Monday, January 4, 2010

Zin, if it is true that it can produce broadcast quality TV, you may need this camera

Zin, if it is true that it can produce broadcast quality TV, you may need this camera

Zin, if it is true that it can produce broadcast quality TV, you may need this camera

Posted: 03 Jan 2010 09:40 PM PST

Pic. Young Australia production's web

I still remember the comments of Tun Dr M, when Tun kindly granted you for your school project for the web site of Kulim Industrial Park.  Even your U's RM 100 thousand worth two cameras and other 2 cameras were too small for Tun's eyes and asked you why your cameras were too small. Read this related article in Malaysian Insider_

JAN 4 — He picks up the Sony Z1 video camera and it fits nicely in one hand. He pretends to put in on his shoulders as if it's a big shoulder mount camera, then laughs.

"This thing is a toy mate!" he says to me chuckling.

He is an experienced Australian director of photography I've recently had the opportunity to work with and a very cool guy indeed. Used to having big cameras on big budget shoots, he had to get the small handheld Z1 because it was a fast shoot in another country which we had to fly in and out of within 24 hours, and with a very small crew.

"This is the kind of camera that I normally use for my own productions," I said, my feelings already hurt.

He chuckles again and starts exploring the camera dials and buttons.

"I'm sure it produces pretty good images," he smiles (I took it as a smirk!).

I've met a lot of people like him over the years. Staunch professionals who only work with the most expensive, humongous equipment to produce the best-looking visuals that their passion and work thrives on. I have the utmost respect for that because I always want the best and try my best in all my efforts too.

But, I seem to have this thing in me (call it new school if you will!) for small gadgets. I always try to look for the smallest laptop computer, mobile phone, iPod, etc. And this holds true when it comes to video cameras too. For me, the smaller it is, the better. And there are many reasons to why I believe this is so.

First in the list is the mobility issue. I hate having to carry things around, and if I absolutely have to, whatever I have to carry better be light and small. A lot of my own productions are solo-journalism style (you guessed it!) and that means I am my only crew. I don't have assistant cameramen to carry the camera for me and definitely no grips and production assistants. So it is important that moving from one location to another isn't a hassle.

Secondly, discreetness is essential for my work. I shoot non-fiction and it always involves capturing reality as it happens. I have to be as fly-on-the-wall as possible so as not to intrude on what is unfolding before me. It isn't 100 per cent feasible to be a fly, but I try as hard as possible and the less obtrusive the camera (and cameraman) the better. It also means that people being recorded feel less intimidated and might even forget that there is a camera and be more candid, especially during interviews.

One good testament to this is when I was shooting a documentary in Lebanon during the Al-Bared camp fighting. I was detained by the Lebanese military with no press visa (it's difficult to get one so I just entered on a tourist visa). Good thing for my small camera, they believed my story and let me go (after scaring all the manliness I had in me!).

Thirdly, the cost; IT is so much cheaper to get small cameras than the large ones. A fraction actually, and this puts small cameras in the league of prosumer users. It has all the needs of a professional camera but with consumer affordability. But to be fair, although it has most specifications of a pro camera, it doesn't have the full capabilities of big cameras like the Sony EX1 or Panasonic 502EN. There has to be some compromise.

This brings us to start discussing the disadvantages of small cameras. There are a lot more buttons on big cameras and when you scale down the size, there will be things that have to go. But the compromise does not mean it is no longer broadcast quality. The major manual dials are there to still be able to tweak the video anyhow. Lots of television productions now utilise cameras like the Sony Z1 or the JVC HM100. I have, myself, shot on cameras like these for television, and I had to actually down-convert the videos so local television broadcasters can air them.

Some also argue that a small and light camera is less easy to keep stable while shooting as opposed to a big and heavy shoulder mount camera. This might result in very shaky video. But this is nothing that a steady hand and some controlled breathing can't rectify.

As for people's perception. carrying a small camera around, people tend to not give much importance to you. Basically, they think that you're just an amateur with a camcorder. The bad side of this is if you needed to interview important people like politicians and such, they might not take you too seriously. However, this could turn around and be an advantage if you refer to the previous paragraph where I discuss the advantage of having an unobtrusive camera. But if you have corporate clients, they might feel they aren't getting their money's worth.

So it's now all laid out. As a solo-journalist, the advantages definitely outweigh the disadvantages for me. I go for practicality and ease of use, with the least amount of compromise to quality. And I also have enough self-confidence to not have the need to get the biggest of everything ("My camera is bigger than yours!") to over-compensate for anything else! Happy New Year!

My camera is bigger than yours! in Malaysian Insider by Zan Azlee, a documentary filmmaker, journalist, writer, New Media practitioner and lecturer. He runs Fat Bidin Media (

All New...

Posted: 04 Jan 2010 08:03 AM PST

TZ has opened his new chapter yesterday...

He is in a new environment, new faces @ the beginning of 2010... It's was a tiring day for him... but he enjoyed so much of meeting new faces in this new environment...

Managed to hit Chiyoko's class @ FF Manulife on time ...

Anyway, it's late now ... gotta hit the bed and prepare for tomorrow. Ciao~

Missing it all over again..

Posted: 04 Jan 2010 10:14 AM PST

Don't think I will be coming again for a pretty long time....

The "Allah" issue, My proposed solution to the Government

Posted: 04 Jan 2010 09:02 AM PST

Today, ima talk about religion & politics. If its social issues & politics - you call is socio-political, so i don't know if there's such a thing called relio-politics but heck, that's what ima talk about now. Relio-politics.

Recently in Malaysia, there's been some conflict on the Christian usage of "Allah" and its been significantly hyped up by the media. The conflict, in much simpler words, pertains an issue with Roman Catholics calling their God by his name, Allah. In English, it's God, in Bahasa Malaysia, it's Allah, just in case you were wondering. And Jesus is a prophet sent by God/Allah, just in case you were wondering again.

Well it all started from some disgruntled Malaysian Muslims (or Malays) because Christians called their God, Allah, in Bahasa Malaysia. They felt that it was a threat to the Malays because that might confuse the Malays into worshipping the wrong God or something to this effect. They also feared religious conversions because in Malaysia, religion sort of governs the country - they put it above the law - because Islam is the official religion of the country. I mean they fucking threathen to can you if you're a fucking hot Malay chic who drinks alcohol. So that's what im talking about.

As a result of the disgruntled Malays, a ban was imposed on Christians for calling their God by his name... wtf.

Lately, there's been some ammendments. The high court lifted the ban and Christians were allowed to call their God by his name again. It was a great way for many Bahasa Malaysia speaking Roman Catholics in Malaysia to usher into 2010.

As a result of this the Government, via the media (Star to be specific), has claimed that the current situtation is "pressing" and has been "aggravated" and they hope that it will not be "aggravated further" - implying that the Malay sentiments pertaining the issue has been "aggravated".

"I hope the situation will not be aggravated further and the Government does not encourage any demonstration or gathering to be held," he told reporters Sunday after presenting incentives to pupils in the Pekan constituency who excelled in the UPSR examinations last year.

