Sunday, February 28, 2010

PM said ok to utusan malaysia

PM said ok to utusan malaysia


PM said ok to utusan malaysia

Posted: 28 Feb 2010 09:52 AM PST

quoted from the malaysian insider:

"I am sure we all share this same dream – to achieve unity, harmony and prosperity – but we may take different paths to get there. Sin Chew may take a different path, Utusan Malaysia may take a different path but what is important is that we must converge and reach that final destination.

he is sanctioning what utusan malaysia had been doing! 'take a different path'. sure we all know what path utusan had been taking – the very racist path!! and PM is hinting to us, it is okay.

bah!! another of the PM's stupid speech at a non malay function. why didn't he speak of such thing at a malay function, particularly to perkasa or the newly formed malay consultative council (or MPM – majlis perundingan melayu)??

speaking of which, why is the MPM allowed to be formed? why is the MPM so easy to be form? why, why when we speak of forming the inter-religious council, they were so scared and get all jumpy, even to the extend of protesting but when they formed MPM, nobody's protesting or nobody barged into their meet when they formed it?

bah!! MPM members are all over-grown babies. over-grown babies who still need to be fed, who wants to continue crying for what is rightfully theirs (as in the constitution), thinking (no doubt like the mind of a baby) that their privileges are threatened by non malays.

actually i'm already too mild to call them over-grown babies. in the 2malaysia facegroup, one person refer to them as 'weaklings' and another, a malay himself refer to them as 'pemalas'.  speaking of which, please go to malaysian unplug to read on how a malay spoke up, asking "is it true the rights of malays are threatened?" (it's in bahasa).   (including another good post about the MPM too).



OhBoy! f(x) Sulli

Posted: 28 Feb 2010 08:26 AM PST

Sulli from Korean pop group f(x) on Oh Boy! magazine. Decent pics, but I'm not sure if some of the shots are suitable for a 15-year-old kid…

Korean pop star f(x) Sulli on OhBoy magazine

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OhBoy! f(x) Sulli from YeinJee's Asian Blog


988最好听:DJ大鉴碟 Made in M'sia 《二楼阳台》[转摘从988网站]

Posted: 28 Feb 2010 09:19 AM PST


她是只在暑假发片的歌手。每一次能够逗留宣传的时间也可能只有两三个月。她就是郑惠心,而这就是她第一次发的 EP《二楼阳台》。
 
身为一位医科的留学生,惠心平时除了需要动手术刀,记很多医学专业名词,她也不忘抽出少许时间写歌,把当下的心情纪录下来。听惠心唱歌完全没有压力,因为她的声音很清澈,很细。再加上她的编曲也偏向简单的钢琴和吉他,所以听起来绝对舒服。
主打歌《二楼阳台》就是惠心在面对课业压力的时侯,独自坐在宿舍的阳台看着花瓣掉落,有感而发写的一首歌。

最特别的是,惠心写的歌词是白话和抽象之间。每一个句子其实都很简短。可是又有一点保留,好象不希望那么的赤裸裸,那么轻易的让大家看透她似的。所以歌词会让你有种似懂非懂的感觉。除了主打歌外,另三首的自创歌曲《贝壳》,《另一个起点》和《蓝天》亦是如此。

曾经问过惠心,毕业了当上一名医生之后,还会继续写歌吗? 她斩钉截铁的说 : 会。对她来说,理想和梦想是可以并行的。希望她真的做得到,也期待她在 2010年暑假发的全新创作专辑。

推荐 :《二楼阳台》,《贝壳》
推荐DJ :皓敏 


AKB48 climbs to the top with choir song

Posted: 28 Feb 2010 09:02 AM PST

Japanese pop group AKB48's latest single Sakura no Shiori has topped the recent Oricon sales chart, with over 300,000 copies sold in its first week of release, a record best in seven years for Japanese female artists. Fan-made MV below…

It's a nice choir-like song; perfect for graduation season. It's not the type you would expect to top the pop charts though; but it's Japan… you never know.

Neutrals often ridiculed them for the large number of members (ahemm… what do you think the 48 means?), but seems like they are having the last laugh.

