Wednesday, January 20, 2010

why i use allah

why i use allah


why i use allah

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 09:30 AM PST

… by rev dr eu hong seng.

please visit this blog to download the .pdf format of the document 'why i use allah'. it's good reading, i assure you.

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note:  my selangau report has to be on hold as still sorting out some photos, and also trying to remember where i went (forgot to jot down in notebook after a day was over!).  thought i would have finished the report today so can blog about it today but since can't finish it and with nothing to blog about, am sharing this good read with you. share it with others too!


你是一個不錯的老闆,但我不是一個好員工

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 09:19 AM PST

很感恩,這一直以來你所給的機會...
包括這次你給我加薪和新的福利,給我claim看專科醫生費用的福利...
我其實很想接受你給的機會...
但是沒有辦法再忍受下去在二手煙的場合工作

真的很抱歉~
我不是一個好員工


"Don't Whack You Boss"

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 09:20 AM PST


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Myeong-dong, Seoul’s ladies shopping heaven

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 08:11 AM PST

Myeong-dong, arguably Seoul's trendiest shopping district. It's the place to hunt for mid-level fashion and beauty items, especially for the ladies. Visited the area on Sunday (Jan 17), it's so crowded that there's barely any spaces to stroll on.

SPAO shop in Myeongdong, Seoul, South Korea

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Myeong-dong, Seoul's ladies shopping heaven from YeinJee's Asian Blog


You don't

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 09:21 AM PST


Sorry

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 09:20 AM PST


LAUGH IF YOU CAN

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 08:56 AM PST

IT HAS been a very busy few days for me. Not complaining, though. Just stating the fact. Thus, I google jokes and here are a few. More on this LINK.

A man walks a snail on leash and meets one his friend. Friend tells him:
- What a beautiful snail you have.
- I had one more beautiful but it escaped.

A panda walks into a bar, goes right to the counter, grabs a sandwich and after having eaten it he takes a gun out of his pocket and shoots the bartender. Then, as though nothing had happened, he walks out. Everyone in the bar is sitting all speechless and petrified but suddenly someone breaks the silence:
-What a hell was that?!?
Comes a sorrowful voice:
-It was a panda.
-???
-Perhaps you don't know what a panda is... It's a mammal that eats, shoots, and leaves.


- How hedgehogs mate?
- Carefully, very, very carefully!


- Which animal has two gray legs, and two brown legs?
- Elephant that has diarrhea!


- The life is full of surprises, tells a hedgehog, and gets down from a brush.


- What is the worst thing that can happen to a bat while it sleeps?
- To get a diarrhoea!


There are bats hanging of a branch upside down, all except one. Two bats comment:
- What happened to this one?
- I don't know, two minutes ago he seemed normal and then he fainted.


It's hot summer, ninety degrees. A rabbit sits under the shadow of a tree and sharpens a stick with a knife.
A wolf passes by.
- Rabbit, rabbit, what are you doing?
- I am sharpening this stick in order to kill a bear.
- ???
A vixen passes by.
- Rabbit, rabbit, what are you doing?
- I am sharpening this stick in order to kill a bear.
- ???
The bear passes by.
- Rabbit, rabbit, what are you doing?
- I am sharpening this stick and bullshiting.


Photogenic Wednesday - 019

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 06:47 AM PST

Three monkeys
Reminds me about three little pig story
What is Three Little Pig Story about?
Just google it ...


Bila AJK Cabang Merasa Dirinya Pokok. Khalid Nafi Cabang PKR Pimpinannya Lumpuh

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 08:20 AM PST

Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim menafikan Parti Keadilan Rakyat cabang Kuala Selangor yang diketuainya 'lumpuh' dan telah dibubarkan.

Beliau mengulas dakwaan timbalan ketua PKR cabang Kuala Selangor, Arshad Abu Bakar, bahawa cabang itu telah terbubar, ekoran tindakan 11 anggota jawatankuasanya yang dipilih serta ketua pemuda dan wanitanya, telah meletak jawatan.

Bercakap kepada pemberita di Shah Alam selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat exco kerajaan negeri, Abdul Khalid berkata, tidak ada mesyuarat diadakan untuk membubarkan cabang itu.

"Pemilihan akan berlaku tahun ini untuk AJK baru pada Mac. Itulah sebabnya sesetengah nak berhenti," katanya.

Khalid berkata krisis seperti itu adalah satu perkara lazim yang menimpa beliau.

"Mereka yang tidak sealiran dan tidak sehaluan lebih baik keluar daripada menyukarkan parti untuk diurus," katanya.

"Khalid berkata bahawa pada awal 2007 PKR Kuala Selangor mempunyai tidak sampai 100 orang ahli tetapi sekarang bilangannya adalah 3,000 orang.

Alasan hilang kepercayaan itu perkara biasa...ataupun ayat itu ditulis oleh Umno,"
katanya.

Sementara itu, Bernama memetik Arshad mendakwa cabang itu telah terbubar.

'Khalid punca kecelaruan Kuala Selangor'

Dakwaannya berasaskan tindakan 11 anggota jawatankuasanya yang dipilih serta ketua pemuda dan wanitanya telah meletak jawatan.

Setakat ini, Arshad berkata hanya tinggal tiga pemimpinnya yang dipilih terdiri beliau sendiri, Khalid serta seorang AJK, Faridah Abdul Rahman.

Arshad mendakwa 11 AJK cabang serta Ketua Angkatan Muda, Nazarudin Darmawan, dan Ketua Wanita, Fauziah Sulaiman, meletak jawatan antara November tahun lalu dan 18 Jan tahun ini.

Katanya mereka yang meletak jawatan itu bagaimanapun masih kekal sebagai anggota PKR tetapi mereka telah hilang kepercayaan terhadap Khalid untuk menerajui cabang Kuala Selangor.

Mereka mendakwa Khalid telah meletakkan PKR Kuala Selangor dalam keadaan 'penuh kecelaruan' tanpa asas tadbir urus yang kukuh.

Khalid juga dituduh tidak mengambil inisiatif memperkukuhkan parti meskipun ada ahli bukan Melayu di Ijok dan Batang Berjuntai telah keluar parti. -malaysiakini

Ulasan GB

Cabang nak lawan pokok? Dah terbalik.

Anyway, tahniah Tan Sri Khalid. Jawapan Tan Sri kali ini mantap terutama ayat ini:

"pada awal 2007 PKR Kuala Selangor mempunyai tidak sampai 100 orang ahli tetapi sekarang bilangannya adalah 3,000 orang.