And the Government wishes to ease off the "aggravation" & the "pressing situation" by appealing the court's decision of lifting the ban on Christians calling their God by his name. Here's the article from Star:

PEKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak urged Muslims to remain calm over the High Court decision to allow the Catholic weekly, Herald, to use the word 'Allah' in its publication.

He said the Home Ministry would appeal the court's decision and that he would keep the Rulers briefed.

Now, i've spoken to a few of my Malay friends, not representative but a dipstick, and they seem to be happy about the high court's decision of lifting the ban. Simply because it could indirectly lead to unity amongst the religions, a bond that's been torn apart. Because they believe (their 'teachers' even tell this to them at their marriage courses! haha wtf) that Muslims, Christians & Jews worship the same God. 1 boss - God/Allah.

So i do not know why the media (Star to be specific) is playing up the issue of Malays being "aggravated" and the "pressing situation", sorry but why the fucking fuck for? Unless, there's a hidden agenda behind this whole scenario. I mean, I don't know.

So my proposed solution to the government to solve this issue is to explain to the Malays that Christians communicate with God through Jesus & Muslims communicate through Muhammad. Jews communicate through im not sure, but i think Abraham? But they all report to the same boss, God/Allah. It's just like going to Sunway, you can use Federal Highway, or you can use LDP, or you can use NPE - different channels, but same destination.

I give you 1 more analogy, something you can better relate to. You have a ruling coalition called Barisan National (BN). Under this coalition, you have UMNO, MCA & MIC. Different channels, but they report to the same boss, BN. Under UMNO, you have Najib as the leader. Ong Ka Ting runs the MCA business and Samy sits on MIC's throne. So just TRY and imagine that Najib is Muhammad, Ong Ka Ting is Jesus and Samy is Abraham. And so this doesnt go wrong, you need to imagine that Najib doesn't control Barisan National. It's probably an Agong - just imagine ok.

So now, you cannot say that MCA followers cannot call their boss, Agong, because UMNO followers also call their boss, Agong. If MCA followers call their boss Agong, then it might confuse the UMNO followers. Same boss, HELLO?!

And with all due respect, i cant compare God to a boss - simply a terrific understatement but just so we can all relate.

I believe, and i believe everyone will second, that if you are a commited Muslim, or Malay. You can very well differentiate a Bible vs a Quran, a Church vs a Mosque, a Priest vs an Imam to name just a few examples.

So by explaining this to the Malays, they might probably understand the dynamics between these religions because trust me - do not over-estimate them - they might not be aware. And i also refer to alot of Christians in the country. I've heard Christians say that converting to Islam leads you to hell and how all Muslims are terrorist - now fuck that. Same boss my friends, its what you're more comfortable with and how you want to communicate with God. Ultimately, Islam or Christianity of Jew, they worship the same God.

As a concequence, this understanding could potentially evolve into unity amongst the religions in the country as they realize that its fucking stupid to hate each other. This could lead to genuine unity (respect for each others' religions) - what i see as 1 good aspect of 1 Malaysia.

I am not criticizing your decision of appealing the rule but im appealing for your re-consideration of your decision. I am sure you've meant good but as an end-reader, it came across to me as though the Christians have caused "aggravation" amongst the Malays and BN (or more specifically UMNO) is trying to solve the issue, thus being the hero for the Malays. You're not so inhuman to think of such political propoganda right? I trust you're not.
Signing off,

A humble citizen

Farewell for Liang Sun Who Goes To National Service

Posted: 04 Jan 2010 08:33 AM PST

Liang Sun, a friend, a classmate of mine has went to the National Service for 3 months, he departed today to the camp at Sungai Bakap in Bukit Mertajam. He will be gone for 3 months and they had farewell dinner for him at Queensbay the night before.

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To tell you guys a secret, I have been chosen for National Service too, but then I am not allocated in the first batch and I don't know is there will be any circumstances preventing me to go for the National Service or not. I don't know, I don't know, I don't know.

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I had my dinner before I went to Queensbay Mall because I know all the restaurant in Queensbay Malll are not budget restaurant and I am on tight budget recently because of jobless and less allowance and no schooling.

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So basically it's just everyone come out together, they eat, we talk and I take photos. =) Nothing much, just to say bye bye. I can't imagine if I leave my friends and family, it will be very very very the sad I guess.

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National Service need to have a bald head, so Liang Sun was prepared for it. Some people prefer to have their hair cut at the camp.

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See you Liang Sun in 3 months time, perhaps during homecoming when Chinese New Year!

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Ok, good night for now.

Rank-and-file outsmart the system & their seniors?!

Posted: 04 Jan 2010 08:10 AM PST

Jet engine theft: AG clears top brass
Timothy Leonard

PUTRAJAYA (Jan 4, 2010): The Attorney-General's Chambers has ruled out the involvement of senior armed forces officers in the theft of two F-5E jet engines from an airforce base in Sungai Besi in 2007.

Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail (right) and Staff Management Chief Assisitant
Brigida General Datuk Mohd Noh Mohd Said after the press conference at
JPN office, Putrajaya.
Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail told a press conference today that initial investigations revealed only "rank-and-file" RMAF personnel were behind the disappearance of the two jet engines worth a total of RM100 million -- a case that has embarrassed the air force.

He however did not disclose the number of personnel responsible for the theft of the engines that reportedly went missing when it was sent for maintenance and were taken to Uruguay via Argentina.

"No senior officers are involved…only by those who can be described as 'rank and file. We will be taking the next course of action (against them) in the very near future," said Abdul Gani. He declined to say when prosecution will take place.

He said the priority now is to recover the engines and the Government is working with their foreign counterparts for that purpose.

"All efforts are being taken to recover the engines as soon as possible," he said.

He explained that the engines were shipped to Argentina and from there they were offloaded to another vessel which made its way to Uruguay.

Abdul Gani also declined to whether it was an individual or a country that purchased the engines, and whether the engines are currently in Uruguay.

He also declined to reveal if the two engines were from a single aircraft or from two separate aircraft or whether the engines were for scrap or for fitting on to another aircraft.

Although the theft took place in 2007, it was only reported in local newspapers last month that turbojet engines which power the single-seater F-5E Tiger 11 and RF-5E Tigereye fighter jets were discovered missing from the Sungai Besi RMAF airbase during a routine maintenance service.

Also missing were its maintenance and service records.

Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had revealed that apart from the two engines, other related equipment had also gone missing.

Following the reports, the police initiated a full-scale probe into the incident.

(Source: Sun2Surf)

These "rank-and-file" RMAF personnel should really be promoted and not prosecuted. Why? Reason being they can catch would-be offenders in the future! It takes a thief to catch a thief! ;-).

Rakyat Terus Dibeban Kenaikan Harga Barang

Posted: 04 Jan 2010 07:43 AM PST

Tinjauan Detik Selangor, buletin harian hanya di, siaran secara langsung TV sesawang maya ini, mendapati rungutan ramai kalangan rakyat bahawa mereka terus dibeban dengan kenaikan harga barang pengguna, khususnya kenaikan harga gula sejumlah 20 sen sekilo, berkuatkuasa semalam.

