Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Rumah Dari Botol Plastik !!

Rumah Dari Botol Plastik !!


Rumah Dari Botol Plastik !!

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 09:04 AM PST















Cerita adik mangsa bunuh

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 09:03 AM PST








TAMPIN - "Selepas menukar pakaian sekolah, saya ke ruang tamu dan nampak kakak (Siti Khatijah) baring di situ.

"Saya ingat dia tidur tetapi apabila saya hampiri, saya terkejut nampak ada pisau terpacak pada dada kakak dan dia sudah pun meninggal dunia."

Inilah motosikal Suzuki milik Rashidi yang ditemui ditinggalkan di hentian bas Tampin, Negeri sembilan.

Demikian cerita sedih, Siti Mariam Ismail, 19, yang menemui mayat kakaknya, Khatijah Ismail, 22, di Kampung Batang Rokan di Gemencheh di sini kelmarin.

Dalam keadaan menangis, Mariam berlari ke rumah nenek dan datuk yang terletak bersebelahan rumahnya dengan harapan untuk mendapatkan pertolongan.

Bagaimanapun, cerita gadis itu, di rumah tersebut dia menemui tiga lagi mayat iaitu mayat ayahnya, Ismail Awang, 76, datuk, Atan Daud, 90, dan nenek, Sufiah Keatas, 80.
SITI MARIAM

Dia sangat sedih melihat keadaan empat mayat ahli keluarganya yang mati dalam keadaan sungguh ngeri terutama mayat bapanya yang tiada kepala.

Sebelum kejadian, katanya, dia tidak sedap hati apabila bapanya tidak menjemputnya dari sekolah di Sekolah Menengah Datuk Taha Gemencheh yang terletak kira-kira 15 kilometer dari rumah.

"Biasanya ayah jemput saya tetapi kali ini selepas sejam menunggu ayah tidak muncul malah dia dan kakak juga gagal dihubungi sebelum saya pulang menaiki bas," katanya sambil menangis.
Sampai di rumah, abangnya, Rashidi Ismail, 34, graduan dari Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) di Skudai, Johor tiada di rumah dan kali terakhir dia berjumpa dengan abangnya pada malam sebelum kejadian ketika abangnya baru sampai ke rumah dari Kuala Lumpur.

"Abang tiada masalah dengan keluarga. Tiada langsung pergaduhan cuma dia pernah putus tunang dua kali," katanya



Allah macam mana? Well, UM...you kNOw who started it...

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 09:09 AM PST

Two days ago, I asked a Malay Muslim at the petrol kiosk that was one of my favourite 'pit stops', 'Allah macam mana?'

He answered, 'Saya tak kisah...'

'Mana boleh?! Mesti ada pendirian sendiri...' I said.

'Mereka suka lah, bakar gereja, bakar surau..' Of course, 'mereka' was in obvious reference to UM-well, you-kNOw who...This Malay guy reads the Harakah ok...good guy.

Yesterday, I posed the same question to an Indian Muslim at the mamak stall. He answered, 'Politicized...' Wah....I was impressed by his answer...in fact he said it was aimed at bringing the opposition down, especially Anwar, the opposition leader!


1Malaysia? Think Again Fellow Malaysians

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 08:39 AM PST

I was watching this "Inside Story" by Al-Jazeera, one of the well-known news network in the world. I do not have to elaborate further, this video is worth watching. Without fail, you will find who is the one barking at the wrong tree.



Kebodohan-mu tidak terkata, stop reading script, goodness sake!