Alasan hilang kepercayaan itu perkara biasa...ataupun ayat itu ditulis oleh Umno,"





Paradigm : Appraisal Vs Resignation

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 07:42 AM PST

A forwarded email that I received:
A newly-joined trainee engineer asks his boss,
"What is the meaning of appraisal? "

Boss :
"Do you know the meaning of resignation?"

Trainee :
"Yes, I do."

Boss :
" So let me make you understand what an appraisal is by comparing it with resignation. "

Appraisal
Resignation


In an appraisal meeting they will speak only about your weakness, errors and failures.



In a resignation meeting they will speak only about your strengths, past achievements and success.


During an appraisal you may need to cry and beg for even a 10% pay hike.



In a resignation meeting you can easily demand ( or get more without asking ) more than 50-60% pay-hike !


During an appraisal, they will deny promotion saying that you did not meet the expectation, you don't have leadership qualities, and that you had several drawbacks in reaching objective/goal.


During resignation, they'll say you are the core member of the team; that you are the vision of the company, and so " How can you go ? "; you have to take the project on your shoulders and lead your juniors to success.



There is a 90% chance of not getting any significant incentives after appraisal.



There is a 90% chance of getting an immediate pay-hike after you put in your resignation.

Trainee : "Yes, boss, good enough. Now I know what to do. When you are about to do my appraisal, I will resign."

I emailed the above to a colleague who had just tendered her resignation last week. Though she LOLed reading it, she said her resignation was like the appraisal- k'mno counter offer and her weaknesses were brought up.


Early history of Burma

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 06:18 AM PST


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Humans lived in the region that is now Burma as early as 11,000 years ago, but archeological evidence dates the first settlements at about 2500 BCE with cattle rearing and the production of bronze. By about 1500 BCE, ironworks were in existence in the Irrawaddy Valley but cities, and the emergence of city states, probably did not occur till the early years of the Common era when advances in irrigation systems and the building of canals allowed for year long agriculture and the consolidation of settlements.[1]Artifacts from the excavated site of Nyaunggan help to reconstruct Bronze Age life in Burma and the more recent archaeological evidence at Samon Valley south of Mandalay suggests rice growing settlements between about 500 BC and 200 AD which traded with Qin and Han dynasty China. [2]

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[edit] Time line

  • 40 million year B.P. Pondaungia cottelia (Poundaung Primate) Live in Pondaung area in Lower Chindwin district
  • 40-42 million years B.P. Mogaungensis (Amphipothecus Primate) live in Mogaung village, Pale township in Sagaing Division and in Bahin village, Myaing township in Magwe Division.
  • 750,000- 275,000 years B.P. Lower Palaeolithic men (early Anyathian) live alone; the bank of the Ayeyawaddy river.
  • 275,000-25,000 years B.P. Lower Palaeolithic men (late Anyathian) live along the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy river and central Myanmar
  • 11,000 years B.P. Upper Palaeolithic men live in Badahlin caves which situated in Ywagan township in southern Shan States.
  • 7,000 – 2,000 B.C. Neolithic men live in central Myanmar Kachin State, Shan States, Mon State, Taninthayi Division, and along the bank of the Chindwin and Ayeyarwaddy rivers.
  • 1,000- 800 B. C. Bronze Age Culture
  • 600 – 500 B.C. Iron Age Culture [3]

[edit] Out of Africa

Historical spread of the chariot. Dates given in image are approximate BC years.

mtDNA-based chart (model) of early human migrations.

Historical migration of human populations begins with the movement of Homo erectus out of Africa across Eurasia about a million years ago. Homo sapiens appear to have occupied all of Africa about 150,000 years ago, moved out of Africa 70,000 years ago, and had spread across Australia, Asia and Europe by 40,000 years. [4]Early members of the Homo genus, i.e. Homo ergaster, Homo erectus and Homo heidelbergensis, migrated from Africa during the Early Pleistocene, possibly as a result of the operation of the Saharan pump, around 1.9 million years ago, and dispersed throughout most of the Old World, reaching as far as Southeast Asia. [5] Modern humans, Homo sapiens, evolved in Africa up to 200,000 years ago and reached the Near East around 70 millennia ago. From the Near East, these populations spread east to South Asia by 50 millennia ago.

The Indo-European migration had variously been dated to the end of the Neolithic (Marija Gimbutas: Corded ware, Yamna, Kurgan), the early Neolithic (Colin Renfrew: Starčevo-Körös, Linearbandkeramic) and the late Palaeolithic (Marcel Otte, Paleolithic Continuity Theory).

The speakers of the Proto-Indo-European language are usually believed to have originated to the North of the Black Sea (today Eastern Ukraine and Southern Russia), and from there they gradually migrated into, and spread their language by cultural diffusion to, Anatolia, Europe, and Central Asia Iran and South Asia starting from around the end of the Neolithic period (see Kurgan hypothesis).

[edit] Through China

Evidence indicates that the ancestors of the Austronesians' spread from the South Chinese mainland to Taiwan at some time around 8,000 years ago. Evidence from historical linguistics suggests that it is from this island that seafaring peoples migrated, perhaps in distinct waves separated by millennia, to the entire region encompassed by the Austronesian languages. It is believed that this migration began around 6,000 years ago.[6]

The prehistory of Taiwan includes the late Paleolithic era. During that time, roughly 50,000 BC to 10,000 BC, people were already living in Taiwan.[7][8] The Pacific islands of Polynesia began to be colonized around 1300 BC, and completely colonized by around 900 AD. The descendants of Polynesians left Taiwan around 5200 years ago. Salones and Pashu (Malays of Burma) arrived southern Burma through this sea route.

Taiwan is the urheimat of the Austronesian languages. Archaeological evidence (e.g., Bellwood 1997) suggests that speakers of pre-Proto-Austronesian spread from the South Chinese mainland to Taiwan at some time around 8,000 years ago. Evidence from historical linguistics suggests that it is from this island that seafaring peoples migrated, perhaps in distinct waves separated by millennia, to the entire region encompassed by the Austronesian languages (Diamond 2000). It is believed that this migration began around 6,000 years ago (Blust 1999).

When Han Chinese invaded Taiwan, the ethnic minorities (including Tibeto-Burmans, Shans and Mons of future Burma)shifted to the mainland China. Some historians believe that those ethnic minorities first came to settle north of the Yellow (Huang Ho) river, occupying the region known as Hebei and Shanxi round about 2515 B.C. The Chinese annals also mention about their settlements in the middle basin of the Yellow River in 850 B.C. But new emigrants coming from Central Asia later impelled those ethnic groups to move southwards to new fertile areas between the Yellow and Yangtze (Chang Jiang) rivers and then migrated down through the present day Yunnan and descended further down into Burma.