Rakyat dibebankan kenaikan harga gula dari RM1.45sen sekilo kepada RM1.65sen di Semenanjung dan RM1.75sen di Sabah dan Sarawak.

Bendahari Agung FOMCA Mohd Yusof Abdul Rahman mengingatkan rentetan kenaikan lain-lain barangan pengguna akibat dari keputusan kerajaan Barisan Nasional menaikkan harga gula ini.

Dinyatakannya demikian dalam rancangan Apa Khabar Selangor, hanya di di sini semalam.

Mohd Yusof Abdul Rahman turut mendedahkan siapa Raja Gula dulu, Robert Kuok, dan kini, Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhari yang mungkin meraih manfaat dari kenaikan ini khususnya harga gula.

Mohd Yusof Abdul Rahman mengkritik Belanjawan 2010 Kerajaan Malaysia sebagai tidak banyak memanfaatkan rakyat.

Tambahnya terdahulu harga minyak telahpun dinaikkan, diikuti dengan harga rokok pada 2009, dan di pembukaan 2010 kerajaan Barisan Nasional pimpinan YAB Dato' Seri Mohd Najib Abdul Razak telah memutuskan kenaikan harga gula serta menarik kembali subsidi roti putih.

Kejutan seterusnya menurut Mohd Yusof Abdul Rahman ialah kenaikan harga minyak petrol dan diesel dijangka Mei depan.

Satu kelemahan bersabitan kenaikan harga barangan pengguna menurut pandangan pemimpin FOMCA ini, ialah ketiadaannya Suruhanjaya Harga di Malaysia, diwujudkan supaya ada kawalan ke atas sesiapa yang ingin menaikkan harga barang secara wewenang.

Walaupun disertakan dalam sesi dialog, namun FOMCA tidak dirujuk kerana tiada keperluan berbuat demikian dalam penentuan berapa kenaikan harga gula, katanya lagi.

Di kalangan rakyat ada yang bertanya inikah kelebihan 1Malaysia yang digembar-gemburkan bahawa rakyat didahulukan dan pencapaian diutamakan? -TVS

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Red Box Karaoke Right After Last Paper of SPM 2009

Posted: 04 Jan 2010 07:12 AM PST

Yes yes, it's again, we went to Red Box karaoke after the last paper of SPM examination of 2009. That's what I usually do after finishing a school examination. This is a very standard stuff and why Red Box? Because in Penang, there's only Red Box karaoke and I just get to know that Neway Karaoke will be opening soon at Queensbay Mall soon.

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Jing Min playing with the Red Box people.

Our Chinese paper finished at 12.45pm that day, I went home to bath and got ready, then to Red Box with everyone. We were not the first SPM finisher, because fifth former who didn't take Chinese paper had finished their SPM earlier.

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Yiphing Dot Net.

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Chai Wei, Vivian, Shan and Sheue Yen.

We have got the biggest room in Red Box which can have up to 20-25 people in the room and we have only got like 13 people.

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Lek Jian, Me, Theresa, Hui Mei, Liang Sun.

It's not only us that went to Red Box, many people went there too on that day and I believe most of them are same like me, just finished their SPM, taking a break.

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It's not too many people in the room, it's too many people came to Red Box on that day, people came in and our, "hi and bye", very hard to communicate and interact with everyone.

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Lek Jian, Valen, Jia Wei, Yi Jun and me.

Most important are still did I sing or not? Yes I did and enjoyed the singing, a lot. The Penang's Plurkers had a room there too, I went there to say hi, sang a few songs and went back to my place. Hard to be at multiplace. I wish I can divide my body. Haha.

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Zi Wei.

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Simon, Arron with the his crazy pose and Edmund.

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Oh, my.

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Zez and Vivian.

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Shan Shan.

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Chai Wei and Ammerlynn.

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Wei Chung and Sheue Yen.

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Karaoke finished, I went home. Marked the end of SPM, the end of Form 5 life. That's fast.

apasal ko cam kimak..kan dah dapat!

Posted: 04 Jan 2010 05:44 AM PST

korang pernah x mandikan anak..?..mesti biase kan rata2 pembaca blog akak ni semua mak orang kan..mesti selalu mandikan anak kan..x pun anak buah ke kan...

tapi pernah x korang mandikan mak orang plak..lepastu mandikan pulak ngan air tebu...amacam menarik?....gini ceritanya

akak balik keje tadi singgah lah pasar malam..saje je lama x pi pasar malam teringin lak nak makan bontot ayam kan...

lepas beli akak jalan2 lagi...oooo teringin nak minum air tebu yang sejukkkkkkk tu kan..mesti segarkan...

lepas beli jalan2 lagi... then ternampak plak roti john..ape lagi benti lah..order satu roti john daging mayonis lebih...sambil2 tu sedut lah air tebu dalam cup tu kan...

akak x gerak pun tetiba ade orang langgar akak....sakit betul...

akak tengok budak gemok umur dalam darjah 4 cam tu dah tergolek...bihun sup dia dah berderai ke tanah..pastu satu plastik duku dia dah bergolek2 kat jalan....

akak x langgar dia dia yang tetiba langgar akak pandang je lah budak tu... geram gak sebab kuah bihun tum panas kena kaki akak...

tetiba sorang perempuan gemok ala mak mak gitew datang terus cerca akak dalam bahasa pantai timur....

sila ubah sendiri ikut loghat negeri korang yer...tapi sepaham akak cam ni lah maksud dia...

" awak ni buta ke..x nampak ke anak saya.. yang awak langgar dia kenapa? bihun sup ni dah pecah..awak kena ganti ni..buah2 dah golek2 kat tanah ni awak kena kutip"...
yang penting cakap ngan akak siap terbeliak2 biji mata...

dalam hati akak aku yang salah..aku x tau ape2 tetiba kena maki kan...lepas tu macam biase lah kan..masyarakat kita ni kalau berlaku perkara cam ni semua pakat tengok dan menyebok...

tapi ade yang backing akak cakap yang akak x buat ape2 anak dia yang lari pastu anak dia yang langgar akak...

akak x jawab ape2 pun sebab akak terkesima kan...

pastu akak tengok mak dia sibuk membebel lagi..sambil sumpah seranah akak...yang penting dalam cercaan itew terselit perkataan " PONDE"....

opsss u dah tekan suis hanjeng akak ni...

akak trus senyum kat mak budak tu...akak bukak penutup cawan yang berisi air tebu tadi akak pegi depan mak budak tu yang sibuk kutip buah duku tu...

terus akak mandikan dia..pastu akak buang cawan tu depan pompuan tu....

ape lagi ko nyanyi lah lagu " suriram..suriram ram ram"

akak capai roti john tu campak duit RM 3 trus akak jalan macam xde ape2 berlaku....

dia menyalak dengan kuat..kung kung kung

akak dengar perempuan tu seranah akak lagi kuat....tanpa henti...

akak buat dont know je....

sebab ape... i x paham bahasa anjeng yer.....

* sorry yer akak bukan bersikap kenegerian yer...sebab yang berlaku tadi mmg orang dr negeri tu...bukan sebab akak benci atau ape..x kira lah ko dari mane pun ..kalau ko anjeng ko harus menerima balasannya....



