Monday, February 15, 2010

Australia jails 5 jihad attack plotters

Australia jails 5 jihad attack plotters


Australia jails 5 jihad attack plotters

Posted: 15 Feb 2010 09:07 AM PST

Australia jails 5 jihad attack plotters(Sydney) Five wannabe martyrs had their 5 minutes of fame today when an Australian judge sent them down for plotting to kill as many people as possible in their new homeland because they felt that Islam was under attack throughout the world by the US and its allies, including Australia and thus somebody had to pay."

So like good little terrorists everywhere they stockpiled firearms, chemicals and bomb-making instructions, in which to launch an attack on an unknown target.

Unfortunately their dreams of been waited on by buxom virgins and sucking down a cool drink in the afterlife will now be replaced by a reality of themselves waiting on as buxom virgins in the prison showers and that cool drink they are sucking down, that isn't a cool drink anymore...Which is probably why some of them smiled when they received their prison sentences. As usual there are many who feel this is a travesty of justice such as the sister of one of the faithful. "That's a very big sentence -- not even murderers get sentenced that much. Twenty-three years, that's half of his life. It's not fair to him, our community or our religion."

The lawyers for the unnamed wannabe terrorists opined: That there were innocent explanations for much of the material and labeled the case "propagandist." It appears that terrorists always get a bum deal in life, which is why they are ideal candidates for lifers in prison who require somewhere to park their bike for the night. Hat tip : Eye On The World


Nor Mohamed Yakcop's political sec resigns

Posted: 15 Feb 2010 08:48 AM PST

BREAKING NEWS Hasbie Satar, the political secretary to Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nor Mohamed Yakcop has resigned from his post effective yesterday and is believed to be the RM2 million man being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

On Thursday, MACC has detained a 30-something political secretary to a senior minister after a raid which found bundles of RM5, RM10, RM50 and RM100 at an apartment in Penang. He had been under MACC investigation for amassing millions of ringgit in properties including at least four luxury cars and four houses in the Klang Valley.


AMK Pulau Pinang Anjur Himpunan Sokongan Kerajaan PR Esok.

Posted: 15 Feb 2010 07:57 AM PST

Angkatan Muda Parti Keadilan Rakyat (KEADILAN) Pulau Pinang akan mengadakan Himpunan Rakyat Menyokong Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat (PR) pada 16 Februari ini di Dewan Milenium, Kepala Batas.

Ketuanya, Amir Mohd Ghazali (gambar) berkata, ia sebagai cara menjawab segala pertuduhan yang dilemparkan terhadap kerajaan negeri.

Katanya, pemergian bekas Pengerusi KEADILAN negeri, Datuk Seri Zahrain Hashim tidak memberi kesan pada pengerakan PR di negeri ini malahan bertambah kuat apabila larinya individu yang banyak menjahanamkan parti.

Menurutnya, perhimpunan itu akan dihadiri oleh Ketua Umum KEADILAN, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng, Timbalan Pesuruhjaya PAS negeri, Ustaz Rosidi Husain, Ketua Dewan Pemuda PAS negeri, Yusni Mat Piah dan Pengerusi KEADILAN negeri, Dr Mansor Othman.

"AMK Pulau Pinang akan adakan dua program besar selepas sambutan Tahun Baru Cina untuk membersihkan nama Kerajaan Negeri.

Selain itu AMK juga bertekad berhimpun seramai mungkin untuk mengatakan pendirian berada kukuh di belakang kepimpinan Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat di Pulau Pinang," tambahnya yang juga Ahli Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai (MPSP).

Menurutnya lagi, inilah kali pertama Anwar kembali ke Pulau Pinang setelah dihadapkan ke mahkamah kali kedua ekoran pertuduhan liwat.

Selain itu, pada 7 Mac, dijadualkan majlis Debat Perdana sempena dua tahun pemerintahan PR diadakan di Tapak Ekspo Seberang Jaya yang melibatkan Yang Dipertua Dewan Perniagaan Melayu Pulau Pinang (DPMPP), Rizal Faris Mohideen, Presiden Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung (GPMS), Jais Abdul Karim dan Ketua Pemuda Umno negeri, Norman Zahalan.

"Perdebatan isu roboh gerai di Pulau Pinang menjadi hangat apabila DPMPP, GPMS dan Umno tiba-tiba bersemangat kononya demi bangsa dan agama.

