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Posted: 14 Jan 2010 09:05 AM PST


SELANGOR MB PROPOSES COOPERATION WITH POVERTY ERADICATION FOUNDATION

Bernama

Bernama – Friday, January 15

SHAH ALAM, Jan 14 (Bernama) — Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim today proposed for the Poverty Eradication Foundation (YBK) to join forces with the state government in carrying out poverty eradication programmes in the state.

He said as the state government was also implementing poverty eradication programmes, joint cooperation would ensure that the programmes were managed well.

"It will be beneficial for the foundation to work with us, just like we are working with MAIS (Selangor Islamic Religious Council), so that we can focus on helping the poor and avoid overlapping programmes.

"The state's resources are limited, and we have a lot of poor people to help. By cooperating, we can better manage our resources and that of YBK," he told reporters after chairing a Selangor Economic Action Council meeting here today.

The state government had earlier stated its wish to appoint Abdul Khalid as YBK chairman and Selangor Welfare, Women's Affairs, Science, Technology and Innovation Committee chairman Rodziah Ismail to the board as the state government's representative to ensure transparency and sound management of YBK.

– MORE

SELANGOR-FOUNDATION 2 (LAST) SHAH ALAM

YBK chairman Datuk Zainal Abidin Sakom was reported as saying that the organisation would have to immediately pay RM6 million in quit rent arrears if they did not accept Abdul Khalid as chairman, which would delay the development of a UiTM campus on the foundation's land in Serendah, Selangor.

Abdul Khalid also refuted a statement made by Zainal Abidin that the organisation's financial audit reports were published on its official website since 1999 for public display.

"I never said YBK did not have projects, but there have been no annual financial reports for YBK yet. If they were given property or land, they should submit the annual reports to the state government, but they haven't," he said.

In another development, Abdul Khalid said the state government would give the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) two weeks to resolve the issue of relocating the bus and taxi operations from the old bus terminal in Klang town to the Klang Sentral Station in Meru.

"The MPK has informed me that the problem is almost resolved as most of the bus and taxi operators have agreed to move, and tomorrow they will discuss with the councillors to find the best solution," he said.

– BERNAMA


SARDINE N MILO PUNYA CERITA.....

Posted: 14 Jan 2010 08:05 AM PST


Salam and Good Day,

Just nak sharing satu cerita dari seorang kawan. Petang semalam semasa menunggu shutter KL-IPOH saya and kawan berbual-bual.

Kami berbual perkara halal dan haram. Nak di jadikan cerita, kawan saya pun beritahu yang abang ipar dia bekerja di jabatan ----- ----- di unit serbuan.

Saya terkedu seketika mendengar cerita kawan saya. Ya Allah berapa banyakla benda haram dah jd darah daging saya ni…Nauzubillah..Patutlah budak2 sekarang degil2, x dengar cakap…ermmm .

Ceritanya macam nie:-


Jab. ----- ----- pernah buat serbuan di kilang memproses ikan sardine.Apa yg di jumpai amatlah memeranjatkan. Kalau kenkawan bau kuah sardin tu hanyir n lagi satu sedap kan…nak tahu apa recipenyer…kalau x percaya terpulang lah…..tau kenapa org cina suka mkn katak??? So agak2 kenkawan dapat x jawapannya….kilang tu telah mencampurkan daging katak sebagai perasa untuk menyedapkan lagi rasa kuah sardin tue..huhuhu..itulah yg ---- jumpa tapi amat sadis kenkawan bila pegawai yg bertugas hantar report…report tu telah di 'zip' oleh pihak tertentu atas sebab akan merugikan pihak 'besar'. ..kenkawan tau sardin jenama apa??? ...yg paling mahal n glamer…itulah hakikatnya…abg ipar kawan saya pun x mampu untuk buat2 apa kalau report telah di zip..apa yg mampu diheboh mulut ke mulut untuk menjaga ummah semua…..

N lagi satu serbuan telah dibuat di syarikat membuat makanan yg ternama….kankawan tahu apa yg dijumpai…agak2 pernah x rasa daging cacing?????...mesti kenkawan selalu minum milo kan.....yes..daging cacing telah di campur dengan serbuk milo…..kalau ada bau hanyir itulah dia…kalau kenkawan nak lgi confirm try buat macam nie….milo + gula sahaja lepas tu tengok ada x minyak/lemak kat milo tu…kalau ada confirm…ini apa yg diberitahu oleh abg ipar kwn saya jer…

Tp saya x tahu tahun bila mereka buat serbuan…???..dan adakah pihak yg bertanggung jawab telah mengambil tindakan yg sewajarnya untuk mengikut garis panduan halal yg telah ditetapkan oleh jab. Agama Islam m'sia… wallahhualam…

n lagi satu kod no yg ada di emailkan tu jadikan lah panduan masa nak beli makanan kat pasaraya..kalau ada kod E110 ker n yg tersenarai jgn lah beli…that is confirm ada benda 'alah' tu…print lah kecik then laminated simpan dalam purse…memg leceh tp kalau nak amalan diterima, makanan kita lah salah satu nya jaminan…kalau dah haram..hukum nya tetap haram..x kisah walau disentetikkan pun..tetap haram……saya hanya menyampaikan perkara ni kepada kenkawan islam saya sahaja..samaada nak percaya atau tidak terpulang lah…kalau kenkawan rasa cerita ni x sahih, proceed lah makan cam biasa ek…kalau kenkawan memang penggemar ikan sardin..keluaran org melayu kita ada buat sardine ni ...dari terengganu tp saya x perasan lagi kat Shopping complex..kawan saya kata rasanya memg kurang sedap tp yg penting halal…kalau nak sedap ltaklah daging katak.huhuhu..

milo org melayu pun dah ada kat pasaran tapi x sesedap dan seenak milo yg sedia ada sekarang….

Untuk makluman kenkawan Islam semua, article ini bukanlah article rasmi ataupun cuba menghasut tp lebih kepada peringatan..…terpulang kepada kenkawan untuk menerima atau tidak…

Saya hanya menyampaikan amanah sahaja…tepuk dada tanya iman….

wallahhualam…

Brgds,

aNa MoSLeM




Went to AEON Jusco Seberang Prai City

Posted: 14 Jan 2010 08:09 AM PST

AEON Jusco Seberang Prai City  is actually a shopping mall on the mainland of Penang. I think it's pretty new, like opened few years back only and it's big. Always wanted to go check it out but didn't really get a chance, dad always forgotten to bring us go so this time I went with Alvin, Arron, Chien Chern and Tee Jin while we were at Butterworth during the holidays.

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I actually accompanied them to check out a job interview. Then after the job thing, we got no where to go, so we hop on one of the Rapid Penang bus which took us to the AEON Jusco Seberang Prai City mall.

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I've forgotten to note the bus number but it's pretty easy to get on. At the Penang Sentral, also the bus terminal on the mainland, just check out bus that has place list with Jusco and that's it. Get on for almost a 45 minutes trip to reach there.

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Nice building. What's that?

Not near, it's pretty far, but I believe you can reach faster if you drive there. Consult Google Maps on how-to. That's what I always do. While on the bus, we passed a lot of kampungs, small padi fields, a lot of trees and many unknown sub-urban place.

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We saw the AEON mall in sight and press for bell to alight. The mall is almost the same like the one that I've visited in Johor Bahru, the AEON Jusco Tebrau City.

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It's long inside, shop lots are big, they keep on saying it's like Queensbay Mall and there's only 3 floors with quite many standard shops too.

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LOLs.

The place is not bad, quite standard but something very scary is that it's so quiet when we were there. It's like one of the weekday in December and there's only little little people. This place is built in a very ulu (suburban) place and nobody comes on weekday. Deserted a bit already.