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sarawak democracy road-show

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 08:59 AM PST

woo! i'm flying off to sarawak tomorrow… bintulu to be exact.  no, not exactly a holiday but it's all for a good cause.

the sarawak democracy road-show is initiated by the malaysian election observers network (MEO-net).  i'll be there, among a few others, to do voters registration of the natives staying in long houses at selangau. apart from voters registration, we'll be doing some election observer training and voting rights education. i'm not expert enough to do the training and education but i sure can do registration. oh and mostly i'll doing documentation/reporting.

it seems that many natives there are without documents like mykad and birth certificates, so in order to register them as voters, we must also apply mykad for them!

i've never been to sarawak before. i can't wait. this will be my first time experiencing a stay inside a long-house. you can bet i'll be taking lots of pictures… not forgetting maybe some interviews for some write up (for UCAN and/or for malaysiakini).

if you want to have an idea of what the road-show is about, you can read about it here or about  the 3rd road-show here.

the news is that the sarawak state election might be held next year, so MEO-net hope to prepare the sarawakians especially those in the rural area, the natives. many of them are not registered so they can't vote. voting is the rights of every human person! hope that as more sarawakians get to vote, something better… a change… may arise in the land of the hornbill!

i'll be back from bintulu on monday evening and then stay over at my friend's sharon's house. seems that when we are in selangau, there'll be no internet access and no phone line. arggh! 3 days without internet!! no blogging from me then for 4 days. hope to be back with lots of stories to tell and lots of photos to show.


Holy is the Lord (with lyrics) - Chris Tomlin

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 08:50 AM PST

This song certainly rekindles precious memories as it was sung during worship on our wedding day.


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bising lah sundel!

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 08:12 AM PST

hey korang...rindu akak?...sorry ek busy lah uollsss ..banyak keje....almaklum lah awal tahun kan...

so ari ni akak nak citer ngan korang....

korang pernah tengok tak motor kalau break je dia ade kuar suara..bunyi2...bunyi lagu lah..bunyi jet pejuang lah....

kisahnya gini...jiran akak...dia telah membuatkan akak hampir sakit jiwa yer...almaklum lah yenna ni kan suka yang extra ordinarykan...so motor n motor dia pun mesti lain dr yang lain kan....

so malam tadi lepas akak anta hotmama balik akak pun balik trus kat umah...mata ngantuk tp teringin lak nak online...

tengah akak online akak dengar motor jiran akak lalu..dah lah bunyi ekzoz macam bunyi kapal perang..lepas bila break ade lak bunyi burung....berkicau2 sekuat2 alam...

dah tu asyik break je lah pulak....berkali2 lah pulak tu lalu...dah pukul 12 lebih dah ni...ape dia buat thah...break je bunyi burung...

sakit betul jiwa akak...sampaikan mak akak yang tido pun leh terbangun...

so akak kuar lah...n nak slow talk ngan dia...akak cakap dia buat bising..dah malam..dah lah ekzos dia bising then break bunyi burung lak tu...

dey saya ada motor saya punya suka lah...

selamba je dia jawab.."saya mau test lah ini break baru"...

tengkorak ko test motor kul 12 malam..x ke gila...then dia buat bodoh je....

so akak malas nak panjang2 kang gaduh plak..ko tahu lah yenna kan..cakap banyak kang lain pulak yang jadi nanti...then akak masuk...stengah jam lak pastu anjeng dia bulak menyalak x berenti2....sakit nyerrrrrr jiwa aku...

dey muthu come play with appa

akak intai dr tingkap tengok dia main baling2 bola ngan anjeng dia..yang penting emak anak abang pakcik nenek semua kuar main ngan anjeng malam2...mane x anjeng dia memekak...ko ni buat pesta anjeng ke...

we are happy famili...we play together

akak kuar lagi..akak cakap ngan dia anjeng dia bising....then dia cakap kat akak...

" ayo abang...ini negara demokrasi lah abang..saya suka saya apa buat..nanti saya punya anjeng penat saya kasi stop lah..u mau tido u kasi tutup sama bantal lah.."....amacam sakit x jiwa...

so kalau anjeng ko tu x reti penat ko nak main ngan dia sampai pagi lah ek...

akak malas nak cakap banyak....masuk umah tutup laptop..tido......

kalau aku layan lagi si gila ni...ujung2 aku lak yang jadi hanjeng nanti....


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Parenting Tips: Do's and don'ts of bedtime...Zzzzzz

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 07:57 AM PST


Definition of bedtime @ Wikipedia
Bedtime is a parenting tradition in the West that involves, to a greater or lesser extent, rituals made to help children feel more secure,[1] and become accustomed to a comparatively more rigid schedule of sleep than they would quite often prefer.


