- malaysian circus performed to its name in washington
- Salam Maulidur Rasul
- Amelanistic corn snake shed its skin - Watch the skin!
- T-ara’s s0n of a b1tch song
- Jaebum kicked out of 2PM officially
- Siasat ugut Salahuddin, Sivarasa, satu tindakan keterlaluan – Anwar
- Dolphins provide clues on fighting diabetes
- 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
- So much has been said about the declining standard of education
- Smoking, liquor and my prayers
- Nalla Sudah Kering Isu, Serang Peribadi Wan Azizah
- What to do with captive killer whales - bbc online
- Heritage enclave abuzz with preparation for CNY party
- Naik belon!
- Rumah ADUN Yang Hampir Diisytihar Muflis Disimbah Cat
- Saman RM100juta Zambry Ke Atas Wan Azizah. Apa Isunya?
- How to Stifle Speech by Clifford D May
- Allocation of fund to vernacular schools in Air Itam
- Under a Penang Sky - Sculpture Trail
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.
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
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."
Posted: 25 Feb 2010 10:03 AM PST
Saya ingin mengucapkan Salam Maulidur Rasul kepada semua umat Islam.
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."
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!
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!
Gambar-gambar boleh dilihat di sini.
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':
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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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.
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Posted: 25 Feb 2010 09:01 AM PST
Korean 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.
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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Posted: 25 Feb 2010 08:00 AM PST
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!
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.
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。
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."
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。
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。
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.
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.
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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
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
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Posted: 25 Feb 2010 06:14 AM PST
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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！
"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。"
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