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After having afternoon tea slash lunch at there, we went out to find bus and go back to the ferry terminal. There's food outlet there, but all expensive expensive and we were budget eater, so forced to eat at their food court, just same like the other Jusco food court like at Queensbay Mall.

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Took the ferry back to Penang island. Island sweet island. ^^


PM could not prevent religious conflct, now telling the media to do the job!

Posted: 14 Jan 2010 08:00 AM PST

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has urged the media to adopt a cautious approach when dealing with opposition parties' statements, especially PAS, in view of the controversy over the use of the term 'Allah' by Catholic magazine Herald during a meeting with about 40 representatives from media organisations at Najib's office in Putrajaya yesterday, according to a report on therocknews.com - a Chinese daily news portal. It reported that Najib told the media organisations not to sensationalise the controversy, but instead stress the need for harmony to prevent religious conflict.

Ha...stress the need for harmony to prevent religious conflict, eh?

The need to prevent to religious conflict, eh? Can meh? PM himself confessed that he couldn't prevent people from protesting in the mosques. So, I wonder what prevention he is talking about!!!


Eye On Malaysia Disita

Posted: 14 Jan 2010 08:00 AM PST


KUALA LUMPUR : Eye On Malaysia yang menjadi tarikan pelancong sejak setahun lalu telah disita semalam. Tindakan ini menyebabkan kerajaan negeri menanggung kerugian dan duit rakyat lebur begitu sahaja.

"Diberitakan pula syarikat Belgium, Fitraco NV nak ambik balik buaiannya kerana ada pihak pengurusan yang terdiri daripada MSt Ad & Kumpulan Melaka Berhad tak bayar RM 17 juta. Sebelum ini, indah sungguh perkhabaran, kos 24 juta ditanggung swasta, tidak melibatkan wang rakyat. Seolah-olah ada syarikat swasta yang ada duit lebih. Nak tolong tanggung kos buaian itu," jelas Ketua Penerangan PAS Negeri Melaka, Sofi Wahab.

Bagi Sofi, Kerajaan Negeri lemah dan lembap dalam membuat perancangan semula bagi memulakan sesuatu program dan dan projek.

"Di saat Melaka dikatakan Maju 2010, Eye On Malaysia pula kena sita, siapa yang malu dan siapa sebenarnya yang bersalah dalam hal ini. Sejak dari awal lagi saya sudah menjangkakan ini adalah projek membazir. Duit rakyat hangus begitu sahaja," jelas Sofi lagi.

Eye On Malaysia di muara Sungai Melaka yang menjadi antara tarikan utama pelancongan sejak lebih setahun lalu, disita jam 9.30 pagi semalam, sekali gus terpaksa memberhentikan operasinya.

Tindakan menyita kawasan berkenaan dilakukan susulan keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur pada 26 November lalu, membenarkan permohonan pemilik asal roda gergasi berkenaan dari Belgium, Fitraco NV untuk mengambilnya balik dari Eye On Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Eom), pemilik roda itu di sini.

Arahan bagi memaklumkan mengenai tindakan menyita tempat itu disampaikan oleh seorang peguam yang mewakili Fitraco NV kepada Ketua Pegawai Kewangan (CFO) Eom, Mahadzir Yunus di tapak roda gergasi terbabit, kira-kira jam 9.30 pagi semalam.

Pautan :- http://www.erapakatan.com/berita/eye_on_malaysia_disita_duit_rakyat_lebur_-_sofi_wahab/



Bro Rick Says....
Kalau benar apa yg diperkatakan di atas ni, bagus dan ucapan tahniah dari aku, sungguh memalukan kalau difikirkan dengan status melaka negeri maju tahun 2010, bak kata perpatah seperti mencurah air ke daun keladi, sia-sia je.....




Sibu In The Blue Ocean - Part 50

Posted: 14 Jan 2010 05:49 AM PST

In his response to Tan Kee Hian's forum on "Sibu In The Blue Ocean", Councillor Robert Lau presented his views on the potentials of Sibu in an article "Sibu In The Blue Ocean". Robert Lau's thoughtful presentation of his version of the vision for Sibu is a worthwhile reading.

Besides practising as a lawyer, Robert Lau also sets his feet on plantation. Zeal-driven to serve Sibuians, Robert Lau is rising in his political career, albeit on low profile. Like most of the Sibuians, he believes that there is a way out for Sibu.

Robert Lau's article was originally pasted on the website of MPI Forum. I reproduce it here for the benefits of more readers. You are most welcome to respond to Councillor Robert Lau's views.

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SIBU IN THE BLUE OCEAN

What is our dream for Sibu?
What do we want Sibu to be?
What can we do to achieve the dream?
How to get the sleeping/slumbering Giant to rise again?
Where do we go from here?
Who will lead? Who do we rely on? The Government? Self help?


My dream, my vision for Sibu:

THE PREFERRED PLACE FOR CAREER AND FAMILY


-Career implies the aspiring young adults and the educated

-Family implies safe, healthy and clean environment. It also implies good education system for the young, rewarding employment for the breadwinner of the family and a caring environment for the elderly.



Sibu a hundred years ago was a swamp land with and an outpost of the Brooke Government. It has transformed to what it is today through sheer hard work, innovation, determination and blessing from God. It was mainly based on self help.

Sibu was planned to be the farm that feeds Sarawak. Migrants were farmers. However, the migrants were not successful in farming. Instead, they ventured into rubber and wealth flowed. The teeming jungle was tamed and converted to rubber estates, entirely on the small holders set up. The economy moved into timber and unimaginable wealth ensued. Sibu is now known as the world capital for tropical timber.

Sibu is in fact the tropical timber hub for the world

Unfortunately, industry players do not realize and / or unable to capitalize on this leading and advantageous position. The timber industry created the Dutch Disease – the unimaginable wealth flowed and anything else seemed unattractive.

However, there is hope as citizen of Sibu still has the traits for success - the hardworking attitude, high savings and strong emphasis on education.

Sibu in a way is suffering from its own success, in particular viewing from the angle of education. The parents put so much emphasis on their children education that there are a high percentage of graduates. There are plenty of talents coming from Sibu; however, Sibu was and still is not able to absorb mist of these graduates as the industry here is very limited and basic. In addition, these talents have become global citizens and they will go to places that offer the best opportunities. The vast majority of graduates that return fall broadly into 3 categories: 1st, the professionals like doctors, lawyers and accountants; 2nd those whose family have very established business where the graduated children return to be groomed to take over the business; and 3rd those who return for family and sentimental reason. The 1st group will return as there is always a demand for them and the opportunities are there. It is a controlled market. However, when there are too many, then some will leave for the bigger cities.

Sibu very rarely attracts outside talents. The only group is the spouses of those who are from Sibu and their other half has to return to Sibu to work.

There is no magical way or shortcut to achieving the aim of making Sibu the preferred choice for our children. Sibu has to compete with the world as our children will be global citizen. That is a high standard no doubt and the burden very heavy. Sibu has to leverage on whatever advantage it has. We have to start with the industry where we have an advantage and employ the talents to work in that industry with the vision of expanding and improving on the existing technology. We have to set a higher benchmark and let others play catch-up with our standard. What are the industries where we are at an advantage? Three come into mind. First is the timber industry. Sibu businessmen control the world tropical timber market. This group can collaborate and protect the market, instead of competing with each other on a zero sum game. Why let the customer dictates the price and terms?

Second, is the ship building industry. Sibu is renowned for building small and medium size vessels. Are we taking advantage on this by improving on technology, R & D? We are doing the subcontracting work. We should be moving up the food chain. Why not be the centre for design and build; financing, repair and services related to shipping industry?