Some Group Photos with Japanese YE

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 07:00 AM PST

The Lions Club always got Youth Exchange program for the young, which is one of the benefit of joining Leo Club. Recently, just the last Christmas, 3 Japanese came over to Penang for a youth exchange program and hosted by other Leo Club, not related to my club but I was there at the cafe to say "Konichiwa" to them.

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I don't really know Japanese, even I have watch BOSS (my favourite Japanese TV series) and a few anime before. I only know simple words like Konichiwa, Ohaiyo Gozaimasu, Watashiwa Nicholas Desu, Konbanwa, Sayonara, Sumimasen, Kawaii-neh, Tokyo, Honda, Toyota, Sony, Nintendo and so on.

So it's not easy to communicate with them but I like this language. Very cute.

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We then take photos together.

"Camera-ni, Ichi, Ni, San!"

"Kawaii-ne"

"Arigato, hajime mashite."

"Sushi Sashimi"

"Sony PSP"

"Yamateh"

"Gambateh"

Said a lot of lame words there.

 


Found Beng Tian at a Computer Store

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 06:46 AM PST

IMG_1775 by nicholaschan.

Still remember Beng Tian? If you do read my blog from long ago, like since when I was Form 4, you will always see this person appear in my blog post. He is Beng Tian. Few days ago, I found him working at a computer store at Midland Park.

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Don't you think the uniform is very LOL?

 


YBK detailed Report soon

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 03:53 AM PST


January 13, 2010 19:48 PM

Selangor To Issue Detailed YBK Report

By: Ramjit

SHAH ALAM, Jan 13 (Bernama) — The Selangor state government will prepare a detailed report on the funds, assests or land that had been contributed to Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan (YBK) (a poverty eradication foundation) since it was set up, said Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

The report was to clarify the status of the state government's participation in the welfare body, he said at a news conference after chairing the state executive council meeting here Wednesday.

He said the report was expected to be ready by the end of the month as he had to declassify documents related to YBK including (minutes of) state exco meetings that were under the Official Secrets Act before the report could be made available publicly.

Abdul Khalid said: "The report is also to clarify the state government's committment to ensure the funds and assets given to YBK really benefit the poor."

Besides that the information regarding projects given to YBK as to how much money had been spent and who had benefitted from the projects would also be stated, he said.

The state government had earlier stated its desire to appoint the Menteri Besar as Chairman of YBK and the proposal was based on status and not personality, and that Welfare, Women Affairs, Science, Technology and Innovation exco, Rodziah Ismail, be appointed as a board member and the state's representative, to ensure transparency and the foundation management's reponsibility, he said.

"I do not know how many people had been helped by YBK and the costs involved," he said when asked whether the body had not been transparent in its operations.

The reason for the state government to be involved in YBK was because the state government allocated land and funds for welfare.

That is why the state government had interest in YBK, he said.

YBK was estbalished in 1990 under the Trustees (Incorporation) Act 1952. It was officially launched in April 1990 by the then Selangor Menteri Besat Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib.

– BERNAMA


2 souls

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 06:00 AM PST



I need some help here. I am writing about homosexuality for an article, a competition actually. He he he. What competition? Better keep it as a secret. (I'll tell if I won it)

Ok, what I need from my readers, is giving their opinion about homosexual (gay/lesbian) society. Just about anything, whether it's related to religion or just secular views, all is welcome. Because I need to know what's your stand on this.

For example, your own opinion whether they are threatening the natural law, the norms of human etc. Or they should be help to get out from that abnormal lives etc.

So, my beloved readers, please share it in my comment box. I really need your opinions. Thank you.


Anil Netto gets an earload of good shit......

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 04:56 AM PST

Do not make sweeping generalisations

Dear Mr Netto,

I refer to the article in the HERALD of Nov 1 titled Francis of Assisi and ecological spirituality. I am appalled by the sweeping generalisations in this work. You are in a privileged position because of your position and because of the opportunity you have to communicate your views to so many. But with this privilege comes responsibility, and you have a responsibility to speak the truth and provide informed, well balanced and reasoned articles.