Posted: 04 Jan 2010 07:10 AM PST

that bloody jerk I just wrote about..
is still my Sayang.

ha ha.
I know. stupid me.

kill me now.

Apabila Kalimah Allah Hanya Sebagai Tangkal

Posted: 04 Jan 2010 06:07 AM PST

Isu Kalimah
Oleh Khalid Samad

Isu kalimah 'Allah' kembali mendapat perhatian umum semenjak keputusan mahkamah untuk membenarkan majalah 'The Christian Herald' menggunakannya. Ada yang menyatakan saya menyokong malah menggalakkan penggunaan perkataan Allah oleh masyarakat Kristian. Sebenarnya kenyataan tersebut tidak benar. Saya tidak menyokong ataupun menggalakkannya. Saya sekadar menyatakan bahawa penggunaan kalimah tersebut oleh masyarakat bukan Islam merupakan satu perkara yang diharuskan berdasarkan ayat-ayat Al-Quran dan kebiasaan masyarakat antarabangsa, khususnya masyarakat Arab.

Kenyataan saya sebelum ini merupakan 'a statement of fact' atau satu kenyataan fakta dan soal saya menyokong atau menggalakkannya tidak timbul sama sekali. Ianya dipohon bukan oleh saya tetapi oleh sebahagian masyarakat Kristian tanpa apa-apa dorongan dari saya. Namun, apabila saya ditanya, saya menyatakan fakta bahawa pada dasarnya tiada halangan untuk orang bukan Islam menggunakan kalimah Allah kerana sudahpun digunakan di banyak negara dan diperakui oleh Al-Quran sendiri. Hujjah-hujjah berhubung persoalan ini telahpun saya nyatakan dalam tulisan saya sebelum ini.

Apa yang saya hendak tegaskan di sini ialah bahawa yang menentukan Islam atau tidak Islam bukan dengan penggunaan kalimah Allah tetapi kefahaman terhadap Allah sebagai Tuhan yang Esa. Ini disebut sebagai konsep 'Tauhid'. Itulah sebabnya mengapa apabila seseorang memeluk agama Islam dia mengucap "Aku naik saksi tiada tuhan (yang disembah) melainkan Allah". Ini bahagian pertama dari dua kalimah syahaadah. Ucapan ini berbentuk penafian dan penolakkan akan wujudnya tuhan-tuhan lain selain Allah. Ianya bukan sekadar mengatakan "Allah adalah Tuhan" tetapi lebih dari itu ia juga menolak wujudnya tuhan-tuhan lain. Kalau kita perhati dan fikirkan sejenak dengan mata hati, maka kita akan memahami sebabnya.

Masyarakat Jahilliyah pada zaman Rasulullah (SAW) memang percaya pada Allah. Namun mereka juga percaya pada tuhan-tuhan rekaan mereka sendiri yang mereka dakwa adalah anak pada Allah atau pengantara di antara manusia dan Allah. Termasuk di dalam kategori tuhan-tuhan palsu ini adalah Al-Latta wal Uzza dan beratus-ratus lagi tuhan yang mereka letakkan di keliling Kaabah pada masa itu.

Di antara bukti bahawa masyarakat Jahilliyah menggunakan kalimah Allah adalah dalam kisah surat perjanjian pemulauan kaum Bani Hashim oleh kaum Quraisy di mana akhirnya surat perjanjian tersebut telah habis dimakan serangga. Yang tinggal hanya mukaddimah surat tersebut yang berbunyi, "BismikaLlahhumma" atau 'Dengan namamu Allah, Tuhan kami'.

Walaupun kaum Musyrikin zaman Nabi (SAW) percaya pada Allah dan menggunakan kalimah 'Allah', ini tidak bermakna mereka telah Muslim. Mereka tetap kafir musyrik walaupun mereka percaya kepada Allah dan menggunakan kalimat 'Allah'. Yang menjadikan mereka musyrik adalah kerana mereka mensyirikkan Allah dengan mengadakan tuhan-tuhan lain yang turut disembah.

Itulah sebabnya apabila seseorang memeluk agama Islam dia menegaskan keEsaan Allah. Dia menegaskan keEsaan Allah supaya membezakan pendiriannya dari mereka yang mengatakan Allah mempunyai anak dan sekutu. Kepercayaannya terhadap keEsaan Allah yang menjadikannya Muslim bukan kepercayaannya terhadap wujudnya Allah semata-mata.

Begitu jugalah keadaannya berhubung golongan Ahlul-Kitab ia itu Yahudi dan Nasrani. Konsep Trinity pegangan orang-orang Nasrani telah pun wujud pada zaman Rasulullah (SAW). Walaupun mereka turut menggunakan kalimah 'Allah', tetapi kepercayaan ummat Islam dibezakan dari kepercayaan mereka melalui konsep keEsaan Allah yang dibawa Islam. Banyak ayat-ayat Al-Quran yang menegur kesesatan kepercayaan orang Nasrani yang mendakwa Isa (AS) sebagai anak Allah dan Allah sebagai satu dari tiga. Ini semua ditegur walaupun pada masa yang sama orang Nasrani terus menggunakan kalimah Allah. Di antara ayat-ayat ini adalah Ayat 72 dan 73 Surah Al-Maidah di mana Allah berfirman,

"Telah menjadi kafir mereka yang menyatakan sesungguhnya Allah adalah Al-Masih anak Mariam…" (ayat 72)

"Telah menjadi kafir mereka yang menyatakan sesungguhnya Allah adalah yang ke-tiga dari tiga..."

Dalam kedua-dua ayat ini tidak dapat dinafikan bahawa kaum Nasrani atau Kristian menggunakan kalimah Allah tetapi kepercayaan mereka yang menolak keEsaan Allah menjadikan mereka kafir. Tiada kutukan dari Allah terhadap penggunaan kalimah Allah oleh mereka.

Andaian bahawa orang Nasrani sekarang berpegang kepada konsep Triniti dan orang Nasrani pada zaman Rasulullah tidak dan oleh itu mereka dibenarkan menggunakan kalimah Allah adalah tidak berasas. Ini jelas dari ayat-ayat tersebut yang diturunkan pada masa itu dan menegur kepercayaan orang Nasrani pada masa itu.

Konsep Tauhid yang menentukan seseorang itu Muslim atau sebaliknya. Inilah pada dasarnya yang membezakan Islam dengan agama yang lain. Namun, tidak juga mencukupi dengan hanya itu. Ada juga satu aspek lagi dalam kalimah syahadah ummat Islam yang bererti "Aku naik saksi Muhammad Rasul Allah". Oleh itu, kalau ada sekalipun golongan yang mengEsakan Allah tetapi menolak keRasulan Nabi Muhammad (SAW), dia tetap bukan seorang Muslim. Termasuk dalam golongan ini kumpulan Qadiayani dan mungkin juga Sikh dan Yahudi.