Third is the oil palm industry. Sarawak is a new player in Malaysia compare to West Malaysia and Sabah. There is one area where we are at the frontier and that is peat development. We have plenty of peat land and how to use them sustainably and environmentally is a big challenge. Some see this as a problem. Why not see this as a challenge that holds great promises? Our talented children can work on this area by doing research. The world is trying to learn from us. Let's lead the world. The 2 seminars organized by the locals on peat soil development have attracted international participation. Have we capitalizing on this?

There is another area which we can possible exploit. Sibu probably produce the most number of doctors relative to its population in Malaysia and that is without a local tertiary educational institution that provide for medical course. Can we tape into this pool by staring a tertiary educational institution on this field and linked it to the industry – a world class private hospital, health care for the old and other related industry.

All the above industries require plenty of capital, time, energy and the willingness to take risk. Can Sibu take up the challenge?

Robert Lau

5th December 2009

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The picture shows Councillor Robert Lau (left) at Tan Kee Hian's forum "Sibu In The Blue Ocean". Photo: Liong


WE LOVE YOU BANGMIN !!

Posted: 14 Jan 2010 08:12 AM PST

When I looked at my brother-in-law's photo at the entry Lunch At The Shah Alam Club, I noticed he looked a bit unwell since he came back from performing his Haj.

Admitted to the Shah Alam Medical Centre a few days ago, my sister decided to move him for further tests to UH under a closer observation by our very familiar cardio surgeon there.

And so he was admitted into UH yesterday.

Today after a very tiring and weary day for him, the results of his scope tests came out.

He has been diagnosed as having an early stage of colon cancer.

Co-incidentally, Dato' was there. He went to UH for a heart check-up after my relentless pesterings for him to do so.
And it was Dato' who smsed me just now about the tearful discovery on BangMin's condition.
Ya ALLAH..sedihnya..adoi..adoi..

Hopefully, InsyaALLAH, once the proper course of action is identified after the scan tomorrow followed by whatever medical treatment required, he'll get well.

But my heart nearly stopped and I wanted to stop the car by the side and burst into tears!

Yes..please help us sembahyang hajat for his speedy recovery and good health.
BangMin is hoping to seek the help of one of the top specialists who's based in Selayang Hospital. Hopefully dapat..
Of course our cardio specialist family surgeon friend will help to oversee things.

BangMin has always been a very devoted, caring and kind brother-in-law.
Not to mention a wonderful husband to Intan and a great father to their 5 children.
A loving father-in-law and a doting grandpa too.
And of course..a very obedient and loving son ( see his photo with his mum on the Lunch At the Lake Club Entry ) .

If you'd like to help sembahyang hajat for him, his name is Dato' Hj. Aminuddin B Abu Bakar..his mom's name is Khatijah Bt Sulaiman.

BangMin, we all doa for your recovery and we will always be by your side to give you loads of emotional, spiritual and religious support.
Please forgive us for always being so busy..we'll really try and make more time for you from now on..and ampunkan we all for whatever..

Dear Muslim readers, if you can, tolong sembahyang hajat for our BangMin yer..thank you so much.


Religious violence in Malaysia

Posted: 14 Jan 2010 04:05 AM PST

How can the 9 % confuse 60% of the population ? You decide who is dim witted and blurrr.........Look and listen to his facial expressions and his logic. What a bloody disgrace for Malaysia!! Incoherent and repetitive. No indepth, no logical sequence of thought to drive across his message. Watch the clip, YOU decide.



Racial violence is increasing over a controversial court ruling allowing a Roman Catholic newspaper to use the word "Allah" to describe God. Some Muslims in Malaysia argue that "Allah" is exclusive to Islam, and its use by Christians is wrong. But church officials say Arabic-speaking Christians have always used the term "Allah" to refer to God.

They say it is unreasonable and unconstitutional to proclaim the word "Allah" should not be used by Christians. The debate has been ongoing for months. But it got violent on Friday when four churches, in separate incidents, were attacked. The violence has since escalated. While the government condemned the attacks, it will still attempt to have the decision to allow the newspaper to use the word "Allah" overturned.

But what are the causes of Muslims' anger? And what are the implications for the already strained ethnic harmony in this Asian country?

Inside Story presenter Nick Clark is joined by Khairul Faiz Morat, the vice president of international affairs of the Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement, Reverend Herman Shastri, the general secretary of the Council of Churches of Malaysia, and Zachary Abuza, a professor of political science at Simmons College specialising in the politics of Southeast Asia. Al Jazeera


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Budak Mengaku Serang Gereja Dalam Facebook: Polis Dipermainkan Atau Mempermainkan?

Posted: 14 Jan 2010 04:10 AM PST

Tindakan polis membebaskan individu yang mengaku dalam Facebooknya bahawa beliau menyerang gereja, tidak masuk akal, dan boleh dipermain-mainkan, demikian menurut Naib Presiden PAS, Datuk Haji Mahfuz Omar dalam suatu kenyataannya di sini, hari ini.

Hal ini kerana, menurutnya, pasukan polis dilihat tidak melakukan penelitian yang rapi terlebih dahulu sedangkan suspek penyerang yang didakwa sudah pun dikenalpasti oleh pihak polis sebelum ini masih bebas dan belum ditangkap.

"Setahu saya, mana ada orang nak mengaku bahawa dia yang bakar? Bawa pertuduhan itu ke mahkamah pun tak ada yang nak mengaku. Tiba-tiba polis boleh tangkap seseorang yang mengaku dalam Facebooknya bahawa dia yang buat (serang gereja).

"Kemudian polis bebaskan apabila budak tersebut menyatakan bahawa dia saja main-main," kata Mahfuz.

Tambah Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena itu, hal ini menunjukkan bahawa polis terlalu lemah dan terlalu percaya apabila individu yang ditahan itu membuat pengakuan bahawa dialah yang telah melakukan serangan ke atas gereja sebelum ini.

"Polis yang saya sebutkan di atas sepatutnya buatlah pertemuan berjumpa dengan budak itu di rumahnya, tanya dahulu baru buat keputusan nak tangkap atau tidak. Ini terus tangkap bawa ke balai polis. Ini yang orang ramai persoalkan kebijaksanaan polis, sekejap kena siasat dan teliti dulu, kejap terus tangkap," tambah beliau lagi.

Mahfuz berkata, kejadian ini menunjukkan dengan jelas bahawa polis boleh dipermainkan dan ditipu oleh sesorang.

"Kalau pelajar kolej swasta pun boleh menipu dan mempermainkan polis, sudah tentu Umno lebih dahsyat lagi menipu dan memperalatkan polis untuk kepentingan politik Umno yang tersepit.

"Jangan-jangan, kes serangan gereja akan jadi seperti kes enjin jet hilang. Setahun empat bulan polis ambil masa untuk siasat baru dapat tangkap dan dakwa. Itu pun sarjan dan prebet 'cabuk' sahaja. Pegawai atasan terlepas, pihak yang lagi atas (pegawai tertinggi) hilang terbang bersama enjin jet," kata Mahfuz.

Semalam, akhbar arus perdana melaporkan polis telah menahan seorang pelajar kolej swasta, selepas beliau mengaku melakukan serangan ke atas gereja di dalam Facebooknya. Pelajar itu kemudiannya dibebaskan dengan jaminan polis, kerana pengakuan tersebut sekadar 'gurauan' bersama rakan-rakannya.

Ulasan GB

GB tak nampak polis dipermainkan, yang GB nampak polis mempermainkan rakyat dengan hebahan sedemikian.


SPRM Tak Perlu Berselindung

Posted: 14 Jan 2010 03:14 AM PST

Tindakan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) menggunakan akta bagi menyekat pendedahan laporan siasatan kes rasuah yang dibuat ke atas badan tersebut akan mencalarkan lagi imejnya yang kini semakin diragui rakyat.