"Kita nak lihat apakah hujah mereka walhal Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat bukan sahaja bertindak terhadap gerai Melayu bahkan Cina dan India turun dikenakan tindakan kerana tidak mengikuti peraturan sejak di zaman Barisan Nasional (BN) lagi, " ujarnya.

Di dalam satu perkembangn berkaitan Angkatan Muda Keadilan Bayan Baru (AMKBB) Ahmad Azrizal Tahir (gambar) mendesak Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohd Hashim meletak jawatan sebagai Ahli Parlimen Bayan Baru kerana kemenangannya dalam pilihan raya umum adalah atas usaha keras dan kerjasama jentera Pakatan Rakyat (PR) sebelum ini.

"Beliau juga menang hasil sokongan dan undi rakyat yang memilih ahli parlimen daripada Parti Keadilan Rakyat, PR dan mereka bukan memilih wakil rakyat menggelar diri mereka sebagai ahli parlimen Bebas," kata beliau ketika mengulas perkembangan terbaru berhubung isu peletakan jawatan Zahrain yang juga bekas Ketua Cabang Parti Keadilan Rakyat Bayan Baru.

Tambah Ahmad Azrizal, selain menyokong kepemimpinan ketua menteri Lim Guan Eng, pihak AMK cabang parti itu juga menyatakan sokongan ke atas pucuk pimpinan parti, khasnya, Anwar Ibrahim dalam meneruskan agenda membebaskan Malaysia daripada pemerintahan Umno-BN.

"Dan, dalam masa yang sama kami akan berjuang habis-habisan dengan semua rakan dalam PR bagi memastikan beliau menjadi pemimpin kerajaan di negara ini.

"Kami menegaskan, bahawa kami tidak akan terbuai dengan falsafah perjuangan tanpa prinsip dan akan terus ke depan dalam memperjuang nasib masyarakat teramai," tambah beliau.

Selain itu, Pengerusi PKR Pulau Pinang Mansor Hj Othman pula berkata, pihaknya sudah lama menjangka Zahrain akan bertindak keluar parti selepas melepaskan kritikan tidak berasas terhadap Ketua Umum parti itu, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

"Keputusan ini tidak sesekali mengejutkan kita walaupun kita kesal dengan kenyataan beliau yang tidak berasas itu. Sebenarnya cabang beliau sendiri telah menghantar surat untuk berjumpa dengan beliau tetapi beliau tidak berani bersemuka dengan anggota-anggota cabangnya sendiri.

"Ini bermakna, beliau tidak mempunyai pengikut di cabang beliau sendiri. Malah cabangnya sendiri bercadang membuat undi tidak percaya kepada beliau. Ini sekaligus membuktikan beliau tidak mempunyai pengaruh bukan sahaja di Pulau Pinang malah di cabangnya juga," kata Mansor.

Mansor berkata, walaupun Zahrain kini bebas mengkritik Pakatan Rakyat kerana beliau tidak lagi terikat dengan permuafakatan PR namun Zahrain mesti ingat bahawa ahli-ahli parti juga kini bebas mengkritiknya tanpa sebarang sekatan.


MCA infighting continued at MCA open house

Posted: 15 Feb 2010 07:12 AM PST

Anti-Ong, Chua banners appear at MCA open house
Infighting within MCA continued to dog the party even on CNY, with banners attacking its president and his deputy appearing at the party's open...

Haih...Chinese fight against Chinese.

What's the point to talk about race?

Same race also fight!

Close shop lah, MCA. There is no more Chinese cause in Malaysia.

Who will emerge victor? TOP DOG 'Ong', 'Chua' or 'Liow'?


Happy Chinese Tiger New Year 2010

Posted: 15 Feb 2010 06:48 AM PST

Wow, I am back. When I am not studying right now, I am so so busy with the Chinese New Year celebration and preparation. Finally, at this moment, I get some time off to login to my blog and write something up. So here's the main point, I want to wish everyone, Chinese or not-Chinese, a Happy and Lovely and Funny and Shioks and Bombastic and Wonderful Chinese New Year! =) All the best, good luck always, healthy and wealthy always. Rocks!


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Siapa Langgar Siapa?