Sixteen kingdoms were a plethora of short-lived non-Chinese dynasties that came to rule the whole or parts of northern China in the 4th and 5th centuries. Many ethnic groups were involved, including ancestors of the Turks, Mongolians, and Tibetans.

Chinese history is that of a dynasty alternating between periods of political unity and disunity and occasionally becoming dominated by foreign Asian peoples, most of whom were assimilated into the Han Chinese population. Cultural and political influences from many parts of Asia, carried by successive waves of immigration, expansion, and assimilation, merged to create modern Chinese culture.

The History of Yunnan is related to Burma, can date back to Yuanmou Man, a Homo erectus fossil, the oldest known hominid fossil in China. By the Neolithic period, there were human settlements in the area of Lake Dian. These people used stone tools and constructed simple wooden structures. Yunnan's location in the southwesternmost corner of China and its peoples hae the strong ethnic identities are due to cultural and political influences from Burma. In 109 BC, Emperor Wu sent General Guo Chang (郭昌) south to Yunnan, establishing Yizhou commandery and 24 subordinate counties. The commandery seat was at Dianchi county (present day Jinning 晋宁). Another county was called "Yunnan", probably the first use of the name. To expand the burgeoning trade with Burma and India. Anthropologists have determined that these people were related to the people now known as the Tai. They lived in tribal congregations, sometimes led by exile Chinese. In the Records of the Grand Historian, Zhang Qian (d. 113 BC) and Sima Qian (145-90 BC) make references to "Shendu", which may have been referring to the Indus Valley (the Sindh province in modern Pakistan), originally known as "Sindhu" in Sanskrit. When Yunnan was annexed by the Han Dynasty, Chinese authorities also reported a Shendu" (Indian) community living in the area.[9] The Mongols established regular and tight administrative control over Yunnan. In 1253 Mongke Khan of the Mongol Empire dispathced the prince Kublai to take Yunnan. The Mongols swept away numerous native regimes, including the leading Dali kingdom. Later Yunnan became one of the ten provinces set up by Kubilai Khan. Kublai Khan appointed Turkmen Sayyid Ajjal Shams al-Din Omar governor in Yunnan in 1273.[10]

History of Tibet is also related to prehistoric Burma. It is situated between the two ancient civilizations of China and India, separated from the former by the mountain ranges to the east of the Tibetan Plateau and from the latter by the towering Himalayas. Tibet is nicknamed "the roof of the world" or "the land of snows". The Tibetan language and its dialects are classified as members of the Tibeto-Burman language family. Humans inhabited the Tibetan Plateau at least twenty one thousand years ago.[11] This population was largely replaced around 3,000 BP by Neolithic immigrants from northern China. However there is a "partial genetic continuity between the Paleolithic inhabitants and the contemporary Tibetan populations".[11] Some archaeological data suggests humans may have passed through Tibet at the time India was first inhabited, half a million years ago.[12] The first documented contact between the Tibetans and the Mongols occurred when Genghis Khan met Tsangpa Dunkhurwa (Gtsang pa Dung khur ba) and six of his disciples, probably in the Tangut empire, in 1215.[13]

[edit] Through India

Paleolithic sites have been discovered in Pothohar near Pakistan's capital Islamabad, with the stone tools of the Soan Culture. In ancient Gandhara, near Islamabad, evidence of cave dwellers dated 15,000 years ago has been discovered at Mardan.

The major cities of the Indus Valley Civilization, such as Harappa and Mohenjo-daro, date back to around 3300 BC, and represent some of the largest human habitations of the ancient world. It is believed that the migration in and out of India began around 6,000 years ago.[14] Indo-Aryan migration to and within Northern India is consequently presumed to have taken place in the Middle to Late Bronze Age, contemporary to the Late Harappan phase in India (ca. 1700 to 1300 BC). From 180 BC, a series of invasions from Central Asia followed, including those led by the Indo-Greeks, Indo-Scythians, Indo-Parthians and Kushans in the north-western Indian subcontinent.[15][16][17]The word "India" is derived from the Indus River. In ancient times, "India" initially referred to the region of modern-day Pakistan along the Indus river, but by 300 BC, Greek writers like Megasthenes applied the term to the entire subcontinent.[18] :) History of South India especially Chola Empire is related to prehistoric Burma. One of the most powerful rulers of the Chola kingdom was Raja Raja Chola. He ruled from 9851014 C.E. His army conquered the Navy of the Cheras at Thiruvananthapuram, and annexed Anuradhapura and the northern province of Ceylon. Rajendra Chola I completed the conquest of Sri Lanka, invaded Bengal, and undertook a great naval campaign that occupied parts of Malaya, Burma, and Sumatra.

Chola Empire under Rajendra Chola c. 1030 C.E.

Since 500 BC Buddhist Orrisa colonists had migrated towards Southeast and settled in future Burma's Irrawaddy Delta and built pagodas.[19]

In 180 BC migrants from the Hindu colonists, of Andhra Dynasty, from middle India settled in lower part of future Burma and established Hanthawaddy (Mon town) and Syriam (Ta Nyin or Than Lyin) in Burma.[20]

Indian Dravidian tribe in Panthwa In Chinese Chronicles Chen Yi-Sein instead gives an Indian derivation for Panthwa village, as the name of a Dravidian tribe settled in Mon's areas around the Gulf of Martaban. This group was later one of the pioneers in a 'Monized' occupation of Beikthano village, which also led to the village/city being called Ramanna-pura, linked to Mon areas of southern Myanmar (1999:77).[21]

The Tagaung dynasty is explicitly incorporated into the story of Duttabaung's mother and father; the lineage of the Queen of Beikthano is less consistent, but always intertwined with that of the Sri Kestra village rulers. In all of these, links are made between territorial control, royal patronage of Hindu or Buddhist sects and supernatural events.[22]

Little is known about life in early Burma but there is evidence that land and sea traders from China and India[23][24] passed by and left their mark on the region and the local people traded ivory, precious stones, gold and silver, rhinoceros horns, and horses with these traders. Roman envoys from Alexandria also passed through the Irrawaddy valley in 79 CE en-route to China. Second century Burmese sea-farers, trading with Southern India across the Bay of Bengal, are thought to have brought Buddhism to Burma in the 2nd century CE. and by the 4th century, much of the Irrawaddy Valley was Buddhist including the then dominant city-state, Prome (modern Pyay).[1] Mizos were part of a great wave of migration from China and later moved out to India to their present habitat. It is possible that the Mizos came from Sinlung or Chhinlungsan located on the banks of the Yalung River in China, first settled in the Shan State and moved on to the Kabaw Valley. The Naga were originally referred to as Naka in Burmese languages, which means 'people with pierced ears'. The Naga tribes had socio-economic and political links with tribes in Assam and Burma (Myanmar); even today a large population of Naga inhabits Assam. Following an invasion in 1816, the area, along with Assam, came under direct rule of Burma up to the time British East India Company took control of Assam in 1826 following the Treaty of Yandaboo of 1826. The history of Assam is the history of a confluence of peoples from the east, west and the north; the confluence of the Indo-Aryan, Austro-Asiatic and Tibeto-Burman cultures. The Late neolithic cultures have affinities with the spread of the Mon Khmer speaking people from Malaysia and the Ayeyarwady valley and late neolithic developments in South China. Since these cultures have been dated to 4500-4000 BCE, the Assam sites are dated to approximate that period.