Berdasarkan penghujahan yang dibentangkan di atas, jelas bahawa masalah kalimah Allah yang ingin digunakan oleh bukan Islam adalah masalah yang diada-adakan. Yang membeza Islam dan bukan Islam adalah konsep Tauhid dan keRasulan Nabi Muhammad (SAW) bukan kalimah Allah. Ini sebenarnya perkara asas dan wajib difahami oleh semua ummat Islam. Dengan kefahaman ini mereka mampu menangkis segala usaha untuk mengelirukan mereka (sekiranya ada) dengan penggunaan kalimah Allah oleh yang bukan Islam. Tanpa kefahaman ini, hakikatnya mereka sudah pun berada di dalam kekeliruan walaupun tiada pihak lain yang menggunakan kalimah 'Allah'.

Dari sudut dakwah Islamiah, sekiranya orang bukan Islam menggunakan kalimah Allah maka ia memudahkan kita berdakwah kepada mereka. Melalui penggunaan kalimah yang sama ini, iaitu 'Allah' kita sudah mempunyai titik pertemuan dari mana untuk bertolak. Ini di dalam Al-Quran diistilahkan sebagai "ala kalimatin sawaain" atau 'atas kalimah yang sama' dan metodologi dakwah sebegini yang telah digunakan oleh Rasulullah (SAW) berdasarkan perintah Allah yang terdapat di dalam Surah Al-Maidah ayat 64.

"Katakan (Wahai Muhammad); Wahai Ahli Kitab, marilah kepada kalimah yang sama di antara kami dan di antara kamu, iaitu kita tidak menyembah selain Allah dan janganlah kita mensyirikkanNya dengan sesuatu…"

Hakikat bahawa hanya ada satu Tuhan yang sama ditegaskan lagi dalam Surah Al-Ankabut ayat 46 yang bermaksud ;

"Dan jangan berhujah dengan golongan Ahli Kitab kecuali dengan cara yang terbaik dan jangan (berhujjah sama sekali) dengan yang Zalim di kalangan mereka. Dan katakan, Kami beriman dengan apa yang telah diturunkan kepada kami dan apa yang telah diturunkan kepada kamu, dan tuhan kami dan tuhan kamu adalah satu, dan kami berserah kepadaNya."

Sebenarnya isu ini merupakan sesuatu yang menguntungkan ummat Islam. Ia mampu menjelaskan kepercayaan Tauhid yang dibawa Islam di kalangan ummat Islam dan bukan Islam. Sambil itu ia membuka pintu dakwah kepada golongan bukan Islam, khususnya golongan ahli kitab.

Namun ianya sengaja dikelirukan oleh pihak tertentu demi kepentingan politik mereka, untuk mencari titik perbalahan menakutkan ummat Islam dan mengelirukan ummat Islam dengan lebih lagi. Melalui kekeliruan ini mereka akan terus berkuasa, kerana rakyat yang keliru mudah ditipu dan dikuasai.

WaLlahu 'Alam

* Berkaitan:
Garis Panduan Penggunaan Nama Allah [Dr. MAZA]
Kes Herald –Di Mana Silap Dan Betulnya Hakim? [Hanipa Maidin – Peguam PAS]

Ulasan GB

Self-explanatory! Yang menjadi perhatian dan persamaan dengan pendirian GB ialah sepatutnya isu ini merupakan sesuatu yang menguntungkan ummat Islam. Ia adalah peluang bagi umat Islam menjelaskan konsep ketuhanan yang sebenar, menjelaskan sifat Allah yang maha suci dari segala kelemahan dan kekurangan, menjelaskan zat Allah yang tidak ada sekutu bagiNya - kepada mereka yang menggunakan kalimah Allah sebagai nama Tuhan.

Dan Allah mengurniakan isu ini untuk umat Islam di negara ini supaya menggunakan kapisiti akal dan ilmunya untuk menjelaskan kepada golongan musyrik mengenai keesaan Tuhan.

Allah mengurniakan isu ini juga kepada PAS supaya Islam atau PAS For All itu dapat disempurnakan dengan membebaskan Islam itu untuk semua, bukan menjadi milik eksklusif golongan ulamak (dalam tafsiran sempit) semata-mata. Begitulah kalimat Allah, ia sepatutnya menjadi milik semua sebab itulah fitrah insaniah tanpa mengir siapa yang hendak menemui tempat asal kejadiannya.

Tetapi malang, pemberian Tuhan ini disia-siakan malah dipolitikkan sedemikian rupa sehingga hendak dikurungkan lagi kalimat itu sepertimana telah terkurungnya hukum Islam dan agama Islam sendiri oleh umatnya sehingga tidak berkembang ugama Islam lantarannya.

Dan bagi mereka yang ariffin pula sepastinya mengenali zatNya tidak bergantung kepada apa-apa, sekalipun dengan namaNya, kerana ZatNya yang suci dari segala sifat kelemahan itu adalah Zat Maha Tinggi Lagi Maha Mulia, yang tak tercapai oleh apa-apa kalimat pun. Tiada huruf yang dapat mencapai ZatNya kerana huruf-huruf itu adalah hijab sehingga ada yang syirik menjadikan huruf-huruf dan kalimat-kalimat itu sebagai tangkal azimat yang dililit di lengan dan diperutnya. Itulah Melayu!

Perbezaan bukan dalam makna tetapi pada perkataan dan teknikal. Muslim memanggilnya Allah, Hindu Brahma, Kristian Jesus. Segala-galanya dan di mana saja di bumi dan di langit menyembah Dia. Ada satu kisah: Jibrail mendengar suara "Labbaik" (di sini Aku), "Labbaik" (di sini Aku), dari Allah. Jibrail hairan kepada siapakan suara Allah itu ditujukan. Dia tidak nampak sebarang 'abid dalam mana-mana masjid, gereja atau tempat ibadat memuji Allah pada masa itu. Tiba lagi suara ketuhanan itu, "Pergilah kau ke rumah berhala di Rum dan ketahuilah apa sebenarnya".

DI sana Jibrail ternampak seorang Majusi sujud pada berhala, dan dengan hati yang terbakar dia mengeluh dan menangis dan berkata, "Oh tuhanku, oh tuhanku" dan dia mendengar suara "labbaik, labbaik" sebagai jawapan. Jibrail marah dan berdoa supaya dibenarkan merobohkan berhala itu berserta Majusi itu sekali. Tiba-tiba jawapan melarang: "oh jibrail, makipun dia telah kehilangan tempat penyembahnya,"yang disembah" itu tidak hilang darinya. Dialah "yang disembah" di mana-mana dan dalam keadaan apa saja". - petikan dari Ana-al-Haq

2009 Welcoming 2010

Posted: 04 Jan 2010 01:22 AM PST

So here I am in Hong Kong on my first post of 2010. 2009 as a whole been a colorful one for me. I would not rate it as a fantastic year for me but overall it was a decent one.