Posted: 15 Feb 2010 06:30 AM PST

Uhli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Sekinchan, Ng Suee Lim memberi amaran kepada dua pengendali portal berita yang membuat berita bohong mengenai kejadian kemalangan Ahad lalu membabitkan seorang pelajar, supaya segera menghentikannya.

Bercakap kepada TV Selangor, beliau berkata, dua portal yang condong kepada Umno-Barisan Nasional (BN) membuat berita palsu apabila menuduhnya mabuk dalam kemalangan itu.

Suee Lim menganggap penyiaran berita itu bertujuan memburukkan reputasinya sebagai ADUN dan cuba mempolitikkan kejadian berkenaan.

Malah, Ketua Trafik Selangor, Superintendan Che Hussin Omar dalam satu kenyataan media, turut mengeluarkan amaran terhadap kedua-dua portal itu supaya tidak membuat cerita palsu.

Kesal dengan laporan berkenaan, ADUN Sekinchan itu menyifatkan laporan kedua-dua portal itu sebagai tidak bertanggungjawab dan berniat jahat melalui penyiaran laporan fitnah tanpa bukti.

"Saya beri amaran kepada portal terlibat supaya segera hentikan kerja-kerja ini. Kalau tidak, saya akan berbincang dengan peguam saya untuk mengambil tindakan saman kerana cuba memburuk-burukkan saya," katanya.

Polis sudah mengambil keterangan Suee Lim dan menunggu masa mengambil keterangan pelajar tahun akhir Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) , Mohamad Bakri Mohamad, 23, yang kini dirawat di Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR), Klang.

Kemalangan itu berlaku di satu persimpangan Seksyen 7, Shah Alam kira-kira jam 11.50 malam Ahad lalu. -TVS


Umno Selangor akan memberi bantuan kepada seorang pelajar Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) yang terlibat dalam satu kemalangan dipercayai dilanggar oleh kereta yang dipandu oleh Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Sekinchan di Seksyen 7, Shah Alam, 7 Feb lepas.

Ketua Penerangannya, Abdul Shukor Idrus berkata bantuan itu akan diberikan bagi meringankan bebanan yang ditanggung oleh ibu bapa kepada Mohamad Bakri Mohd Bazli, 23, yang hanya bekerja sebagai peniaga kedai kopi di Kota Baru, Kelantan.

Katanya bentuk bantuan akan diputusakan selepas perbincangan dengan Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan Umno negeri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan timbalan pengerusinya Datuk Seri Noh Omar.

"Alhamdulillah, keadaan Mohamad Bakri hari ini bertambah baik. Dia telah pun sedar daripada koma dan mula boleh bercakap sedikit-sedikit," kata Abdul Shukor kepada pemberita selepas melawat mangsa di Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR) Klang di sini hari ini.

Dalam kejadian pukul 11.50 malam itu, ADUN Ng Suee Lim yang memandu kereta jenis Nissan X-Trail telah melanggar Mohamad Bakri yang menunggang motosikal jenis Yamaha SRE.

Kemalangan di Pesiaran Kayangan/Pesiaran Institut di Seksyen 7, Shah Alam itu telah mengakibatkan penuntut tahun tiga Ijazah Sarjana Muda Perancang Bandar dan Wilayah itu cedera parah di bahagian kepala dan terlantar koma di HTAR. — Bernama


Cekupan akhbar Harian Metro pada 12/02/2009




Pesuruhjaya PAS WP Sudah Ditemui

Posted: 15 Feb 2010 05:09 AM PST

Pesuruhjaya PAS Wilayah, Hj. Mohamad yang sebelum ini dilaporkan hilang telah selamat kembali ke rumah jam 2 petang tadi, demikian lapor Herman Shamsudeen di dalam blognya.

"Saya baru tahu selepas cuba menghubungi HP beliau dan bercakap sendiri dengannya sebentar tadi," demikian tulisnya.

Menurutnya di dalam panggilan tadi, beliau sempat bertanya khabar dan lokasi beliau sahaja. Suaranya agak kepenatan, jadi beliau tidak bertanya banyak.

Tapi berdasarkan siasatan dan maklumat sebelumnya, beliau ada urusan peribadi di Temerloh sehingga perlu bermalam disana.

Sebelum ini dilaporkan Ustaz Mohamad Nor Kali didapati hilang dan tidak dapt dihubungi sejak beberapa hari lalu. Kali terakhir beliau dilihat adalah dalam mesyuarat Koperasi Muslimin Berhaddan beliau dilihat keluar dengan Unser merahnya, WJD 4469.

