Thursday, February 25, 2010

malaysian circus performed to its name in washington

malaysian circus performed to its name in washington


malaysian circus performed to its name in washington

Posted: 25 Feb 2010 10:44 AM PST

title of post with reference martin jalleh's article as i posted.

read from the malaysian insider, see, lim kit siang mocked the circus!

3 speakers suppose to speak but only 1 turned up. what a laugh.
the seminar was suppose to be 'on record' but suddenly turn to be 'off record. haha.
malaysiakini was barred from taking video of the seminar. huh?
nazri, malaysian law minister (pic),  did not want malaysiakini to report on his response in regards to sodomy II trial. eh?
only about 40 persons were in attendance. .

also read how nazri lied.

the 2 speakers, attorney general, patali and MACCC  advisory panel chairperson abdul hamid  which everybody expected and look forward to did not attend but instead we heard of  that the 2 rebel PR MP was there – wee choo keong, wangsa maju and zahrain, bayan baru. oops!! that zahrain guy!! correction he's no longer in PR now. so i should say instead "1 rebel PR MP and 1 rebel ex PR MP). although he is still MP of bayan baru, my constituency, i wouldn't want to refer to him as "my MP". as i had stated i don't want an independent as my MP.

so what were wee and zahrain doing there at the forum???

ok here is the report in malaysiakini, for those who do not subscribe to malaysiakini.

Gov't DC charm offensive goes behind closed doors

Maran Perianen
Feb 25, 10
3:09pm

A high-profile seminar on the Malaysian government and judiciary in Washington DC by a prominent international think-tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) was strangely turned into a closed-door event.

The seminar titled 'Governance and Rule of Law in Malaysia' featured prominent Malaysian government officials before an audience of US government officials, activists, diplomats and Malaysian expatriates.

In the CSIS announcement sent out last week, it stated that the two-hour seminar was "on the record". But organisers made a U-turn on the matter.

Law Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz (right) was the sole Malaysian representative.

Attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's advisory panel chairperson Abdul Hamid Mohamad were also invited speakers but were absent.

Instead, Nazri's entourage included an unsual mix of government and opposition federal lawmakers along with Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker Ronald Kiandee.

The MPs present were Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (Umno – Pasir Salak), Wee Choo Keong (PKR – Wangsa Maju), Zahrain Mohd Hashim (Independent – Bayan Baru) and Jamaluddin Jarjis (Umno – Rompin), who is also the Malaysian ambassador to the US.

Expectedly, the US audience and press were particularly keen on questioning the government's handling of the on-going Anwar Ibrahim sodomy trial and was thus disappointed with Abdul Gani's absence and the organiser's request for the seminar to be kept off the record.

Ex-envoy: Strange seminar

Before the seminar commenced, senior adviser and director of the CSIS Southeast Asia Program Ernest Bower barred attempts by Malaysiakini to record the session on video.

When told that the invitations for the seminar did not specify that the seminar was a closed event, Bower brushed it off by saying that it was quite normal for CSIS seminars to be kept off the record.

Seminar participant and former US envoy to Malaysia John R Malott told Malaysiakini that the seminar was the "strangest" that he had attended in Washington DC.

"I found it unusual that the session was off-the-record. This is very rare for a Washington think-tank," he said.

"The seminar was very strange because there were supposed to be three speakers, but throughout, only one person, Minister Nazri, was there. Abdul Gani never came at all."

Malott (left) said he had hoped Abdul Gani would be present because he had specific questions regarding the conduct of the prosecution team in Anwar's sodomy trial.

He said that the prosecution is required by law to give the defence team whatever evidence necessary for the accused to mount a defence but prosecutors are doing the exact opposite.

"How can they convince us (that it is a fair trial) when they withhold vital information needed defend someone. In America there is no question about this. It will be certainly hard to convince us that this trial is fair," he said.

Seminar cut short

During his 40-minute speech, Nazri spoke about laws in Malaysia which promotes good governance and how he was instrumental in the formation of the National Integrity Plan, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and other instruments to curb graft.

Nazri also lauded Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's commitment towards combating graft and promoting good governance. He added that he would resign if Najib ever interferes with the MACC.

Before the question-and-answer session began, Amnesty International representative T Kumar urged the seminar organisers to open up proceedings to the press.

"That is the right thing to do," said Kumar, who is the Amnesty International's Asia and Pacific advocacy director.

Despite Nazri's nod of approval, Bower replied with a firm "no", adding that he will not backpedal on his decision.

Following this, Nazri was quizzed on the sodomy trial, the Internal Security Act and the controversy surrounding the use of the term 'Allah' by non-Muslims.

Before he answered the question about the 'Allah' controversy, Nazri told the Malaysiakini reporter not to report his answer before his lengthy reply.

Bower abruptly ended the brief 20-minute session after Nazri answered the third question. According to Bower, the Malaysian entourage had to rush off to another engagement.

PKR MP's participation not unusual

Meanwhile, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution described Wee's presence at the event as nothing out of the ordinary.

"I do not think that it is peculiar because it is very normal for MPs to go on delegations, whether the opposition or the government. In fact, my last trip to Japan was with Parliament speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia and other MPs from BNBC (Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club).

"We cannot stop CSIS from inviting us. But we do have our stand on the speech given (at the seminar). However, the participation by our MPs is not against Pakatan Rakyat's stand. So I think that it is perfectly normal for Wee to attend the event."



Salam Maulidur Rasul

Posted: 25 Feb 2010 10:03 AM PST

Saya ingin mengucapkan Salam Maulidur Rasul kepada semua umat Islam.

maulid01

Malam tadi saya solat Maghrib, membaca Yassin dan kemudiannya solat Isyak di Surau al-Kauthar BAKIS, SS5 Kelana Jaya. Selesai solat Isyak saya dijemput jawatankuasa Surau menyampaikan sepatah dua kata. Selepas mengucapkan Salam Maulud kepada jemaah, saya memaklumkan:

"Esok pagi saya akan turut serta dalam perarakan Maulud peringkat Negeri Selangor. Tetapi janganlah kita asyik dengan cara sambutan tetapi mengabaikan nilai-nilai Sunnah Rasulullah s.a.w. itu sendiri."

maulid02

Saya turut mengumumkan penyampaian sumbangan RM7,000 bagi kerja-kerja pemulihan kediaman kakitangan surau yang rosak akibat ribut tahun lalu. Cek sumbangan disampaikan kepada Pengerusi Surau.

Ahli Majlis MBPJ Haji Muzammil Hafiz kemudian berucap dan berdialog dengan jemaah. Alhamdulillah, Ahli Majlis menjawab banyak persoalan yang kalau tidak ditujukan pada ADUN!

maulid03

Kemudian kami turut sama menjamu selera bersama jemaah sambil berbual tentang beberapa isu-isu setempat dan semasa, khususnya pembangunan PKNS di Tapak Tadika Pertiwi.

Sebelum beredar kami meninjau kediaman yang dibaiki. Nampak kualiti pembuatan begitu baik, yang diusahakan sendiri sesama oleh jemaah Surau. Tahniah!

maulid04

Gambar-gambar boleh dilihat di sini.


Amelanistic corn snake shed its skin - Watch the skin!

Posted: 25 Feb 2010 10:04 AM PST


Vid taken on 16 Feb, 2010 @ Miracle Pets Tesco Extra Cheras
My first time seeing a skin shed by a snake.
Janson's first time too!

Why do snakes shed? An explanation from the website - 'Caring for Corn Snakes':
Shedding
As a reptile grows, its old skin become too tight and worn. A new skin awaits just below the old. As a snake gets ready to shed, its eyes will turn a milky blue over the course of several days, and the body color will start to dull and develop a whitish sheen. Once the eyes have cleared, the snake is ready to shed. To assure proper hydration, soak the snake in warmish water after the eyes clear; this should enable to snake to shed easily within the next 24 hours.