"Tindakan ini tidak baik kerana rakyat berhak mengetahui lanjutan daripada siasatan itu. Kenyataan ini memberi ruang kepada umum untuk berfikir bahawa, ada perkara yang cuba dan mahu disembunyikan SPRM," kata Ahli Parlimen (MP) Balik Pulau, Yusmadi Yusof ketika dihubungi Era Pakatan, di sini, hari ini.

Sementara itu, Pengerusi Lajnah Undang-undang PAS Pusat, Hanipa Maidin, ketika dihubungi berkata, SPRM tidak perlu melihat isu ini sebagai masalah kerana secara prinsipnya, rakyat berhak mengetahui perjalanan siasatan.

"Media dan SPRM masing-masing mempunyai tanggungjawabnya yang tersendiri. Peranan media penting. Ini kerana, jika media tidak mendedahkan laporan siasatan, sudah tentu rakyat tidak mengetahui tindakan selanjutnya berhubung kes tersebut," kata Hanifah.

Ahli Parlimen Beruas, Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham berkata, SPRM tidak boleh menutup kes agar siasatan ke atasnya berjalan lancar, dan dengan itu juga rakyat dapat mengetahui perkembangan selanjutnya.

"Di Perak contohnya, banyak laporan berkaitan rasuah. Namun laporan hanya tinggal laporan sahaja. Banyak kes yang tidak ada keputusan. Tindakan menghalang media ini akan menyebabkan lebih banyak kes yang gagal diselesaikan," kata Ngeh lagi.

Terdahulu, media melaporkan bahawa semua pihak termasuk media tidak dibenarkan membuat pendedahan mengenai laporan kes rasuah yang dibuat ke atas Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) mulai sekarang.

Ketua Pesuruhjaya SPRM yang baru, Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamed berkata, mulai sekarang SPRM akan menguatkuasakan Seksyen 29(4) yang melarang pendedahan maklumat berhubung kes siasatan.

Ulasan GB

Lain yang disuruh lain yang dibuat. Rakyat masih menunggu SPRM mendakwa pemimpin-pemimpin UMNO BN yang telah dilaporkan kepadanya sekian lama.

Apa yang berlaku SPRM melakukan siasatan kes-kes yang hanya melibatkan pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat terutamanya Selangor.


Tiada Laporan Kewangan Dalam Laporan Tahunan YBK

Posted: 14 Jan 2010 03:03 AM PST

Kenyataan Pengerusi Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan, Datuk Zainal Abidin Sakom dalam akhbar tempatan hari ini bukan laporan kewangan tahunan.

Sambil membidas laporan itu, Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim berkata laporan untuk tontonan awam itu di dalam webnya hanyalah aktiviti tahunan pertubuhan itu.

Katanya lagi, sejak penubuhannya kerajaan negeri tidak pernah menerima sebarang laporan kewangan tahunan.

"Apa yang saya maksudkan bukan YBK ini tiada program dan projek, tapi yang saya katakan belum ada laporan kewangan perakaunan tahunan untuk YBK, itu yang paling penting.

"Untuk pengurusan terbaik mesti ada perakaunan bukan sahaja aktiviti" katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat Majlis Tindakan Ekonomi Selangor di Shah Alam hari ini.

Sehubungan itu, kerajaan negeri segera membuat kajian menyelesaikan kekusutan ini yang berlarutan sejak sekian lama penubuhannya selewat-lewatnya penghujung bulan ini.
"Kerajaan negeri tak payah minta. Kami akan buat beberapa kajian dari awal penubuhannya, apa aktiviti yang diberikan peruntukan oleh kerajaan negeri, dan berapa duit dari kerajaan negeri semua itu akan kita lakukan sebelum akhir bulan ini", katanya -TVS



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Tukar Kerajaan Untuk Pulihkan Ekonomi

Posted: 14 Jan 2010 01:38 AM PST

Ramai pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat berpendapat keyakinan pelabur terhadap pengurusan kewangan negara di bawah Barisan Nasional (BN) akan terus merosot selagi gabungan itu kekal berkuasa dengan dasar-dasar perkauman dan amalan rasuah serta penyelewengan kuasa terus membelenggui kepimpinannya.

UBS Investment Reseach, sebuah unit di bawah kumpulan perbankan antarabangsa berpusat di Switzerland berkata tahap rezab antarabangsa negara merudum terus sebanyak 25 peratus pada 2009.

Dalam pada itu pelaburan asing langsung Malaysia terus dilanda kemerosotan bersih sejak 1997.

Bekas Menteri Kesihatan, Datuk Chua Jui Meng (gambar) berkata keadaan itu berpunca daripada tindakan Umno-BN mempolitikkan seluruh institusi negara seperti Polis, Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia, Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya dan badan kehakiman.

"Saya amat sedih melihat keadaan ekonomi Malaysia kini. Negara komunis seperti China pun berjaya membangunkan ekonominya dengan pesat dengan dasar terbuka tetapi malangnya BN telah mempolitikkan keseluruhan ekonomi negara," kata Ahli Majlis Pimpinan Pusat KEADILAN itu.

Malah Jui Meng menambah keadaan ekonomi negara diburukkan lagi apabila modal domestik juga turut dibawa ke luar negara.

"Kita sebenarnya mengalami "double whammy" (kejatuhan berganda) dan keadaan ini akan terus berlaku selagi BN tidak ditumbangkan dan digantikan oleh kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat yang telus, terbuka dan bertanggungjawab.

"Hanya dengan cara ini keyakinan pelabur dan rakyat akan kembali pulih," katanya.
Naib Presiden DAP, Tunku Aziz Ibrahim (gambar) turut menyokong pendapat Jui Meng sambil menambah cara BN menangani isu kalimah Allah sehingga menyebabkan beberapa gereja dibakar dan dirosakkan akan terus menghantui persepsi negatif golongan pelabur dan masyarakat antarabangsa terhadap Malaysia.

"BN telah memalukan Malaysia. Kerajaan gagal menangani persepsi serta pengaliran maklumat yang betul mengenai sesuatu isu sehingga kini rakyat tidak lagi mempercayai apa yang dikatakan oleh kerajaan," kata bekas presiden Transparency International Malaysia itu.

Ahli Parlimen Petaling Jaya Utara, Tony Pua berpendapat keyakinan pelabur tidak akan pulih di bawah kerajaan BN.

"Laporan ini jelas menunjukkan bahawa kerajaan tidak mempunyai dana yang mencukupi dan tidak mahu bersikap telus kepada rakyat berhubung kedudukan sebenar ekonomi negara.

Oleh sebab itu BN membuat pelbagai dasar baru yang membebankan rakyat kerana mereka amat tertekan," kata Setiausaha Publisiti DAP Kebangsaan itu.

Antaranya termasuk menaikkan harga gula dan roti putih, mengenakan cukai ke atas kad kredit, memperkenalkan Cukai Barangan dan Perkhidmatan (GST), serta kemungkinan menaikkan kadar tol dan tarif elektrik.

Ketua Angkatan Muda KEADILAN, Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin pula berkata laporan UBS itu menguatkan hujah Pakatan Rakyat bahawa satu suruhanjaya perlu diwujudkan untuk menyiasat dakwaan penulis Barry Wain.

Wain dalam bukunya "Malaysian Maverick – Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times" mendakwa negara mengalami kerugian atau ketirisan sebanyak RM100 bilion sepanjang pentadbiran mantan perdana menteri itu dan RM270 bilion semasa Abdullah Ahmad Badawi menerajui negara.

