang sah" pada 9 Februari. Desas-desus mula tersebar, meramalkan pembubaran DUN Perak dalam masa yang terdekat.

Pada masa yang sama, kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat Selangor yang menjadi sasaran selepas Perak, juga diuar-uarkan bakal ditumbangkan. Khabar ini tercetus sejak tahun lalu, meletakkan 16 September 2009 sebagai saat letup-hancurnya kerajaan PR, yang kemudiannya ditundakan kepada Januari 2010.

Biarpun khabar sedemikian disifatkan sebagai "perang psikologi" oleh mereka yang tidak mempercayainya, namun ia tetap mencungkil saraf PR, sehingga Ketua Umum PKR Anwar Ibrahim sendiri turun ke gelanggang negeri darul Ehsan ini untuk menghalang impian UMNO-BN daripada menjadi "kenyataan".

Bubar DUN Perak?

Sindiran "1Malaysia, 2Perak" menjadi tamparan sengit kepada Perdana Menteri Najib Abdul Razak, sejak beliau menerajui kerajaan dengan laungan slogan "1Malaysia". Malah, rampasan kuasa yang mengungkit kemarahan rakyat, sehingga gambar dirinya dipijak ini telah menjadi beban UMNO-BN dalam PRU ke-13.

Berlatar-belakangkan konteks ini, Najib dijangka akan melepas tangan sebelum PRU ke-13. Lebih-lebih lagi, UMNO-BN amat yakin dengan sokongan masyarakat Melayu-nya di Perak, ditambah pula penghakiman kes ini bakal memberi implikasi yang boleh menimpa Najib sendiri, maka UMNO-BN terpaksa memilih untuk berdepan dengan rakyat.

Sama ada Menteri Besar BN sekarang, Zambry Abdul Kadir membubar DUN sebelum penghakiman diumumkan, atau Menteri Besar PR, Nizar Jamaluddin berbuat demikian seandainya dirinya disahkan sebagai "MB halal", akan menjurus kepada pembubaran DUN dan disusuli dengan pilihan raya negeri Perak.

Kes liwat: Perkembangan yang tidak menentu

Empat hari lagi Januari sampai ke penghujungnya. Sembilan hari selepas itu "MB Perak yang sah" bakal dikenalpasti. Seandainya diberi laluan, segala-gala ini akan berlaku di sekitar Februari, setahun selepas krisis Perak bermula.

Di Kuala Lumpur pula, perbicaraan kes liwat Anwar Ibrahim akan berlangsung. "Bahan bukti" yang bakal dihadap ke mahkamah, sama ada "melucukan" atau "menggemparkan", pastinya menjadi isu kempen jikalau pilihan raya Perak diadakan. Malah, untuk berdepan dengan perkembangan yang tidak menentu ini, PR perlu mengerah kepakaran peguam dan sokongan rakyat di ibu negara.

Sudah pastinya, Anwar Ibrahim wajib berulang-alik ke mahkamah sepanjang tempoh perbicaraan. Sebahagian rakan seperjuangannya akan berada di sisinya untuk menghadapi kes mahkamah, sementara sebahagian yang lain pula akan menjelajah ke negeri Perak untuk mengembalikan kuasa kerajaan negeri itu ke pangkuan PR.

Perkiraan ini berdasarkan andaian bahawa DUN Perak dibubarkan. Seandainya ditambah pula andaian pembubaran DUN Sarawak (pilihan raya lalu - Mei 2006), pembahagian kerja antara pemimpin PR akan menjadi lebih rumit.

Bagaimana pula dengan Selangor?

Keadaan sedemikian mungkin membuka ruang kepada musuh PR di Selangor. Sekiranya diteliti rekod kerajaan PR ini, hampir kesemua Exco-nya terjerat dengan tuduhan yang dilemparkan. MB-nya Khalid Ibrahim terperangkap dengan isu "kereta dan lembu"; Exco Senior-nya Teresa Kok pernah ditahan bawah ISA kerana isu azan; Exco yang lain seperti Ean Yong Hian Wah, Ronnie Liu, Yaakob Sapari dan Xavier Jayakumar pula disoal siasat oleh Suruhanjaya Pencegah Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM).

Tidak cukup dengan itu, imej kerajaan PR di Selangor dicalitkan apabila gambar peribadi Elizabeth Wong didedahkan pada tahun lalu, dan tuduhan khalwat dilontarkan terhadap Halimah Ali. Malah, ADUN PR yang lain seperti Lau Weng San sebagainya terbelit dengan tuduhan menyertai perhimpunan haram, yang belum tentu nasibnya.