[Video via Riodepon@Youtube]

AKB48 climbs to the top with choir song from YeinJee's Asian Blog


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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-02-28

Posted: 28 Feb 2010 07:59 AM PST

  • Besides all the fireworks & firecrackers, another sound I hear is my Arab neighbours' kids crying. Poor buggers, must sound like a war zone. #
  • What a bunch of morons. BBC News - Car bomb explodes at Newry courthouse http://bit.ly/d14aFl #
  • Oh, and speaking of morons: CBC News - Nova Scotia - N.S. couple shaken by cross burning http://bit.ly/a8OrMO #
  • Yay, the drawing on Al's pirate t-shirt didn't wash off. Now he can wear it again & continue being the Scourge of the 7 Seas. Yaaarrrr! #
  • Resisting the temptation to draw on more of Al's shirts now. Oh, the possibilities. #
  • http://twitpic.com/14v7og - Cutest pirates ever. #
  • Giant George is world's biggest dog - Scotsman.com #
  • We're all sitting on the couch & suddenly Al turns to me & says 'I love you Daddy' & gives me a big hug. *MELTS* #
  • The apartment bldgs around here would look so much nicer without all the bars on the windows/balconies. Sucks that they're necessary. #
  • I just love the cute little black yellow-breasted birds that perch on my Astro dish & sing to me & don't shit on my balcony. Love 'em. #
  • To my great chagrin, yelling out YOU COCKSUCKER when the power goes off doesn't make it come right back on. #
  • Nice. About time! Halifax apologizes for razing Africville http://bit.ly/cifz8q #
  • Man did our boys ever kill the Russians eh? Now bring on Sweden! Or even Slovakia. #
  • Go Canada go! #
  • Ok read this : http://bit.ly/c9wsPF (sorry it's in Malay). I've got a lot to say & I'm going to make damn sure Rais sees it. Damn sure. #
  • Jasmine, the Mother Theresa Greyhound http://bit.ly/TjsXa #
  • So if our marriage is doomed to fail as Rais says, I guess Leen needs to find a guy who's half Javanese & half Bugis or that'll fail too. #
  • Rais Yatim needs to understand the only way to stick to your own kind is incest. #
  • We asked Al when his little brother's going to come out & he said 1 day. Not sure abt that but we'll see. Should start a pool haha. #
  • Leen's trying to get me hooked on Cafe World. No! I won't do it! I won't! So cute the way the customers eat though. No! I won't do it! #
  • Mom says she wishes the Dog Whisperer had been on TV when she was raising my brother and me. Haha arf! #
  • Ok wow it's hot. Wow. #
  • I hate when clicking a link in a tweet just takes me to a Facebook page where I have to click another link. Yes I'm that lazy. #
  • Another reason to vote out the Conservatives as soon as the opportunity presents itself: Canada's neoconservative turn http://bit.ly/9zNWT4 #
  • Ppl have to remember, a tsunami wave only a few cm high can grow real big real fast when it hits shallow water close to land. #
  • The good news is, after Dec 26 2004 ppl won't see a white line on the horizon & say 'Hey what's that?' Now it's all 'Shit, tsunami!' #
  • Excited abt the baby coming but Al just fell & hit his head pretty hard & reminded us that parenthood is also scary shit. #
  • Little boy in a Spiderman costume walks up to me & says "I am Ahmad Spiderman." Told me he was from "Maleezya…just over there." #
  • Record for most gold medals by a host country in a Winter Olympics. Nice! #

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K-pop idol age chart

Posted: 28 Feb 2010 09:25 AM PST

An interesting age chart of members from various Korean pop groups (and a few individuals). Most of them are in early 20s or late teens; a few of them have just graduated from high school recently; while some are still minors.

Korean pop stars age chart

Chart below, sorted by year of birth (red = eldest in group, blue = youngest)…

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K-pop idol age chart from YeinJee's Asian Blog


Recipe for 1Malaysia: Differences, Dissent, Demands, Diversity

Posted: 28 Feb 2010 08:17 AM PST

Different paths but one destination: Najib
Karen Arukesamy

PETALING JAYA (Feb 28, 2010): Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said today the media can take different paths in helping the country in nation building.