"Apakah wang sebanyak itu diambil daripada rezab negara sehingga ianya hampir kosong?
Tentunya kekhuatiran Pakatan Rakyat mengenai defisit belanjawan yang semakin melebar kini mempunyai asas yang amat kukuh," kata Shamsul Iskandar. -Dzukarnain Taib


RM32 bilion lesap: Buktikan Ku Li tidak benar
Oleh Ahmad Qayyum

TAIPING: Kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) digesa membuktikan dakwaan bekas Menteri Kewangan, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah bahawa Malaysia mengalami kerugian sebanyak RM32 bilion dalam urusan matawang asing dalam tempuh enam bulan lepas adalah tidak
benar.

Menurut Ahli Parlimen DAP – Taiping, Nga Kor Ming, (gambar) dalam wawancara bersama akhbar New Straits Times, Singapura, Tengku Razaleigh mendedahkan bahawa Bank Negara telah mengalami kerugian parah sebanyak RM32 bilion ekoran dari aktiviti spekulasi
matawang asing.

"Seandainya dakwaan tersebut benar, jumlah kerugian adalah lebih kurang sama dengan belanjawan 100 tahun Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang dan impaknya kepada pembangunan ekonomi negara amat besar," katanya kepada pemberita ketika sidang media di Wisma DAP Perak, di sini pagi tadi.

Beliau yang juga Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Pantai Remis berkata, "atas kemungkaran dan kegiatan rasuah yang serius, kini Malaysia terpaksa menanggung ledakan hutang negara mencecah RM363 billion.

"Ini bermakna setiap warganegara terpaksa menanggung hutang sebanyak RM13,446 seorang," terang beliau.

Menurutnya, sehingga tahun 2009 negara mengalami defisit belanjawan 13 tahun berturut-turut dan jumlah defisit RM51.1 bilion adalah jumlah paling besar sejak tahun 1984.

Katanya, sekiranya dakwaan Tengku Razaleigh kepada media luar negara tidak dijelaskan, ia akan menjatuhkan imej negara dan menakutkan pelabur-pelabur asing, yang kini jumlahnya semakin merosot.

"Berdasarkan laporan The Financial Times yang bertapak di London dan kajian Bank UBS dari Switzerland menunjukkan bahawa Malaysia merupakan sebuah negara yang mengalami penarikan pelaburan asing langsung yang paling serius di antara semua negara di benua Asia pada tahun 2009."

"Dakwaan Tengku Razaleigh adalah satu lagi tamparan hebat kepada pentadbiran kerajaan BN dan merupakan petanda keruntuhan kuasa pemerintahan yang kian lemah," tegasnya lagi.


Ulasan GB

Tahap rezab antarabangsa negara merudum terus sebanyak 25 peratus pada 2009 perlu dilihat sebagai satu masalah serius. Pengaliran dana keluar dari Malaysia nampaknya tidak terkawal.

Baru-baru ini Petronas mengumumkan penajaan pasukan Mercedes GP2 dan mengenepikan pasukan Lotus1 kereta Malaysia di atas alasan perniagaan. Mengutamakan keuntungan semata-mata tanpa ada tanggungjawab sosial dan kenegaraan. Bererti juga pengaliran keluar wang negara secar besar-besaran.

Tidak cukup dengan perembatan royalti minyak Terengganu dan Kelantan untuk pulihkan UMNO yang hampir pupus, Petronas, gergasi minyak negara bakal lingkup.


Jawa, Jinn, Johor, Jiran, Janda, Jodoh: A Malaysian Family History

Posted: 14 Jan 2010 09:24 AM PST

With all the family history stuff I write here in my blog, one might begin to wonder why I don't write about my wife's family history. Well unfortunately genealogy is a very difficult endeavour here in Malaysia. A lack of accessible records (and in many cases a lack of records, period) means you're forced to rely almost completely on oral histories. That's not a horrible thing, as the old folks here can tell you quite a bit. However, reliance on oral histories definitely has its drawbacks, the major ones being 1) you won't get very far back into the history of any given family, 2) you won't get a lot of specific information such as dates, and 3) you will get a lot of stories that include all sorts of fantastical elements.

That pretty much describes my wife's family history. I haven't been able to go very far back, especially on her mother's side of the family. Even when I have been able to find information on ancestors, it was usually just their names, with the rest of those people's lives remaining shrouded in the fog of time. Also, while there are family members who claim to know a lot about the family history, it's difficult to know how much of it is true. Leen's paternal ancestry is rife with tales of jinn and psychic powers; her maternal ancestry, if the uncle who's supposed to know the most about it can be believed, includes a pirate treasure at the bottom of the sea.

Still, when it comes to Leen's family history, I'll take what I can get. After all, it's all part of my children's ancestry as well. And mine, in a way. I mean, these people are my family now. Their blood doesn't run through my veins, but still…we're family.

Anyway, the furthest I could trace back in Leen's family was a man named Raden Ipok (no one is sure of the actual spelling), who lived in Pekalongan, in Central Java, Indonesia sometime in the late 18th or early 19th century. I know very little about him other than his name and the fact that he was not a Muslim. I'm not absolutely sure what religion he followed, though it seems he was either a Buddhist or an animist (his indigenous culture, whatever it was, may have included elements of animism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam, or at least some of those things). His son, Raden Peroyo, supposedly had 17 wives but only ended up with three children. One of those children was named something like Raden Ritz. He was the one who brought the family into the fold of Islam. As the story goes, Raden Ritz fell in love with the daughter of a kyai (the head of an Islamic boarding school) and converted to Islam so he could marry her. Upon conversion he changed his name to Rais.

Accounts of this lineage by different family members begin to diverge somewhat here. One story has it that Rais had a son named Qudri or Qadri and that he, not Rais, was Leen's great-great-grandfather. In yet another version of the family history, there isn't even a Rais, and Leen's great-great-grandfather is Peroyo. Whatever the case, after either Rais or Qudri (or maybe even after Peroyo) came Leen's great-grandfather, Raden Falali (sometimes called Palali), who married a woman named Ummayah. They were fairly well off, with lots of land and horses and other material wealth. Leen's eldest surviving uncle, Pak Andak, says that Raden Falali feared for the lives of his two sons because of the persecution of several noble families by the Dutch. He sent the boys to Malaysia on a steamship, but before they went he supposedly gave the elder of the two, 15-year old Raden Baron, a slip of paper upon which was written the name Salma, which wasn't a woman's name but that of a jinn (and a male one at that) that would protect Baron and his brother in Malaysia.

My wife's paternal grandparents
Baharom Bin Fadzil & Jamiah Binti Yusof

Raden Baron dropped the title Raden when he got to Malaysia and changed his name to Baharom Bin Fadzil (I'm not sure if Falali actually used the name Fadzil or not). Baharom settled in Muar, Johor and married a woman named Jamiah, a daughter of Javanese settlers named Yusof and Rubiah. Yusof was one of several brothers (three or four) who settled in Kampung Tengah in Muar. I've been told that about 90% of the people in Kampung Tengah are Leen's relatives.

No one really knows what happened to Baharom's brother, Selamat, also known as Pak Ngah Selamat. It seems shortly after getting married he was taken by the Japanese, who occupied Malaya from 1941 until the end of World War II. He was put on a train and sent north to help build a railway in a neighbouring country. One version of the story says he managed to jump off the train somewhere in Kedah and carried on with his life. According to another version of the story, he was taken to Burma but eventually released by the fearful Japanese, who had tried to boil him alive but couldn't hurt him. Whatever the truth is, Selamat was never seen again.

Baharom had many different jobs over the years (including working the ferry that crossed the Muar River) and was supposedly aided in each by the jinn that accompanied him everywhere, the one whose name was written on the little slip of paper that Baharom always carried with him (usually in his hat). Stories abound of his miraculous accomplishments, such as completing a week's worth of grass-cutting in one evening, or buying a banana and somehow arriving home with a whole bunch of them. His feats didn't go unnoticed by others. One day he was riding his bicycle near his home when he was struck by a car belonging to Othman Saat, who was also from Kampung Tengah. Othman was shocked to see that while the bicycle was wrecked, Baharom didn't have a scratch on him. Family lore has it that Othman coveted Baharom's source of power. Baharom, fearful that the jinn's power would corrupt him and anyone else it touched, buried the slip of paper with the jinn's name on it somewhere on property that belonged to Othman. Othman dug it up and became the Chief Minister of Johor.