Melihat kepada senario sedemikian, tidak mustahil sekiranya kerajaan negeri PR ini digulingkan, walaupun pernah seketika selesa dengan kedudukan 36-20 kerusi selepas PRU ke-12. Pada November 2009, ADUN Port Klang-PKR Badrul Hisham Abdullah keluar parti sebagai calon bebas yang menyokong BN, merapatkan jurang kepada perbezaaan 14 kerusi, yang cuma memerlukan "penyeberangan" lapan orang ADUN untuk menukar kerajaan.

Kemelut luar dan dalam

Perkembangan terkini semakin tidak menentu, apabila kontroversi penggunaan kalimah "Allah" gagal ditamatkan. Pada masa yang sama, Malaysia digemparkan pula dengan penangkapan 10 orang pelajar ( termasuk 9 orang warga asing) di bawah ISA, sebagaimana yang diakui oleh Menteri Dalam Negeri, Hishammuddin Hussein pada hari ini.

Namun, kemelut terbesar sebenarnya datang dari dalaman PR sendiri. Zulkifli Noordin (PKR), Hasan Ali (PAS)... antara pemimpin PR yang kontroversi telah dihadapkan kepada lembaga disiplin parti masing-masing. Nasib Hasan Ali dan seorang lagi pemimpin PAS, Khalid Samad akan diketahui minggu ini, sementara tindakan terhadap Zulkifli Noordin pula akan diketahui dalam tempoh sebulan.

Padahal, lidah UMNO telah bersedia dengan retorik yang bakal didendangkan seandainya kedua-dua orang yang menggelar dirinya "pejuang Islam" ini tersingkir dari PR. "Zul Noordin pejuang sejati atau 'duri dalam daging'" tulisan Zaini Hassan yang tersiar di Utusan Malaysia hari ini mempersoalkan, "Apa ini? Bercakap mengenai Islam pun tak boleh? Hendak mengkritik kawan yang menentang Islam pun tak boleh?"

Januari semakin ke penghujungnya. Februari satu Malaysia mula bergolak. - Lim Hong Siang (Merdeka Review)




Loose Tongues

Posted: 28 Jan 2010 12:21 AM PST

I have been busy running around (practically so) this month that I have had very little time to pen my thoughts and my programs on my blogs. Must have racked on quite a fair bit of miles and worn out a sole or two (exaggeration!). But anyway, felt compelled to write on this matter.

I have always considered YB Dato' Seri Rais Yatim as one of the more rationale minded and knowledgeable ministers around. His comments and ideas appear to be well thought out before he says them and the way he delivers his thoughts and ideas, especially in his speeches shows a certain flair, elegance and mannerisms of a learned and well read person.

However these past several weeks have been quite the opposite for him. First was his comment that Malaysians, especially Muslims, should not be too engrossed with Facebook, Twitter and such because this is a Western invention. Honestly, I find it very offensive and totally of tangent, especially because:-

i. Facebook, Twitter and so on and nothing more than tools of communication. It is up to the user how to use or abuse them. The same goes for internet and a lot of other things. They are by no means an end to themselves but just tools to assist us to achieve what we want. Should you decide to use the internet to good use, seeking knowledge and opening up our minds, then internet has been put to good use. Should we decide to abuse it by accessing porn sites and other negative sites only, then we are abusing this facility. Twitter, Facebook or even the internet cannot decide. They just react to our commands.

ii. So what if it is a western invention? If we are not allowed to use Western inventions, then there are a whole list of things we cannot utilise or even consume. No where in the Al-Quran nor in the hadiths by Rasulullah saw that said Muslims must stay away from Western inventions. What are Halal and Haram are not dictated by geographical aspects nor by who invented them.

If anything at all, one should put these mediums to good use. Use them to spread the teachings of Allah swt for example, keep contact with friends near and far and learn about other cultures and countries that are so distant from us.

Another statement that he made was the recent issue on blogger Aduka Taruna. What Aduka Taruna did was extremely disrespectful, not only because AlMarhum Tuanku was the subject, but would even be insulting for a normal person who passed away. How can YB Dato Seri Rais Yatim said that this person will not be charged and should be let off? I thought that was the purview of the Attorney General after reviewing the case and no one else. What YB Dato' Seri did then was ultra vires.

As a learned person holding the post of Minister, YB Dato Rais should know better. The fact that he is holding the portfolio of information minister makes it worse for him on these cases. His statements make him look foolish and ill placed, especially when even his cabinet colleagues and fellow UMNO members from top to bottom are criticising him for his statements.