I have worked for over 23 years in the chemical industry and have worked in a number of factories in several different countries. I have had the pleasure of working with senior industry leaders who are devout and holy Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and also with agnostics and atheists. Without exception, they have been individuals with a deep concern for the impact of our operations on consumers, employees and the environment. The safety of our products, the wellbeing of our workforce and the protection of the environment have always been top of our agenda. Manufacturing industry prioritises these aspects and spends billions of dollars every year to develop safer products, manage safer workplaces and minimise the impact on the environment. Of course, there are a few exceptions and there are bad manufacturers; just as there are bad priests and, no doubt, bad journalists. This does not mean we should tar all with the same brush.

Your article ignores all of this and paints us all as environmental "rapists". This is cheap, playground journalism: choose a faceless target and make a sweeping generalisation without any supporting facts. Mr Netto, I can guarantee that every day you enjoy the benefits of the produce of these seemingly evil corporations. Just considering my own sphere of operations, my colleagues and I have given you medical and surgical products, medicines, clothing, food and a whole host of products to enhance the quality of your life. And how can you claim that the members of the manufacturing sector "cannot fathom" our natural heritage or have a bonding with the land? How many people in the manufacturing sector have you met? Do you not recognise that we too are ordinary human beings and probably have as much love and respect for nature as yourself?

Have you taken the time to consider the "carbon footprint" of the Church, or the publication you write for?

From the naivety of your words and your illinformed prejudices I can tell you are not in touch with the modern world. This is obvious from your very first paragraph: "All of a sudden it has become fashionable to talk about 'green technology', 'renewable energy' and 'organic food'." My goodness, where have you been? These have been hot topics for over 40 years!! And in the mainstream media too! If you cared to take an interest, you would notice that it is the very corporations that you so readily criticise that have grasped these opportunities.

Mr Netto, I have a challenge for you. Please come with me to visit a chemical factory and meet some of those you accuse of being rapists and polluters. Come and see for yourself the good and honourable employees who devote their lives to manufacturing with care and responsibility. Then I would hope to see you publish another article that rights the wrongs you have done to these good people. And in future, you might just do a small amount of research before launching into print with your ill-founded prejudices.

Dr Brendan Catlow
Herald Malaysia


But We’re Still Gonna Kill You By Mark Steyn

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 04:44 AM PST

Not long after the Ayatollah Khomeini announced his fatwa against Salman Rushdie, the British novelist suddenly turned up on a Muslim radio station in West London late one night and told his interviewer he'd converted to Islam. Marvelous religion, couldn't be happier, Allahu Akbar and all that.

And the Ayatollah said hey, that's terrific news, glad to hear it. But we're still gonna kill you.

Well, even a leftie novelist wises up under those circumstances.

Evidently, the president of the United States takes a little longer. Barack Obama has spent the last year doing bigtime Islamoschmoozing, from his announcement of Gitmo's closure and his investigation of Bush officials to his bow before the Saudi King and a speech in Cairo to "the Muslim world" with far too many rhetorical concessions and equivocations. And at the end of it, the jihad sent America a thank-you note by way of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's underwear: Hey, thanks for all the outreach! But we're still gonna kill you.

According to one poll, 58 percent of Americans are in favor of waterboarding young Umar Farouk. Well, you should have thought about that before you made a community organizer president of the world's superpower. The election of Barack Obama was a fundamentally unserious act by the U.S. electorate, and you can't blame the world's mischief-makers, from Putin to Ahmadinejad to the many Gitmo recidivists now running around Yemen, from drawing the correct conclusion.

For two weeks, the government of the United States has made itself a global laughingstock. Don't worry, "the system worked," said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Incompetano. Don't worry, he was an "isolated extremist," said the president. Don't worry, we're banning bathroom breaks for the last hour of the flight, said the TSA. Don't worry, "U.S. border-security officials" told the Los Angeles Times, we knew he was on the plane and we "had decided to question him when he landed." Don't worry, Obama's chief counterterrorism John Brennan assured the Sunday talk shows, sure, we read him his rights and he's lawyered up but he'll soon see that "there is advantage to talking to us in terms of plea agreements."