Baharom Fadzil & Jamiah Yusof
Baharom is the man holding the little girl; on the right is Jamiah. The little boy standing in front of Jamiah is my father-in-law, Abdul Rahman; next to him is his sister Aminah (Busu Noi). I'd like to find out who the other people in the picture are and if they're also Leen's relatives.

Baharom and Jamiah lived a quiet life in Muar and had 16 children, one of whom was Leen's father, Abdul Rahman. Half of Baharom and Jamiah's children, including my father-in-law and a set of triplets (Salam, Salim and Selamat), have passed away. The remaining children are Mak Uda, Pak Andak, Mak Alang, Mak Uteh, Mak Anjang, Bibik, Busu Noi, and Pak Jak (those aren't their real names, just the names I know them by). It's interesting to note that while none of them use the title Raden, Leen has one cousin (a daughter of the late Abdul Kadir, a.k.a. Pak Long) who does. I'm told some of Leen's cousins also include the name al-Qudri in their names to denote descent from Raden Qadri/Qudri, who as I mentioned above may have been the son of Raden Rais.

Baharom, who would be called Tok Bak by Leen and his other grandchildren, continued to show signs of having mystical abilities throughout his life, despite having given up the slip of paper upon which was written the name of his jinn guardian. The slip of paper may have functioned as some sort of talisman, but apparently it wasn't the true source of Baharom's powers (as Othman Saat may have later discovered, when the rise of Mahathir and Musa Hitam led to his marginalization and eventual resignation, and a failed comeback attempt via the short-lived party Semangat 46). Baharom did his best to keep his abilities secret, but Leen remembers seeing some strange things. For example, she says one day she was in a room with Tok Bak, but then when she turned around and looked out the window, there he was, suddenly outside. His grandchildren loved him, but it seems most of them, including Leen, thought he was a little scary because of things like that. I'm not sure how much of it I can bring myself to believe, but I do wish I could have met him. Both of Leen's paternal grandparents died several years ago.

Tok Bak in his later years
Tok Bak in his later years.

I wish I knew as much about Leen's maternal ancestry as I do about her father's family history. Leen's dad, Abdul Rahman Bin Hj. Baharom (Hj. is an abbreviation of Haji, which means Baharom had gone on the Haj pilgrimage to Mecca) married a nurse from Batu Pahat named Mariah Binti Hasnan, who is now my mother-in-law, my beloved Ibu. Whereas my late father-in-law was of Javanese descent, Ibu is of Bugis ancestry. Her father, Hasnan Bin Mohamed Ali, was a jack-of-all-trades who did various jobs in and around Kampung Minyak Beku. He married Khatijah Binti Osman and they had three girls, including my mother-in-law. However, Hasnan and Khatijah divorced not long after the birth of their third child, and Hasnan married a woman named Hamidah. She bore him several more children (I'm told that in all she had 16 children but I don't know if some were from a previous marriage or not). Hasnan died fairly young, the first of Leen's grandparents to pass away. Hamidah, whom Ibu calls Mak Uda, is still living in Kampung Minyak Beku; we usually visit her during Raya.

Ayah & Ibu on their wedding day
Abdul Rahman Bin Hj. Baharom & Mariah Binti Hasnan (a.k.a. Ayah & Ibu) on their wedding day.

Khatijah, Ibu's mother, remained single for many years, but a tragic event would eventually lead her to marry again. When her older sister passed away, Khatijah became close to her newly-widowed brother-in-law. Each wanted someone who would take care of them, so they got married. Sadly, Khatijah developed breast cancer and, like her sister and her first husband, left the world too soon. Her second husband, heartbroken, followed soon after.

Abdul Rahman and Mariah, a.k.a. Ayah and Ibu, had their first child, Mazleen (yeah that's my wife) in 1978 when Ibu was stationed at a government clinic in Salak Tinggi, Selangor. Leen was born in Seremban Hospital and spent her childhood in Minyak Beku and Muar. She later went to Sekolah Tun Fatimah, a boarding school in Johor Bahru. She then did two years of matriculation at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia before going off to Canada for five years, after which she came back with a degree in dentistry from Dalhousie University and (ahem) a husband from Cape Breton. Ayah and Ibu had three other children, all of whom have spent most of their lives in Muar. Leen's brother Radzee (a.k.a. Ojee) is a JPJ (Road Transport Dept.) officer stationed in Muadzam, Pahang; Leen' s sister Mazuin (a.k.a. Achik) works as a cook at the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar; Leen's other brother, Ridzwan (a.k.a. Iwan) has been doing an IT diploma progamme at a college in Jitra, Kedah.
Leen's family
Leen with Ayah, Ibu, Iwan, Achik & Ojee.

Everyone's been married off except Iwan. Ojee is married to a lovely young lady from Pagoh named Latifah, a.k.a. Tipah; Achik's been married and divorced and has a son named Afiq, Alisdair's only first cousin on this side of the world (he also has two in Canada). Achik's getting married again this year, to a guy from Bengkalis, Indonesia.

It goes without saying that Leen has a lot of cousins. Her relatives are all over the country and work in a wide variety of professions, such as the doctor who delivered Alisdair in Shah Alam. It's actually really hard to keep track of Leen's extended family. There are some I've never met or hardly ever see. There are also some we're quite close to, like Bibik's family. I think of them as my family too, just like I consider Leen's parents and siblings to be my family.

My Malaysian family
Celebrating Hari Raya in 2007 with my Malaysian family. Ayah passed away just a few weeks later.

My father-in-law passed away on November 6th 2007 in Muar, only two months after retiring from his job as an auditor for the local school district. Ayah's passing was hard on Ibu but she's been doing just fine. She retired not long ago and now spends a lot of time with her grandson Afiq. She gets to spend time with Alisdair quite often too. I don't think Al will remember his Tok Ayah, but we'll be sure to tell him as many stories as we can about his grandfather, and the other people from both sides of the world whose blood runs in his veins. We'll tell him all about how his Tok Ayah was a pretty good drummer and had a great singing voice. We'll tell him that his Tok Ayah would do anything for anyone, even if it meant he had to go without. We'll tell Al all sort of stories about his Tok Ayah, and maybe a few about ancestors from further back.

As I said earlier, there are several different versions of the story of Baharom and his ancestors. It seems Tok Bak himself told more than one version of his family history. The result is that his children and grandchildren might not all agree on what the real story is. One of his grandchildren (the one I mentioned earlier who calls herself Raden) swears direct descent from the saints known as the Wali Songo, particularly Sunan Ampel. If that is indeed true, it can't be through the direct paternal line (maybe through the kiai instead?), which may have been Buddhist until the mid-19th century or maybe even later. Of course, there's no way of really knowing if that is even true. I don't know anything about Javanese history, but I have to wonder if anyone in a family of Buddhists (or animists or any non-Muslims for that matter) would have even carried the title Raden.

This was supposedly written by Tok Bak
Some information on the family written in the Jawi script, supposedly by Tok Bak himself. I can read Jawi newspapers with some effort but this handwriting really has me stumped. If anyone would like to have a go at it, I'd appreciate knowing what it says. There's another sheet of paper on which he wrote a short genealogy in Rumi script, but I'm not sure if both pages have the same information.

Whether the story of Baharom is true or not, it certainly is interesting. And at least there actually is a story. It's a shame that most of my kids' maternal ancestry will be a big blank space compared to what I can tell them about my side of the family. But at least there is a story to tell. Maybe we'll even uncover more someday, somehow. Who knows?