Anwar Ibrahim Media Statement

Posted: 28 Jan 2010 12:43 AM PST


27 Jan 2010

Saya konsisten menyatakan  betapa pencemaran mesjid, gereja dan rumah ibadat yang berterusan amat membimbangkan. Rakyat harus waspada dengan muslihat individu atau gerombolan yang mewakili kalangan terdesak menghasut rakyat dengan memperalatkan isu kaum dan agama.

Tindakan polis dan Menteri Dalam Negeri membuat penangkapan ramai dan menggunakan Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri amat dicurigai. Adalah dikhuatiri langkah tersebut adalah percubaan mengalih perhatian dari gerombolan terlibat. Kami membantah keras penggunaan ISA dalam apa jua keadaan sekalipun.

Dalam menangani kemelut kini, kami ulangi saranan agar pertemuan antara kaum dan agama dianjurkan di setiap peringkat agar permasalahan ini tidak membarah di kalangan masyarakat.

Mengulas soalsiasat polis ke atas Azizah semalam, saya kesal kerana setelah dua tahun, Azizah masih disoal siasat polis bersabit kes fitnah terhadap saya.
Pendakwa heboh kononnya siap dengan kes yang kukuh sejak tahun lalu. Tetapi selepas 25 Januari pun mereka masih mengganggu keluarga saya.
Alhamdulillah Azizah dapat menempuh dugaan tersebut dengan yakin. Didoakan semoga khianat mereka akan terbongkar dan muslihat mereka gagal.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

http://anwaribrahimblog.com/


Further Sinking Likely!

Posted: 28 Jan 2010 05:58 AM PST


Dan Weil of Moneynews has the following to share about this year's stock markets. Take a look at it and give some thinking to your investments.


Stock market rallies are likely to fizzle during the second half of the year in developed economies, says investment guru Nouriel Roubini.That's because sluggish economic recovery will curb gains in corporate earnings, the New York University professor maintains."The real economy is gradually recovering, but since March, asset prices have gone through the roof," Roubini said in a recent speech, according to Bloomberg. "If I'm correct, by the second half of the year, there's going to be a slowdown of growth in the U.S., Europe and Japan," he said. "That could be the beginning of a market correction because the macroeconomic news is going to surprise on the downside." Commodities are likely to escape the decline thanks to strong demand from emerging markets, Roubini says.But he sees trouble ahead for emerging markets too. Asset bubbles brewing there, if left unchecked, could trigger an "unraveling and a significant correction of asset prices which will be damaging to global and regional economic growth," Roubini said."In emerging markets economies like China and India, inflation is already returning to positive levels because there's high economic growth and policy boosts." Roubini isn't alone in his views on emerging markets. Even perennial bull Mark Mobius, executive chairman of Franklin Templeton Investments, says a correction is in order."We continue to see upside, but with substantial corrections along the way, which could be as much as 20 percent," he told The New York Times.
The picture shows me posing with a group of photographers at Buy Malaysian Expo 2009 held at Sibu Trade & Exhibition Centre.


THE SEVERED BOAR HEADS – AND WHAT NEXT?

Posted: 27 Jan 2010 11:36 PM PST

Now, it is a severed heads of wild boars being thrown at two mosques in Kuala Lumpur in the early morning of Wednesday 27, January. Previously, it was a severed cow head being paraded around in Shah Alam, and the case is still pending. I just do not know if the perpetrators will ever be charged in court. Or is it going to be another NFA case.

And at last, we now hear a more strident words from Home Affairs Minister, Hishamuddin when he is reported to have said, "we are dead serious about this (referring to the severed boar head incident), and we will bring them (who are they?) to justice". But I think, such words comes a bit too late. Hishamuddin should have been 'dead serious' when the first church burning incident occurred early in the month. Not after a dozen or more cases of arson attempts on churches, suraus and even a Sikh Temple. So, by saying that he is now dead serious, gives one the impression that he wasn't that serious earlier, after all. And that must be the reason why he could afford to be out of the country, at a time when the country is saddled with a serious problem.

Now, the severed wild boar head incident is beginning to turn ugly; and this incident can ignite serious sectarian violence, which all peace loving Malaysians would want to avoid. Peace loving Malaysians do not want to see another May 13 occurring; certainly not me anymore. I do not know where Hishamuddin was at the time, and I know for sure that no soldiers would want to be involved on public order duties. Soldiers are trained to fight and kill an invading enemy; not killing civilians. That was how I was trained, but sadly politicians think quite the contrary.

I believe this incident would not have happened if the Home Affairs Ministry was 'dead serious' in handling this racially and religiously sensitive issue. The way I see it, the action taken by the authorities is not to my expectation, and sorry for saying this.

And had I been the Prime Minister, honestly, I would have given the Home Affairs Minister and the IGP a sack.


CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION


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