Demikian beritahu anggota Parlimen Titiwangsa, Dr Lo' Lo' Mohamad Ghazali kepada Harakahdaily.

MenurutLo' Lo', salah seorang ahli mesyuarat itu memberitahu, Haji Mohamad memberitahu, dia mahu berjumpa dengan kawan pada tengah malam itu.

Namun, selepasnya beliau tidak pulang dan tidak juga dapat dihubungi, kata Lo' Lo'.



Apa Kisah Zambry Buat Rumah Terbuka Hari Raya Cina?

Posted: 15 Feb 2010 04:25 AM PST

Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir sangat menggelabah dan cuba menarik sokongan orang Cina demi mempertahankan kerajaan yang disahkan oleh mahkamah minggu lepas dengan mengadakan sambutan Tahun Baru Cina.

Ketua Penerangan PAS Perak, Khalil Idham Lim berkata, walaupun tidak menyalahi syariat namun ia telah melanggar adat susila yang selama ini diamalkan dan nampak sangat 'bodohnya'.

Katanya, sebelum ini, beliau ada terdengar desas desus yang mengatakan Zambry akan mempergunakan sambutan itu untuk menarik sokongan masyarakat Cina supaya kembali menyokong BN tetapi tidak terfikirlah sampai ke tahap itu.

"Saya sangat terkejut dengan tindakan Zambry yang mendahului zaman dengan mengadakan sambutan Hari Raya Cina di kediaman rasmi Menteri Besar Perak di Ipoh, semalam, kononnya seperti yang dilaporkan oleh media mendapat sambutan yang hangat dari pelbagai bangsa di Perak," ujarnya yang juga Adun Titi Serong.

Baginya, itulah sejarah baru dalam negara apabila seorang pemimpin Umno mengadakan rumah terbuka khususnya di kediaman rasmi bertaraf menteri besar di Perak.

"Sebelum ini kita dengar cerita kucing bertanduk dan ikan keli bersisik, sekali ini ianya berlaku di Perak dengan seorang yang mengaku Melayu mengadakan sambutan Hari Raya Cina," katanya.

Setiausaha Sekretariat Pakatan Rakyat Perak itu menambah, sememangnya tidak masuk akal dan hanya dilakukan oleh orang yang tidak berakal apabila mengadakan hari terbuka bangsa lain.

"Kalau hendak dikatakan menghina mungkin boleh tetapi yang pasti Zambry sudah melukai hati penulis dan saya kira inilah yang dirasakan oleh penyokong Pakatan Rakyat khususnya orang yang sebangsa dengan saya," katanya lagi.

Sebenarnya, kata beliau sewajarnya rumah terbuka Tahun Baru Cina hanya dianjurkan oleh pemimpin BN yang berbangsa Cina seperti yang akan dilakukan hari ini oleh Adun Cenderiang, Dr Mah Han Soon.

Beliau berkata, sebenarnya Zambry kalaulah dia cerdik hanya mempergunakan sambutan Tahun Baru Cina anjuran MCA itu untuk kepentingan politiknya dan BN.

"Itulah kebiasaan yang dilakukan oleh semua pemimpin Umno selama 50 tahun lebih dan tradisi ini telah dicabuli oleh menteri besar di Perak, bertambahlah koleksi pelanggaran sekali ini pelanggaran amalan budaya dan adat resam," ujarnya.




Supernatural - Series 1

Posted: 15 Feb 2010 03:26 AM PST

After posting my recent Music Monday entry taken from the Alan Parson's Project album titled 'Tales of Mystery and Imagination', I thought it would be fitting to feature a supernatural post here. I've had a few real life encounters back in my past where I've written about the freaky ghostly computer, the man on the road, the possession and the loving couple but this one is a little different.

Way back when I first started out working, me and my buddy Adrian would visit our other buddy Sean who worked as a sound engineer back then in his office. Both Adrian and me were still single back then and we used to hang out daily till the wee hours of morning. We were much younger so staying up late and having to wake up early the next day for work was no problem.

You see, Adrian, Sean and me are long time good buddies even till today and we go a long way back. We would always want to hang out together but Sean used to work pretty late back then. So, since he couldn't hang out with us, we did the only practical thing. We hung out with him at his office. Normally when he works late, they wouldn't be much people in his office and those that were working late knew us and didn't really mind.