Najib and Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor stirring the traditonal "yee sang" at the
Sin Chew Media Group Chinese New Year open house yesterday. Also
present was Sin Chew Media Group chairman Tan Sri Tiong Hiew King (right).
"We can take different paths because we must allow some latitude in our society. We must allow some room for differences of opinion and even dissent, but we must be conscious that we are not pulling apart this society, but we (must ensure that we) are slowly but surely bringing all Malaysians together.

"... Sin Chew might take a different path... Utusan (Malaysia) might take a different path ... other papers might take a different path, but although we take different paths, we must converge and we must reach our final destination," Najib said when attending Sin Chew Daily and Guang Ming Daily's Chinese New Year open house yesterday.

Meanwhile, he said no community should make demands that will be at the expense of other communities. He said any demand made by a community should also be good for all communities as well.

"Yes we can make demands, we can make statements but that should not be to the at the expense of other communities. It cannot and should not be a zero sum game," he stressed.

He said if all communities can think the same, Malaysia can move towards becoming a united, harmonious and prosperous nation.

"A truly united Malaysia can only happen if we believe and embrace the values that underpin the concept of 1Malaysia, which associates with the mindset to move from one paradigm to another," he said.

The prime minister said all Malaysians must learn to embrace and practise total acceptance of the differences in society to be a united, harmonious and prosperous nation

Saying he was carrying on the work of previous prime ministers who had also strived in their own ways to build a united, harmonious and prosperous nation, Najib said Malaysia had started with a basic paradigm – tolerance.

"In the 1Malaysia concept, tolerance is just the beginning. It is time to move on to total acceptance of the differences among the multiracial society.

"When we accept the diversity of the society as something unique, colourful and as our strength, then in our very minds we have moved to a higher level in nation building," he said.

Acknowledging that diversity is the nation's strength and challenge, Najib said the final apex is to celebrate that diversity.

"Then we will achieve Bangsa Malaysia, the final destination of 1Malaysia," he said. -- theSun


Updated: 03:40PM Sun, 28 Feb 2010
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A New Disability Committee To Be Set Up in Selayang Very Soon

Posted: 28 Feb 2010 08:16 AM PST

PETPOSITIVE NEWS: 
DATELINE SELAYANG: 

A group of disabled persons from the Klang Valley got together to push for a representation in a local council on the 17th of last month. 

Members of the self-help organisation the Independent Living and Training Centre (ILTC) in Rawang, Selangor, and the Malaysian Animal-Assisted Therapy for the Disabled and Elderly Association or PETPOSITIVE in Kuala


36,000 Malaysians Unemployed As At Dec 2009, Says Maznah

Posted: 28 Feb 2010 07:43 AM PST

February 28, 2010 13:50 PM

36,000 Malaysians Unemployed As At Dec 2009, Says Maznah

ROMPIN, Feb 28 (Bernama) -- Some 36,000 Malaysians were unemployed between October 2008 and December last year or 3.6 per cent of the total population, Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Maznah Mazlan said.

She said most of the unemployed were those being laid off from the manufacturing sector which was badly affected by the recession in the United States in 2008.

"Due to the economic crisis in the US, many workers were temporarily laid off. Companies in the manufacturing sector had to reduce their production due to the drop in demand," she told reporters after attending a Chap Goh Mei celebration here Saturday night.

However, Maznah said the number was still under control compared to the 84,000 laid offs during the Asian economic crisis in 1997.

She said the ministry managed to get some 29,000 of the laid off workers to be rehired while the rest were offered retraining.

-- BERNAMA


Fairus, Bekas ADUN Penanti Sertai UMNO

Posted: 28 Feb 2010 07:34 AM PST

Bekas timbalan ketua menteri I Pulau Pinang Mohd Fairus Khairuddin dari Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), yang meletakkan jawatannya April tahun lalu, menyertai Umno hari ini.

Keputusan beliau menyertai Umno diumumkan selepas menghadiri Perjumpaan Kepimpinan Tertinggi Pertubuhan Silat Seni Gayong Malaysia Bersama Perdana Menteri Malaysia yang turut dihadiri Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Terdahulu Fairus dengan berpakaian ahli Pertubuhan Silat Seni Gayong menyambut ketibaan Najib, yang juga Presiden Umno, di lobi hotel tempat berlangsungnya majlis itu.