Biggest decision in 2009, left my job and took the opportunity for a short project here in Hong Kong. At the time of this post, I am close to my 3 months stay here and in a way or two, it is a good experience. Many were skeptical about my decision to leave my position in a MNC but I also proved to many that life's much better outside here :)

Re-looking back 2009, it was a year where I traveled the most. Started the year with a trip with my primary schoolmates (our very first trip since form 5) to Langkawi. It was hell of a trip and we all felt young once again and how we miss those school days :)

After the Langkawi, I went to Perhentian Island in Terengganu with my college buddies. Enjoyed my time relaxing at the Bubu Island Resort with my 2 best friends forever and never I thought I can be holidaying with one of my ex-gf too. Guess I am too good as a man that none of my ex-es have a chance to get piss with me (praising myself) :p

Now, my first overseas trip was to Bali, Indonesia. I was there for a conference and this trip had been a controversial one as I am the one who decide on the Malaysian delegates there and I do not have to elaborate more on it. But overall it was a good trip because we were all placed in a 6-stars Ayana hotel and Bali is definitely one of my shortlisted countries to bring my the other half for wedding ceremony (so any girl interested? Pls apply within) kekeke...

After the Bali trips, I made few trips to various part of Thailand both on business & leisure. Been to Hat Yai, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Doi Tung & Mae Sai (The Golden Triangle). 2009 certainly a year where I got closer to Thailand, understanding their lifestyle & culture.

Soon after I am back from my Northern Thailand trip, I came to Hong Kong in the 2nd week of October to present. Celebrated my birthday, Christmas & welcomed 2010 here. Met up with a lot of Malaysian friends who visited here. Made a few nice local friends as well as expats who are here for work. Enjoyed working & had great food here but at times do feel lonely missing my friends back home.

So that was about where I went in 2009. So, how about relationship? No luck still, officially I did go after a girl but the she ain't interested in me though :( , unofficially, hmm...for me to know, for you to find out ;)

And 2009, I had a chance to experience the F1 from the paddock. And being a red devil myself, I went to the Manchester United friendly game here in Malaysia.

2009 - Family wise, I became an uncle to Nicholas Song (my nephew) :)

My youngest brother graduated as a civil engineer. Practically my parents can go for retirement :)

I had a new tattoo as well, a traditional Iban's 'Bunga Terung' on both sides of my shoulders but I have yet to take a good snap shot of it.

Misses a few weddings, birthday parties especially towards the end of 2009. To those who invited me, deeply apologized on that.

2009 overall, I found happiness in whatever I do. Money wise which I have not achieve much, I am happy with the turnout of 2009.

So 2010, what's installed? I will be back to Malaysia very soon. Just got the good news that I will be paid by my Malaysian client by next week and I will be flying off to Land of Smile this coming Thursday. Then after my short break in LOS, I will head back to KL to get some unfinished business done then back to Malacca to arrange some big thing.

See you guys soon!

You want to know about our Skyhawks?

Posted: 04 Jan 2010 03:31 AM PST

Whatever happened to half of the 80 Skyhawks we bought? Here are the 40, not all, dumped, not even as scrap! I managed to pick these images off a defence forum. Half were left in the desert of Arizona, oh yes, it was a good storage area due to the low humidity and the dryness of the air. I read that somewhere. I wonder whatever happened to the 40 left in the US. Apparently, I am sure looking at the culture of dishonesty, someone must have become rich, very rich. We were very concerned as Infantry men. We needed these fighter ground attack aircraft to cover our arses at that moment when South Vietnam fell. Those days, we remembered that genocidal maniac Mao Tze Tung saying that the "East Is Red". We were there to prevent his henchmen like Chin Peng, Rashid Mydin, Shamsieh Fakeh etc, etc making the fat and obese Chairman of the PRC's statement becoming true. Yep, alot of us died, yo, you half assed dumb politicians. They who died were of many faiths and races.

At that moment in time we infantry wallahs thought we might have a fighting chance against the might of the Vietnamese who were the proxies for two great powers, Russia and China, with these 80 Skyhawks we bought. The US was licking it's wounds after the fall of Saigon. They were not to be depended upon, the clarity of Saigon was starring us in the face. We were alone, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Phillipines and Indonesia. Australia was in their sights too. The Dingos knew that, they too would soon be on the firing line.

This must at least be the quarter of what we bought, when South Vietnam fell to the Communists.

A sad picture of our many defence procurements. As they say, a picture paints a thousand words. which is pathetic.

New Year, New Hair

Posted: 04 Jan 2010 04:00 AM PST

It's the first post of the year 2010 on LifeAfterTwenty. =)

First day of school, parents will send their kids to school. And this is what happen annually. Photo right from my house's window…

Supposed to meet Vanessa and Shelin today to go down to RELC to make payment for the examination. $1982 for 3 full units and 2 half units. freaking expensive la~! Not much of queue at the counters though. But still I was given #26.

And then, we went to Mac for breakfast~!!

Did I mention? 3 of us coincidentally WORE BLUE TOGETHER LEH~!

And since Vanessa had appointment to rebond her hair at 1pm and I was going to Fox Salon at Orchard Central at 12.30pm, we decided to go 313 for some window shopping. Quite a few nice shoes but not enough money to buy. =((

And to compare the effect of the rebonding. I took a before and after photo. heh.

Damage Count: SGD150 (rebond only, no haircut)
I had a haircut at JeanYip on NewYearEve, and they slice it real thin, which according to Wilson is not suitable for my hair texture. As the hair near the roots are pretty short and so when it grow longer, it will become frizzy. So I was told to keep it as long as possible then do rebonding, by then, it will be straight – no frizziness. I shall wait and see. Hmm.

Time Spent: 3 hours ++ ( 1300 to 1630+)

HairStylist: Wilson

As inspired by this…

Actress Rosario Dawson
by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

If u cant't see the top portion, I've over-exposed it. Easier now?

Selangor Ada Kuasa Sekat Salahguna Kalimah Allah

Posted: 04 Jan 2010 01:43 AM PST

Kerajaan Selangor boleh menghalang sekiranya ada pihak yang menggunakan nama Allah dengan tujuan untuk merosakkan Islam, kata Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

"Jika perkara-perkara yang dibuat memberi kesan negatif kepada agama Islam, sudah tentulah kerajaan negeri mempunyai kuasa untuk menyekat berlakunya perkara itu," katanya kepada pemberita selepas mengiringi Sultan Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah menghadiri Majlis Menuai Padi di Kampung Parit 15, Simpang Lima di sini hari ini.

Beliau diminta mengulas isu keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur yang membenarkan penggunaan kalimah Allah oleh akhbar mingguan Catholic Herald baru-baru ini. Keputusan itu telah menimbulkan rasa marah umat Islam.

Ditanya mengenai pemimpin-pemimpin Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) yang menyokong keputusan mahkamah itu, Khalid berkata, ada antara mereka yang berbeza pendapat daripada segi konsep kebebasan penggunaannya tetapi kebanyakan mereka bersetuju supaya kalimah itu tidak digunakan.

Sementara itu, Ketua Pembangkang Selangor, Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo ketika ditemui pada majlis yang sama berkata, penganut agama lain perlu melihat sensitiviti penggunaan kalimah Allah di Malaysia dan tidak membandingkannya dengan keadaan di negara-negara Islam yang lain seperti Mesir.

"Orang Melayu boleh hilang adat atau harta tetapi untuk agama, mereka menjagainya dan akan mempertahankannya bersungguh-sungguh," katanya.

