Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Neighbour From Hell!

Neighbour From Hell!


Neighbour From Hell!

Posted: 24 Feb 2010 08:01 AM PST

In my previous post, I mentioned that I wanted to post about my stupid, moronic, imbecilic, annoying and retarded neighbour. Well, I intend to tell you just how stupid, moronic, imbecilic, annoying and retarded they are! I'm really 'blessed' to always have 'wonderful' neighbours. And this time, my neighbour cost me a whopping RM220.00 for nothing!

Last Saturday morning, wifey and me happened to wake up a little earlier than normal and this was after we stayed up late the night before checking out bingo halls online. As usual, the moment we wake up she'll head to the windows to draw the curtains. I was still lying in bed, while she was at the window and I hear the neighbours going 'Oi hello, hello' at her from downstairs.

Now wifey is not the kind to take to people calling her 'hello, hello' and she just walks away. But that doesn't stop them and they're still hollering 'hello, hello' which gets me riled up and I walk to the window and look down at them.

When they see me they start talking rather rudely and harshly about why my Astro satellite dish is infringing into their space! Yes, really, they actually started making a fuss about it not being right and how come we let the installer let it infringe into their house and all that crap and wanted us to remove it right away.

Now, granted, the bloody dish was infringing their 'air' space and I blame the bloody Astro installer for that but, get this, it's been in that position for the past FOUR, yes four months and I am VERY sure they have seen it there and only now they start making a big fuss about it. What gives?

Come on la people, it's not really getting in your way at all. It's way up on the wall and not blocking you or making your life's any more miserable so why the big fuss. And even then, you could at least be a little polite about it and not be so freaking rude, especially the first thing on a Saturday morning! And they kept insisting that we get it removed.

Well, technically it was infringing into their space but like I said, it wasn't like it was going to kill anyone or anything. So I called Astro immediately and asked them to get a technician over ASAP to remove and reposition that satellite dish and after all the work was done which took close to four hours (and that's a story for another day) it cost me a whopping RM220.00 for it! Hard earned money down the drain for nothing.

I freaking HATE that morons next door from the deepest bottom of my pancreas and I really hope they'll stumble upon my blog cos I am sure they'll know it's them I'm talking about. It's people like you who don't know how to give and take that make this world a crappy place to live in. It's a small tiny satellite dish and I wouldn't have blinked an eye if it was the other way around.

I never ever complain when they park their car and block my gate and in fact I still probably won't cos I don't intend to stoop down to their lower intelligence level. Yes, I consider them a freaking low life in the brain department.

Wifey and me wouldn't have minded if they had only practiced a little more tact in telling us about the dish spilling over into their area as it really was infringing their space but it's the way they rudely and arrogantly made a fuss that had me freaking mad with them. Would it have been so hard to talk to us nicely instead of 'Oi hello, hello?' and start shouting away?

Anyways, I've written them off as human beings and as far as I'm concerned I don't have any neighbours on my right hand side. As far as I'm concerned they don't exist and I don't intend to even give them the time of day. I'm a friendly and easy going person, ask my best friends, they'll vouch for me but give me grief and I can hold a grudge for ages.

I seriously think I must have done something really bad in my previous life to my neighbours to always end up with neighbours that have relations with good old Lucifer himself. The previous house I stayed had me sandwiched between two neighbours from hell and now it's like dejavu all over again! Somebody must really have it in for me when it comes to neighbours.

One day when I strike it rich from doing all those bingo site reviews, I'll remember to buy myself a house with the nearest neighbour being at least 2,000 kilometers away ... LOL! I think it's better to be living with a pack of hyenas as neighbours than these creatures currently next to me. I'm still smarting from having to fork out an unnecessary RM220.00 on a Saturday morning.
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Kim Yuna’s TV commercial collection

Posted: 24 Feb 2010 08:30 AM PST

Various Korean commercials featuring figure skating star Kim Yuna. The world champion is a huge commercial star in Korea; these are the few which I saw on TV frequently during the Vancouver Winter Olympics…

Samsung Hauzen Aircon – her coach Brian Orser joined in for this commercial…

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More About My Previous Part-Time for DiGi at Queensbay Mall

Posted: 24 Feb 2010 07:54 AM PST

I am going to talk about my recent part-time job at Queensbay Mall few weeks back again. I know working part-time is very normal and common thing, but I am a little bit crazy, took photos and like talking very big about my job. Actually it's just for a little memories of mine, at least I did go to work during this long 3-4 months holidays. There will be a part-time for me again this weekend, not at Queensbay Mall but at Gurney Plaza.

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My job was promoter and assistant event organizer, I was not dealer, people can't sign line through me, I only promote and bring them to the dealer. So basically my job was standing and giving out flyers and taking care of the customer service counter. Very interesting thing is that Maxis, the rival's booth was not far away.

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On these 3 days of work, I met many friends, and also made new friends at work. To be honest, time passes very slow but yet, it's already passed. =) Money money come.

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Lunch break and dinner break was always the 3 same place, Ultimaxx Cafe, Chopper Board and Breeks Cafe. RM4-7 per meal. There's a rule that I can't go for break in pairs, but luckily for the 3 days, I found friends at the mall to eat together with.

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Working there burns calories because I stand a lot, standing, standing and keep standing, for more than 9 hours. Morning till night. Not that bad afterall, at night still got Chinese oldies played from speaker of central zone as part of Chinese New Year celebration.

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Very fast, 3 days passed and it's fun.

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Last day working, after work, I took photos before going home. Yay. Thanks for everyone who came by to visit and support DiGi.

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And for the 3 nights while we were going home, we always stuck in the jam for like 5-10 minutes. It's the car of all who works at Queensbay Mall, not shoppers. Wow.

One tip for working at Queensbay Mall, parking at the open site car park is only RM1.50 as per entry.


Umno Youth to the rescue! Now every runaway (read: underage) bride can come home! - Based on true life story of 'Bella' Salsabila Yunan - Lombok mali!

Posted: 24 Feb 2010 08:05 AM PST

The 'sensational' rescue of 15-year-old Malaysian teenager, by the name of Salsabila Yunan aka Bella has made the headlines.

Who rescued her? Umno Youth lor. This girl ran away from home to marry a man in Lombok, Indonesia.

Actually, the girl didn't want to come home even though her father was sick.

Now that she's home, she's hoping that her family will accept her spouse.

Of course, the father was very grateful to Umno Youth for bringing his daughter home because normally, girls who ran off to Lombok would only return home after 10 to 12 years.
(Source: The Star Online)


PAS Nak Tawan Semula Terengganu?

Posted: 24 Feb 2010 08:45 AM PST

PAS takkan ulangi kesilapan di T'ganu - malaysiakini

PAS yakin tidak akan mengulangi kesilapan dalam pilihan raya umum sebelum ini yang menyebabkan hilang penguasaan di Terengganu, kata setiausaha agungnya.