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T-ara’s s0n of a b1tch song

Posted: 25 Feb 2010 09:40 AM PST

Korean music video of I Go Crazy Because Of You from pop group T-ara's latest album, Braking Heart [video via Lisschun1994@Youtube]…

Average song; love the style (which seems to be the new trend in K-pop); and loving the live performance despite them lip-syncing from beginning till the end.

T-ara's s0n of a b1tch song from YeinJee's Asian Blog


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Jaebum kicked out of 2PM officially

Posted: 25 Feb 2010 09:01 AM PST

Korean singer Park JaebumKorean entertainment agency JYPE has made an official announcement that they have terminated the contract with Park Jae-bum, former leader of pop group 2PM.

The Seattle based Korean-American has left the group since September 2009 following some old controversial remarks on MySpace which have been exposed.

His company and fellow 2PM members had however all this while insisted that he was welcomed to rejoin the team… so it is quite a shocker for the fans that he is not returning to the (originally) seven members group.

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Jaebum kicked out of 2PM officially from YeinJee's Asian Blog


Siasat ugut Salahuddin, Sivarasa, satu tindakan keterlaluan – Anwar

Posted: 25 Feb 2010 08:04 AM PST

Ketua Umum KEADILAN, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim mendakwa polis mengguna taktik mengugut (intimidation) dan bertindak keterlaluan apabila menyoal siasat dua pemimpin dari Pakatan Rakyat.

"Saya percaya tindakan polis ini didalangi oleh kerajaan Umno-Barisan Nasional (BN) untuk terus memberi tekanan kepada pemimpin -pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat," kata Anwar ketika ditemui selepas menyampaikan ceramah perdana yang dihadiri lebih 10,000 penyokong di sini semalam.

Dua pemimpin PR, Naib Presiden KEADILAN, Sivarasa Rasiah dan Naib Presiden PAS, Salahuddin Ayub semalam telah disoal siasat dan diugut di bawah Akta Hasutan kerana didakwa mengeluarkan kenyataan berunsur hasutan dalam suatu perhimpunan aman di Pulau Pinang pada 7 Februari lalu.

Menurut Anwar, tindakan menganggu dan mengugut pemimpin-pemimpin PR merupakan satu bentuk penyalahgunaan jentera dan aparatus kerajaan, sering berlaku dan sangat keterlaluan dalam tindakan.

"Pada hal, puluhan dan ratusan laporan terhadap para pemimpin Umno-BN yang terpalit dengan rasuah, ucapan berbaur perkauman, dibiarkan begitu sahaja dan tiada tindakan pun daripada piihak polis," ujar Anwar yang juga Ketua Pembangkang di Parlimen.

Menyentuh mengenai ketokohan kedua-dua pemimpin itu, Anwar melahirkan keyakinannya terhadap kewibawaan mereka memberikan ceramah walaupun diberi tekanan oleh pihak polis.

"Saya yakin dengan kewibawaan masing-masing sebagai tokoh untuk memberi memberi ceramah. Saya pernah dengar ucapan, ceramah malah di parlimen mereka cukup bertanggungjawab dengan apa yang mereka katakan," kata Anwar.

Laporan mengenai dakwaan mereka mengeluarkan kata-kata berunsur hasutan telah dibuat oleh pegawai polis Seberang Jaya, Inspektor Irwandi Khirrudin Mohd Rijal pada 8 Februari lalu.

Sivarasa dan Salahuddin disoal siasat selama sejam semalam oleh dua pegawai polis daripada Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah SeberangbJaya, ASP S. Subramaniam dan Inspektor Fahmi Abu Samah. -Fazilah Sahir




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Dolphins provide clues on fighting diabetes

Posted: 25 Feb 2010 08:00 AM PST

Dolphins have diabetes off switch <!-- S BO --> <!-- S IBYL -->
By Victoria Gill
Science reporter, BBC News, San Diego


Ku Li has probably pumped more petrol into his car than Muhyiddin flushing his sh*t down the toilet!

Posted: 25 Feb 2010 07:56 AM PST

Muhyiddin questions Ku Li's loyalty over oil dispute
By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 25 — Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has questioned Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah's loyalty to Umno and accused the Kelantan prince of trying to confuse the public over the oil royalty dispute.

He also defended the federal government's refusal to pay oil royalty claimed by Kelantan, saying that it was in "accordance with law."

"I know of the move taken by Tengku Razaleigh and some opposition leaders to make people believe what is not legally right. I think that is not the proper way to do it. This is not political but the constitutional and legal way of whatever Act enacted by Parliament," the deputy prime minister told reporters today.

Muhyiddin also questioned the Umno veteran's loyalty to the party.

"We are studying the situation. As everybody is aware of the statements and actions that he (Tengku Razaleigh) has taken. Even though they are his personal opinion but it is not in line with the decision made by the government and party leadership. So we must look at what will happen next and maybe he will realise in the end. This is not a question about bringing hardship to the people of Kelantan or anybody. We have given explanations based on facts.

"I have been informed that he has met the prime minister but what I do not understand is why he is still continuing with his actions. As if he is the only one fighting for the people of Kelantan and that we are not considerate. Actually leaders from Barisan Nasional have given explanations and will continue to do so," he said.

Muhyiddin said that educated professionals from Kelantan understood the government's position.

"Many of the people from Kelantan are lawyers and professionals and can analyse the matter. I have heard statements from the people of Kelantan, especially academicians and those with certificates, saying that the actions taken by the government do not go against the law," he said.

He argued that the allocation of compassionate payments instead of oil royalties was in accordance with the law.

"The term is not royalty and that has been explained by the government and also through the advertisements for the general public's knowledge which was well received. I think what we have done (in giving compassionate payment) is in accordance with the law.

"Since Kelantan requested for some help then we considered and agreed to give them compassionate payment. So this is all according to the Petroleum Development Act and whatever interpretation has been well explained by the adverts that we have put in," he said.

The federal government had over the weekend taken out advertisements in Berita Minggu, Mingguan Malaysia and Sinar Harian, listing eight reasons to deny Kelantan its claim for oil royalties.

But Tengku Razaleigh and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) have been campaigning hard to force the federal government to pay oil royalties claimed by the state.

Tengku Razaleigh, who is Petronas founder, had earlier this week rubbished attempts by the federal government to explain, through newspaper advertisements, its refusal to pay the Kelantan government oil royalties.

"The advertisement fails to point out that almost all the oil found in Malaysia is located more than three nautical miles offshore, and Petronas has nevertheless been making oil payments to the states," said the Gua Musang MP.

The federal government's main argument is that oil and gas are extracted from waters that are beyond the three-nautical mile limit prescribed as territorial waters under Malaysia's Emergency Ordinance (Essential Powers) No. 7 1969.

"By the argument deployed in the advertisement, Terengganu, Sabah and Sarawak too are not entitled to the 'cash payments' of 5 per cent of profit from oil," said Tengku Razaleigh earlier this week.

"The argument for depriving Kelantan of 5 per cent cash payments on the basis of its petroleum resources being found beyond three nautical miles is an insult to the intelligence," he added.

The Gua Musang Umno chief said that the implication of the argument is that Terengganu has no right to receive the cash payment which was reinstated early last year.

I guess Muhyiddin does not and will not understand Ku Li who is a man of principle.

Ku Li has probably pumped more petrol into his car than Muhyiddin flushing his sh*t down the toilet!


Taiwan's glove puppet show wows crowd

Posted: 25 Feb 2010 08:38 AM PST







The stage performance was taken place at Tua Peh Kong Temple which is adjacent to my DAP Air Itaqm Service Center. It was showcase on the 5th and 6th of CNY.

台木偶到槟过年让大人小孩亲身体验

文章转载从光华日报:


台湾木偶到槟城过年,让大人小孩亲身体验如何操控它于掌中。

(槟城19日讯)台湾木偶到槟城过年,与大人小孩近距离接触!