[edit] Earliest migrants amongst Myanmars

Mons or Talaings, an Ethnic Minority Group of Myanmar, migrated from the Talingana State, Madras coast of Southern India. They mixed with the new migrants of Mongol from China and driven out the above Andhra and Orissa colonists.[25]The Mon probably began migrating down from China into the area in about 3000 BC. [26]

Those Mon (Talaings) brought with them the culture, arts, literature, religion and all the skills of civilisation of present Myanmar. They founded the Thaton and Bago (Pegu) Kingdoms. King Anawrahta of Bagan (Pagan) conquered that Mon Kingdom of King Manuha, named Suvannabumi (The Land of Golden Hues).[27] The conquest of Thaton in 1057 was a decisive event in Burmese history. It brought the Burman into direct contact with the Indian civilizing influences in the south and opened the way for intercourse with Buddhist centres overseas, especially Ceylon. [28]

The evidence of the inscriptions, Luce[29] warns us, shows that the Buddhism of Pagan 'was mixed up with Hindu Brahmanic cults, Vaisnavism in particular.[30]

While little is known about the early people of Burma, the Mon were the first of the modern ethnic groups to migrate into the region, starting around 1500 BCE. Oral tradition suggests that they had contact with Buddhism via seafaring as early as the 3rd century BCE, though definitely by the 2nd century BCE when they received an envoy of monks from Ashoka. Much of the Mon's written records have been destroyed through wars. The Mons blended Indian and Mon cultures together in a hybrid of the two civilisations. By the mid-9th century, they had come to dominate all of southern Burma.

[edit] Forefathers of Bamars

In the official Thailand History books, they even claim that all of the Tibeto-Burman groups including Tibet came down from Yunnan stressing that Tibet had made an almost U turn and climbed beck onto the Tibet Highlands.[31]

From that time, Northern Burma was a group of city-states in a loose coalition. The 'King' of each city-state would change allegiance as he saw fit, so throughout history, much of the Shan-Tai north has been part of the Tai countries of Nan Zhao (now Yunnan and GuangXi, China), SipSong Panna, Lanna (Chiangmai in Thailand – Siam), Ayuttaya (old capital of Siam) and even affiliated with Laos. These Pyus were believed to be one of the three founding father of Bamar or Myanmar race. Pyu was believed to be formed after the intermarriage and mixture of three groups; (i) Few insignificant local inhabitants since Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age, (ii) many migrants came from India bringing in Hinduism and Buddhism along with their cultures and literatures successively (iii) and the last group believed to came down from north, Tibeto-Burman group.[32]

Western historians were convinced about the Mongolian origins of the Burmese peoples but there was a contradicting Burmese belief of having originated from Northern India and Nepal. In spite of asserting commonality Minye Kaungbon[33] cannot resist the temptation to provide the Bamars with a special historical mention that lifts them high above the Mongoloid race and raises their pride as a superior race, namely that 'Bamars are descendants of Sakyans who are of the Aryan Race or of some other descendants of Aryans'. Though there is 'scarcely any race that can claim descent from exclusively one original race', nevertheless, Burma's proximity to India permits the claim that the Burmans have 'an ornamental Aryan superstructure on the existing Mongoloid foundation', resulting in some historians proclaiming that 'Myanmars were descendants of Aryans'.[34]

[edit] Geography that facilitated the migration of Tibeto-Burman, Shans and Mons

Numerous ethnic Burmese/Myanmar peoples had migrated from Yunnan, is situated in southwest China, bounded on the north by Sichuan and Sizang (Sikang), on the east by Guizhou and Guangxi, on the south by Vietnam and Myanmar, and on the west by Myanmar and Assam. It is extremely mountainous with only a limited area of level plains.

It is furrowed by the Taiping, Shweli, Salween, Mekong, Black and Red rivers.

The Salween and the Mekong are rivers of great length, having their sources in the interior part of Tibet, and flowing through Yunnan and the neighboring lands of Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

The basins of these rivers and their tributaries form deep, narrow valleys which, with the high parallel mountain ranges running generally north and south, constitute a favourable home for numerous ethnic minorities. Yunnan shares a long common border with Myanmar and many ethnic groups that live in Yunnan can also be found in Myanmar.

Burma is like a big super-highway between India and China.[35][24] India and China are the world's biggest and ancient cradle of civilizations. High, snow peaked, rough and steep Himalaya mountain ranges block the direct interaction or travelling between the two of them except for the virtual highway through Myanmar/Burma. So there were a lot of travelers, migrants, victims of disasters and famine, war refugees and etc moving along this Burma Highway and some of them settled in Burma.

[edit] Indian and Burmese settlement in Arakan

The Arakanese chronicles claim that the Kingdom was founded in the year 2666 BC.[36]

Wesali or Vaisali was founded by Hindu Chandra Dynasty. "The area known as North Arakan had been for many years before the 8th century the seat of Hindu dynasties. In 788 AD a new dynasty, known as the Chandras, founded the city of Wesali. This city became a noted trade port to which as many as a thousand ships came annually; the Chandra kings were upholders of Buddhism, … their territory extended as far north as Chittagong;—- Wesali was an easterly Hindu kingdom of Bengal — Both government and people were Indian.[37] So far as Arakan is concerned, the inscriptions show traces of two early dynasties holding sway in the north. The earlier one, a Candra dynasty, seems to have been founded in the middle of the fourth century A.D. Its capital was known by the Indian name of Vaisali and it maintained close connections THE PRE-PAGAN PERIOD with India. Thirteen kings of this dynasty are said to have reigned for a total period of 230 years. The second dynasty was founded in the eighth century by a ruler referred to as Sri Dharmavijaya, who was of pure Ksatriya descent. His grandson married a daughter of the Pyu king of Sri Ksetra.[38]

Hindu statues and inscriptions were found in Wesali. The ruins of old capital of Arakan – Wesali show Hindu statues and inscriptions of the 8th century AD. Although the Chandras usually held Buddhistic doctrines, there is reason to believe that Brahmanism and Buddhism flourished side by side in the capital.