Fairus menyertai Umno kira-kira dua minggu selepas Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) mengumumkan beliau antara lapan kes berprofil tinggi bebas tuduhan rasuah.

Beliau pernah disiasat kerana dakwaan rasuah melibatkan syarikat kuari di Seberang Perai.

Fairus, 33, meletakkan jawatan sebagai Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Penanti berkuat kuasa 16 April tahun lalu.

Fairus keputusan melepas jawatan Adun bagi membolehkan beliau memberi tumpuan penuh terhadap usahanya melanjutkan pelajaran ke pascasiswazah dan sekali gus memberikan masa kepadanya untuk bersama dengan keluarga yang selama ini terpaksa berkorban dalam memenuhi tugasannya.

Beliau juga merupakan bekas Pengerusi Pembangunan Keusahawanan dan Koperasi, Penerangan dan Perhubungan Masyarakat Pulau Pinang.

Fairus dalam ucapannya pada majlis itu berkata, beliau membuat keputusan selepas mengambil kira perkembangan sepanjang tiga bulan lalu khususnya selepas tercetusnya isu kalimah "Allah".

Beliau mendakwa pendirian yang dibuat oleh PKR, salah satu komponen Pakatan Rakyat, amat mendukacitakan dan tidak menyenangkan kerana bertentangan dengan perjuangan parti.

"Saya akhirnya mendapat petunjuk yang sangat jelas dan saya dengan ini atas prinsip mempertahankan agama dan kepentingan rakyat, hari ini saya membuat pengisytiharan untuk keluar PKR dan menyertai Umno," katanya yang menyampaikan ucapan khas sebelum Najib mula berucap.

Najib dalam ucapannya pula berkata atas nama Presiden Umno beliau menyambut penyertaan Fairus, yang menurutnya telah hilang kepercayaan terhadap kepimpinan PKR ke dalam Umno.

"Oleh itu atas nama Presiden Umno, anak muda bernama Fairus akan diterima dengan senang hati (ke dalam Umno) kerana saya tahu beliau mengambil keputusan atas soal prinsip, atas nama perjuangan... mahu menjadi anggota Umno.

"Oleh itu kita kena jaga beliau dengan baik, beliau boleh memainkan peranan kepada parti, bangsa dan agama," katanya.

Pada majlis ini Fairus juga menandatangani borang menyertai ahli Pertubuhan Silat Seni Gayong dan Umno secara rasmi. -MI





Race is on for Taib Mahmud's successor but first, the state election!

Posted: 28 Feb 2010 07:15 AM PST

He hinted in 2006 that he would have one last shot as chief minister. Next year, he would be CM for 30 years.

Political analyst Dr Sivamurugan Pandian believes that Taib will relinquish his top party position only after the next state election. Reason being if he steps down now, it might trigger be a power struggle within the party.

Sivamurugan said Taib had to groom someone to take over and there might be some indications as to who would likely be the person after the PBB convention.

Sivamurugan said from a political strategy perspective, it would not be wise for him to step down before the state election as the party might be focusing more on who was going to be the next chief minister instead of winning and retaining power in the state election.


SPRM Patut Siasat Harta Dr Mahathir Dan Menteri Umno-BN

Posted: 28 Feb 2010 07:08 AM PST

Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia didesak menyiasat harta mantan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad serta bekas menteri dan menteri Umno dan Barisan Nasional dan jika perlu mengambil langkah yang sama seperti negara jiran Thailand yang merampas harta dan aset bekas Perdana Menteri negara itu.

Ini kerana penulis Barry Wain yang juga bekas Pengarang Urusan Asian Wall Street Journal mendakwa Dr Mahathir telah membazirkan wang rakyat sehingga RM100 bilion ketika beliau menjadi Perdana Menteri dari 1981 sehingga 2003.

Jumaat lalu Mahkamah Agung Thailand telah membuat keputusan merampas harta bekas Perdana Menteri Thaksin Shinawatra dan keluarganya yang berjumlah 46.3 bilion baht (RM4.7 bilion) daripada sejumlah 76.6 bilion baht (RM7.8 bilion) yang dibekukan oleh kerajaan Thailand semasa itu.