年初五晚上,几十个精致可爱的台湾布袋木偶,赶赴亚依淡栳峇街的庙会神台上,集体呈献一场生动活泼的"台湾偶戏万花筒"表演,陪槟城的阿公阿婆和他们的孙儿们过年。

布袋木偶们的表情各异,身体语言丰富。有诙谐逗趣的跳加官、向观众丢糖果的福禄寿、耍杂技的小丑、腾空搏斗的武生、互相拥抱接吻的才子佳人。甚至还有一边抽烟,一边喷向观众的老木偶。


台湾布袋木偶师傅赖世安指导观众,如何让木偶复活起来。

面对木偶们全情投入的表演,司仪先生赶紧接过麦克风提醒台下张大嘴的小朋友们"回家后,千万别学他们。一旦发生任何事,木偶戏子们可不负责任。"

令全场更加High的是,剧终谢幕后,木偶们排排坐在戏台下更贴近观众。由台湾布袋木偶师傅赖世安、薛美华及"台原偶戏团"团主罗宾现场指导观众如何把玩布袋木偶。大人小孩轮流上阵,蠢蠢欲动的十个手指套上了布袋木偶们的"八月十五",对着木偶们说"新年快乐",重新找回了失落多年的传统文化根源和乐趣。

师傅赖世安及薛美华 台布袋戏新生代传人


木偶们排排坐在戏台下,让观众近距离看它。

布袋木偶师傅赖世安及薛美华2人从事木偶艺术表演活动多年,为台湾布袋戏的新生代传人。"台原偶戏团"将于年初六及年初七夜晚,分别在亚依淡栳街大伯公庙前及邱公司龙山堂举行的"新春文化庙会"上表演。

新春《台湾偶戏万花筒》活动由亚依淡区州议员黄汉伟服务中心主办。Noise Performance House、Ombak Ombak ARTStuduo及G酒店单位赞助。


黄汉伟州议员赠送纪念品给台湾布袋戏表演团及赞助单位代表。右起:罗宾、何小芬、黄汉伟及曽俊鸿。




GEORGE TOWN: Hundreds of people thronged the Air Itam Chinese Temple in Jalan Balik Pulau yesterday to enjoy the contemporary glove puppet performance by the Taiwan Puppet Theatre Company.
The show themed "A Sea of Puppets", was jointly organised by Service Center of ADUN Air Itam, YB Wong Hon Wai and two local groups -- Noise Performance House and Ombak-Ombak ART Studio.

Noise Performance House chairman Jason Ong Han Yee said the Taiwan Puppet Theatre Company also put up cultural puppet shows internationally in countries like France, Italy and Germany.

"We hope to start a joint-venture project with the company in the near future to showcase puppet shows for local entertainment."

偶戏万花筒 诠释春喜息

文章转载从光华日报:
报道:彭可晶 摄影:受访者提供

槟城-台北。台北-槟城。这两个距离甚远,气息甚近的历史古城,在热爱两地的文化人牵引下,在去年初秋,在台北城邂逅交融,透过"榴梿计画Part 1-槟城经验学习工作坊:活化文化资产的艺术创新手法",让槟城文化在台北的天空下流动。今年春天,通过"榴梿计画Part 2-新春《台湾偶戏万花筒》",台湾偶戏来到了春意浓浓的槟岛,把台湾最珍贵的传统文化艺术之一的布袋戏送送到此地,让槟城人用眼睛耳朵享用一顿最"台北"的文化飨宴。

如果要说槟城和台北有何相似之处,只要随口问到过台北的槟城人,或者到过槟城的台北人,他们都会毫不犹疑地告诉你:就是那一抹莫名的相似气息...。这次把"榴梿计画Part 2-新春《台湾偶戏万花筒》"引进槟城的大马知名剧场导演林耀华就笑说:"是啊!其实就是这一抹相似的气息,那满街飘散闽南语的空间...所以,槟城是这次演出的不二选择地。"


年前在印度首都新德里举行《台湾偶戏之美》布袋戏演出,台湾传统布袋戏泰斗
陈锡煌师傅应邀现场亲自操偶,精湛演出让印度戏迷叹为观止。

入选台北国际艺术村驻村艺术家

2008年入选台北国际艺术村驻村艺术家,2009年到台北发展,目前为自由戏剧工作者,也与多个剧团合作演出及从事剧场教学的林耀华导演,于2008年与台湾国宝级布袋戏大师陈锡煌率领的台原偶戏团"结缘",执导光影戏《卖番仔火的小女孩》,这出光影戏不仅在台北纳豆剧场演出,隔年还受邀在2009年台北儿童艺术节演出。

也因为这次因缘,让林耀华心里涌起一个念头,他希望有一天能把享誉国际的台原偶戏团演出的布袋戏,带回自己的母国,让国人也能够亲眼目睹这以台湾北部的传统布袋戏再结合在地戏曲、京剧技巧,并融合偶戏艺师、雕刻艺师、乐师及画家们的创意巧思,制作出的偶戏表演。

他表示,台原偶戏团每年平均在台湾与世界各地演出超过百场,成立10年以来,已经在三十几个国家演出,从中南美洲的热带森林、英国伦敦的皇家音乐厅及V&A博物馆、美国旧金山联合广场、柬埔寨的乡下、河内传统戏曲剧场、西班牙的米勒之家、荷兰十七世纪的教堂以及台北大稻埕的公园。

台原偶戏团参与过的艺术节更是不计其数,光在2009年,台原偶戏团就去过印度Ishara偶戏节、葡萄牙里斯本艺术节、日本静冈春天艺术节、法国Charleville Mézières世界偶戏节、相约北京艺术节、中国中法文化之春艺术节。

除布袋戏演出,台原偶戏团每年至少制作一档结合偶戏、音乐、视觉意象的现代戏剧演出,其中包括中法跨国合作作品《戏箱》、与土耳其偶戏大师及美国光影大师合作作品《丝恋》、与泰国乔路易斯剧团合作作品《猴子王》等。

林耀华说,很遗憾的,这样的精致文艺戏剧,竟不曾在马来西亚上演过。去年,透过槟城arts-ED和大稻埕台原艺术文化基金会这两个非营利性组织,藉着"榴梿计画Part 1-槟城经验学习工作坊:活化文化资产的艺术创新手法",由槟州的文化工作者何小芬与曾玉萍亲自到台北去,在工作坊上发表与分享槟城乔治市的艺术活动、工作和口述历史的诠释心得。


台原偶戏团的戏码生动,不止大人爱看,连小朋友都看得入神。

把偶戏团带回槟演出

透过这次的交流,更让林耀华动念要把台原偶戏团带到槟城,让马来西亚人也能够感受台北的在地文化艺术。去年,槟州亚依淡区州议员黄汉伟行政议员一次到访位于台北老城区大稻埕的《林柳新纪念偶戏博物馆》,也亲眼目睹《林柳新纪念偶戏博物馆》专属表演团队《台原偶戏团》的精彩演出,让他大为惊叹。这么一个巧妙的机缘,就凑合了这次"-新春《台湾偶戏万花筒》"在槟城演出的机会。

经过黄汉伟行政议员和林耀华导演的牵线,再由Noise Performance House和Ombak-Ombak ArtStudio的协力下,让这出原由台湾传统布袋戏泰斗,现任大稻埕偶戏馆驻馆偶戏艺师、台原偶戏团偶戏指导的陈锡煌师父针对外国朋友而设计《台湾偶戏之美》戏码在槟城上演。

这出目前更名为《台湾偶戏万花筒》的戏码,是陈师父感念偶戏在外国推广不易,便著手编了这出戏,里头没有复杂口白,却有生动情节,这样的表演型式让不谙闽南语的外国朋友,在偶师的巧手表演下,也能欣赏到台湾布袋戏之美。


大马籍的剧场导演林耀华把《台湾偶戏万花筒》布袋戏从宝岛牵引到槟岛。

林耀华导演说,由于陈师父年事已高,不便频繁出国,这次表演将由陈师父的高徒赖世安老师与薛美华老师任演师一职。这次除了在槟城亚依淡栳侾街大伯公庙连续两天演出《台湾偶戏万花筒》,也会在2月20日(周六)的《庚寅虎啸迎新春文化庙会2010》上演出。林耀华导演指出,在大伯公庙的两天演出里,除了为时一小时的布袋戏演出,演出过后亦有一小时的工作坊,现场观众可与赖老师与薛老师在现场互动交流,两位老师也将在工作坊上向观众介绍布袋戏文化,示范操偶技巧。

这个春节,让我们在槟城的天空下,细细体会有著浓厚台北气息的布袋戏,用台北的文化,丰富我们的春节吧!