"The Burmese do not seem to have settled in Arakan until possibly as late as the tenth century AD. Hence earlier dynasties are thought to have been Indian, ruling over a population similar to that of Bengal. All the capitals known to history have been in the north near modern Akyab".[39]

[edit] Salones (Moken) and Pashus (Malays)

In the southernmost part of Burma, the Salones (Moken) and Pashus (Malays) migrated into Burma from the south and sea since prehistoric time. The Burmese call the Moken Selung, Salone, or Chalome.[40] In Thailand they are called Chao Ley (people of the sea) or Chao nam (people of the water), although these terms are also used loosely to include the Urak Lawoi and even the Orang Laut. In Thailand, acculturated Moken are called Thai Mai (new Thais).

The Moken are also called Sea Gypsies, a generic term that applies to a number of peoples in southeast Asia. The Urak Lawoi are sometimes classified with the Moken, but they are linguistically and ethnologically distinct, being much more closely related to the Malay people.[41][42] They refer to themselves as Moken. The name is used for all of the proto-Malayan speaking tribes who inhabit the coast and islands in the Andaman Sea on the west coast of Thailand, the provinces of Satun, Trang, Krabi, Phuket, Phang Nga, and Ranong, up through the Mergui Archipelago of Burma [2](Myanmar). The group includes the Moken proper, the Moklen (Moklem), the Orang Sireh (Betel-leaf people) and the Orang Lanta. The last, the Orang Lanta are a hybridized group formed when the Malay people settled the Lanta islands where the proto-Malay Orang Sireh had been living.

[edit] References

  1. ^ a b <Myint-U, Thant (2006), The River of Lost Footsteps: Histories of Burma, New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, p. 45, ISBN 0-374-16342-1 >
  2. ^ Dr Than Tun (History Professor, Mandalay University) 'The Story of Myanmar told in pictures'.
  3. ^ Facts about Myanmar, History of Myanmar. [1]
  4. ^ Human migration in wikipedia, paragraph about Pre-modern migrations
  5. ^ Early human migrations in wiki para Early humans (before Homo sapiens)
  6. ^ Language trees support the express-train sequence of Austronesian expansion, Nature
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[edit] Reference Books for further reading

  1. Myint-U, Thant (2006), The River of Lost Footsteps: Histories of Burma, New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, p. 45, ISBN 0-374-16342-1>
  2. Dr Than Tun (History Professor, Mandalay University) 'The Story of Myanmar told in pictures'.
  3. Professor U Than Tun M.A., B.L., D. Lit., Ph.D. "Bagan Culture"
  4. Professor U Than Tun M.A., B.L., D. Lit., Ph.D. "Ancient Pyu"
  5. The Muslims of Burma" A study of a minority Group, by Moshe Yegar, 1972, Otto Harrassowitz. Wiesbaden.
  6. D. G . E. HALL, M.A., D.LIT., F.R.HIST.S.Professor Emeritus of the University of London and formerly Professor of History in the University of Rangoon, Burma. Third edition
  7. Luce , G. H., 'Burma's Debt to Pagan', Journal of the Burma Research Society, Vol. XXII,
  8. HGE Hall, "History of Southeast Asia."
  9. Elliot, Sir H. M., Edited by Dowson, John. The History of India, as Told by Its Own Historians. The Muhammadan Period; published by London Trubner Company 1867–1877. (Online Copy: The History of India, as Told by Its Own Historians. The Muhammadan Period; by Sir H. M. Elliot; Edited by John Dowson; London Trubner Company 1867–1877 – This online Copy has been posted by: The Packard Humanities Institute; Persian Texts in Translation; Also find other historical books: Author List and Title List)
  10. A.P. Phayre, History of Burma London, 1883
  11. M.S. Collis, Arakan's place in the civilization of the Bay, Joumal of the Burma Research Society, 50th Anniversary publications No.2, Rangoon, 1960
  12. Anderson, John (1890) The Selungs of the Mergui Archipelago Trübner & Co., London


First clinic duty for the year

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 05:54 AM PST

I was on clinic duty again today – my first for the year 2010.

Knowing how difficult it can be to get a parking space at the hospital, today I decided to go early. Other than hoping to get a nearer parking space, I also intended to go to the blood bank to donate blood. It has been 6 months since my last blood donation. Clinic duty was supposed to start at 10 am, I got to the hospital before 9 am.

Easier to get a parking space? Hah, fat hope! I ended up parking at the same parking area quite far from the specialist clinic. Although it was still within walking distance for healthy and fit people, for those who are unwell and unfit, the walk could be quite tiring.

That being my first time donating blood at the Ipoh GH blood bank (usually I'd just go to blood donation drives at various places other than the hospital), I had to ask and look around to find the location of the blood bank. There weren't any donors when I got there. Only when I was filling up the form did one guy walk in to donate blood as well. The advantage of donating blood at the blood bank is that there is more privacy (otherwise at shopping complexes you'd have to lie in bed in public) and definitely more comfortable (aircond, TV, more comfy bed etc).

Having donated blood a few times already, and my record already on their computer, they didn't bother to check for my blood type. (My blood type? A for Afizah…) They just took my weight (minimum is 45 kg – when I got on the weighing scale, even someone with poor eye-sight could see I clearly passed the minimum weight!!) and tested my blood for hemoglobin. I passed the hemoglobin test as well, no problem at all.

The nurse, while poking my arm with the needle to get my blood, asked, "Saja datang nak derma darah ke?" I told her right in the face that with the parking problems and all, I wouldn't bother to come if it was just to donate blood. The only reason I decided to donate blood at the Ipoh GH today was because I needed to be at the hospital anyway for my clinic duty.

According to the nurse, they will be having a blood donation drive this weekend at Jaya Jusco and Tesco Ipoh. So, those of you in or around Ipoh who wish to donate blood but too lazy to go to the hospital to do so (ahem, speaking for myself, really), why don't you go shopping this weekend and donate blood at the same time, huh? There's always a need for blood at the blood bank.

Anyway, I got to the HIV clinic by 9.30 am, went over to the doctor's room to tell SN that I was already there, then off to the counseling room. While waiting for cases to be referred, I took out my mini notebook for my internet dose for the morning, using gelombang curi… (hospital punya lah!). Another volunteer then came in. She thought clinic duty was supposed to start at 9 am, so she thought she was already late, whereas in fact she was early!