Menyifatkan pengurusan pilihan raya oleh Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) pada masa itu "luar daripada etika dan norma politik biasa", Datuk Mustafa Ali yakin penguasaan BN sukar dikekalkan lagi dalam pilihan raya umum yang akan datang.

"(Apa yang berlaku pada 2004) ini di luar jangkaan kita. Kita tidak jangkakan begini permainan BN. Saya sebut, Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) pada waktu itu dengan kerjasama SPR (terlibat).

"Kita ada bukti orang tertentu bertanggungjawab. Berdasarkan undi biasa kita tidak (akan) kalah lagi," katanya yang juga veteran PAS Terenggnu.

Mustafa diminta mengulas kegagalan PAS di negeri itu dalam dua pilihan raya umum berturut-turut ketika beliau memegang jawatan sebagai pengarah pilihan raya parti.

Kekalahan PAS negeri itu dalam keadaan Pakatan Rakyat menang besar pada Mac 2008 membentuk persepsi berhubung kewibawaan pemimpinnya daripada negeri itu, yang kebetulan memegang banyak kedudukan strategik dalam parti.

Dalam wawancara eksklusif dengan Malaysiakini baru-baru ini, Mustafa berkata, berdasarkan perubahan sokongan dan pertambahan pengundi secara 'biasa', mustahil BN dapat merampas negeri itu daripada penguasaan PAS.

Mustafa berkata, pada tahun tersebut, pertambahan jumlah pengundi terbanyak berlaku di Terengganu sehingga 15 peratus berbanding negeri jirannya Kelantan - yang juga dikuasai PAS - dengan hanya 4 peratus.

"Tumpuannya pada 2004 itu, Terengganu mesti dijatuhkan walau apa halangan sekali pun. Tumpuan pun tidak dibuat di Kelantan seperti itu," katanya.

Bagaimanapun melihat perkembangan semasa dalam menghadapi pilihan raya umum akan datang, Mustafa berpendapat:

"Tetapi sekarang ini mereka kena tumpu pada banyak negeri. Jadi kita lebih yakin hadapi pilihan raya yang akan datang dengan lebih baik."

Mustafa juga berkata, pengurusan pilihan raya seperti urusan pendaftaran yang dijalan di pejabat pos - yang didakwa banyak kelemahan - tidak boleh lagi dilakukan pada masa depan.

Katanya, suasana politik di Kelantan tidak boleh dibandingkan dengan negeri jirannya itu kerana negeri itu telah diperintah hampir 20 tahun.

"Sebahagian besarnya sudah sebati dengan PAS. Walaupun kita jatuh pada (pilihan raya ) 1978 bila pulih, rakyat sokong balik," kata Mustafa.

Ulasan GB

Ringkas sahaja, dengan keangkuhan pemimpin dan juak-juak PAS Terengganu disamping gagal menghargai kritikan yang diserlahkan sehingga kini, tidak sukar untuk kita meramalkan, mereka tidak akan dapat menawan Terengganu semula.

Begitu jugalah replika mereka di Selangor seperti Hassan Ali & Iskandar Samad, Tuan Ibrahim & Nasruddun Tantawi di Pahang, Nasaruddin Isa & Nik Amar di Kelantan dan Idris Ahmad & Misbahul Munir di Perak.

Maaf cakap, majoriti ahli-ahli PAS sendiri dah skeptikal dan meluat dengan mereka dengan sikap lalang mereka sehingga ada yang menikam kawan sendiri, apa tah lagi rakan-rakan lain di dalam Pakatan Rakyat dari PKR dan DAP.

Kecualilah mereka berubah, insyaAllah ramalan GB biasanya tepat.



Kehilangan Enjit Jet - Mustahil Hanya Dua Individu Terlibat

Posted: 24 Feb 2010 06:40 AM PST

Jawatankuasa Kira-kira Awam hari ini melawat gudang TUDM di Sungai Besi Kuala Lumpur untuk mendapatkan gambaran bagaimana dua enjin itu diseludup ke luar Negara.

Seorang ahli jawatankuasa menolak pendirian kerajaan bahawa hanya dua orang terbabit dalam melenyapkan aset pertahanan Negara itu.

"Saya fikir mereka tahu siapa yang terlibat, mereka ialah satu kumpulan. Ada antara mereka menunggu d i luar kem. Mereka bergerak dalam bentuk kumpulan kerana tempat tersebut besar.. Ia sebuah kompleks," ujar Ahli Parlimen Kepong, Tan Seng Giaw.

Menurut Seng Giaw, rumusan itu diputuskan oleh ahli jawatankuasa PAC pagi tadi setelah mengadakan lawatan kira-kira 4 jam ke MATRA 1.

Lawatan itu ujarnya adalah untuk mendapatkan gambaran bagaimana kehilangan enjin jet tersebut boleh berlaku.

"Mereka menunjukkan bagaimana proses membawa masuk enjin jet ke dalam lori yang mengambil masa hanya beberapa minit dari gudang kemudian bergerak ke pondok pengawal" katanya lagi.

Secara purata ujar Seng Giaw, proses untuk menyelinap keluar enjin tersebut hanya mengambil masa kira-kira 5 sehingga 10 minit.

Bagaimanapun, ia bukanlah sesuatu yang mudah kerana untuk memasuki kawasan tersebut kerana beberapa prosedur ketat perlu dipatuhi.

"Jika prosedur dipatuhi, ia tidak mungkin! Sesuatu telah berlaku! ia mungkin kerja dalam. Meskipun hanya membawa barang keluar, mereka memerlukan tiket, nota kiriman, pas masuk, semua itu diperlukan" ujar Seng Giaw lagi.

Malah, tambah Seng Giaw kejadian tersebut mungkin juga berpunca daripada peralihan sistem di gudang tersebut.

"Saya rasa apa yang berlaku ialah apabila prosedur terlalu ketat pada tahun 2007 sehingga 2008 dan apabila peralihan sistem dilakukan dengan menggunakan sistem komputer, ada pihak yang mengambil kesempatan".

Enjin jet F5E tersebut dikatakan hilang pada tahun 2007 dan hanya dilaporkan pada hujung tahun 2009.

Sehingga 6 Januari lalu, hanya seorang anggota berpangkat sarjan dan seorang pengarah syarikat sahaja didakwa terlibat kehilangan enjin terbabit.

Lawatan ke MATRA 1 dilakukan oleh Pengerusi PAC, Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid, Ahli Parlimen Simpang Renggam, Liang Teck Meng, Ahli Parlimen Selayang, William Leong dan Ahli Parlimen Tumpat, Kamaruddin Jaafar dan juga Seng Giaw. -TVS


Dua tidak mengaku salah curi enjin jet TUDM
Jan 6, 10 8:58am

Seorang sarjan dari Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM) mengaku tidak bersalah di Mahkamah Sesyen Petaling Jaya terhadap pertuduhan bersubahat mencuri dua enjin pesawat F5 milik TUDM.

N Tharmendran, 42, (foto) daripada Pangkalan Udara TUDM Subang yang berpakaian kemeja berwarna putih hanya mengangguk memahami dan minta dibicarakan terhadap pertuduhan itu.