Oh, that's grand. Try to kill hundreds of people in an act of war and it's the starting point for a plea deal. In his Cairo speech, the president bragged that the United States would "punish" those in America who would "deny" the "right of women and girls to wear the hijab." If he's so keen on it, maybe he should consider putting the entire federal government into full-body burkas and zipping up the eye slit so that henceforth every public utterance by John Brennan will be entirely inaudible. Americans should be ashamed by this all-fools' fortnight.

On Thursday, having renounced over the preceding days "the system worked," the "isolated extremist," the more obviously risible TSA responses, the Gitmo-Yemen express checkout, and various other follies, the president finally spoke the words: "We are at war." As National Review's Rich Lowry noted, they were more or less dragged from the presidential gullet by Dick Cheney, who'd accused the commander-in-chief of failing to grasp this basic point. Again, to be fair, it isn't just Obama. Last November, the electorate voted in effect to repudiate the previous eight years and seemed genuinely under the delusion that wars end when one side decides it's all a bit of a bore and they'd rather the government spend the next eight years doing to health care and the economy what they were previously doing to jihadist camps in Waziristan.

On the other hand, if we are now at war, as Obama belatedly concedes, against whom are we warring? "We are at war against al-Qaeda," says the president.

Really? But what does that mean? Was the previous month's "isolated extremist" — the Fort Hood killer — part of al-Qaeda? When it came to spiritual advice, he turned to the same Yemeni-based American-born imam as the Pantybomber, but he didn't have a fully paid-up membership card. Nor did young Umar Farouk, come to that. Granted the general over-credentialization of American life, the notion that it doesn't count as terrorism unless you're a member of Local #437 of the Amalgamated Union of Isolated Extremists seems perverse and reductive. What did the Pantybomber have a membership card in? Well, he was president of the Islamic Society of University College, London. Kafeel Ahmed, who died after driving a burning jeep into the concourse of Glasgow Airport, had been president of the Islamic Society of Queen's University, Belfast. Yassin Nassari, serving three years in jail for terrorism, was president of the Islamic Society of the University of Westminster. Waheed Arafat Khan, arrested in the 2006 Heathrow terror plots that led to Americans having to put their liquids and gels in those little plastic bags, was president of the Islamic Society of London Metropolitan University. Continued here to pg 2 of the National Review


Nasty things are happening in Malaysia by Mustafa Akyol - Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 04:17 AM PST

Nine Christian churches have been vandalized or burnt just over the last weekend. Thank God, nobody has been hurt, yet, but the terror unleashed is terrifying enough for the Christian minority of this overwhelmingly Muslim nation. Also thank God that the attacks were the work of a fanatic minority among Malaysian Muslims, or Malays. Many others, including government spokesmen, denounced the barbarism. Some volunteers from Muslim nongovernmental organizations have even begun patrolling churches to protect them from possible future attacks. This is, of course, commendable. Yet still, I think that Malays should deal not just with the radical symptoms of the problem. They should also deal with the problem itself.

A copyright of God?

The problem itself is a "copyright issue," as Marina Mahathir, a Malay commentator, rightly put it. Christians in the country have been using the word "Allah" to refer to God in their services and publications, whereas the Malays believe that they have a monopoly on it. Hence the Muslim-dominated government recently put a ban on non-Muslims using the term. Yet last month the High Court overturned the ban. And hell broke lose. As a Turkish Muslim, I strongly disagree with my Malaysian coreligionists who disagree with the Christians. The word "Allah" simply means "The God" in Arabic, and Arab Christians have been using it for centuries without any trouble. In Turkey, too, Bibles published by Turkish Christians used to have the term "Allah" until the recent "modernization" in their discourse. The change is their choice, and none of our business.