演师简介

赖世安
林柳新纪念偶戏博物馆雕刻师父、台原偶戏团布袋戏演师、纳豆剧团雕刻师父

赖世安是现今台湾少数的木偶雕刻师之中,年轻且具有发展潜力的艺师,自学而来的偶头雕刻技艺,精致而纯熟。因迷上金光布袋戏而开始了戏偶的雕刻;高一时拜于台湾国宝级偶戏艺师陈锡煌先生的门下,成为亦宛然的子弟兵,更是当中唯一位主攻戏偶雕刻的。已完成的数百个作品,多元地含括了台湾传统布袋戏偶头、傀儡戏偶头以及义大利传统布袋戏偶的雕刻,近年来亦因应著各种新表演型态的偶戏作品,也创作了许多非传统形式且风格别具的戏偶。



薛美华
剧场界有"操偶之神"美誉的薛美华,把偶操作得栩栩如生。演出前,她会凝视偶的脸,直到和偶在剧中的角色融合。薛美华原是台湾复兴剧校毕业,10岁开端学京戏。后来却因缘际会进入"鞋子儿童实验剧团",学习制偶和操偶,进而成为专业偶戏演员和导演。



台原偶戏团简历

偶戏原本就是台湾人童年记忆的一部分,在电视媒体的影响下,现代偶戏该如何吸引走失已久的观众群?关键因素除了创意,还是创意,基于此,《台原偶戏团》的每出戏都很注重故事情节的创意和剧情节奏,为的就是让台湾布袋戏发挥传统魅力的同时,大小观众都可以用崭新的角度来欣赏。

《台原偶戏团》是《林柳新纪念偶戏博物馆》的专属表演团队,创团以来,念兹在兹于台湾传统偶戏的保存、推广及创新。该团制作人林经甫与布袋戏泰斗陈锡煌、汉学偶戏专家罗斌共同理出该团的创作原则,也就是对作品进行多层次的要求与探索,无论是编导监制以及每出戏的戏偶、剧本、音乐等都必需是原创,因而发展出台湾传统偶戏新的生命力。

《台原偶戏团》的招牌戏码如【马克.波罗】,是将意大利作曲家Mattia Peli特为此戏创作的二重奏与南管交错运用,现场由两位歌手献唱演出;【廖添丁】则放进台湾小调及歌仔戏曲牌;另外,愈受喜爱的【大稻埕的老鼠娶新娘】甚至配合真人演员说故事及西洋古典弦乐现场演奏等等,这些偶戏剧码不仅尽收台湾传统布袋戏的精髓之美,更融合东西方文化内涵,观众无论男女老少、老外台客,都很讶异于上述这些戏码在舞台上下所创造的绝佳创意氛围。《台原偶戏团》所带动的偶戏新风潮,近年来已在全世界得到了高度的肯定与激赏,成功地把台湾偶戏推上国际舞台。(资料来源:林柳新纪念偶戏博物馆)


台原偶戏团参与柏林亚太文化周,他们于2009年10月10日在柏林Babylon剧场演出
《台湾偶戏万花筒》,当日演出场地涌进约400余名观众,现场观众欢笑声与惊叹声
此起彼落,对布袋戏大为赞叹。

《台湾偶戏万花筒》

剧情简介:"台湾偶戏万花筒"之剧情为典型的才子佳人的故事,情节非常简单主要叙述一位书生路遇不平,锄强济弱最后终于赢得美人芳心,全剧乃轻松讨喜之小品喜剧。"台湾偶戏万花筒"一剧乃针对未曾接触过传统布袋戏的人如外国人所设计的,亦可用默剧型式演出此为本剧另一特色,全长约40分钟。简单易懂趣味横生,透过演师五指精细的操弄,表现出生、旦、丑、杂等各类人物的肢体特色,及剧中所设计之小生摇扇、小旦梳妆撑伞、白阔抽烟、武术杂耍、跳窗等细腻动作表演,是引领观众一窥传统布袋戏堂奥的绝佳入门好戏。


So much has been said about the declining standard of education

Posted: 25 Feb 2010 07:17 AM PST

So much has been said about the declining standard of education in our shores, it is just as bad as in UK. So if one looks down at our very own system the British one is not any better for all the money that is thrown in. Not just for the money, but the values and the discipline that is also lacking. I read some interesting comments about the sad state of affairs in UK.


The British education system is woeful. It is living in the 19th century turning out uneducated kids and near useless university graduates with degrees in geography, politics and other highly desirable 'arts' degrees.

Whenever a supplier becomes disconnected with the demands of the buyer the buyer will soon look elsewhere. UK employers need properly educated people, there are plenty of these coming from other countries.

The sad thing about the education dumbing down, and it applies not only to schools/universities, but to the professions too, is that there has been a move away from objective academic tests of knowledge and understanding where several papers had to be sat and passed in one sitting, toward course work and the ability to sit one paper at a time every year or so, and keep re-taking again the one paper if failed the first time.

Not to mention that to achieve top grades the pass mark has been lowered and lowered. I have no idea how employers or universities can distinguish the bright from the not so bright anymore.


Have you seen how pathetic GCSE and A Levels are? Even a deranged monkey could get an A* sitting one of our exams. And a recent Times article showed us that a record number of students are cheating in exams! We're not just churning out the enemployable, we're churning out complete no-hopers.

This dumbing down of the education system is set to continue with renewed vigor by forcing everyone to stay at school until 18. Far too many unqualified students are in Universities without the needed intellect and far too many are in school who will not learn any more there and have no chance to learn about real life outside school by getting a job even if that job is a low paid unskilled job. That's the consequences of not having the intellectual capacity to get into advanced learning and study, and only serves to insulate them in a juvenile boring environment where there are no skills available to take them into what will still only be low end jobs.

Meanwhile all this social engineering and attempts to level the playing field is creating opportunities for the smarter foreign graduates and reducing opportunities for all UK graduates.

Reduce school leaving age for those who cannot progress further, reduce minimum wage, and halve the intake of University Graduates by increasing the pass required and clear out half the courses that not directly related to the needs of major employers

I've worked with graduates from across Europe, as well as the Middle East and India, and found that none exhibited the same sense of eternally adolescent entitlement and woeful lack of professionalism as an embarrassingly large number of their British counterparts.

This was confirmed for me when I was out one evening a couple of years ago with a few friends of various nationalities. A Norwegian member of the group, who studied at Heriot Watt University and has travelled throughout the UK, remarked that she'd been dismayed to find the vast majority of British university students incredibly immature in comparison to their peers in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe; much to my embarrassment, all the other foreign graduates at the table wholeheartedly agreed. Since then I've asked a few other friends and colleagues from abroad what they thought of her observation - all immediately agreed.



It's time to take a long, hard look at UK s education system. Oh yes not just anybody can afford an education. Not just any Tom, Dick or Harry. Some think it's posh to study in UK. But with all the negative vibes mentioned above, probably looking down south will be a better option.


Smoking, liquor and my prayers

Posted: 25 Feb 2010 06:17 AM PST

I used to pray to Allah for my parents, grand-parents, families of all the brothers/sisters, our family, relatives and me. I pray for our countries, all the Muslims in Burma and other places and for my patients. I pray one thing extra for me, not only to forgive sin but to be able to avoid sin also.