Sleeping Child

Posted: 14 Jan 2010 01:17 AM PST

Every morning when I wake up first thing that I would do is to cuddle this little tousled head and smell him close. He smells sweet and masam-masam and busuk-busuk and that is the scent that worth a million No.5 and Beyond Paradise and Be Delicious put together. I have so much in my mind right now and I am missing my busuk masam curly-murly little boy. The boy that have grown half the length of my body have learnt the most correct time to say "Padan muka Mummy!".

He is turning 2 in a few days. Time sure flies too fast. I am not sure when we should stop co-sleeping. Because if we do, I am definitely gonna miss him kicking me in his sleep, waking me up and ask me to rub his bum, waking me up to ask me where is Cat, or when he just sleeps between us and taking the most space until I am almost crushed against the wall and his Daddy almost falling off the bed. And of course I would miss his busuk masam scent.

I think I can still bear getting kicked in the middle of the night. Miki sleeps with Mummy again tonight.

sleeping baby

Michael Learns To Rock – Sleeping Child

The milky way upon the Heavens
Is twinkling just for you
And mr. moon he came by
To say goodnight to you
I'll sing for you I'll
Sing for mother
We're praying for the world
And for the people everywhere
Gonna show them all we care

Oh my sleeping child… the world's so wild
But you've build your own paradise
That's one reason why
I'll cover you sleeping child

If all the people around
The world
They had a mind like yours
We'd have no fighting and no wars
There would be lasting peace on earth

If all the kings and all
The leaders
Could see you here this way
They would hold the earth in their arms
They would learn to watch you play

Oh my sleeping child the world's so wild
But you've build your own paradise
That's one reason why I'll cover you sleeping child

I'm gonna cover my
Sleeping child
Keep you away from the world so wild


Under WHAT Control?

Posted: 14 Jan 2010 04:23 AM PST

Source of Pictures: Malaysiakini.com

Hisham, like most other high ranking ministers in Barisan Nasional, has never failed to make himself look like a fool in front of everyone.




When asked about the lagging response by PDRM, he defended them by saying that they were not being reluctant to act to fend off security threats. He claimed that the church attacks were under control. As if.

Not long after that, a 100 year old sikh temple was hit by stones. The law firm representing The Herald was broken in today. And, an attempt to vandalise The St Elizabeth Catholic Church in Kota Tinggi, Johor has caused the wall of the building to be splattered with red paint.


PDRM and the Home Ministry have been very defensive on these issues since the very beginning, saying that they are not to be blamed on for the attacks. And on the other hand, they are not acting to protect the victims. So far, none has been detained for the crime after 10 prayer grounds of other faiths have been arsoned and vandalized.



Who are to be blamed on? And the key point here is, WHO STARTED THE WHOLE DRAMA? The Christians? Muslims? I'll say none of them.

The below are some reasonings I plundered from the reader's comments on The Malaysian Insider, which basically tell you that, from the legal battle between home ministry and the Herald, to the church attacks - they were all started, and probably planned by our beloved Barisan Nasional Government.





written by Dont Just Watch, January 14, 2010

ALLAH FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

INTRODUCTION - What did not happen

I will first start with what did not happen.

Christians did not wake up one day and say, "hmmm… instead of using the word 'GOD' lets replace it with 'ALLAH'. We shall go to the court to declare it our right to use the word 'ALLAH'".

1. What actually happened

The Catholic newspaper, Herald, has been using the word Allah in their Bahasa Melayu edition for a long time. Suddendly, they are told, their publishing licence will not being renewed unless they stop using the word "Allah" and replace it with "Tuhan".

2. Why go to the Court?

When the enforcement of the ban was taking place, what could the Herald do? They appealed to the Home Ministry to relax the ruling but this was rejected. There was no offer for inter-faith dialogues to be carried out.

The court was the last resort.

3. Why can't Christians use "Tuhan" instead of "Allah"?

Actually, they can. They can also use various other names such as "The Almighty", "The Creator", "Lord God", etc.

BUT unfortunately there are books including the Bahasa Melayu version of the Holy Bible which has already used the word "Allah" for years. Now the government has started confiscating these books.

Also Christians who use Bahasa Melayu have been accustomed to using the word Allah. It has never been an issue. So why should they suddenly change the way they pray?

4. We all know Allah refers to the Muslim God, Why the sudden need by Christians to also use Allah?

If you have never heard Christians call their God, "Allah", chances are you never will. This practice of certain Christian groups referring to God as "Allah" is mainly in East Malaysia.

If yesterday I called God, "God". Today I won't call him "Allah".

You won't suddenly hear me acclaiming, "Oh my Allah". I will still say, "Oh my God".

Additionally, I don't think Muslims will pick up a Bahasa Melayu version of the Herald. I am from West Malaysia and even I have not seen a Bahasa Melayu version of the Herald.

5. Malaysia is a peaceful multi-religious country. Why do the Christians suddenly bring up this sensitive issue and cause tension among the different religions?

Christians did not bring up this issue. This sensitive issue was started by the Home Ministry when they decided not to renew the Herald's publishing licence.



C GUEVARA


The world's longest

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 10:47 PM PST

The 34.5 cm (erect state) has been a problem for Jonah (photo: All Over)

His willy is so long that nobody would give him work

Immediately you would think that it was an advantage to have a long willy. It is not the actor Jonah Falcon. Since length of 34.5 centimeters, was published, none dared hire him for a role.

The 39-year-old American has very apropos previously played with the TV success of "Sex in the City", but now because of his long penis too much between the roles.

Although he regards himself as a serious actor, however, find it hard to be noticed above the belt.

- I have spent my life to be noticed. I sought and desired, but invisible, he says.


I cancelled all my flight to Malaysia

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 11:53 PM PST

From: bear
Subject: Re: I cancelled all my flight to Malaysia

On Jan 14, 10:50 am, Tanki <5191...@gmail.com> wrote:

> I just want to know.....
> Posted by: cygnus_lyra
> I just want to know if Malaysia is safe?

> I heard 9 churches already kena arson attack and no one get caught
> yet.

This is not surprising to anyone in Malaysia. No one believes that
Malaysia Police Force will do anything.

> Just wondering if Malaysia will become like Indonesia... the time when
> the Muslims in Indonesia persecuted the Chinese and non-muslims...
> lots of violent death then.

The country has gone to the dogs, systematically deteriorating for the
last 40 years.

> I need to know so I can cancel my flight tickets to visit Msia this
> year or in the near future. Don't want to get caught if there is a
> racial riot happening coz technically, no longer a Msian.

You decide what you want to do with your money, spend it at a place
that knows your money value.

> If Msia continues down this path of extremism and violence, forget
> about ever becoming a developed country.

Anyone believes that 2020 is achievable is too naive or trusting.

> Many ppl told me that the Msia now is not the Msia I remembered 20
> years ago... it is no longer safe and the Muslims there are getting
> more extreme, ignorant and violent. Anytime bloody racial clashes will
> erupt. It's a "time bomb" and Msia is running on borrowed time. Lots
> of ppl overseas are talking as if it is not a matter of IF it will
> happen but rather WHEN it will happen.

> True or not? Can anyone living in Msia give me an honest picture of
> what is happening there? Is it safe to visit???

Even before the church burning, there numerous unsolved homicides.

> Serious. The type of news and rumours I hear about Msia from overseas
> is very scary....so, I just need some clarification here that it is
> still safe to visit my relatives in Msia.
> Thanks.

Drowning men are clutching to straws. The politicians are hanging on
when they are already irrelevant.