Beliau berharap rayuan akan akan dibuat nanti di mahkamah bakal didengar bukan sahaja daripada perspektif undang-undang tetapi juga daripada perspektif agama, kesatuan dan perpaduan kaum. - BERNAMA

KDN Fail Rayuan Penggunaan Kalimah 'Allah'

KUALA LUMPUR: Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) hari ini memfailkan rayuan terhadap keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi membenarkan perkataan "Allah" digunakan dalam majalah mingguan terbitan gereja Katholik, Herald.

Esok, kementerian itu akan memfailkan permohonan bagi penangguhan pelaksanaan perintah mahkamah itu yang dibuat pada 31 Disember.

"Notis penangguhan pelaksanaan perintah itu akan difailkan esok di Pejabat Pendaftar Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur manakala notis rayuan difailkan di Pejabat Pendaftar Mahkamah Rayuan hari ini," kata Peguam Kanan Persekutuan, Datuk Kamaluddin Md Said semasa dihubungi.

Semasa Mahkamah Tinggi mengumumkan keputusan itu pada 31 Disember, Kamaluddin telah memaklumkan mahkamah yang beliau akan mendapatkan arahan lanjut daripada Kementerian Dalam negeri dan kerajaan sama ada akan merayu atau memohon penangguhan pelaksanaan keputusan itu.

Hakim Datuk Lau Bee Lan memutuskan mengikut Perkara 11 dan 12 Perlembagaan Persekutuan, Herald mempunyai hak perlembagaan untuk menggunakan perkataan itu bagi tujuan tunjuk ajar dan pendidikan penganut agama Kristian.

Beliau juga berkata, mengikut Perkara 11(4) Perlembagaan Persekutuan, adalah menjadi satu kesalahan bagi bukan Islam menggunakan perkataan "Allah" untuk menyebarkan agama itu kepada orang Islam tetapi bukan satu kesalahan bagi bukan Islam menggunakan perkataan itu kepada bukan Islam bagi tujuan keagamaan.

Pada 16 Februari lepas, Ketua Paderi Roman Katolik Kuala Lumpur, Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam, sebagai penerbit majalah itu, memfailkan permohonan untuk semakan kehakiman bagi menuntut satu deklarasi bahawa keputusan Menteri Dalam Negeri melarang beliau menggunakan perkataan "Allah" dalam majalah itu adalah haram dan perkataan itu bukan eksklusif bagi agama Islam.

Herald, yang diterbitkan dalam empat bahasa, telah menggunakan perkataan 'Allah' sebagai terjemahan bagi 'God' dalam bahagian bahasa Malaysia. Perkataan 'Allah' digunakan secara meluas di kalangan pelbagai etnik beragama kristian di Sabah dan Sarawak, kebanyakan mereka bertutur dalam bahasa Malaysia.

Kementerian Dalam Negeri memberikan justifikasi bagi larangan penggunaan perkataan itu oleh majalah itu atas alasan demi keselamatan negara dan mengelakkan salah faham dan kekeliruan di kalangan orang Islam. - BERNAMA

Ulasan GB

Gambar yang GB paparkan di atas sebagai iringan entri ini ialah salah satu contoh bagaimana nama Allah disalahguna dan ianya boleh disekat/dihalang.

Mahfuz Selar UMNO Lengahkan Beberapa Isu Berbagkit

Posted: 04 Jan 2010 01:26 AM PST

Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Seri Hishammudin Tun Hussein dilihat seolah-olah cuba melengah-lengahkan usaha mengfailkan rayuan berhubung larangan orang bukan Islam dari menggunakan kalimah 'Allah'.

Menurut Naib Presiden PAS Datuk Mahfuz Omar, Umno dalam isu kudeta Perak dilihat begitu pantas mengemukakan rayuan apabila Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur memutuskan bahawa Datuk Seri Ir. Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin merupakan Menteri Besar Perak yang sah.

"Persoalan pertama kenapa KDN yang diketuai oleh Naib Presiden Umno (Hishamuddin) lambat mengemukakan rayuan... pada hal dalam kes politik perak hari ini yang memutuskan Datuk Seri Nizar sebagai Menteri Besar yang sah, Umno (dan) BN terus buat rayuan," ujar Mahfuz (Gambar) ketika dihubungi pagi tadi.

Mahfuz yang juga Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena menganggap tindakan Hishammuddin yang juga Naib Presiden Umno itu sebagai suatu mengapi-apikan sensitiviti umat Islam, khususnya masyarakat Melayu agar mereka bersatu dan kembali melihat parti perkauman itu sebagai pembela bangsa dan agama.

Ujar Mahfuz lagi, Umno dilihat seolah-olah ghairah menggunakan media cetak dan media elektronik demi menyempurnakan agenda politik Umno tersebut.

"Kita lihat media cetak arus perdana yang berada di bawah kawalan KDN yang menterinya Hishammudin berserta media eletronik yang berada di bawah kawalan Kementerian Penerangan terus mengambil kesempatan bagi menghangatkan isu ini dalam menyempurnakan agenda umno," jelasnya.

"Pada hal, kalau Umno mahu kalimah Allah hanya untuk kegunaan umat islam saja, dia boleh aturkan dari awal lagi (supaya) kes ini dibicarakan (oleh) Hakim yang ada jiwa Islam."

Tambahnya lagi, tektik licik Umno tersebut tersebut sebenarnya demi memperbaiki kepercayaan rakyat terhadap partinya.

"Bukankah Ketua Hakim Negara adalah ahli Umno yang boleh pastikan hakim yang berjiwa Islam untuk mengendalikan kes ini...saya percaya apabila isu ini sudah cukup panas, Umno secara tidak langsung akan dilihat (sebagai) juara.

"Rayuan akan dibuat (oleh) Umno (lalu) mahkamah yang bersidang dijangka membatalkan keputusan mahkamah tinggi... Umno pun akan dabik dada (mengatakan bahawa) dialah yang mampu pertahankan Islam," katanya.

Dalam perkembangan yang sama, Mahfuz berkata, isu tersebut berjaya menenggelamkan beberapa isu berbangkit seperti kehilangan enjin jet, kenaikkan harga gula dan makanan rutin, ketirisan Bajet bernilai RM28 bilion, kerajaan hadiah rumah bernilai RM12 juta kepada bekas Perdana Menteri Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dan sebagainya.

Semalam, dilaporkan KDN akan mengemukakan rayuan kepada Mahkamah supaya Gereja Katholik dilarang menggunakan kalimah Allah dalam akhbar mingguan mereka, The Herald.

Tindakan KDN itu selepas beberapa pertubuhan Islam dilaporkan media arus perdana, melancarkan demontrasi serta menyerahkan suatu memorandum kepada Perdana Menteri Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Tindakan KDN itu selepas beberapa pertubuhan Islam melancarkan demontrasi serta menyerahkan suatu memorandum kepada Perdana Menteri Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Di kalangan kepemimpinan PAS pula, ada yang bersetuju dengan tindakan kerajaan dan sebaliknya.