 

I was in six standard,our family doctor prescribed me the "Waterburys Compound" containing alcohol (Ethanol 11%) Allah stop me from taking that vitamin/tonic by vomiting and diarrhoea. When I was sent back to the doctor, the medicine sol by "People's drug store" of General Ne Win was already expired. That was when I wrote a complaint letter to the newspaper editor of Hantharwaddy. When the letter was never published, I tried to call the editors and at last I got a chance to argue with the now the famous Journalist NLD U Win Tin. The story about that and later my argument with General Ne Win CEC at Lu Ye Chun Camp about this matter was already written in earlier posting.

Indications

A liquid formulation recommended for the temporary relief of coughs due to colds and bronchitis. As a general tonic during illness and convalescence.

Ingredients

Each 10mL contains:
Creosote 5.5mg
Guaiacol 0.25mg
Ethanol 11% v/v.

Also contains: Sodium benzoate, gluten, glucose and sucrose.

But not because, as a haram, I even tasted a drop of Beer or any liquor. Although all of my family and friends rightly convinced me and proved that Root Beer is alcohol free, even because of the Beer name itself I avoided drinking it.

I was a very mild social smoker since I was in the Final Part 2 M.B.,B.S. But I was never addicted or had an urge to smoke but sometimes only with the friends, smoked 1-2 cigarettes or cheroots par day. But because of my mild Bronchial Asthma I could not smoke or rather stopped totally. It was the Hari Raya day on the early 1990; we went to the late ex-GM of Burma Airways Pilot Hassan Latt and Ma Ma Pyone's house. I smoked five cigarettes but I got the mild Asthma and Chronic cough for five months. I never smoke again. Later I got HPT and Hypercholesterolemia and as a medical man I know the bad effects of smoking. FYI, I had managed to collect and display the effects of smoking at the Burma Medical Association organized public show in Mandalay.

Now after reading this news, thanked Allah for stopping me from making myself dumb! As I had posted, my IQ was 150 and was just an average for a Medical Doctor. But my "Learning by heart' memory is quite bad. I have difficulty in recalling the faces, names, car and telephone numbers. To compensate this, I always try to understand not only the real meaning of the tax books or anything I read, but tried to read between the lines for hidden things, why? how? etc. and try to search the facts with other similar subjects and draw a compare/contrast charts. So I managed to digest the "Periodic table, Phylum, Upper lower limbs Anatomy .  . . .so on to diseases. Alhamdulillah, in the exams my minds usually never confused but even could answer more than the examiner expects.

Now read this article from Malaysian Insider: Is smoking making you dumber?

NEW YORK, Feb 25 — Cigarette smokers have lower IQs than non-smokers, and the more a person smokes, the lower their IQ, according to a study of over 20,000 Israeli military recruits.

Dr. Mark Weiser and colleagues from Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer found that young men who smoked a pack of cigarettes a day or more had IQ scores 7.5 points lower than non-smokers.

"Adolescents with poorer IQ scores might be targeted for programmes designed to prevent smoking," they conclude in the journal Addiction.

While there is evidence for a link between smoking and lower IQ, many studies have relied on intelligence tests given in childhood, and have also included people with mental and behavioural problems, who are both more likely to smoke and more likely to have low IQs, Weiser and his team noted.

To better understand the smoking-IQ relationship, the researchers looked at 20,211 18-year-old men recruited into the Israeli military.

The group did not include anyone with major mental health problems, because these individuals are disqualified from military service.

According to the researchers, 28 per cent of the study participants smoked at least one cigarette a day, around 3 per cent said they were ex-smokers, and 68 per cent had never smoked.

The smokers had significantly lower intelligence test scores than non-smokers, and this remained true even after the researchers accounted for socioeconomic status measured by how many years of formal education a recruit's father had completed.

The average IQ for non-smokers was about 101, while it was 94 for men who had started smoking before entering the military.

IQ steadily dropped as the number of cigarettes smoked increased, from 98 for people who smoked one to five cigarettes daily to 90 for those who smoked more than a pack a day.

IQ scores from 84 to 116 are considered to indicate average intelligence.

Recruits aren't allowed to smoke while intelligence tests are administered, the researchers said, so it is possible that withdrawal symptoms might affect smokers' scores.

To address this issue, they also looked at IQ scores for men who were non-smokers when they were 18 but started smoking during their military service.

These men also scored lower than never-smokers, 97 points, on average) "indicating that nicotine withdrawal was probably not the cause of the difference," the researchers said.

The researchers also compared IQs for 70 pairs of brothers in the group in which one brother smoked and the other did not. Again, average IQs for the non-smoking sibling were higher than for the smokers.

The findings suggest that lower IQ individuals are more likely to choose to smoke, rather than that smoking makes people less intelligent, Weiser and his team conclude. — Reuters

 

 



Nalla Sudah Kering Isu, Serang Peribadi Wan Azizah

Posted: 25 Feb 2010 08:14 AM PST

KKecaman Datuk S. Nallakaruppan terhadap Presiden Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail menunjukkan Barisan Nasional ketandusan isu politik hingga tergamak menyerang peribadi lawan. (Gambar: Nalla dan Ezam)

Serangan peribadi yang digembar-gemburkan Utusan Malaysia, sebuah media kawalan Umno-BN tidak lebih dari usaha menjatuhkan maruah sesama manusia, khususnya insan tabah seperti Azizah.

Exco Selangor, Dr. Xavier Jayakumar melabel Nalla sebagai alat permainan Umno-BN bagi menjatuhkan maruah keluarga Anwar dan Pakatan Rakyat dengan melontarkan kenyataan tidak berasas.

"Nallakarupan salah seorang dalam permaian ini tujuan mereka ialah untuk menjatuhkan Datuk Seri Anwar, Pakatan Rakyat dan PKR dengan cara melontarkan maklumat seperti itu walaupun tidak ada asasnya,"katanya.

Xavier menganggap tindakan Nalla bukanlah watak sebenar wira rakyat kerana gagal membangkitkan isu rakyat sebaliknya hanya lantang menyerang keperibadian orang.

"Saya hendak orang-orang ini yang katakan dia wira rakyat bawa isulah. Kenapa Nallakarupan tidak bawa isu, ada banyak isu untuk disuarakan kita boleh debat dengan isu penting bukan isu remeh temeh seperti ini. Ini bukan isu politik, kita perjuangkan isu rakyat, mahu bawa perubahan dalam negeri, saya cabar dia untuk berdebat tentang isu ini bukannya yang remeh temeh, kalau dia tidak tahu diamlah,"katanya.

Nalla mendakwa ketabahan Azizah berkaitan kes perbicaraan konspirasi kedua sebagai sandiwara presiden PKR itu bagi menjaga reputasi suami sebagai Ketua Pembangkang.

Memetik laporan Utusan, Nalla mahu mencadangkan Menteri Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim untuk menganugerahkan Azizah 'Pelakon Wanita Terbaik 2010'.

Sementara itu Ahli Parlimen Klang, Charles Santiago pula menyifatkan kenyataan Nalla itu adalah startegi Umno-BN untuk melakukan pemusnahan karektor Anwar sebagai pemimpin berkaliber dengan menghina keluarga beliau.

"Ini merupakan beberapa strategi untuk memperkecil, memperbodohkan dan juga untuk memalukan Datuk Seri Anwar dan keluarga. Jadi, bila ia menjadi tajuk utama di muka depan Utusan ia memperkukuhkan lagi pendapat kami bahawa ini adalah satu strategi Barisan Nasional dan Umno untuk memalukan, menghina Datuk Seri Anwar khususnya di kalangan orang-orang Melayu,"katanya.

Xavier turut membidas tindakan Utusan yang tidak lagi mengamal etika kewartawanan sebaliknya menjadi perkakas Umno-BN untuk menjatuhkan pejuang rakyat.