It wasn't long before SN came in to hand us the file for the first case referred to us today. Just as I was going through the file, SN came in again with another case. So I took the first case, and my colleague took the other case. Then another colleague came in just in time for another case to be referred. So, we ended up taking one case each. The other two volunteers are still trainees but had been quite exposed to clinic duties since last year, so I let them handle the cases themselves this time around. Besides, I was there if they needed to consult me for anything.

The case I handled would have probably been passed to me even if I wasn't on duty today. Azimah - a young, unmarried mother of a 2 months old baby. Yep, another of those out-of-wedlock cases. The ones which would have to face 2 kinds of stigma – for giving birth before marriage and for getting HIV. I always get this type of cases. But thank goodness, in Azimah's case, I don't have to worry about finding her a shelter home. Azimah, who stays with her mother, brother and sis-in-law, at least stays with her family who accept her and her baby. Yes, there is a particular sis-in-law who kept insisting that Azimah should be staying at a shelter home with her baby, but that sis-in-law stays elsewhere. So lantak pi dia lah apa dia nak kata!

Azimah at first looked rather calm and didn't talk much. I was thinking maybe since she had family support, she was emotionally okay. Apparently, in the beginning, she was still unsure whether to trust me or not. Or maybe she thought, by way of my dressing, I may be lecturing her about dosa pahala and all.  Only towards the end of the session when I was about to send her back to the doctor's room, she started to talk, and from time to time wiping the tears in her eyes. Ah, I finally did manage to break the ice! Obviously she does need a buddy, and so I told her I'd call her later and maybe we could arrange to meet up so we could talk in a more private environment. There wasn't much privacy in the room given to us – the hospital doesn't have enough rooms to spare. Azimah welcomed my suggestion.

After sending Azimah's file back to SN, I got back to the counseling room to see if I could help out with the other 2 cases. The second case seemed to be handled quite well and since it was a Chinese-speaking group, I let my colleague continue. The 3rd case, handled by a male colleague, was that of a pregnant lady. But the lady's husband was also there and so my colleague didn't feel too awkward. He however, passed the case to me the moment he saw me walking back into the room. The lady, Halimah, is 6 months pregnant. Her present marriage is her second marriage. Her present husband was tested negative and so Halimah had probably been infected by her first husband who died 10 years ago. She did mention that she knew her late husband had been sleeping around with other women but she never knew if he was infected.

Well, if her husband died 10 years ago, that would mean Halimah herself had been infected at least 10 years ago as well (maybe even earlier). But she never knew until lately. She remarried 6 years ago, and only got pregnant recently – that was when she found out she had HIV. Alhamdulillah, both Halimah and husband seemed to be taking this quite well and although they did accept our services, it will need only minimum monitoring, unlike Azimah's case which will need to be followed more closely.

There was only one more case referred to us after that – of an ex-IVDU. He just came out from Pusat Serenti some time late last year and only started taking his ARV less than a month ago. His parents are supportive enough to accompany him to Ipoh (he's from another town) and based on his CD4 count, I believe he had been compliant in taking his ARV. From a CD4 of only 14 when first diagnosed, his latest blood test showed a CD4 of 112. I hope with his family's support, he will be able to lead a more positive life in future.

There being no more cases after that, I told my colleague they could go off first. I still needed to wait as Sharifah had promised to meet up with me today. I checked with SN but it seemed Sharifah had not even registered yet. I tried calling her, I couldn't get through. Since Sharifah did mention she'd be staying at Kak Ana's shelter home to be with Cek Mek, I figured she'd probably come to Ipoh GH with Kak Ana. So I tried calling Kak Ana, and immediately upon answering the phone, Kak Ana said, "On the way! On the way!" Apparently they purposely came late to avoid waiting too long to see the doctor; but this time their late was a wee bit too late. Kak Ana couldn't get a parking space when they got to the hospital, so she waited in the car while Sharifah went up alone to the HIV clinic. It was already 12.40 by the time Sharifah registered at the counter. So she got nagged by the nurse at the counter for coming late. Then I went over, and Sharifah got nagged by me for coming late. Then SN came to see us, and Sharifah got nagged by SN for coming late. Then Sharifah went in to see the doctor, and she got nagged by the doctor. Hahaha! Oh don't worry, Sharifah is not the overly sensitive type. She actually laughed when I nagged to her in my usual joking manner. She promised me next time she'll make it a point not to come too late.

After clinic, we went down to where Kak Ana was waiting and told her that next time, they shouldn't come any later than 12 noon. No point nagging only to Sharifah when Kak Ana's the one who'd be driving her to the hospital. Kak Ana just giggled.

We then went off for lunch and had a long chat. We talked about Sharifah, about Cek Mek, about Anita and about Anita's son. Ooh… got problem, especially with Anita's attitude of late. Long story… so I'd save that story for my next posting…


Numbness.

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 06:31 AM PST

"She's a young airhead and not like you at all. I don't like her."

"She is just so YOUNG and DUMB and BIMBO."
I didn't do the capital letters myself.

Perhaps, in a retarded kinda way, it's comforting.. a relief even, to know that even close friends of his think of her that way. And I know they didn't say those things just to make me feel better. They never say things just to make me feel better. Which is cool by me.

But I do know it takes two to tango too.

I can't seem to find it in my heart to trust again. I was trying to. Very hard. I was hoping that I could. I thought that as long as my heart still finds comfort in knowing that he cares deeply about me would in fact, be enough. But the pain just grows and grows. It doesn't seem to want to stop. Yet I grow so immune to the pain that most of the time, I just feel so numb. And this numbness has allowed me to be ignorant of what everyone else has to say and do things beyond my control.

I know many friends are just trying to watch out for me. I thank those who have been watching over me for the past weeks, months, even years... It's not that I have been ignoring the advices, thoughts and concerns. I'm just trying to collect my strength to pick myself up and God willing, leave. It's crazy to pretend to believe him when almost every word is a lie. Yet, it's a lot harder to leave than what I thought it would be.

I am still here. Not knowing what I'm waiting for. Or hope for.
I am here. Without the slightest idea of how my the future is shaping itself for me.
I am here. Numb.
I used to be good at planning.
My studies.
My life.
My career.
My goals.
My dreams.
My future.
Somehow, all of that got washed away by waves like the writings on sandy beaches.


I can't find myself still.
I have a feeling that I've already lost it.

Karma's a bitch.


Pakatan losing Malay support in Perak

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 07:09 AM PST

The Malay electorate, particularly in rural areas, is becoming disenchanted with the coalition, concedes ousted Perak MB Nizar.

Speaking to Malaysiakini at his home in Ipoh yesterday, the Bukit Gantang PAS parliamentarian said the decline has been particularly significant in rural areas which Pakatan has not been able to penetrate successfully because the alternative media (has not been able to) challenge the (traditional media) like Utusan Malaysia and (other newspapers).