Now, on one of these late night hangouts at his office, both Adrian and me were busily entertaining ourselves in his pantry section making ourselves some hot drinks and chit chatting while reading up on eczema. It was close to midnight. Sean was in one of the studios in the midst of finishing his work. Once he was done, we were supposed to go have some supper at one of those road side stalls.

The office was deserted and had on subdued lighting with only the 3 of us left.  So there we were sitting and lounging around his pantry area waiting for Sean to be done, when we suddenly hear,

'Psssstttt!'.

Both Adrian and me jerk up and look around the place then at each other. Now, before I go further let me tell you that both Adrian and me are probably the worlds biggest cowards when it comes to the supernatural. That's one reason why we're such good buddies, we cover each others back most of the time.

Once we stayed in this scary little place in Port Dickson for a holiday which didn't have attached bathrooms and if either one of us needed to use the bathroom, the other would stand guard outside the door and we'd keep talking while doing our business just so we knew that someone was there ... LOL! Told you we were cowards.

Ok, back to the story. So there we were looking at each other and immediately after hearing that 'pssssstttt' sound, we smelled this sweet floral aroma. You all know what they say about smelling sweet floral aromas in the middle of the night. It meant that some strange supernatural thing was there with you.

We both simultaneously looked at out watches and what we saw displayed there freaked us out even more. It was midnight, exactly on the dot! We start to panic. Imagine the scene. It was dark, there was no one but us around, the place was dead quiet cos it's a recording studio and had sound proofing, and at 12 midnight, we hear someone whistle to us and a sweet floral aroma lingers in the air!

Good god, we were both freaking out and was about the run the heck away from the office, yes, we would have left Sean there alone, after all, when it comes to the supernatural it's every man or coward for himself, right? But just as we were about to bolt out of there, one of those huge and heavy studio doors open and Sean steps out.

Good, we say. At least he can bolt along with us. We run up to him and start frantically telling him what we just experienced. We were sweating cold sweat by then. The aroma of that sweet floral smelling scent was still in the air and we knew for a fact that Sean could also smell it. We asked him if he could smell it and he said yes.

'So, what the hell are you waiting for?' we asked him in unison, 'let's get out of here!'

He looks at us strangely and has this amusing smirk on his face.

'Why the heck are you grinning like that', I ask him.

That's when he bursts out laughing and asks us to look behind us on the wall. I look at Adrian and he looks at me and with fear and also curiosity we turn and look at what Sean indicated. There on the wall, above our heads lingers the little culprit who almost gave us a heart attack. We could feel the embarrassment building up in our cowardly little faces.

There on the wall staring at us was one of those automated air fresheners that sprays this wisp of perfumed (normally floral) scent every half an hour or so and as luck would have it, it was programmed to spray at midnight! Sean is already laughing away hilariously while Adrian and me are just left looking at each other rather sheepishly.

We were not going to live this down with Sean, that's for sure. He was probably going to remind us about how stupid we were for the rest of his life cos we would have done the same if it was the other way round ... LOL!

Gee, you really can't blame us la, those automated air fresheners were not really common back then and to have it spray out a whiff of floral aroma right at midnight in a dark and almost soundless office with two of the worlds biggest cowards around is a surefire way to get our imaginations working overtime.

Well, ever since that day we told Sean that we'll only come by and pick him up to hang out only when he's done. Better to be safe than sorry ... LOL! Stay tuned for the second series of the supernatural :D
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Many states under UMNO control don't hold maulidur rasul marches...So, what if LGE really did ban IT? What's the BIG deal?

Posted: 15 Feb 2010 02:47 AM PST

I don't know much about religion but I believe it is being politicised no matter what the mainstream media reports.

Maulidur Rasul Marches is indeed a good read.


Chu Yi, St. Valentine's Day, My Birthday

Posted: 15 Feb 2010 02:35 AM PST


Chu Yi is the first day of Chinese New Year. This year it coincided with St. Valentine's Day. And my birthday happened to fall on this day also.
It was a trio occasion for me.
When I cut the Oreo Cheesecake made by Yian, I thanked God for the joyous birthday celebration.
My message to Yian on St. Valentine's Day - You are my love!