"Mereka gunakan surat khabar sebagai satu media untuk menghentam tidak kira sama ada ia betul dari segi moral ataupun mengikut etika kewartawanan. Betul atau tidak betul, sekarang tidak dikira, sekarang ada arahan dari atasan untuk bawa isu remeh temeh yang tiada kaitan dengan politik negara untuk jatuhkan maruah dan nama orang-orang berkenaan, itu tujuan mereka. Memang tidak ada standard langsung kalau kita ikut akhbar yang ada sekarang,"katanya. -tvs


Nallakaruppan anggap Wan Azizah 'pelakon' hebat

KUALA LUMPUR 24 Feb. - Presiden Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail selayaknya diberi anugerah 'Pelakon Wanita Terbaik 2010' atas kehebatan 'lakonannya' ketika berhadapan dengan rakyat.

Datuk S. Nallakaruppan yang secara sinis mencadangkan pengurniaan itu, bersedia mengemukakannya kepada Menteri Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan, Datuk Seri Dr. Rais Yatim untuk dipertimbangkan.

Beliau yang juga bekas rakan karib Anwar berkata, anugerah itu kelak akan mampu menaikkan lagi reputasi Wan Azizah bagi membolehkannya menerima tawaran lumayan dari Hollywood.

"Saya amat yakin kelak Wan Azizah mampu meraih 'Anugerah Academy' di Hollywood," katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini.

Nallakarupan mengulas kenyataan Wan Azizah dalam sebuah akhbar Australia semalam yang menyifatkan perbicaraan kes liwat suaminya merupakan sebahagian daripada usaha untuk menamatkan karier politik Ketua Pembangkang itu.

Dakwa beliau, Wan Azizah seorang wanita yang hebat kerana boleh melalui kes dakwaan berkaitan moral suaminya.

Malah dakwa beliau lagi, Presiden PKR itu juga berada pada satu tahap melebihi wanita lain di Malaysia kerana boleh melakukan apa sahaja demi menjaga kepentingan kerjaya suaminya.

"Wan Azizah kena tahu bahawa bukan semua isteri seperti beliau yang boleh menerima keadaan sedemikian. Ramai kalangan wanita di Malaysia tidak boleh terima dengan senang hati.

"Mereka juga tidak akan berpura-pura hanya sebab kepentingan kerjaya suami mereka. Hanya Wan Azizah sahaja yang sanggup buat semua ini," katanya.

Nallakaruppan percaya kesanggupan Wan Azizah itu berpunca daripada keyakinannya untuk mencapai cita-citanya satu hari kelak.

"Saya kasihan dengan mereka yang masih percaya dengan lakonan dan sandiwara Wan Azizah," katanya.

Mengenai perbicaraan Anwar, Nallakarupan berkata, bekas sahabat karibnya itu sepatutnya menjadi seorang lelaki budiman dengan berhadapan segala pertuduhan yang dikemukakan.

"Mangsa membuat laporan dan pendakwaan kata ada bukti. Kalau lelaki yang gentleman, dia bukan saja akan hadapi perbicaraan tetapi berharap ia dijalankan secepat mungkin kerana itu penting bagi membersihkan namanya,'' ujarnya. -UM





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Posted: 25 Feb 2010 06:14 AM PST

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Heritage enclave abuzz with preparation for CNY party

Posted: 25 Feb 2010 05:47 AM PST





As reported in the Star.

Heritage enclave abuzz with preparations for CNY party
By ANDREA FILMER, Photos by K.E. OOI

Festive countdown: Work is in progress to prepare the George Town heritage enclave for the annual Chinese New Year Cultural and Heritage Celebration tomorrow.

PREPARATIONS are underway in George Town's inner city heritage enclave for the annual Chinese New Year Cultural and Heritage Celebration.

The old streets have already come alive with excitement and sounds of construction as organisers, volunteers and workers quicken their pace to ensure all is ready for the nine-hour party tomorrow.


Festive decor: Strings of lanterns have been put up along Armenian Street in preparation for the celebration tomorrow.

Strings of bright red lanterns have emerged while the finishing touches are being put on the grand 5m-high archway on Lebuh Cannon.

The yellow and grey structure, that will be the gateway for the nine-street celebration, is adorned with a brilliant blue roof and eye-catching designs of 'Fuk Luk Sau', the gods of longevity, happiness and prosperity.

Also under construction is a large brown and gold main stage at the intersection of Lebuh Cannon and Armenian Street where the event's opening ceremony will be held at 6pm.


Finishing touch: A worker reinforcing gold designs on a large brown stage at the junction of Lebuh Cannon and Armenian Street.

Event programme director Khor Hock Thye said this year's celebration would see a new theme after several years.

"For the last two or three years, the celebration centred around the cultures and traditions of five Chinese clans — the Cantonese, Hokkien, Hakka, Teochew and Hainan.

"This year, we are introducing a theme on moral values, putting emphasis on faithfulness, etiquette, filial piety and justice," Khor said in a press conference yesterday.

He said the heritage enclave would be divided into 10 areas —Faithfulness, Etiquette, Filial Piety and Justice, representing four core Chinese moral values and Traditional Handicraft Zone, Wushu Stage, The History of Clan Houses in Penang, Art and Culture Zone, Native Place Region and The Old Penang Memory.

"Each area will have its own ongoing activities starting from 3pm till midnight.

"Highlights include musical dance and drama performances of famous Chinese characters like Yue Fei (a Chinese patriot and military general)," Khor said.

He added that a dance troupe on stilts from Batu Pahat, Johor, would be making a special trip to the state to perform and there would also be an 88 drummers performance — a larger version of the popular 24-season drum showcase.

Over 100,000 people are expected to turn up for the street party while 30,000 guide booklets have been printed and will be distributed free during the event, Khor added.

The street party is organised by the Clan Associations Youth Committee, the Penang Chinese Clan Council and the state government. It is co-sponsored by E&O Hotel and DiGi.

To facilitate preparations, a section of Armenian Street (between Lebuh Cannon and Lebuh Acheh) will be closed today from noon till midnight.

For the event tomorrow, nine roads will be closed the whole day — Lebuh Acheh, Armenian Street, Lebuh Ah Quee, Lebuh Chulia (between Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling and Queen Street), Lorong Pitt, Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling (between Lebuh Chulia and Kampung Kolam), Lebuh Buckingham, Soo Hong Lane and Cannon Street.


Highlights: Wong (wearing tie) being briefed on the event layout by Khor (right).

State Town and Country Planning, Housing and Arts Committee chairman Wong Hon Wai said there would also be several road transitions, adding that police personnel as well as some 60 Rela members would be on the scene to help the traffic flow.

"We are also opening two temporary bus stops, one at the junction of Lebuh Ah Quee and Beach Street and the other at the junction of Lebuh Acheh and Beach Street.

"Rapid Penang buses heading to George Town and all three CAT buses (that are free of charge) will stop there to help people get to the event," Wong said.

He urged members of the public and visitors to take public transport to the party to cut down on the number of cars heading to the area.

Suggested parking areas for those who are coming by car include Prangin Mall, the Hutton Lane multi-storey car park, the Fort Cornwallis car park, areas around the Esplanade and the Union Street multi-storey car park.


Naik belon!

Posted: 25 Feb 2010 05:44 AM PST

Ipoh – LCCT bus ticket : ADA!

Flight web check-in : DONE!

Boarding pass : SIAP!

(Heh! If I forget any of the above, none of my office-mates will be going anywhere!)

Hotel booking confirmation : GOT!

Return flight booking confirmation : ADA!

What else? Oh yeah, DUIT : baru dapat gaji beb, ada la!

 

Okay, will NAIK BELON tomorrow morning. Taking a 3 day break from office work, voluntary work AND blogging. Be back in Ipoh Sunday night and back blogging on Monday, insyaAllah!


Rumah ADUN Yang Hampir Diisytihar Muflis Disimbah Cat

Posted: 25 Feb 2010 05:48 AM PST

Rumah Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Kuala Nerang, Kedah, Syed Sobri Syed Hashim, di Taman Malaysia, disimbah cat merah, dipercayai perbuatan khianat malam tadi.

Walaubagaimanapun, kejadian hanya disedari Adun Umno itu kira-kira jam 7 pagi tadi ketika membuka pintu pagar rumahnya.

Beliau terkejut apabila mendapati tompokan cat merah pada tembok dan pintu pagar rumahnya.