According to Nizar,
two main issues that are "close to the Malay heart" that attributed to the failure in luring back support are:
1. The allegation that Perak Pakatan had been 'giving face to the Chinese and has become a stooge of (Chinese-majority) DAP'.
2.
The allegation I had committed treason with regard to the palace, to the sultan.


The Monkeys Of Penang Botanic Gardens

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 06:16 AM PST

My cousin Ah Huat is a few years older than me. He was a head taller and scrawny, and tanned from running around the kampung under the hot sun on most days. We lived just a five-minute walk apart near to the Ayer Itam market and Kek Lok Si Temple.

Ah Huat's mother is Mum's second sister. I call her Jee Ee. When Mum's chores for the day were done, she would take me on the short walk to Jee Ee's place. While the two ladies chit chatted, I would follow Ah Huat as he went traipsing with the other kids in the neighbourhood looking for adventures to while the day away.

Dad took him with us to Penang Botanic Gardens one day. He parked the car at the usual spot opposite the Cactus House. Ah Huat and I scampered all over the slope the moment we got out from the car. Our squeals could be heard across the lush vale as we quickly worked out a sweat with all that running.

Dad and Mum hiked up a short distance to their usual spot under some shady trees and made themselves comfortable. From where they sat, they had a vantage point of the undulating terrain and its surroundings.

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WHAT IS YOUR IQ?

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 05:49 AM PST

A man walked into a very high-tech restaurant in a fancy hotel. As he waited to be seated, he noticed that the Maitre D' was a robot.

The robot clicked to attention and said, "Sir, there is a one hour wait. I am programmed to converse with you until a table is ready, If you please."

Intrigued, the man said, "OK."

The robot clicked a couple more times and then asked, "Sir, what is your IQ?"

The man answered, "Oh, about 164."

The robot then proceeded to discuss the theory of relativity, Interstellar space travel, the latest medical breakthroughs, etc.

The man was most impressed. The next day he returned, But thought he would try a different tack.

The robot again asked, "What is your IQ, sir?" This time the man answered, "Oh, about 100".

So the robot started discussing NASCAR racing , the latest basketball scores, and what to expect the Red Sox to do this weekend.

The guy had to try it one more time. So the next day he returned.

Again the robot asked the question, "What is your IQ?"

This time the man drawled out, " Uh.....'bout 50."

The robot clicked, then leaned close and very slowly asked,

"A-r-e

y-o-u-r

p-e-o-p-l-e

g-o-i-n-g

t-o

e-l-e-c-t

U-M-N-O

a-g-a-i-n?"

Source: Via e-mail


The Old Goat's rabid anti semitism, he has lost his marbles with the hate in him - Jan 20, 2010

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 04:47 AM PST

Dr M: If they can make Avatar, they can make 9/11. By Hazlan Zakaria & Andrew Ong

After James Cameron's sci-fi blockbuster 'Avatar', former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad is now having second thoughts about the attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001. He believes that if the Americans can produce such a movie, with all its technological wizardry, then staging a so-called terrorist attack would not be a difficult task."I am not sure now that Muslim terrorists carried out these attacks. There are strong evidence that the attacks were staged. If they can make 'Avatar', they can make anything.

"Killing innocent people to provide an excuse for war is not new to the US," he said while launching the maiden assembly of the General Conference for the Support of Al-Quds (GCSQ) in Kuala Lumpur this morning. The GCSQ is a newly formed pressure group formed by Islamic and Arab states to seek the right of return for Palestinians to their ancestral land which has been occupied by the Jews. Meanwhile, Mahathir who sported a Yasser Arafat style 'Keffiyah', also touched on the historical perspective of the conflict, noting that the British carved out the state of Israel from the Palestinian heartland.

"Jews have always been a problem. They have to be confined to ghettos and periodically massacred. But they still remained, thrived and held governments to ransom."Even after their massacre by the Nazis of Germany, they survived to continue to be a source of greater problems for the world. The holocaust failed as a final solution," he said. Therefore, he added, creating a state for them was deemed as a better solution.

'Palestinians sacrificed'

Mahathir explained that an European territory could have been allocated to make a permanent ghetto for the Jews. But this, he said, would cause the affected European state to "rise up in arms and kill all the Jews in the way that they have been doing before." As such, the former premier opined, as an alternative, "it was so easy to decide on Palestine." Mahathir contended that as far as the western powers are concerned, "the Palestinians must be sacrificed to save the Europeans from the depredations of the Jews." "Until the creation of the state of Israel on Palestinian land, the world was a secure place.

"But currently, for the West who sustain the settler state with moral, financial and military support, the danger of being attacked and killed anywhere in the world will always be there," he said. For them, he added, "there can be no security." He said if the west failed to win the hearts and minds of Muslims and continue to regard them as terrorists, then "they will have to accept that they have 1.6 billion enemies lurking in every corner of the world."

Remedy the ailments

Mahathir then opined that the only way for the west to make the world a secure place again for themselves is to eliminate the primary causes of the current Middle Eastern conundrum.Most prominent of which, he said, is the fate of the Palestinians who were victimised by the setting up of the Jewish state."The world must remedy these ailments. At the very least, help implement the right of return for the Palestinian Arabs to their homeland," he added. Speaking at a press conference later, Mahathir said the challenge which lies ahead for the GCSQ is to "change world opinion" and seek redress for Palestine.

Questioned on whether he thinks President Barack Obama would be of any help to solve the problem, Mahathir replied, "I am disappointed with him. He has failed. He did not keep his word." Asked how the west, who he said created the problem in the first place, should help to formulate a solution, Mahathir replied, "That is up to them, but they can help by working towards allowing the Palestinians to return home." Malaysiakini


Migration trends set to expand in future

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 05:02 AM PST


Source: Malaysiakini article by  Saad Hashim, "Migration trends set to expand in future"

When we talk about the world being a global village we should then accept the fact that the concept of loyalty and patriotism towards the country we live in has now become rather blurred and secondary.

Nowadays, due to various factors, people are moving to other countries and those with money and skills are given a red carpet welcome while the poor economic migrants are either allowed in to do menial jobs or else they are chased away – this even by the US, a country of immigrants and so-called the most liberal.

The poor North and West Africans as well as the Central and Latin Americans will go anywhere for a better life. The rich Brits, Europeans, the Americans, the Germans, the Singaporeans and the Malaysians have also moved to other countries in search of greater fortune or inner peace.

The most intriguing is that many young people from homogenous nations like Japan are also not happy with their own countries and want to leave while many young educated Chinese Malaysian and Indians are also migrating for all sorts of reasons..