Pengarah sebuah syarikat pembekalan, K Rajandran Prasad, 38, turut mengaku tidak bersalah di mahkamah yang sama terhadap pertuduhan dengan sengaja membantu menghapuskan barang curi milik TUDM itu.

Hakim Aslam Zainuddin membenarkan kedua-dua mereka diikat jamin RM150,000 dengan seorang penjamin dan menetapkan 11 Februari ini untuk sebutan kes itu.

Tharmendran didakwa bersubahat dengan Laskar Udara Mohamad Shukri Mohamad Yusop, untuk melakukan kecurian dua enjin pesawat F5 jenis J85-21 itu di Bangunan Material Processing Shed MATRA 1, Pangkalan Udara TUDM Sungai Besi.

Bagi kesalahan itu dia boleh didakwa mengikut Seksyen 380 Kanun Keseksaan yang dibaca bersama Seksyen 109 kanun yang sama, yang membawa hukuman penjara sehingga 10 tahun dan denda jika sabit kesalahan.

Rajandran, didakwa dengan sengaja menghapuskan dua enjin milik TUDM, di alamat 49 Jalan TS 6/6 Taman Industri Subang, pada 30 April 2008, mengikut Seksyen 414 Kanun Keseksaan yang membawa hukuman penjara sehingga tujuh tahun dan denda jika sabit kesalahan.

Ketika ditanya adakah Mohamad Shukri akan didakwa, Timbalan Pendakwa Raya Raja Rozela Raja Toran berkata beliau masih belum menerima sebarang arahan.

Mengenai kemungkinan lebih ramai dituduh berkaitan dengan skandal itu, Raja Rozela berkata beliau hanya menerima arahan untuk mendakwa kedua-dua tertuduh sahaja.

Terdahulu, Raja Rozela memohon mahkamah memandang serius kerana barang yang dicuri bukan enjin motosikal tetapi ia adalah enjin pesawat pejuang.

Peguam bela V. Ravichandran yang mewakili Tharmendran dan peguam bela Pritam Singh Deol yang mewakili Rajandran memohon kepada mahkamah agar anak guam mereka itu diberi jaminan yang rendah berikutan kesemua akaun telah dibekukan dan tidak mempunyai wang yang banyak.

Bagaimanapun, Raja Rozela membantah kerana ia bukanlah faktor utama dalam memohon jaminan.

Rajandran dijamin oleh abangnya sementara Tharmendran gagal membayar jaminan.

Sebelum ini, Peguam Negara Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail berkata semua usaha sedang dilakukan oleh kerajaan untuk mendapatkan semula dua enjin yang hilang itu dengan secepat mungkin yang kali terakhir dikesan di Uruguay. - Bernama



Not Much of a Reputation to Lose - Amnesty International lost its innocence long ago.

Posted: 24 Feb 2010 05:56 AM PST

Amnesty International has been a handmaiden of the Left for as long as I can remember. Founded in 1961 to support prisoners of conscience, it has managed since then to ignore the most brutal regimes and to aim its fire at the West and particularly at the United States. This week, Amnesty has come in for some (much overdue) criticism — but not nearly so much as it deserves.

During the Cold War, AI joined leftist international groups like the World Council of Churches to denounce America's policy in Central America. Yet human rights in Cuba were described this way in a 1976 report: "The persistence of fear, real or imaginary, was primarily responsible for the early excesses in the treatment of political prisoners." Those priests, human-rights advocates, and homosexuals in Castro's prisons were suffering from imaginary evils. And the "excesses" were early —not a continuing feature of the regime.

In 2005, William Schulz, the head of AI's American division, described the U.S. as a "leading purveyor and practitioner" of torture and recommended that President Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, and other high-ranking American officials face trial in other countries for their crimes. "The apparent high-level architects of torture," he added, "should think twice before planning their next vacation to places like Acapulco or the French Riveria because they may find themselves under arrest as Augusto Pinochet famously did in London in 1998." Schulz's comments were echoed by AI's secretary general, Irene Kahn, who denounced Guantanamo Bay as "the gulag of our times."

When officials from Amnesty International demonstrated last month in front of Number 10 Downing Street demanding the closure of Guantanamo, Moazzam Begg, a former Guantanamo detainee who runs a group called Cageprisoners, joined them. Begg is a British citizen who, by his own admission, was trained in at least three al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan, was "armed and prepared to fight alongside the Taliban and al-Qaeda against the United States and others," and served as a "communications link" between radical Muslims living in Great Britain and those abroad.

As for Cageprisoners, well, let's just say it isn't choosy about those it represents. Supposedly dedicated to helping those unjustly "held as part of the War on Terror," it has lavished unmitigated sympathy on the likes of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, confessed mastermind of 9/11; Abu Hamza, the one-handed cleric convicted of eleven charges, including soliciting murder; and Abu Qatada, described as Osama Bin Laden's "European ambassador." Another favorite was Anwar al-Awlaki, the spiritual guide to Nidal Hasan (the mass murderer at Fort Hood) and underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. 1 2 Next >


BULLISH ECONOMY

Posted: 24 Feb 2010 05:35 AM PST

HEY, this is something we can all shout happily about, is not it? To know that the economy is recovering is good news. Have a prosperous Year of the Tiger

NAJIB BULLISH ABOUT ECONOMY
PUTRAJAYA, Feb 24 (Bernama) -- The 4.5 per cent growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) achieved in the fourth quarter of last year is unexpected, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The growth stemmed from strengthened domestic and external demand," said Najib, who is also Finance Minister, when announcing the economic performance for the quarter Wednesday.

Last year, the country's economic growth contracted to minus 1.7 per cent, lower than the projected three per cent, he said.

The economy recorded a contraction in three quarters -- 6.2 per cent in the first quarter, 3.9 per cent in second quarter and 1.2 per cent in third quarter, he said.

Asked for this year's forecast, Najib said: "We are quite bullish about this."

On whether the worst was over for the country's economy, he said that it was over provided that nothing seriously unexpected with respect to the global economy.

"For example, any major sovereign collapse barring unforeseen circumstances of that nature, we could safely say that we have recovered from the crisis and we should be looking forward to a strong growth for 2010."

As to whether the country could achieve 5.0 per cent growth this year, he said: "Can".

"Earlier forecast is about 4.0 per cent for this year. I'm hoping I can achieve one or two per cent more than that.

"(We are) Going all out to make sure we are able to generate confidence, speedy implementation of projects and encourage the private sector to invest with higher consumer confidence.

"We should make good this year in terms of economic performance." he said.

Najib said the accelerated implementation of the government's two stimulus packages has been a key factor in contributing to the economic recovery.

To date, over 113,000 projects under the two stimulus packages have and are being implemented, involving a total value of RM17 billion.

Of the total, the government has made a payment OF RM13.9 billion, on average the government has pumped approximately RM1 billion a month into the market from January 2009.