Hasbie Satar Diarah Letak Jawatan Sebagai Setiausaha Politik

Posted: 15 Feb 2010 04:48 AM PST

Hasbie Satar, setiausaha politik kepada Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop telah meletakkan jawatan berkuatkuasa semalam, menurut kenyataan yang dikeluarkan oleh pejabat Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri hari ini.

Mengikut Bernama, kenyataan satu perenggan itu bagaimanapun tidak menyatakan sebab peletakan jawatan itu.

Jumaat lalu, Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) menahan seorang setiausaha polistik kepada menteri kanan di pangsapurinya di Teluk Air Tawar, Butterworth Jumaat lalu.

SPRM yang melakukan serbuan kira-kira jam 3.30 petang turut menemui wang tunai berjumlah RM2 juta di pangsapuri berkenaan.

Turut dirampas termasuk kenderaan pacuan empat roda yang didaftarkan di bawah nama sebuah syarikat yang berpangkalan di Pulau Tikus, Pulau Pinang.

Hasbie Satar, political secretary to Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, has resigned effective last night, according to a statement from the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department today.

The one-paragraph statement did not give a reason for his resignation.

The Malaysian Insider today reported that a political secretary has been told to resign after being caught with RM2 million in cash in Penang last Thursday.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) also seized luxury cars and houses from the Umno man. His bank accounts were frozen last year when the MACC reported he was living beyond his means.

The order to quit came as a clear sign that the Najib administration wants anti-graft authorities to investigate without pressure from politicians.

"Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is very firm about this. He wants MACC to investigate without fear or favour," a government source told The Malaysian Insider.

It is understood the senior minister and his staff are disappointed with the political secretary as he has smeared the government's name in the fight against corruption.

"The minister feels betrayed as he trusted the man," a source said.

The man was arrested after MACC officials from its Putrajaya headquarters raided an apartment in Teluk Air Tawar at 3.30pm on Thursday and seized the cash in bundles of RM5, RM10, RM50 and RM100 notes.

It was reported that a 4WD vehicle registered under the name of a Pulau Tikus-based company was also seized, along with a BMW registered in the name of a person from Sarawak.

The political secretary has been under investigation since late last year after allegations cropped up that he had secured properties by being the middleman in deals for approval of multi-million ringgit projects.

The MACC recently cleared several top politicians from both sides of the divide but said investigations were on-going in other high-profile cases. It has also reported that 50 people have been hauled up for graft in Penang for the whole of 2009.

The Najib administration has put fighting corruption as a key target in its National Key Results Areas (NKRAs) under the Government Transformation Plan (GTP) released late last month.

But the MACC has been fighting public perception that it only targets opposition politicians and not those from the ruling Barisan Nasional federal government.

MACC chief commissioner Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamed and his men have said that they conduct investigations without fear or favour and it's up to the prosecutors to take their case to court when enough evidence is found.

The MACC probed a total of 939 cases last year of which 633 have been brought to the legal department for further action. -Mlaysian Insider





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Octopus hotpot in Jongno, Seoul, South Korea

Posted: 15 Feb 2010 12:56 AM PST

Dinner on Feb 14, octopus hotpot at a restaurant in Jongno. Most restaurants were closed because of Korean New Year; the food alley near the area was one of the few places which were in operation.

Octopus hotpot in Seoul, South Korea

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2nd year Chinese New Years

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 08:42 PM PST

I checked my lucky today...

So tonight have to gamble since i have so much luck... Hope you have all the luck you have during this Chinese New Year eh~

HUAT AH~~~~
Happy Chinese New Year.


Allen Back For Lunar New Year

Posted: 15 Feb 2010 02:04 AM PST

Yian with Allen - Standing tall at 185cm, Allen has overtaken his mom in height!
Allen and his buddies - I snapped a shot for them when they came for New Year visit.

The mandatory military haircut at National Service camp left Allen with no choice but to put on a cap during his Chinese New Year break back in Sibu.
With suntan and the first degree military hairstyle, it took us a while to get used to his new look.
Allen has a lot of camp life to share with us. We are glad that he is taking NS very positively.
They posed another time for a group snapshot - (Left to right: Thou Yaw, Chan Lik, Chiong Sheng, Allen, Joo Yew, Hiong Ik and David)



HOLIDAY WEEKEND VIEW: Tigers Older Than We Imagine - bbc online

Posted: 15 Feb 2010 12:29 AM PST

PETPOSITIVE: In our ongoing tribute to the greatest cats in the world, here is today's report on BBC Online on the magnificent tiger during this timely festivity.  Tigers evolved with snow leopards, gene study reveals <!-- S BO --> <!-- S IBYL -->
By Matt Walker


Tak Perlu Sambut Maulud - TGNA

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 11:44 PM PST

Menteri Besar, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat berkata, Kerajaan Negeri tidak akan mengadakan sebarang sambutan bagi menyambut Maulidur Rasul memandangkan bulan Maulud tidak mempunyai sebarang fadilat dan kelebihan berbanding bulan Ramadan.