Most Muslims, in other words, don't have a problem with hearing the word "Allah" from non-Muslim theists. And this is how it should be, because the Koran repeatedly says that Muslims worship the same God with Jews and Christians. "We believe in the revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you," a verse orders Muslims to tell these fellow monotheists. "Our God and your God is one." Whence, then, comes the Malay possessiveness of Allah? The Malaysian government argues that making Allah synonymous with God may "confuse Muslims and ultimately mislead them into converting to Christianity." Wow, what a great sign of self-confidence. Why don't they rather think, one wonders, that the same thing might ultimately "mislead" Christians into converting to Islam.

Besides the obvious immaturity, what is really disturbing to me here is how Allah, the "Lord of mankind" according to the Koran, is reduced to something like a tribal deity. This was all too obvious in the slogan of the protesters at the mosques of Kuala Lumpur: "Allah," they said, "is only for us."

But who do you think you are, one should ask. Who gives you the authority to claim that the name of God of all men is your private property? The answer, as you can guess, lies not in theology but politics. As a piece published in these pages yesterday (Gwynne Dyer, "In the Name of Allah") explained well, the Muslim Malays, despite making up 60 percent of Malaysia, "feel perpetually insecure." They worry that if their numbers in population decrease so will their dominant role in the country.

Hence comes Malaysia's tyrannical bans on apostasy from Islam, limitations on mixed marriages, and the current obsession with the Christians' language. The main intention behind these is the preservation of the dominance, and the "purity," of a certain political community – say, a big tribe. (The medieval Islamic ban an apostasy, which has no basis in the Koran, was similarly a product of political motives.) But pursuing the perceived interests of a political community that happens to be Muslim, is not the same thing with upholding the religious values that God has bestowed on Muslims. The difference between the two is subtle but crucial. It is the difference between serving God, and making God serve us.

Jihad, victory and empire

The latter motivation, I suspect, is imperative in the makeup of the self-righteous, authoritarian and violent movements in the contemporary Muslim world. These movements always strive for some victory, some political dominance, which will elevate their very selves above all other men. The words of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian who tried to blow up a passenger airliner near Detroit two weeks ago, are quite telling. "I imagine how the great jihad will take place," he reportedly said, "how the Muslims will win ... and rule the whole world, and establish the greatest empire once again!!!"

The yearning for glory here is not too different from what a revolutionary communist expects from the dictatorship of the proletariat, or what a chauvinist expects from an imperialist agenda that will make his nation the master of the world. The Muslim thing to do, however, is to be more humble, modest and openhearted. The Koran tells Muslims that they are supposed to be "the best community that has been raised up for mankind." Yet they really can't serve that purpose if they begin by despising the rest of mankind, and claiming an ownership of God.

And Malaysia can't really uphold the values of Islam through Islamo-tribalism. Hurriyet Daily News


Malaysia still dodging the issue by Teymoor Nabili - January 12th, 2010

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 04:14 AM PST

Malaysia's Home Ministry held a briefing for foreign diplomats on Monday to try to ease their concerns about the recent spate of attacks on Christian churches. But rather than offering a rational explanation of what exactly the Government is trying to achieve with its attempts to limit the use of the word Allah, the diplomats heard this:

"Our landscape is different from other countries. Malays here are different from other countries." So said Home Ministry secretary, Gen. Mahmood Adam.

And he may well be right about that, but he was still avoiding the issue. Because the one fact that the Government still refuses to acknowledge is that the essence of this controversy lies not in the nature of Malaysia's culture, but in the direct actions of its Government. It was the Government, not the people, that introduced legislation establishing the principle that the word Allah is exclusive to Islam. (A claim that has been convincingly debunked by numerous experts. Here's one succinct explanation.)

What's especially comical is that even Malaysia's own Islamic leaders don't agree with the Government.

"based on Islamic principles, the use of the word Allah by the people of the Abrahamic faiths such as Christianity and Judaism, is acceptable".

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (a Muslim) concurs: With respect to the use of the word Allah, it cannot be disputed that Arabic speaking Muslims, Christians and Jews have collectively prayed to God as Allah throughout the last fourteen centuries. While sensitivities over its usage have arisen in Malaysia, the way to resolve these conflicts is not by burning churches and staging incendiary protests but by reasoned engagement and interreligious dialogue.