Lagi Cubaan Lengahkan Kes Qazaf Terhadap Saiful

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 10:42 PM PST

Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan dan Kerajaan Persekutuan bertindak bersepadu dalam cubaan menghalang Mahkamah Tinggi Syariah daripada mendengar permohonan Anwar Ibrahim bersabit aduan qazaf yang dibuat terhadap Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

Mahkamah Tinggi itu bersidang mendengar permohonan Anwar untuk mendapatkan perintah mengarahkan JAWI membawa pertuduhan qazaf terhadap Saiful dan memastikan tidak ada lagi campurtangan politik daripada Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri.

Namun permohonan itu terpaksa di tunda kepada 17 Febuari selepas peguam-peguam JAWI dan Menteri berkenaan mempersoalkan bidang kuasa Mahkamah Syariah.

Mereka juga menuntut untuk mengetahui sama ada kes itu akan di dengar mengikut Akta Tata Cara Mahkamah Tinggi Syariah 1998.

Turut dipersoalkan ialah status seorang daripada peguam Anwar, Zulkifli Nordin.

Anwar membuat aduan kepada JAWI hampir 18 bulan lalu bahawa Saiful melakukan kesalahan qazaf kerana membuat dakwaan fitnah terhadapnya bersabit pertuduhan liwat.

Namun JAWI dan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri mengenai hal ehwal Islam enggan melayan aduan Anwar itu.

Hakim Mohd Shukor Shabudin memberikan peguam-peguam yang mewakili Pengarah JAWI, Ketua Pendakwa Syarie Wilayah Persekutuan dan Menteri Di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom tempoh untuk menfailkan afidavit berhubung bantahan mereka.

Justeru permohonan Anwar untuk mendapatkan perintah mahkamah terbabit akan di dengar semula 17 Februari.

Anwar membuat aduan qazaf terhadap Saiful pada Januari 2009. Mantan Timbalan Perdana Menteri turut mengemukakan laporan tiga pakar Hospital Kuala Lumpur yang mendapati tidak ada bukti klinikal untuk menyokong aduan Saiful bahawa beliau diliwat.

Saiful membuat laporan polis terhadap Anwar beberapa hari selepas beliau mengadakan pertemuan dengan Perdana Menteri Najib Razak pada Ogos 2008.

Najib dilaporkan pada mulanya menyangkal bertemu dengan Saiful tetapi kemudian mengakui berbuat demikian selepas ia didedahkan di media.

Laporan polis Saiful terus dijadikan senjata utama oleh Umno dalam usaha menundukkan Anwar pada pilihanraya kecil Permatang Pauh namun Anwar tetap menang dengan majoiriti besar dan diangkat menjadi Ketua Pembangkang di Parlimen.

Penangguhan kes di Mahkamah Syariah hari ini dilihat sebagai usaha untuk melengahkan sistem keadilan Islam.

Tindakan mempersoalkan bidang kuasa Mahkamah Syariah oleh peguam JAWI dan Kerajaan Persekutuan dilihat sebagai cubaan memastikan perbicaraan tuduhan liwat terhadap Anwar dalam Mahkamah Sivil yang dijadualkan bermula 25 Januari ini tidak terjejas.

Menurut penganalisis politik, amat penting untuk memelihara kredibiliti Saiful dalam mahkamah sivil untuk tujuan mensabitkan Anwar atas tuduhan liwat itu di bawah undang-undang sivil.

Justeru pemerintah dilihat mempunyai keperluan mendesak untuk memastikan tuduhan qazaf terhadap Saiful ditangguhkan atau tidak diteruskan sama sekali. -TVS




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Akhbar Jangan Manipulasi Fakta - Johari Abdul

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 09:08 PM PST

Laporan media perlu telus, berfakta dan menjurus kepada akar umbi permasalahan supaya masyarakat tidak terkeliru atau terpengaruh dengan dakyah jahat.

Ahli Parlimen Sungai Petani Johari Abdul berkata manipulasi dan penipuan maklumat mengundang lebih banyak permasalahan, bahkan menghakis kewibawaan pemerintah di mata masyarakat.

"Akhbar kena bertanggungjawab tidak kira arus perdana atau pun akhbar kecil sekali pun harus bertanggungjawab sebagai penyampai kepada rakyat perlu melaporkan menda yang betul. Jadi tak payah manipulasi berita. Kerana akhirnya maruah dan imej serta kredibiliti akhbar itu juga akan terjejas," katanya.

Johari berkata demikian mengulas laporan Berita Harian yang mendakwa warta Katolik, The Herald, bersetuju untuk menarik balik tuntutan kalimah Allah.

Laporan akhbar pro-kerajaan itu bagaimanapun tidak tepat, dan disanggah oleh Reverend Lawrence Andrew sendiri yang terkejut dengan manipulasi sebegitu rupa.

Situasa ini seraya menguja persoalan apakah bentuk manipulasi, hasutan atau penipuan yang telah diwar-warkan media arus perdana sepanjang liputan polemik kalimah Allah.

"Walaupun mereka menjadi media pemerintah tetapi harus melaporkan benda yang benar,

Jadi kalau mereka melaporkan benda yang tidak benar, sudah pasti anggapan rakyat, kalau pun tidak berniat memanipulasikan tetapi yang pasti rakyat akan menganggap bahawa tentunya mereka ingin memanipulasikan isu ini," katanya. - FANSURINA ABDULLAH -TVS




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Gurdial Anggap Baling Batu Kerja Budak Nakal

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 09:00 PM PST

Presiden Kuil Sikh Gurdwara Sentul, Gurdial Singh Thoonda menifatkan tindakan membaling batu ke kuil itu tindakan nakal individu tidak bertanggungjawab.

Beliau juga percaya kejadian itu tidak ada kaitan dengan serangan ke atas beberapa gereja sejak Jumaat lepas berhubung isu penggunaan kalimah Allah oleh Majalah The Herald.

"Kita anggap orang main-main. Tidak, bagi kita ianya isu kecil dan kita tidak mahu mainkan isu ini. Kita harap polis dapat menyelesaikannya,"katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika di temui TVSelangor di kuil berkenaan pagi tadi.

Semalam kaca di sebelah pintu masuk kuil tersebut didapati pecah akibat dilempar dengan batu jam 6.40 petang semalam.

Katanya, insiden hanya disedari beberapa sukarelawan yang sedang membersihkan kuil berkenaan, ternampak batu dilempar ke pintu masuk bilik sembahyang kuil tersebut.

"Mereka dengar bunyi batu dibaling, selepas menyiasat pekara itu, mereka menghubngi polis. Kemudiannya mereka memberitahu saya dan saya datang untuk membuat laporan polis.

"Tidak berapa teruk, hanya satu cermin pecah tetapi mereka membaling lebih kurang 20 batu,"katanya.

Ketua Polis Kuala Lumpur Datuk Muhammad Sabtu Osman yang mengesahkan insiden itu berkata pihaknya telah mengambil sampel batu yang dilemparkan dan siasatan dijalankan. -TVS


Kuil Sikh Di Sentul Dilempar Batu

Kaca di sebelah pintu masuk Kuil Sikh Gurdwara di Jalan Haji Salleh, Sentul di sini didapati pecah akibat dilempar dengan batu pada kira-kira pukul 6.45 petang tadi.

Ketika insiden itu berlaku, beberapa sukarelawan yang sedang membersihkan kuil berkenaan, ternampak batu dilempar ke pintu masuk bilik sembahyang kuil
tersebut.

Dipercayai, 15 biji batu dilemparkan ke kawasan kuil itu. Sukarelawan tersebut kemudian membuat laporan polis.

Ketua Polis Kuala Lumpur Datuk Muhammad Sabtu Osman yang mengesahkan insiden itu berkata pihaknya telah mengambil sampel batu yang dilemparkan dan siasatan
dijalankan. -Bernama





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