"One of the main reasons why our ability to spend about a billion a month in 2009 is because we have this special monitoring unit attached to the Ministry of Finance.

"It did not exist before but this unit was working flat out and engaging with implementing ministries and central agencies to make sure all the programmes carried out under the two packages are implemented speedily.

"This is one of the main reasons why we have managed to achieve more than expected in terms of economic growth," he said.

Sustained growth in private consumption expenditure and increased public sector spending contributed to higher domestic demand, which recorded a three per cent growth in the fourth quarter as compared with 0.4 per cent in the third quarter, said Najib.

He said private consumption growth was supported by better conditions in the labour market, low inflation rate and higher spending for the year-end school holiday period and festive season.

The prime minister said the public sector continued its key role of providing impetus to growth during the quarter.

Public sector consumption expenditure expanded further by 1.3 per cent while public sector capital spending increased substantially as the implementation of projects under the fiscal stimulus packages gained further momentum during the quarter.

During the quarter, the development expenditure of the Federal Government amounted to RM17.6 billion, an increase of 9.5 per cent compared with the fourth quarter of 2008.

Najib said there were emerging signs of stabilisation in private sector capital spending in the fourth quarter last year, as business sentiments continued to improve.

This, together with the higher public sector capital spending, contributed to the turnaround in total gross fixed capital formation, which registered a positive growth of 8.2 per cent during the quarteras compared with a negative 7.9 per cent growth in the previous quarter.

On the external sector, Najib said Malaysia's exports performance recovered to record a positive growth of 5.1 per cent, supported by improvements in external demand, particularly from regional economies and from stronger commodity prices.

Malaysia also continued to receive foreign direct investments, he said, adding that in the fourth quarter of 2009, gross inflows of FDI increased to RM7.2 billion as compared with RM6.7 billion in the third quarter, with investments mainly in the manufacturing and services sectors.

On the supply side, Najib said all economic sectors recorded improved performance during the fourth quarter.

-- BERNAMA


Korean ice queen Kim Yuna leads in Vancouver

Posted: 24 Feb 2010 05:39 AM PST

Korean athletes have been doing quite well at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, but all eyes were on 19-year-old world figure skating champion Kim Yuna's record breaking performance in the short program on Tuesday.

Korean figure skating champion Kim Yuna at Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics
Kim Yuna at the short program in Vancouver [image by Xinhuanet][Cn]

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Kelantan Tak Iktiraf MPPP

Posted: 24 Feb 2010 05:40 AM PST

Kerajaan Kelantan tidak mengiktiraf penubuhan Majlis Pembangunan Pertanian Parlimen (MPPP) oleh Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani kerana menganggap ia boleh memecahbelahkan perpaduan masyarakat di negeri itu.

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pertanian, Industri Desa dan Bioteknologi Negeri, Che Abdullah Mat Nawi (gambar), berkata kerajaan negeri melarang kakitangannya menjadi anggota jawatankuasa majlis itu atau berurusan dengannya.

MPPP bertujuan mengukuhkan pelaksanaan pembangunan industri pertanian negara hingga ke akar umbi dan meningkatkan pendapatan petani serta mengurangkan kadar kemiskinan.

Ia akan mendapatkan idea berhubung pelaksanaan projek pertanian di kawasan Parlimen dengan mengambil kira sumber sedia ada, di samping mengenal pasti permasalahan mengenai pertanian yang berlaku di peringkat itu.

Che Abdullah berkata kerajaan negeri tidak tahu matlamat penubuhan MPPP tetapi yang jelas ia boleh menjejas perpaduan masyarakat yang sedia terjalin. -Bernama Video : TVS






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Konspirasi II: PR Akan Lawan Habisan Pembohongan Umno

Posted: 24 Feb 2010 04:49 AM PST

Pakatan Rakyat akan menghantar perwakilan ke Australia dan Amerika Syarikat dalam masa terdekat bagi menjelaskan kedudukan sebenar berhubung perbicaraan Ketua Umum KEADILAN, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Perwakilan yang diwakili oleh pimpinan KEADILAN, PAS dan DAP dijangka menemui 50 Ahli Parlimen Australia yang menghantar petisyen kepada Pesuruhjaya Tinggi Malaysia di Canberra bagi mendesak supaya kes datuk Seri Anwar digugurkan manakala di Amerika perwakilan itu akan bertemu Senator John Kerry, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perhubungan Luar Senat Amerika. Pengerusi Kebangsaan DAP, Karpal Singh berkata tindakan itu wajar dilakukan memandangkan Pakatan Rakyat tidak mahu pihak kerajaan Malaysia memberikan persepsi yang berat sebelah dan salah kepada dunia luar.

Timbalan Menteri Luar Senator A. Kohilan Pillay berkata baru-baru ini Suruhanjaya Tinggi Malaysia di Canberra akan mengadakan sesi penerangan minggu depan kepada 50 Ahli Parlimen Australia berhubung perbicaraan kes Datuk Seri Anwar.

"Kemungkinan saya sendiri akan menyertai rombongan Pakatan Rakyat ke luar negara bagi memantau kenyataan dan penjelasan yang diberikan oleh pihak Kementerian Luar dan kami juga akan memberi penjelasan yang sebenarnya.

"Kita mesti pastikan Kementerian Luar tidak berbohong kepada wakil kerajaan asing dalam kes Datuk Seri Anwar dan kita akan sedaya upaya patahkan segala hujah palsu dan pembohongan Umno dan Barisan Nasional," kata Ahli Parlimen Bukit Gelugor itu ketika dihubungi Suara Keadilan.

Jelas beliau pada masa sama Pakatan Rakyat juga akan berusaha meraih sokongan dunia luar dalam usaha mendesak kerajaan bagi memastikan kes yang dihadapi Datuk Seri Anwar dilaksanakan dengan adil dan mengikut lunas perundangan negara.

Ahli politik veteran itu juga berkata tuntutan negara asing seperti Australia dan Amerika Syarikat yang mendesak pentadbiran Datuk Seri Najib Razak memastikan sistem perundangan berjalan yang adil berkaitan kes Datuk Seri Anwar sewajarnya membuka mata pemimpin negara ini bahawa segala tindak tanduk mereka diperhatikan dunia luar.

Menurutnya lagi tumpuan masyarakat antarabangsa bukan sahaja terhadap perjalanan perbicaraan malahan sistem kehakiman negara juga turut diletakkan di bawah teropong negara luar.

"Kini seluruh dunia sedang memerhatikan kes Datuk Seri Anwar dan juga sistem kehakiman negara kita sama ada benar-benar adil dalam membuat keputusan atau masih mengamalkan "double standard" seperti dahulu," tegas Karpal. -SK


Polis Guna Akta Hasutan Untuk Soalsiasat Sivarasa Dan Salehuddin (updated)

Posted: 24 Feb 2010 05:20 AM PST

Politik kotor Umno-Barisan Nasional kini semakin terserlah apabila mengenakan taktik ugutan Akta Hasutan untuk menghalang pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat daripada terus memberikan ceramah berhubung isu-isu kepentingan rakyat.