Syed Sobri ialah antara calon Umno/BN yang hampir tumbang dalam Tsunami politik pada pilihanraya umum (PRU), 8 Mac 2008.

Beliau sekadar meraih majoriti 805 undi pada tahun 2008 berbanding majoriti BN pada PRU sebelumnya sebanyak 1,310 undi.

Calon PAS/PR pada PRU 8 Mac 2008, Zawawi Ahmad mendapat 7,051 undi.

Tindakan menyimbah cat merah bukan sesuatu yang baru dalam budaya Umno kerana sebelum ini perkara seumpama itu pernah berlaku yang dipercayai bermotifkan politik.

Menurut erapakatan, sebelum ini, rumah bekas Menteri Dalam Negeri, Syed Hamid Albar dan pejabat Ketua Pergerakan Wanita UMNO Johor, Halimah Sadique, dibaling cat merah oleh pihak tidak bertanggungjawab dan dipercayai bermotifkan politik.

Selain dari itu, budaya simbah cat ini juga biasanya dikaitkan dengan "hutang Along".

Syed Sobri pernah hampir disytiharkan muflis oleh sebuah bank pada tahun lepas kerana berhutang sebanyak RM150,000.

Apakah kerana hendak melangsaikan hutang bank itu supaya tidak tertanggal title YBnya maka beliau terpaksa berhutang dengan Along?

Sekurang-kurangnya itulah persepsi masyarakat.

Rumah ADUN Kuala Nerang disimbah cat

Rumah ADUN Kuala Nerang di Taman Lumba Kuda di Alor Star telah disimbah dengan cat awal pagi ini.

Datuk Syed Sobri Syed Hashim menyifatkan perbuatan tersebut semata-mata mahu mencemar dan memalukannya.

"Saya tidak tahu apa motif mereka buat begini. Nak kata berhutang, saya bukan ahli perniagaan. Sebagai ahli politik sepenuh masa tidak mungkin saya pinjam dengan ah long.

"Jadi saya anggap orang yang melakukan perbuatan ini sebagai pengecut," kata Datuk Syed Sobri Syed Hashim kepada pemberita hari ini.

Beliau yang juga Naib Ketua Umno bahagian Padang Terap berkata beliau mengetahui mengenai kejadian itu kira-kira pukul 9 pagi selepas isterinya, Datin Zakiah Salahuddin yang pulang dari pasar ternampak tompokan merah di tembok depan rumah mereka.

Katanya apabila diperiksa didapati cat merah yang disimbah di empat penjuru rumahnya masih baru.

"Saya dapati modus operandi menyimbah cat ini adalah seperti perbuatan ah long. Oleh itu saya membuat laporan polis supaya ia dapat disiasat. Satu tong cat yang dilemparkan ke tembok rumah saya turut diambil polis," katanya.

Syed Sobri turut meminta pihak yang tidak berpuas hati dengannya supaya membuat laporan polis atau membawa perkara itu ke mahkamah.

- Bernama



Tiada Pilihan Raya kecil Kuala Nerang, Semua Hutang Dah Langsai

Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Kuala Nerang, Datuk Syed Sobri Syed Hashim berkata, beliau sudah menjelaskan semua hutang bank sebanyak RM150,000.

Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) juga mengesahkan spekulasi pilihan raya kecil tidak timbul lagi kerana isu itu "kini hanya bersifat akademik kerana sudah ada penyelesaian."

Timbalan Pengerusi SPR, Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar berkata, pihaknya difahamkan soal muflis sudah selesai kerana kedua-dua pihak yang terbabit iaitu Syed Sobri dan bank telah mencari jalan penyelesaian.

"Jadi soal pilihan raya kecil tidak timbul lagi," kata beliau ketika dihubungi semalam.

Beliau mengakui SPR ada dimaklumkan tentang status muflis ADUN itu sebelum ini.

"Tetapi kini sudah selesai," kata beliau kepada mStar Online.

Syed Sobri yang dipetik Bernama berkata, peguam beliau telah mengemukakan permohonan untuk mengetepikan penghakiman mahkamah 3 November lepas yang mengisytiharkan dirinya muflis.

"Perintah dari mahkamah pun belum dikeluarkan," kata beliau, yang juga Naib Ketua Umno Padang Terap, kepada pemberita pada majlis khatan perdana anjuran Kelab Kebajikan dan Sosial Kakitangan Hospital Kuala Nerang dan Adun Kuala Nerang di sini, semalam.

Khamis lalu, media melaporkan Kedah berkemungkinan menyaksikan pilihan raya kecil berikutan keputusan mahkamah mengisytiharkan ADUN Kuala Nerang itu muflis.

Pada pilihan raya umum Mac lepas, Syed Sobri menewaskan calon PAS, Zawawi Ahmad dengan majoriti 805 undi.



Saman RM100juta Zambry Ke Atas Wan Azizah. Apa Isunya?

Posted: 25 Feb 2010 05:26 AM PST

Parti Keadilan Rakyat dilaporkan akan mempertahankan pendirian berhubung saman yang difailkan terhadap Presiden, Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Ismail dan tiga pihak lain oleh Menteri Besar "Mahkamah" Perak Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, Suara keadilan dipetik.

Menurut Naib Presiden KEADILAN Sivarasa Rasiah parti telah melantik seorang peguam untuk meneliti saman tersebut.

"Zambry telah memilih untuk pergi ke mahkamah dan kita akan siasat perkara ini. Kita akan pertahankan pendirian kita di mahkamah nanti," ujarnya.

Menurutnya KEADILAN telah melantik Ranjit Singh untuk meneliti kandungan saman tersebut sebelum mengambil apa-apa tindakan susulan.

"Kita akan lihat apakah butiran dan fakta yang terkandung dalam saman ini dan kita akan dapatkan nasihat dari peguam," ujarnya ketika dihubungi Suara Keadilan.

Hari ini Dr Zambry memfailkan saman terhadap presiden berjumlah RM100 juta dan tiga pihak lain berhubung artikel yang disiarkan organ parti itu, Suara Keadilan.

Dr Zambry mendakwa artikel bertajuk "Zambry Disyaki Pengganas" yang dimuatkan dalam isu Suara Keadilan bertarikh 29 Disember hingga 5 Januari lalu mengandungi perkataan berunsur fitnah, tidak berasas dan disiarkan dengan niat jahat.



Zambry fail saman RM100 juta terhadap Wan Azizah
PERAK: Menteri Besar Perak, Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir hari ini memfailkan saman RM100 juta terhadap Presiden Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail dan tiga yang lain mengenai artikel yang disiarkan dalam Suara Keadilan. - Bernama




How to Stifle Speech by Clifford D May

Posted: 25 Feb 2010 05:37 AM PST

There's an old Soviet joke in which an American tells a Russian: "In my country we have freedom of speech. I can stand in front of the White House and yell, 'Nixon is an idiot!' and nothing will happen to me." The Russian replies: "In my country, we have the same freedom. I can stand in front of the Kremlin and yell, 'Nixon is an idiot!' and nothing will happen to me either."

Updated for the 21st century, the joke might go like this: A Christian tells a Muslim: "In the West, we have freedom of speech. I can go to the Vatican and yell, 'Christianity is a crock!' and nothing will happen to me." The Muslim replies: "We have just as much freedom in the Muslim world. I can go to Mecca and yell, 'Christianity is a crock!' and nothing will happen to me either."

The fact is very few Muslim-majority countries are free countries. A Muslim who wants to speak his mind without fear, practice his religion as he chooses, and vote for or against politicians in fair elections is better off living in the West than in any of the more than four dozen nations that hold membership in the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

But even in the West, freedom is an endowment, not an entitlement. Generation after generation must have the courage to defend what we used to call, without embarrassment, "the blessings of liberty."