Bizarrely, the consistent calls for dialogue over issues of religious sensitivities continue to go unheeded. (The Jakarta Post expresses similar concerns about the situation in Indonesia here.) And all the while that Malaysia's Home Ministry continues to maintain the fiction that somehow its position is the Malaysian people's position, it is truly missing the wood for the trees. Because once this particular issue fades away, what will inevitably be left behind in the minds of foreign diplomats - and investors - will be another paragraph in the catalogue of niggling entries that mark Malaysia as a "risk", a country increasingly unable to reconcile its religious and racial communities, thanks in large part to tone-deaf government.
Aljazeera Net


Ferry Ride to Butterworth with Friends

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 05:08 AM PST

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During the holiday, I went to Butterworth with a few friends via the ferry instead of using the Penang's Bridge. I don't really always go to the mainland of Penang, it's mostly factories at there, so nothing much for me to go over there. I tend to stick to the island more. However, that day was different, my friend went there to interview for a job and I followed along just for fun.

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New place in town, Bar 36 The Social Club.

We parked our car at the parking lot near the ferry terminal and then went to the ferry. The parking was RM3 for half day and the ferry ride was free for going to the mainland. Ferry ride coming to the island need to pay though.

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The weather on that day was pretty nice, not very sunny, a little bit cloudy.

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Quiet ferry.

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Saw a Star Cruise Virgo cruise ship near Swettenham Pier. Wish I can get on a cruise some days.

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It's very windy on the ferry. No idea how fast it's moving on the sea, but I know it's fast.

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Many giraffe at the back.

We went there, looked for the job interview then took the bus to inner mainland to the AEON Jusco Seberang Jaya shopping mall to take a look. Then we went back to the ferry terminal before sunset. It's so convenient.

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No Touch N' Go. It's very manual, only accept coin and it's RM1.60 for the trip back.

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Alvin.

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It's us.

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KOMTAR and George Town city!

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Car deck.

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Remember this photo?

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Quite fun, pun. ^.^


Haiti major earthquake - 7.0 on the Richter scale - the survivors sleeping in the streets

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 05:06 AM PST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The largest earthquake ever recorded in the area shook Haiti yesterday, collapsing a hospital where people screamed for help. Other buildings were also damaged and scientists said they expected "substantial damage and casualties".

With communications disrupted, there were no reports of deaths or injuries soon after the quake, as powerful aftershocks shook the country.

The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 and was centred about 10 miles (15 kilometres) west of the capital of Port-au-Prince, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. It had a depth of five miles (eight kilometres). It was the largest quake recorded in the area, said USGS analyst Dale Grant, and the last major one since a magnitude-6.7 temblor in 1984.

An Associated Press videographer saw the wrecked hospital in Petionville, a hillside Port-au-Prince district that is home to many diplomats and wealthy Haitians. Elsewhere, a US government official reported seeing houses that had tumbled into a ravine.

Haiti's ambassador to the US, Raymond Joseph, said from his Washington office that he spoke to President Rene Preval's chief of staff, Fritz Longchamp, just after the quake hit. He said Longchamp told him that "buildings were crumbling right and left" near the national palace. He said he has not gotten through by phone to Haiti since.

Don Blakeman, an analyst at the USGS in Golden, Colorado, said such a strong quake carried the potential for widespread damage.

"I think we are going to see substantial damage and casualties," he said.

The quake was felt in the Dominican Republic, which shares a border with Haiti on the island of Hispaniola. Some panicked residents in the capital of Santo Domingo fled from their shaking homes.

In eastern Cuba, houses shook but no major damage was immediately reported. The quake was also felt in Jamaica.

"We felt it very strongly and I would say for a long time. We had time to evacuate," said Monsignor Dionisio Garcia, archbishop of Santiago.

In Haiti, the extent of the damage was unclear.