Nik Abdul Aziz berkata, Kelantan tetap tidak akan menyambutnya, walaupun negeri lain membuat sambutan secara besar-besaran.

"Boleh jadi, orang negeri lain sambut Maulud besar-besaran. Bulan Maulud sendiri tidak ada sebarang fadilat tidak sebagaimana bulan Ramadan. Bulan Ramadan memang ada fadilat dan kelebihannya. Bulan Maulud tidak ada apa.

"Di rumah saya sendiri, saya tak pernah buat Maulud. Sebenar-benar Mau-lud bagi saya, bagi orang seperti kami (gerakan Islam) ialah mewujudkan suasana Islam dalam sebuah negara. Ini sebenar-benar Maulud," katanya kepada pemberita ketika ditemui sewaktu berkunjung ke rumah Pengerusi Eksekutif SBJ Binajaya Sdn Bhd sempena sambutan Tahun baru Cina di sini, semalam.

Dua hari lepas, akhbar arus perdana menyiarkan laporan bahawa Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang membatalkan perarakan sempena sambutan Maulidur Rasul yang sebelum ini diadakan setiap tahun bagaimanapun ekoran kritikan hebat dan bimbang kehilangan sokongan orang Melayu, Kerajaan Negeri itu membuat keputusan untuk mengadakan kembali perarakan Maulidur Rasul walaupun mengikut program asal sebelum ini ia dibatalkan.

Sementara itu, Nik Abdul Aziz berkata, baginya penerapan nilai-nilai Islam yang dilaksanakan oleh kerajaan pimpinan Pas di negeri ini sepanjang tahun adalah Maulud sebenar.

"Saya di Kelantan ditugas menjaga Kelantan betul-betul berasas kepada Islam. Ekonomi cara Islam, sosial cara Islam, budaya cara Islam yang dilaksanakan sepanjang tahun, itu Maulud bagi saya. Maulud bagi saya sepanjang tahun," katanya.

Sementara itu, beliau turut menggalakkan rakyat di negeri ini meneruskan amalan kunjung-mengunjungi dalam usaha mengeratkan hubungan di antara kaum.

"Saya datang ke rumah Datuk Tan untuk mengucap Selamat Tahun Baru kepada kaum Cina. Ucapan tahun baru ini ialah adat resam bangsa tertentu. Orang Melayu tidak ada tahun baru, selain tahun hijrah. Zaman dulu peladang dan petani ada musim menabur.

"Kini sudah tidak ada. Yang ada ialah tahun hijrah. Sambutan Tahun baru bagi orang Cina, itu dia punya fasal. Saya setiap tahun datang mengucap Tahun Baru Cina kepada orang Cina.

"Dan orang Cina nak kata tahun harimau ke, tahun apa, itu dia punya pasal. Tak ada apa. Dalam Islam tak ada masalah apa," katanya.

Mengulas mengenai ama-lan kunjung mengunjungi, Nik Abdul Aziz berkata, ia tidak menjadi masalah dalam Islam.

"Masalah orang Melayu berkunjung Tahun Baru Cina ke, orang Cina nak berkunjung ke rumah orang Melayu, tak ada apa dalam Islam.

"Kita jangan sekali-kali terpengaruh dengan keadaan semasa. Kadang-kadang benda yang berlaku semasa ini tidak serupa dengan kehendak agama. Tetapi dengan sebab benda itu berlaku semasa bercanggah dengan agama, kadang-kadang menjadi masalah. Contohnya, Maulud Nabi.