Terbaru Naib Presiden KEADILAN Sivarasa Rasiah dan Naib Presiden PAS Salahuddin Ayob hari ini disoal siasat polis berkaitan ceramah disampaikan mereka di Seberang Jaya, Pulau Pinang pada 7 Februari lalu.

Kedua-dua Ahli Parlimen Pakatan Rakyat itu disoal siasat berikutan alasan polis yang mengatakan kandungan ceramah yang disampaikan berkenaan isu politik negara dianggap sebagai kesalahan di bawah Akta Hasutan 1948.

Antara kandungan ceramah yang disampaikan termasuk isu kes fitnah terhadap Ketua Umum KEADILAN, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, isu penyelewengan dan rasuah Umno, pembunuhan wanita Mongolia Altantuya Shaariibuu serta isu penggunaan kalimah Allah.

Laporan polis itu dibuat oleh pegawai polis Seberang Jaya, Inspektor Irwandi Khirrudin Mohd Rijal pada 8 Februari lalu.Sivarasa dan Salahuddin mula disoal siasat selama sejam oleh dua pegawai polis daripada Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Seberang Jaya ASP S. Subramaniam dan Inspektor Fahmi Abu Samah di bangunan Parlimen pada pukul 1 tengahari tadi.

Sivarasa ketika ditemui pemberita di pejabat Ketua Pembangkang dibangunan Parlimen berkata sebanyak 18 soalan dikemukakan oleh dua pegawai polis terbabit namun beliau dan Salehuddin enggan menolak untuk menjawab soalan yang diajukan.

"Dibawah Seksyen 112(2) Kanun Acara Jenayah, sebagai orang kena suspek (OKS) kami boleh menolak untuk menjawab soalan tersebut," katanya.

Sementara itu ketika mengulas mengenai laporan polis terhadap mereka, Sivarasa berkata ini merupakan satu cubaan untuk mengugut dan menghalang pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat daripada memberikan maklumat sebenar kepada rakyat melalui ceramah.

"Ini adalah satu ugutan untuk menghalang politik Pakatan Rakyat. Lebih baik tumpukan kepada siasatan jenayah berat yang lain. Buang masa saja polis datang dari Pulau Pinang semata-mata untuk menyoal siasat. Mereka (polis) ini sebenarnya diperalatkan oleh permainan politik kotor Umno-BN," tegas beliau lagi.

Ditanya jika ceramah yang disampaikan itu mengganggu prosiding mahkamah terhadap isu membabitkan kes Datuk Seri Anwar,

Sivarasa berkata kandungan ceramah yang disampaikannya itu sama sekali tidak mengganggu perjalanan kes.

"Ceramah saya langsung tidak mengganggu perjalanan kes kerana hakim menentukan fakta, keterangan, dan hujah apa yang ada dalam mahkamah sahaja, bukan kerana kenyataan Sivarasa dan Salehuddin dalam ceramah.

"Jika hakim dipengaruhi oleh keterangan daripada luar, maka dia harus letak jawatan kerana kredibilitinya menghakimi kes akan dipersoalkan," kata Ahli Parlimen Subang itu."

Beliau berkata tindakan polis ini tidak akan menghalang beliau dan pemimpin PR daripada terus berpolitik dan memperjuangkan kebenaran.

"Kami tetap yakin pada Pakatan Rakyat dan terima keadaan ini sebagai salah satu cabaran dalam perjuangan politik, dan ini juga tidak menghalang perjuangan kami dalam menegakkan kebenaran bagi Datuk Seri Anwar dan Pakatan Rakyat.

Dalam nada yang sama Salahuddin yang juga anggota Parlimen Kubang Kerian berkata tuduhan yang dilemparkan di bawah Akta Hasutan itu seperti wujud skrip yang dirancang terlebih dahulu kerana pihak polis mendakwa ada bukti rakaman video ceramah serta saksi, begitu juga dengan soalan siasatan yang dikemukakan.

Mengulas mengenai kandungan ceramahnya Salehuddin berkata, beliau ketika itu banyak menekankan pendirian PAS tentang isu penggunaan kalimah Allah dan beberapa isu penyelewengan dan rasuah membabitkan pemimpin Umno-BN.

"Saya yakin ceramah yang diberikan adalah untuk menjelaskan kepada rakyat mengenai dasar dan prinsip PAS mengenai penggunaan kalimah Allah dan ini tidak melanggar mana-mana undang-undang negara.

Salahuddin ketika disoal siasat turut menolak untuk menjawab kesemua soalan yang diutarakan.

Semasa sesi soalsiasat Sivarasa dan Salahuddin diwakili peguam N. Surendran.

Dalam perkembangan yang sama Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang juga telah diminta memberi keterangan oleh pihak polis hari ini berhubung enam laporan polis yang dibuat terhadap beliau.

Laporan polis itu juga berkaitan dengan kandungan ceramah beliau yang didakwa menyalahi Akta Hasutan 1948. -Suara Keadilan




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MP Nibong Tebal Mohon Maaf Kepada Syed Husin Tetapi Tidak Kepada Lim Guan Eng

Posted: 24 Feb 2010 04:24 AM PST

Anggota Parlimen Nibong Tebal Tan Tee Beng tidak akan memohon maaf kepada Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng berhubung tindakannya mengecam pentadbiran Lim baru-baru ini.

Tan yang juga Ketua Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Bahagian Jelutong berkata masalah beliau dengan Lim akan diselesaikan oleh pucuk pimpinan parti.

"Saya tidak akan tarik balik kenyataan terhadap Lim. Saya menyerahkan kepada Lembaga Disiplin PKR menentukan perkara itu," katanya kepada pemberita selepas sesi pendengaran kesnya di Ibu pejabat PKR di Damansara hari ini.

Sebelum ini, Tan mendakwa pentadbiran Lim yang juga Setiausaha Agung DAP meminggirkan wakil rakyat PKR dan menganggapnya sebagai sampah.

Bagaimanapun Tan bersetuju memohon maaf kepada Syed Husin Ali dan menarik bidasan yang dibuatnya itu kepada timbalan presidennya.

Tan membuat permohonan maaf selepas sesi dua jam bersama jawatankuasa disiplin PKR di Kuala Lumpur yang berakhir jam 5 petang tadi.

Jawatankuasa disipilin bermesyuarat sejak tengah hari tadi bagi mendengar penjelasan Tan berhubung kritikannya terhadap dua pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat.

Tan diberikan surat tunjuk sebab minggu lalu kerana beberapa kenyataannya yang dianggap celupar dan keterlaluan.

Pada sidang medianya 3 Feb lalu, Tan mencadangkan Syed Husin supaya meletakkan jawatan berikutan kenyataan timbalan presidennya itu di Malaysiakini yang membidasnya. -malaysiakini


Tan Tee Beng Tetap Setia Dengan PKR
Oleh Rusnizam Mahat

PETALING JAYA 24 Feb - Ahli Parlimen Nibong Tebal Tan Tee Beng tetap setia dengan perjuangan KEADILAN dan menganggap desas desus menyatakan beliau akan meninggalkan parti itu sebagai spekulasi semata-mata.