"Everybody is just totally, totally freaked out and shaken," said Henry Bahn, a US Department of Agriculture official visiting Haiti. "The sky is just grey with dust."

Bahn said he was walking to his hotel room when the ground began to shake.

Last night, the Pacific Warning Centre cancelled a tsunami watch it issued for Haiti, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid said US officials were holding emergency meetings.

"We need to gather what information we can quickly. We will of course assist in any way we can," he said.


Video Gempabumi Terburuk Di Haiti

Posted: 13 Jan 2010 04:20 AM PST

Gempa berkekuatan skala 7,3 melanda kawasan kepulauan Carribean lewat malam semalam dan pihak berkuasa khuatir beribu-ribu orang terbunuh atau gagal diselamatkan.

Gegaran yang sangat kuat sehingga memusnahkan istana presiden dan beberapa bangunan penting kerajaan.

Laporan-laporan sejauh ini menyebutkan sejumlah bangunan, termasuk sebuah hospital musnah. Bangunan-bangunan awam utama yang dilaporkan musnah termasuklah bangunan parlimen, Kementerian Kewangan, Kementerian Kerjaraya, Bangunan Mahkamah, Menara Kawalan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Port-au-Prince, Gereja Notre-Dame de Port-au-Prince dan Gereja Besar Haiti.

Badan Geologi Amerika Serikat mengatakan gempa menggoncang pada pukul 21.53 GMT dan sambungan telefon ke wilayah itu telah terputus.

Duta besar Amerika Serikat untuk Haiti mengatakan bencana yang terjadi amat besar merupakan terburuk dalam tempoh lebih 200 tahun melanda negara itu.

Gempa utama yang mengguncang sekitar Pukul 21.53 GMT atau sekitar 05.00 WIB kemudian diikuti oleh dua gempa susulan berkekuatan skala 5,9 dan 5,5.

Bilik berita Reuters di ibukota Port-au-Prince mengatakan dia menyaksikan berbelas-belas orang telah maut dan cedera parah di balik reruntuhan bangunan.

Sementara itu perwakilan lembaga bantuan Catholic Relief Services, Karel Zelenka, mengatakan "korban pasti mencapai ribuan jiwa."

Pejabat pusat misi PBB di Haiti juga mengalami kerosakan teruk dan sejumlah staf dilaporkan hilang.

Gempa ini terjadi di bawah tanah dan bukan di kawasan pantai, jadi banyak orang yang secara langsung terkena guncangan tersebut...

Pernyataan yang dikeluarkan PBB di New York mengatakan pejabatnya di Haiti beserta instalasi PBB lainnya menghadapi kerusakan serius.

Duta Besar Haiti untuk AS, Raymond Joseph, mengatakan dia sempat menghubungi seorang rakannya di Port-au-Prince.

"Dia harus menghentikan keretanya sekitar satu jam lalu dan keluar berjalan kaki. Dia mengatakan rumah-rumah di sisi jalan musnah," katanya kepada jaringan televisi CNN.

Rakannya itu, tambah Raymond Joseph, tidak dapat memastikan apakah akan sampai di rumahnya atau tidak kerana dia masih harus menyeberang jembatan.

Wartawan BBC Nick Davies di negara tetangga Jamaika mengatakan gempa sepertinya mengguncang Haiti sampai lebih dari satu minit.

Ditambahkan bahawa sebagai salah satu negara miskin, Haiti kemungkinan besar memerlukan bantuan antarabangsa untuk menghadapi akibat gempa bumi ini.

Sementara Mike Blanpied dari Pejabat Kajian Geologi AS mengatakan bahwa berdasarkan dari lokasi dan kekuatan gempa maka sekitar tiga juta warga akan terkena kesannya.

"Gempa ini terjadi di bawah tanah dan bukan di pantai, jadi banyak orang yang secara langsung terkena guncangan yang datang dari gempa bumi tersebut," katanya kepada BBC.

Presiden Amerika Serikat Barack Obama sudah mengeluarkan pernyataan bahawa dia memikirkan dan berdoa untuk warga Haiti serta AS siap untuk membantu mereka.




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