That means recognizing that a war is being waged against what we used to call, also without embarrassment, the Free World. This war is being waged by an enemy many are reluctant to name: Islamists. They are fighting not only with AK-47s and I.E.D.s in such places as Afghanistan and Somalia. They also are fighting with actions, ideas, and laws in such places as Europe and America. They are fighting a pitched battle against freedom of speech — the right without which other rights cannot be protected.

And, at this moment, the West is putting up a feeble defense. We are accepting government prohibitions on the thoughts we may express, we are allowing extremists to shout us down and shut us up, and we are self-censoring out of fear or faux-sensitivity. A few examples?

Start with the Dutch government's prosecution of Geert Wilders, a member of parliament who has expressed unfavorable opinions of the Islamic faith and the Koran. Such views may cause offense. But they cannot be criminalized in any country that values freedom. Continued....Page 2 and Page 3


Allocation of fund to vernacular schools in Air Itam

Posted: 25 Feb 2010 05:27 AM PST


I have visited vernacular schools in Air Itam and the State Government is committed to assist Chinese schools, Tamil Schools, missionary schools and Sekolah Agama Rakyat in Penang.

檳制度獲認同‧122校申請撥款
2010-01-22 19:01

公民一校董事會財政程福隆(右2)指示牆上的龜裂痕跡。右是黃漢偉;左起董事會總務郭狄歷和公民三校信理員未員會主席拿督莊耿康。(圖:光明日報)
(檳城)阿依淡區州議員黃漢偉聲稱,2天前的華教協委會會議結果顯示,今年申請州政府撥款的學校共有122所,這意味著更多學校認同州政府處理撥款的效率。

他指出,今年是民聯政府實行制度化撥款的第2年,申請撥款學校比去年增加14所,東北縣方面則從去年50所增至53所。

他今日(週五,1月22日)在巡視公民總校、公民一校和中華A、B校時表示,各區州議員將在未來3週內,到各申請撥款學校進行審核。

在吸取去年的經驗後,黃漢偉希望各區州議員在校方配合下,更快完成審核程序,讓校方早日獲得撥款。

"我期盼州政府能發揮拋磚引玉作用,讓中央政府改變撥款政策,使各源流學校都可受惠,也希望各校踴躍向中央政府申請撥款。"

他披露,在其選區內申請撥款的學校多達8間,包括中華A、B校、公民總校、公民一校、新江小學、僑南小學、拉惹基淡小和鍾靈中學。

針對公民一校欲將學校旁的部份河流填土,進行擴建以加寬學生活動空間一事,黃漢偉表示,有關工程已被納入水力灌溉局的2010年預算內。

他說,當局已委派人員前來視察,結果乃有待決定。然而,他認為一切仍需當局的指導,以鞏固河堤,讓河邊泥土不再下陷。


Under a Penang Sky - Sculpture Trail

Posted: 25 Feb 2010 05:39 AM PST





As reported in The Star
Japanese creates abstract sculpture worth RM600,000
By MANJIT KAUR




Almost done: Mitsuo putting the final touches to his masterpiece at Upper Penang Road.

EVER passed by Upper Penang Road and wondered what a marble abstract sculpture was doing there?

Wonder no more as that sculpture is the work of a well-known Japanese sculptor Kikuchi Mitsuo.

Entitled 'Under a Penang Sky', the 3.4m-tall sculpture is made up of four fine marble slabs each weighing three tonnes.

Penang State Art Gallery chairman Datuk Tang Hon Yin said the sculpture was the fourth of its kind under the Penang Sculpture Trail project.

The other three are 'Winds of Penang' by Mukai Katsumi located at the junction of Penang Road and Magazine Road, 'Celebration of the Blue Sky' by Hitori Nakayama and 'Rhythm of Life' by Heng Eow Lin both situated at the Lebuh Sungai Pinang promenade.


Drilling patiently: Mitsuo working hard on a marble slab to create his abstract sculpture. He took two years to finish his project, entitled 'Under a Penang Sky'.
Tang said Mitsuo, 64, took two years to complete the sculpture using St Nicholas Home for the Visually Impaired as his studio.

"The artist will be present on Thursday for the 'unveiling' of the sculpture by state Town and Country Planning, Housing and Arts Committee chairman Wong Hon Wai.

"His work is valued at RM600,000 but he will not be paid for the sculpture. It is his gift to the city.

"Ten people will look at the sculpture in 10 different ways, as the work is abstract. That is the beauty of it," he told a press conference at a hotel in Penang on Thursday.

The sculpture that was completed towards the end of last year is facing the E&O Hotel on Farquhar Street.

Tang said the vision to turn Penang into a world class sculpture corridor showcasing the best of Asian sculptors is the brainchild of Nakayama, who has been residing in Penang for the past 21 years.

The implementation of the Penang Sculpture Trail of World Class Asian Sculpture is spearheaded by Friends of Penang and supported by the Penang Museum and Art Gallery and the Penang Municipal Council.


One for the album: Mitsuo posing with his masterpiece after completion of his work.

"The project aims to install five sculptures per year for the next 10 years. We are hoping to come up with 50 such world-class sculptures during the period.

"We are trying to follow a model after a small town not far away from Tokyo called Tachikawa that has over 100 sculptures from worldwide artists.

"Although we have a long way to go, we hope one day people will visit Penang for its wonderful sculptures," he added.

Tang said the Penang Sculpture Trail was an example of the saying "There is no limit to what man can do if no one cares who takes the credit".

"What matters is for like-minded people to do whatever they can to make Penang one of the most beautiful cities in the world," he said.

Those interested to be involved in the community driven project as a sponsor or supporter can email Friends of Penang at pstprojectinfo@gmail.com


檳島第4戶外裝置藝術誕生‧"檳城天空之下"揭幕
2010-02-06 15:21

"檳城天空之下"正式開幕:左起為揭幕嘉賓菊池滿雄、黃漢偉、李凱及陳忠源。(圖:星洲日報)

檳島的第4個裝置藝術已經順利誕生,未來的10年內,檳政府及非政府組織計劃要在整個豎立50座裝置藝術,要讓藝術融入生活,無處不在。(圖:星洲日報)

外國遊客喜見"檳城天空之下"的誕生,馬上邀請創作者在小冊子上簽名留念!(圖:星洲日報)
1 of 3(檳城)"檳城天空之下"(Under a Penang Sky)正式揭幕,檳島的第4個戶外裝置藝術宣告完美誕生!

這個由日本藝術家菊池滿雄(64歲)創作的裝置藝術,早前舉行揭幕儀式,並由菊池滿雄本身及負責檳州文化藝術事務的黃漢偉主持。

"檳城天空之下"重8噸,高3.4公尺,由產自怡保的大理石製成,與伊恩奧酒店遙遙相對。菊池滿雄為了這個作品,自掏腰包來檳9次勘察,他以水晶的棱角為概念,配合檳州獨有的古城氛圍,創造出這個作品。

菊池滿雄:雕像強調曲線

菊池滿雄解釋,這個雕像特別強調其曲線,當中凸顯了"人工的整齊"和"天然的不完整",簡言之,就是這座城市柔和了自然和現代的美,達致和諧的美。

"這就是檳城的特色了,總是那麼渾然天成。"

黃漢偉說,喬治市除了是一個擁有世遺地位的城市外,檳州政府亦積極想把它打造成"藝術之都",讓藝術文化氣息充滿在這古色古香的城市內。

他感謝菊池滿雄留下這個美麗的藝術品給檳城人。

"我要特別感激聖尼古拉之家、新港機械、Lincolite Electrical Engineering、怡保工程、Arkitek LLA、MH Boey Arkitek、Kintaly Marble、Kaki Design、Multi Tents及伊恩奧酒店的贊助,才能讓'檳城天空之下'順利豎立在喬治市。"

出席揭幕禮者包括雕像贊助人陳忠源、檳州畫廊主席拿督鄧康賢、檳城大地之友主席李凱、日本籍藝術家中山一人等等。值得一提的是,檳州交響樂隊亦在當天為公眾演奏多首曲子,為檳榔律上環營造了濃濃的藝術氛圍。

星洲日報/大北馬‧2010.02.05


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