Menganggap isu itu telah selesai, Tee Beng turut membuat permohonan maaf secara terbuka kepada Timbalan Presiden KEADILAN Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali berhubung kenyataan yang dikeluarkan sebelum ini yang disifatkan membelakangi parti.

"Saya mohon maaf kepada Dr Syed Husin sebab kenyataan yang saya keluarkan melalui media. Saya masih dalam PKR dan saya harap tidak ada sebarang spekulasi lagi.

(Media) Jangan menekan saya terlalu banyak dan saya anggap kes ini sudah selesai," ujarnya ketika mengadakan sidang media selepas dipanggil mengadap Jawatankuasa Disiplin KEADILAN di Ibu Pejabat KEADILAN di Tropicana, Petaling Jaya petang tadi.

Turut serta dalam sidang media itu ialah Ahli Parlimen Ampang Zuraida Kamaruddin, Ahli Parlimen Kelana Jaya Loh Gwo Burne dan Ahli Parlimen Kapar S.Manikavasagam.\

Tee Beng dihadapkan kepada lembaga disiplin tersebut selepas menerima surat daripada lembaga itu berhubung beberapa kritikannya terhadap parti yang dibuat tanpa melalui saluran yang betul.

Bagaimanapun identiti anggota Lembaga disipilin yang membincangkan dan mendengar penjelasan Tee Beng tidak didedahkan kepada media.

Menurut Tee Beng beliau berpuas hati dengan perjumpaan bersama ahli lembaga displin itu dan menyerahkan kepada jawatankuasa terbabit untuk membuat keputusan sebelum dibawa kepada pimpinan tertinggi.

"Saya sangat berpuas hati dengan suasana perbincangan dan soalan-soalan yang diterima dari lembaga dispilin. Selepas perbincangan ini, saya serahkan kepada mereka untuk membuat keputusan dan beri keputusan kepada majlis pimpinan tertinggi," ujarnya.- SK





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Was the Assassination of al-Mabhouh a Frame-Up?

Posted: 24 Feb 2010 03:41 AM PST

The assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai poses a whole lot of riddles, as these things usually do. Al-Mabhouh was basically an arms' dealer, that is to say, in an unlovely profession. He was a senior Hamas member, that is to say, a terrorist in unlovely company. He seems to have been in Dubai on his way to conclude a deal with Iran for arms destined to be smuggled into Gaza on behalf of Hamas. That certainly gave Israel an inducement to take him out. In addition, he is accused of being responsible for the murder of two Israelis, and those who commit terrorist acts of that kind are themselves killed by Israeli agents if this is feasible. So a finger points at Mossad, the Israeli secret service to which the rest of the world attributes legendary powers. Israeli media are indeed guessing that this is a Mossad operation, and, if so, Mossad got their man.

But there are counter-indications. The undercover squad was reported to have been eleven strong, and later seventeen. Such numbers are quite unnecessary and could only have maximized the danger of being caught. They traveled on foreign passports that had been tampered with, therefore bound to lead to high-level diplomatic ructions. They are further reported as wearing wigs and false beards, the equipment of 19th-century spies and easily detectable. Closed-circuit television cameras in the hotel where the assassination took place captured images of them all. Could Mossad really have risked such a mission in the certainty of its operatives being filmed? You would also expect them to be reasonably young and athletic, but the pictures show some portly gentlemen, rather absurd in shorts and carrying tennis rackets — more 19th-century disguise.

Fatah has almost as great an interest as Israel in seeing that Hamas does not acquire yet more Iranian arms that might well be used to oust Fatah from the West Bank. Jordan has arrested two Palestinians and extradited them to Dubai. Are they Fatah agents? Surely Israel could never have relied on Palestinians not to betray them in an affair as dangerous as this? Also, the Syrian branch of Hamas might have a score to settle with the Gaza branch, and that's what these two Palestinians were employed for.

If all this proves to be speculation in the heat of the moment, and that huge squad with false beards and wigs and tennis rackets showing themselves openly on camera really were Israeli agents, then Mossad was immeasurably lucky to get away with it, and badly needs to sharpen its act. A thriller-writer, however, might raise the possibility that Mossad did it in this extraordinary way in order to frame Fatah. That would make it a class act, after all. David Pryce Jones


3 Hunts For The Mad Ones

Posted: 24 Feb 2010 03:09 AM PST

Sob and sigh….I won't be able to make it for the Charis Hospice Hunt this year though last year, we won 4th placing.

Which was really a shock to us four women as we just went for the heck of it.

See what happens when you just proceed to have fun and disregard winning and then out of the blue, end up winning and besting the rest of the professional hunters? Man, it was a priceless moment. We weren't really very clever but we worked smart and had fun!

This year I won't be able to join as I've got a friend visiting from PJ. She had "booked" me a few months earlier so I can't leave her sulking as I go out hunting, can I?

So if you are keen to support charity (and I know most Penang folks are), then join any of these 3 treasure hunts.

Closing date is 26 Feb so get cracking and find your treasure hunting partners if you wish to join!

Motoring Hunt Entry Form
· Duration about 5 hours (8am – 1pm)
· Registration fee: RM400 per team, 3-4 pax per team
For entry form go to http://www.charishospice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/motor-hunt-entry-forms.pdf

Children's Nature Hunt Entry Form
A walking hunt for children ages 5-12years plus 1 adult.
· Duration about 2 hours (8am – 10am)
· Registration fee: RM120 per team, 2-3 pax per team
Co-organized with Friends of the Penang Botanic Gardens Society
For entry form, go to – http://www.charishospice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/nature-hunt-entry-forms.pdf

Queensbay Mall Hunt Entry Form
· Duration about 2.5 hours (1pm – 3.30pm)
· Registration fee: RM100 per team, 2 pax per team
For entry form, go to http://www.charishospice.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/shopping-mall-entry-form.pdf

Charis Hospice is a non-profit organization offering free palliative home care services to patients with cancer, irrespective of race or religion.

All registration fees will go directly to Charis Hospice Building Fund.

Attractive prizes, souvenirs and post-hunt meal provided. Closing date 26 Feb 2010.

For more information, call Charis Hospice at 04-826 6757 or 016-452 5493 or email charishp@streamyx.com or click www.charishospice.com.

The event is co-organised by the Lions Club of Georgetown.


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Rais Tidak Layak Persoal Jawatan Saya – Anwar.

Posted: 24 Feb 2010 03:30 AM PST

Ketua Umum KEADILAN, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim membidas kenyataan Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim yang mempersoalkan statusnya sebagai Ketua Pembangkang di Parlimen ekoran konspirasi II yang dihadapinya.

"Menteri itu (Kementerian Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan) tidak berhak mempersoalkannya. Kedudukan saya sebagai Ketua Pembangkang hanya boleh diputuskan oleh para pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat (PR)," jelas Anwar.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika mengulas kenyataan Rais semalam, yang memberi tekanan kepada dirinya agar melepaskan jawatan itu.