Panel hakim yang membuat keputusan itu berkata jumlah wang yang dirampas dianggap sebagai kekayaan tambahan daripada penyalahgunaan kuasa oleh beliau semasa memegang jawatan tersebut.

Thaksin didapati bersalah kerana menyalahguna kuasa sebagai ketua kerajaan dalam memberikan keistimewaan kepada konglomerat telekomunikasi Shin Corp dan mahkamah juga mendapati beliau merupakan pemilik sebenar Shin Corp.

Ini menyalahi undang-undang kerana pada ketika itu beliau memegang jawatan sebagai Perdana Menteri.

Mengulas perkara itu Ketua Angkatan Muda KEADILAN Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin meminta SPRM menjalankan tugas mereka menyiasat Dr Mahathir dan menteri-menteri Umno-BN berhubung salahguna wang rakyat.

Ini berikutan pindaan akta SPRM yang baru yang membolehkan siasatan serta dakwaan dibuat terhadap mana-mana pemimpin kerajaan dalam tempoh 10 tahun setelah bersara.

"Sudah tiba masanya SPRM membuka kertas siasatan terhadap dakwaan Barry Wain terhadap Dr Mahathir.

"Walaupun sumber tersebut datang daripada pihak ketiga tetapi ia akan menjadi kayu pengukur menguji kewibawaan politik SPRM dalam melaksanakan undang-undang dengan tegas dan adil.

"Jika kandungan buku tulisan Barry Wain itu tidak benar, sewajarnya Dr Mahathir mengambil tindakan menyamannya. Pemimpin Umno-BN takut akan ada banyak skandal terbongkar jika mereka di dakwa dimahkamah. Yang peliknya sehingga kini Kementerian Dalam Negeri tidak mengharamkan buku tersebut," jelas Shamsul.

Beliau menyelar SPRM yang seolah-olah menumpukan kes penyalahgunaan kuasa terhadap pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat sahaja tetapi enggan mengambil tindakan terhadap ramai pemimpin tinggi Umno-BN yang korup walaupun berpuluh-puluh laporan rasuah telah dibuat.

"Sebagai Ketua Pesuruhjaya SPRM yang baru sepatutnya Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamed mengembalikan integriti dan kepercayaan rakyat terhadap suruhanjaya itu tanpa mengira sesiapa, samada daripada kalangan Pakatan Rakyat mahupun Umno-BN", tegas beliau lagi. -SK


The race to the top begins at kindergarten

Posted: 28 Feb 2010 05:31 AM PST

Comments written to the response to_ The race to the top begins at kindergarten

Yes, I was put on the racetrack by fate. But as there were no tuitions when I was young, I got time to enjoy my childhood. Only when I was in 10th standard, the class teachers' tuitions I had noticed but ignored and always won over all of them in the younger classes since I arrived St. Peter's at six standard became famous into U Cho Bu's Chemistry and Gone Htoo U Thein Naing's Burmese tuitions. I attended one section for about U Thein Naing's tuition and decided that it took a lot of my study time to learn few facts I could learn myself.  I quit U Cho Bu's Chemistry Tuition after a couple of months with the same reason.

But I was lucky to have a chance to attend the Government District Education Officer (Science) discussion cum lecture in our school, the No. 9 SHS. His words, advising us, to read the prescribed tax books, esp. the Chemistry (by Prof U Aung Khin) in detail, about the "conditions" about the chemical reactions helped me score 99 marks out of 100 in Chemistry.

Our Burmese teacher, Daw Khin Aye, who transferred from St. Joseph's Convent (8 SHS) used to tell about Nu Nu Lin (Dolly Lin) who used to read the whole English text book daily also made me to read the tax books repeatedly instead of relying the commercial notes and lectures sold in the market. So I scored English 71/100 just missed Distinction with 4 marks.

Some of my classmates used to recite the quotation or sentences from Theikpan Maung Wa and U punya, pushed me to revise or read the prescribed taxed books repeatedly.

For the Maths, I got an Essence of Maths (by ? Key) and we used to tease or exchange the questions. As many friends attended various tuitions, they supply me with their Maths home work, which I was always happy to help them to get answers rewarded me with 100/100 in Maths.