As for those who came to Malaysia from richer countries and made this country their so-called their home, it is for the simple reason that the purchasing power of their 'nickel and dime' can increase by a few hundred percent.

For instance, ten British pounds becomes RM55. Even better in Thailand, that 10 British pounds has becomes about 500 Baht. Just imagine things you can buy on the beach of Pattaya with 500 Baht.

But what is already happening and will continue in the years to come is that the highly-skilled and educated overseas Indians, Chinese, former Eastern Europeans and Russians have already started to move back to their 'motherlands' either for nostalgic reasons or simply to take advantage of all the new economic activities.

One impact of this worldwide phenomenon is that Great Britain – which is now shivering due unusual snowfall – will suffer even more when thousands of doctors of Indian origin plan to return to their motherland.

Many skilled and moneyed overseas Chinese from Canada, the US and maybe even Malaysia have already returned to China or Taiwan. So also too that quite a few Indian Malaysians have either changed their domicile to India or made India their second home.

For that matter, some Malays too have also gone to live abroad, either temporarily or permanently. However, this trend does not seem to be happening among the overseas Japanese in the US and Latin America.

Is it because despite the fact they retain their Japanese names, they have fully become American, Brazilian, Peruvian, Argentinian, etc? Alberto Fujimori is perhaps an exception.


Tindakan Berpilih SPRM DiKecam

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 04:54 AM PST

Masyarakat dari segenap lapisan hari ini mengecam tindakan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah (SPRM) yang telah melakukan tangkapan ke atas 34 orang serta serbuan ke atas pejabat Exco kerajaan negeri Selangor, Yaakob Safari hari ini.

"Kenapa beriya-iya benar jadikan kerajaan PR Selangor sebagai sasaran? Ketara benar SPRM melakukan siasatan berpilih," tegas seorang aktivis PR.

"Apa yang mereka lakukan nampak sangat diskriminasi dan tidak professional. Kes Khir Toyo yang SPRM terima berpuluh dan beratus laporan dan aduan, mengapa sampai sekarang tiada pendakwaan?" tambahnya lagi.

SPRM hari ini telah menahan Hussein Ahmad, setiausaha peribadi exco Selangor, Yaakop Sapari atas dakwaan rasuah berhubung lawatannya ke China yang dipercayai dibiayai oleh sebuah syarikat melombong pasir.

Premraj Victor yang mengetuai lima anggota pasukan SPRM berkata mereka menahan Hussein untuk disoal siasat setelah menerima tiga laporan mengenai lawatannya ke Yiwu, China pada bulan November 2009.

Ketiga-tiga laporan yang berbeza itu ialah urusniaga perlombongan yang diluluskan oleh Hussein, lawatannya ke Yiwu, China dan lawatan lain ke Beijing.

"Lawatan Hussein ke Yiwu, China dibayar oleh kerajaan negeri. Saya boleh sahkan kita mempunyai dokumen yang cukup untuk membuktikannya," kata Yaakop, Ahli Dewan Selangor Kota Anggerik itu.

Yaakop mendakwa SPRM sengaja mengambil tindakan ini bagi memalukan
pejabat pentadbirannya.

Salim Bashir, peguam yang mewakili kerajaan negeri berkata Hussein ditahan di bawah Akta SPRM 2009 dan mempunyai waran tangkap.

Beliau berkata, "Hussein telah dibawa oleh lima pegawai ke ibu pejabat SPRM, Putrajaya jam 11.15 pagi tadi untuk disoal siasat.

Mereka menahan Hussein dan merampas beberapa dokumen berhubung urusniaga perlombongan pasir.

"Mereka dijangka merakamkan kenyataan beliau dan membawanya ke mahkamah di Kajang, esok," terang beliau.

Kekecohan berlaku jam 3.30 petang tadi dekat lif untuk turun ke lobi bangunan SUK apabila pegawai-pegawai SPRM enggan memberi nama dan nombor pengenalan mereka kepada pegawai bangunan.

Sebelum itu, Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim memberi amaran kepada SRPM supaya mengikut prosedur temuduga dan menekankan bahawa ianya hendaklah dilakukan pada waktu pejabat.

Beliau berkata kerajaan negeri akan menyediakan khidmat peguam kepada Hussein.



Malaysia Sebagai "Missing Country"

Posted: 20 Jan 2010 04:22 AM PST

Malaysia kini boleh digelar sebagai 'Missing Country' kerana banyak kejadian aneh dan kehilangan misteri yang berlaku belakangan ini.

"Kes Teoh Beng Hock misalnya, biarpun mendiang Teoh dijumpai mati di pejabat SPRM Selangor, namun mati-mati pihak terbabit menyatakan mereka tidak bertanggungjawab ke atas insiden tersebut.

"Malah segala bukti dihilangkan begitu saja dan banyak fakta yang tidak masuk akal didedahkan kepada umum," kata Pengerusi Majlis Pimpinan Negeri, PKR Pahang, Datuk Fauzi Abdul Rahman dalam konvensyen PKR Pahang 2010 yang diadakan baru-baru ini.

Menurut beliau, kehilangan terus berlaku selepas itu dalam kes Altantuya apabila rekod perjalanan masuk wanita Monggolia itu ke negara ini telah hilang dan akhirnya wanita itu sendiri dihilangkan menggunakan letupan bom C4.

Terbaru, katanya, negara turut digemparkan dengan kehilangan enjin pesawat jet pejuang Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM) yang bernilai jutaan ringgit.

Tambah beliau, kehilangan yang berlaku ini mengesahkan lagi kepada rakyat bahawa kerajaan Umno dan Barisan Nasional (BN) sememangnya sudah tidak boleh dipercayai lagi.

"Mereka katanya bukan sahaja menghilangkan semua barang bukti kes-kes tertentu, malah turut gemar menghilangkan wang rakyat dan harta negara sesuka hati mereka," katanya.

Terdahulu, PKR telah menganjurkan Konvensyen PKR Pahang 2010 untuk membuat perubahan besar menjelang pilihan raya umum akan datang. Seramai 920 perwakilan dari cabang-cabang PKR seluruh negeri Pahang telah mengambil bahagian dalam konvensyen ini.

Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim turut hadir menyampaikan ucaptamanya. Hadir dalam konvensyen ini, Ahli Parlimen (MP) Kuantan, Fauziah Salleh, MP Indera Mahkota, Azan Ismail, Ahli Majlis Pimpinan PKR Pusat, Zakaria Hamid, Pengerusi Majlis Pimpinan Negeri PKR Terengganu, Tuan Haji Abdul Rahman Yusof serta pemimpin peringkat negeri lain. -erapakatan




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