Kata Anwar, tugas dan bidang kuasa Rais hanyalah menjaga stesyen Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) milik kerajaan pusat, bukannya mengambil peranan menentukan jawatan politik individu lain.

"Dia tanya saya, saya tanya dia pula. Layak atau tidak dia jadi Menteri Penerangan? Ingat semua kuasa dia nak aturkan, dia aturkan RTM adalah," soal Anwar.

"Tidak penting bagi Rais memperkatakan soal itu. Apa-apa biar tanya pemimpin pembangkang lain. Biar mereka pertimbang dan putuskan." katanya kepada Suara Keadilan selepas merasmikan pelancaran Majlis Semarak Merakyatkan Ekonomi Selangor (MES) di Seksyen 19, Shah Alam malam tadi.

Anwar yang juga merupakan Penasihat Ekonomi Negeri Selangor hadir bersama-sama Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim bagi menyampaikan sumbangan kepada lebih 300 orang.

Mereka adalah penerima di bawah skim Tabung Anak Warisan Selangor (TAWAS), Skim Mesra Usia Emas (SMUE), Hadiah Anak Masuk Universiti dan Tabung Pendidikan Anak-anak Pekerja Ladang yang mula diperkenalkan PR sejak mengambil alih tampuk kerajaan
negeri.

Majlis dianjurkan untuk meraikan dan mengimbas kembali usaha-usaha Kerajaan Negeri membela nasib rakyat melalui program-program kebajikan, yang menjadi teras kepada dasar MES.

Sejak dilancarkan pada Jun 2008, seramai 111,397 warga emas yang layak telah mendaftar dibawah dasar SMUE untuk menerima bantuan dalam bentuk khairat kematian dengan jumlah peruntukkan Kerajaan Negeri sebanyak RM20 juta. -FMT


Rais Setuju Anwar Perlu Lepas Jawatan Ketua Pembangkang

KUALA LUMPUR: Menteri Penerangan Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim berkata beliau bersetuju dengan pendapat beberapa pihak supaya Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim melepaskan jawatan Ketua Pembangkang di Parlimen ekoran pertuduhan liwat yang dihadapinya itu.

Beliau berkata negara sudah banyak melihat kes apabila mereka yang menghadapi pertuduhan di mahkamah meletakkan jawatan seperti Tan Sri Kasitah Gaddam sebagai menteri beberapa tahun dulu dan juga penjawat awam lain apabila menghadapi tuduhan di mahkamah.

"Dari segi keluhuran undang-undang atau perimbangan hak asasi, sebaik-baiknya seseorang yang pegang jawatan sama ada sebagai ahli parlimen, ketua pembangkang, menteri atau anggota pentadbiran harus meletak jawatan dulu dan menghadapi dakwaan yang dikemukakan padanya.

"Pandangan supaya Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim juga berbuat demikian bukan sahaja memenuhi tuntutan perimbangan kesejagatan undang-undang tetapi juga dari segi prinsip perjuangan beliau sendiri sebab beliau banyak berhujah tentang keadilan sosial dan masyarakat madani," kata Rais ketika diminta mengulas laporan akhbar Utusan Malaysia hari ini mengenai perkara itu.

Terdahulu Rais melancarkan "TMpoint on Wheels", satu perkhidmatan Telekom Malaysia secara bergerak kepada pelanggan yang menyediakan perkhidmatan seperti produk telekom dan pembayaran bil, di Menara TM di sini hari ini.

Laporan Utusan Malaysia itu memetik pandangan ahli akademik yang berkata bahawa Anwar perlu melepaskan jawatan itu dan digantikan sama ada oleh Presiden Pas Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang atau Penasihat DAP Lim Kit Siang agar mereka boleh menumpukan sepenuh masa kepada perjalanan Dewan Rakyat kerana Anwar perlu banyak masa mempersiapkan diri menjalani prosiding mahkamah.

"Saya setuju dengan pandangan yang dikemukakan oleh pihak-pihak ke arah itu. Jadi sekarang perkara itu sudah sampai ke batang hidung beliau (Anwar), saya percaya beliau harus berfikir dan jalan keluar terbaik ialah meredakan keadaan dan letak jawatan.

"Tapi ini bukan mudah dan terserahlah kepada beliau," kata Rais. - BERNAMA



Enough is enough!

Posted: 24 Feb 2010 04:38 AM PST

Unable to visit Sofie at the hospital yesterday due to a long list of things to do, I called her around noon to find out what was wrong with her.

"Doctor cakap badan saya tak cukup garam dan terlebih oksigen."

I told her I'd be visiting today and asked her if anybody was home since I wanted to send this month's supply of groceries as well. I felt relieved when I was told that her older sister (not the one Sofie used to stay with, this is another sister staying in another state) was home looking after the needs of Sofie's kids. They (the sister & her husband) were there over the weekend, but looking at Sofie's fragile condition, decided to stay on for another week. They were the ones who arranged to send Sofie to the hospital. If it was up to Sofie herself, she'd rather suffer at home than being warded at the hospital.

This morning Sofie sent me a text message, saying that she may be discharged in the afternoon. I did tell her that if she was willing to wait until after 2.30 pm, I may be able to fetch her at the hospital. But at that time she herself wasn't really sure what time exactly she'd be discharged, as she was still on drip, so I figured I'd just give her a call before I make a move from Ipoh.

Around 12.30 pm, Sofie called to say she had already been discharged and had already called her sister to fetch her at the hospital. She preferred taking the bus rather than wait another 2 hours or so for me to come and fetch her. I figured for whatever reasons, she couldn't stand it anymore at the hospital.

Before going home from lunch this afternoon, I went over to the minimarket near my office to get this month's supply of groceries for Sofie's family.


I headed straight to Sofie's house right after my zuhr prayer, and got there about 2.40 pm. I was pleasantly surprised to see Ika there. I thought her school session was in the afternoon and so she wouldn't be home if I visit during weekdays afternoons. Apparently her school changed from afternoon to morning session after the recent CNY holidays. So today other than Saiful, Ika too helped to carry down the groceries from my car. Sofie's bro-in-law too came out to help carry the things. I have already met Sofie's sister & bro-in-law twice before this, so they are quite familiar with me already.

Anyway, Sofie had already asked to be discharged from the hospital yesterday, but the doctor wouldn't allow her. This morning she asked again, giving the excuse that there was nobody at home to take care of her children. Well yes, Sofie's sister was home, but all Sofie wanted was an excuse to go home. The truth was, she couldn't stand it any longer at the hospital.

You see, most of the nurses at the hospital knew Sofie's family. It had been quite some time since Sofie was last warded at that hospital (ever since she was diagnosed HIV+, she has been going to Ipoh GH for her appointments), and so this time, they asked her all sorts of questions. They asked about her husband, whom they had always known as a playboy. They asked about her HIV. Sofie couldn't take it any longer, so she repeatedly asked to be discharged. The doctor finally agreed this morning although her BP was still rather low.