"Saya minta orang Melayu, Cina dan sebagainya duduk dalam keadaan baik. Orang Islam tidak meletak bangsa ini lebih, walaupun bangsa Arab, walaupun bangsa Nabi, namun tidak lebih dari bangsa lain," katanya. -SH



Pesuruhjaya PAS Wilayah Persekutuan Hilang

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 08:53 PM PST

Pesuruhjaya PAS Wilayah Persekutuan, Tuan Haji Mohamad Nor Bin Mohamad didapati hilang dan tidak dapat dihubungi semenjak Jumaat, 12 Februari.

Kali terakhir beliau didapati keluar daripada rumahnya dengan kenderaan pacuan empat roda, Toyota Unser berwarna merah dengan nombor pendaftaran WJD4469.

Pada tarikh itu, beliau keluar untuk menghadiri mesyuarat Koperasi Muslimin dan kemudian dikatakan memaklumkan kepada salah seorang ahli mesyuarat yang akan berjumpa kawan pada tengah malam itu.

Semenjak daripada tarikh itu, beliau tidak muncul-muncul dan nombor telefonnya tidak lagi dapat dihubungi.

Sementara itu, Ketua Pemuda PAS Wilayah Persekutuan, Sdra Kamaruzaman Mohamad memaklumkan kepada krew PemudaGombak.com bahawa sehingga kini usaha mencari Tuan Haji Mohamad Nor sudah menemui petunjuk.

"Kereta dan telefon beliau dikesan berada di Temerloh. Kita sudah meminta pertolongan daripada rakan-rakan kita di sana", kata Sdra Kamaruzaman Mohamad yang juga Setiausaha Pemuda PAS Pusat.

Krew PemudaGombak.com dan seluruh ahli jawatankuasa dan ahli Pemuda PAS Gombak mendoakan keselamatan beliau. -pemudagombak


CORRUPTION AT HIGH PLACES

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 07:25 PM PST

Am I surprise that Hasbie Sattar, Political Secretary to Minister in PM Department, Nor Mohamed Yacob is being detained and grilled for having RM2 million cash in his possession, when the MACC raided an apartment where he was staying in Butterworth? My answer is NO, and I am not at all surprise. Hasbie is just unlucky that he is caught with the money, where many others like him are brilliant enough to have their ill-gotten wealth stashed in some inconspicuous places. I just wonder how many suit cases would one need to keep RM2 million, and throughout my entire life, I have yet to see that amount of hard cash. How fortunate Hasbie Sattar is; by just being a mediocre Political Secretary.

Being a Political Secretary, he is nothing more than just a 'gate-keeper' or a 'toll-collector with little more than the power to influence, rather than the power to approve projects that comes under the purview of his minister. But yet the power to influence is sufficient enough to make him earn his fortune. One can now hazard a guess as to how much is a person worth, if he has the power to approve projects? Certainly, it is nothing less than what the gate-keeper gets. I am not implying that all ministers with the power to approve projects are corrupt, but this is the perception that people has when aides to ministers and politicians are found to be corrupt, and Hasbie Sattar has proven himself to be one.

The question that many will ask now is whether the minister is himself involved, or whether he has any knowledge on the activities of his Political Secretary? People ought to be forgiven if the perception is one that says that the minister is involved. I do not know how the minister will response to the dastardly act of his aide. Will he deny any knowledge, or will he accept certain responsibility and resign in grace? The latter is certainly the option that people would like to see, but from pass experiences, that option is the least that Malaysians will expect.

Now, the MACC has freed Khir Toyo of all allegations of corruption into the purchase of his palatial home. Toyo can now sleep in peace and enjoy the fruits of his labour. However, nothing is mentioned about Azalina Othman, the ex-minister of tourism? Is her case being thrown out too? There goes the high profile case where nothing seemed to stick when it involves people of high places. People in high places certainly have lots of 'alibi' to absolve them of any blame.

And I now begin to have doubts too, if I were to report an allegation of corrupt practice by some senior military officers. Someone has said to me that it is not worth being a whistle blower, because it is the whistle blower that will be grilled, not the alleged person being reported.

I seek the guidance of the Almighty to guide me to do the needful in my crusade against corruption.

CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION


Nik Aziz: Zahrain should quit as MP

Posted: 14 Feb 2010 07:11 PM PST

UPDATED 10PM with PAS Bayan Baru's comments Zahrain Mohamed Hashim should quit as MP for Bayan Baru and pave the way for a by-election, said the PAS spiritual leader.

Indeed, if Zahrain has a conscience, he should quit as MP for he has betrayed the rakyat.


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