Selagi mahkamah tidak mempercepat perbicaraan kes tersebut, selagi itu pihak-pihak tertentu mengambil kesempatan atas sensitiviti umat Islam dan bukan Islam. -harakahdaily

Siksa Rakyat Kerana Nak Tegur Isteri?

Posted: 03 Jan 2010 11:19 PM PST

Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak hari ini mengajak rakyat Malaysia sama-sama berfikir apakah perlu kerajaan terus memberikan subsidi harga gula, satu bahan makanan yang ternyata boleh mendatangkan kemudaratan kepada rakyat.

Perdana Menteri berkata, kerajaan membelanjakan hampir RM1 billion setiap tahun untuk subsidi harga gula, sedangkan bilangan pesakit kencing manis di negara ini merupakan antara yang tertinggi di dunia.

"Apa yang patut dilakukan kita perlu mengubah citarasa kita supaya kita kurangkan gula, saya sendiri tak guna gula kalau minum teh. Maknanya kita boleh ubah citarasa kita, tak perlu gula terlalu banyak.

"Tidak ada logiknya kerajaan keluarkan subsidi hampir RM1 billion setahun untuk subsidi satu bahan makanan yang boleh mendatangkan mudarat kepada rakyat," katanya kepada pemberita selepas menyampaikan Anugerah Kecemerlangan Pelajar Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) Parlimen Pekan, di sini.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika diminta mengulas mengenai kenaikan harga gula sebanyak 20 sen sekilogram yang diumumkan Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan (KPDNKK) berkuatkuasa 1 Januari yang turut disifatkan ramai pihak sebagai "hadiah" tahun baru kepada rakyat.

Ditanya kesan kenaikan harga barangan lain berikutan kenaikan harga gula berkenaan, Najib berkata: "Kita akan kawal, mana (barang) (di) bawah harga kawalan tak boleh dinaikkan, kita akan pantau perkara ini.

"Kita akan kawal, ada barang komoditi yang kita kawal, ada yang terpaksa kita kaji dari semasa ke semasa, ada yang kita buat untuk kebaikan rakyat," kata Najib.


Di Malaysia, terdapat enam juta orang dewasa yang mempunyai berat badan berlebihan dan obes. Demikian menurut kajian yang dijalankan oleh Kementerian KesihatanMalaysia, Kaji Selidik Pemakanan Orang Dewasa Malaysia 2003. Selain daripada lemak dan kolesterol, salah satu faktor utama yang menyebabkan obesiti ialah kalori, contohnya kalori daripada gula. Gula pasir itu menambah tenaga (kalori) tanpa menambah nutrien yang lain ke dalam diet anda. Jika anda makan lebih kalori daripada yang anda guna, lebihan itu akan disimpan sebagai lemak dan anda akan menjadi semakin gemuk. Gula berlebihan dalam badan akan ditukar kepada glikogen untuk kegunaan masa hadapan sebagai sumber tenaga, atau disimpan sebagai lemak.

Kencing manis

Walaupun tiada bukti yang boleh menunjukkan gula ada kaitan langsung dengan kencing manis, namun gula boleh membawa kepada obesiti, yang seterusnya boleh menggalakkan kencing manis. Pengambilan gula yang banyak akan meningkatkan risiko keobesan, dan seterusnya meninggikan risiko kencing manis. - KPDNKK

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Najib berkata kenaikan harga gula ialah untuk mendidik masyarakat supaya mengurang penggunaan bahan yang boleh mmudharatkan kesihatan. Bravo!

Oh. Bercakap mengenani KPI, mungkin Najib sudah mengetahui BMI Rosmah sudah tidak boleh dibendung, lantas langkah drastik menaikkan harga gula perlu diambil?

Yang kedua, seringkali kerajaan berjanji "Kita akan kawal, mana (barang) (di) bawah harga kawalan tak boleh dinaikkan, kita akan pantau perkara ini". Itu adalah ungkapan basi yang tak pernah berlaku. Harga barangan yang naik berpusar tidak mampu dikawal oleh BN, malah kita yakin kabinet Najib akan mengumumkan kenaikan harga barangan lain selepas ini.

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Daily Routine

Posted: 03 Jan 2010 11:23 PM PST

My daily boring routine..

Wake up.. 

Work out..

Have breakfast..

Go to school.. Yes.. I'm helping out in school for 2

Paint house..

Pathetic lunch..

Well.. I painted this lizard white one week ago..

Surprisingly, it's still have its whitish dried spots..

Pengerusi SPRM Angkat Sumpah, SPRM Masih Begitu Juga

Posted: 03 Jan 2010 10:44 PM PST

Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamed Isnin mengangkat sumpah sebagai Ketua Pesuruhjaya Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) yang baru di hadapan Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin di Istana Terengganu di sini.

Pelantikan Abu Kassim, 49, berkuatkuasa 1 Jan lepas bagi menggantikan Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan yang memutuskan untuk bersara pada 31 Dis lalu iaitu lima bulan lebih awal daripada tempoh kontraknya berakhir.

Menyertai Badan Pencegah Rasuah (BPR) pada 1 Sept 1984 sebagai pegawai siasatan, Abu Kassim memiliki Ijazah Sarjana Muda Sains Sosial dari Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) dan Sarjana Sains dalam bidang Kehakiman Jenayah dari Michigan State University, Amerika Syarikat.

Beliau pernah menjadi Pengarah Perancangan dan Koordinasi Dasar di ibu pejabat BPR, Pengarah BPR Perak dan Pulau Pinang, Pengarah Akademi Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia dan dipinjamkan sebagai Ketua Pegawai Integriti, Amanah Raya Berhad.

Abu Kassim dilantik sebagai Timbalan Ketua Pengarah (Operasi) BPR pada 1 Jun 2007.

Apabila BPR bertukar menjadi suruhanjaya pada 1 Jan tahun lalu, Abu Kassim dilantik sebagai Timbalan Ketua Pesuruhjaya. -Bernama

Ulasan GB

Perkembangan mutakhir menunjukkan status quo SPRM masih tetap tidak berubah. Hanya Pengerusinya bertukar tetapi prinsip dan modus operandi kekal di takuk lama.

Terbukti apabila SPRM membuat laporan polis terhadap seorang ahli patologi, Porntip, yang umum melihat ia sebagai satu percubaan untuk menghalang autopsi kedua itu dibentangkan di dalam inkues nanti.

Malaysian govt to appeal ‘Allah’ ruling

Posted: 03 Jan 2010 09:34 PM PST

In light of the most recent high court ruling allowing a Catholic paper the right to use the word "Allah" in its publication, one would have thought that the Prime Minister of Malaysia would urge every one to accept the ruling.

For one, he is after all the Prime Minister of the country, not just the Prime Minister of the Muslim population of the country.

Secondly, and not the least, Malaysia is a country of laws with a Constitution that expressly gives any one the freedom to practise his/her religion of choice. (At least that is what appears on paper, but in practice that is entirely another matter!)

So to hear the Prime Minister siding with one community's interest over another (ignoring the history and context of the usage of the term "Allah" as used by Christians in Malaysia) and telling every one that the government (no less!) would appeal the ruling of the high court, one is left with only one impression.

All Malaysians are equal, but some Malaysians are more equal than others.

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