Worse, when Sofie's bro-in-law went out to buy roti canai this morning, the roti canai seller asked him straight in the face, "*Sofie tu sah HIV positif ya?" And guess who told him? None other than Sofie's other sister who stays nearby – the one whom Sofie had been staying with earlier. With Sofie hospitalised, that sister has even more stories to tell the neighborhood.

Sofie has had it with that particular sister. She intends to quietly move to a nearby town in one or two months time – without telling THAT sister. Last time she told me she may move at the end of the year. But now she intends to move as soon as possible and start afresh at a new place. In fact, she also intends to change to a new phone number. She has already identified a house, with the same rental rate as the present house. She will also need to arrange for her children's change of school. Sofie's sister and bro-in-law (the ones who came from another state to visit) had promised to help her out when she moves.

Sofie promised me that whatever and whenever she decides, she'd inform me first. I told her that if the timing is right, I don't mind helping her move.

Poor Sofie. It's tough when you're staying in a small town where everybody knows you have HIV. Worse, when people start whispering every time you pass by. And with her own sister as the main source of news, all Sofie wants now is not only to get away from her neighbors – main thing is to get away from her sister!


Harga Lotus Evora Lebih Tinggi Di Malaysia Daripada UK

Posted: 24 Feb 2010 02:00 AM PST

Lotus Evora, yang dilancarkan bagi pasaran United Kingdom, akan memasuki pasaran Malaysia menjelang akhir bulan depan, kata Pengarah Urusan Proton, Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin Mohamed Tahir.

Beliau berkata Proton sedang menunggu kumpulan baru kereta Lotus Evora sebelum "kami bersedia bagi pelancaran".

Walaupun menurutnya syarikat itu belum memutuskan harga model itu, namun beliau tidak menafikan bahawa Lotus Evora berharga lebih tinggi daripada 50,000 pound di United Kingdom sekarang.

"Ini disebabkan oleh struktur cukai Malaysia yang lebih tinggi daripada di U.K. Kami belum memutuskan harganya, kami masih membuat perkiraan. Kami cuba menjadikannya berdaya saing seperti dalam pasaran U.K.

"Kami masih berbincang dengan kerajaan selain mengkaji struktur harga," katanya pada satu sidang akhbar di ibu pejabat Lotus di sini Selasa.

Sidang akhbar itu diadakan sempena lawatan dua hari oleh bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, ke Lotus mulai Isnin.

Lotus Evora, yang pada mulanya dibangunkan di bawah projek yang diberi nama "Project Eagle", dilancarkan pada British Motor Show pada Julai 2008.

Kereta itu lebih besar daripada model-model Lotus yang lain seperti Elise dan Exige.

Ditanya tentang rakan kongsi strategik yang disebutkan dalam ucapannya pada majlis makan malam, Isnin, Syed Zainal Abidin enggan menjelaskan lebih lanjut dan berkata masanya terlalu awal untuk membuat pengumuman.

"Perbincangan bukan sahaja melibatkan Volkswagen tetapi juga Mitsubishi dan Renault bagi mengkaji kerjasama dalam beberapa bidang, iaitu enjin dan komponen. - BERNAMA




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Salehuddin Ayub Dan Sivarasa Disoalsiasat Polis

Posted: 24 Feb 2010 01:07 AM PST

Dua pemimpin kanan Pakatan Rakyat hari ini menjadi sasaran polis kerana memberi penjelasaan terhadap isu pertuduhan fitnah ke atas Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Naib Presiden Parti Keadilan Rakyat Sivarasa Rasiah dan Naib Presiden PAS Salahuddin Ayub di soal siasat polis di Parlimen berhubung kenyataan mereka pada ceramah di Seberang Jaya Pulau Pinang 7 Februari lalu.

Polis mengambil keterangan mereka di bawah Akta Hasutan berikutan aduan yang dibuat oleh seorang anggota Polis.

Salahuddin menyifatkan tindakan polis itu sebagai hasutan bagi menghalang rakyat daripada mengetahui fakta-fakta di sebalik pertuduhan fitnah liwat yang dikenakan ke atas Anwar.

"Satu skrip telah disediakan kepada kami pimpinan-pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat bahawa apa jua yang menyentuh tentang perbicaraan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim akan terus dituduh di bawah Akta Hasutan seperti mana yang berlaku kepada YB Manoharan" kata Salahuddin kepada para pemberita kepada pemberita di parlimen hari ini. -tvs


Jawatan Tatatertib PR Kekang Putarbelit Media

Posted: 24 Feb 2010 12:07 AM PST

Tertubuhnya Jawatankuasa Tata Tertib Pakatan Rakyat akan mengukuhkan hubungan sesama parti gabungan untuk berganding bahu melawan serangan bertali arus dari musuh politik.

Ia melambangkan kemantapan dan kematangan gagasan itu dalam mengendalikan kecelaruan yang kerap ditimbulkan media kawalan Umno-Barisan Nasional.

Ahli Parlimen Bukit Bendera, Liew Chin Tong berpendapat penubuhan jawatankuasa itu meningkatkan kualiti disiplin pemimpin parti gabungan.

Jawatankuasa itu dapat mengelak perselisihan antara pemimpin yang sebenarnya bersandarkan amalan keterbukaan, diputar belit demi kelangsungan politik Umno-BN.

"Saya melihat ini sebagai mekanisme atau langkah yang diperlukan. Jikalau isu-isu tidak diselesaikan sekurang-kurangnya isu-isu ini dapat dikendalikan dan masalah-masalah yang akan berlaku boleh dikesan sebelum berlaku, sebelum isu-isu tersebut diperbesarkan oleh musuh-musuh Pakatan Rakyat".

Naib Presiden PAS, Mahfuz Omar pula menganggap penubuhan jawatankuasa itu sebagai langkah utama bagi memperkasa gagasan Pakatan Rakyat.

Katanya, jawatankuasa itu menjurus kepada penyediaan garis panduan disiplin dan lebih tertumpu kepada soal penyelarasan tata cara hubungan dalam parti.

"Soal jawatankuasa disiplin ini bukan (disebabkan) berlakunya serang menyerang, jawatankuasa disiplin ini untuk memperkukuhkan Pakatan Rakyat daripada segi adab disiplin pimpinan dan ahli-ahli dalam Pakatan Rakyat" tambahnya lagi.

Ahli Parlimen Sungai Petani, Johari Abdul juga menyifatkan tertubuhnya jawatankuasa itu membuktikan pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat mengambil berat terhadap tahap disiplin dalam parti gabungan.

"Yang pertama sekali masalah-masalah ahli-ahli parti di dalam Pakatan Rakyat ini sentiasa dibincangkan oleh pucuk pimpinan," kata Johari.

"Ini boleh mengurangkan salah faham atau pun yang lain-lain yang orang lain mentafsirkan keadaan sebaliknya," tambahnya. -TVS




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