I had written about my mother's pressure to keep me at the top when I was in Kg and Primary School also helped me to try hard. And my medico- social conditions which pushed me was also written earlier. Lu Yae Chun competitions and the rewards and results also pushed me. Esp. because won the alternate year for three times always pushed me to try harder and harder and later I won 3 successive year, making me 5 times winner. (Present Rector Prof Dr Than Win also got five times like me as he was one year junior to me. We were always together at he same camps.

My poor results in High School Final (we are the last batch to sit that as the centralized Government examination), just passed without any distinction also pushed me to try harder at 10th std.

My Racial and Religious Discriminations experience in the IMM also give me the bitter stronger determined heart and mind not to surrender but to always try hard.

When I learnt the new concept of the (?US) Education system that Primary and Secondary schools are meant to keep the children away from getting bad habits on the road and prepare them with moral and extra-curricular education only, I regret my student's life this part of the world but anyway, if too relaxed and without any examination, I am not sure I would have a good habit of Perseverance. Anyway, on the second thought I like my achievements, and would not like to change back my student's life even if I were given a chance to use a time machine to live all over again. Although I could be younger, I am now old…and tired ……..to run that rat race again. I thank Allah for rewarding me with a lo of rewards and success some even as blessing in disguise. I cannot score that achievements again.

Malaysian Insider article by Anita Anandarajah, "The race to the top begins at kindergarten"

FEB 28 – Education kills. Someone should put that warning on the back of a school enrolment pack.

To be more precise, I am referring to the pursuit of education. So great is the pressure to perform that the race to enter the best school sometimes ends tragically.

Earlier this month, a mother threw her four-year-old girl from the seventh floor of a shopping mall before jumping off herself because the girl had not qualified for a place in the school of choice.

The little girl survived the ordeal when the safety net broke her fall but the mother fell through, and died.

Newspapers reported that the child's parents had been arguing about her education before the incident.

The girl is a student in an English Schools Foundation kindergarten but had failed to win a place at an ESF primary school. A student at an ESF kindergarten is only ensured of an interview but not a slot in primary school.

As a result, the mother, a clerk, wanted to enrol her daughter in an international school but the father, a mechanic, said he could not afford the fees.

They had already forked out $51,000 a year for the ESF kindergarten fees. There are three years of kindergarten in total.

In response, the mother replied that since her child had no future, she might as well end her life there and then.

Parents put themselves through enormous pressure to ensure their children enter the right schools. Local schools set rigorous assessments to gain entrance and the intensively competitive environment.

International schools offer a tempting alternative with a wider curriculum and less high-pressured learning environment. Parents see the former as better equipping their children for university studies abroad. However the fees are prohibitively expensive for the average family.

The third type of school, the ESF school, is therefore an attractive alternative as it is subsidised by the government.

It was set up to provide education for English-speaking children who cannot access the local system but has become very popular with locals who want western-style education for their children. However, places are limited.

As a parent of a toddler who has just taken his first tiny steps into this treacherous field, I am already suffering the sweats.

I am beginning to understand the madness, the stress that seizes a parent whose life mission is now to provide the best education on a finite budget.

You see, I missed the deadline to enrol Ishan into what should be his first year of kindergarten beginning this August in a nearby school.

Incidentally, this school is popular as the medium of instruction is equally divided into English and Mandarin unlike local schools which are fully Cantonese.

And we all know that Putonghua is this generation's passport to world domination.

The word around town is that there is a waiting list of up to eight months at said school so parents tend to register their child a year ahead.

One parent I chatted with raised an eyebrow when I expressed surprise at the "kiasu-ness" of this strategy.

So now I worry that he will be completely lost with the Mandarin half of the syllabus if and when he enters that school several terms later.

School aside, there are the extra-curricular activities that parents invest in to ensure their child's school portfolio is nicely padded. Some of Ishan's playmates have signed up for swimming lessons, ballet, piano and soccer.

I have also heard of children who attend two schools simultaneously, one in the morning and another in the afternoon.

Ishan just turned two. He has "playroom and/or playground at 4.30pm" and play group twice a week on his list. Am I being paranoid about him falling back?

I want to be able to lean back and watch my son enjoy his childhood and develop to the best of his natural ability. Yet I can't help but feel I should push him a lot harder.

My husband tells me that we will take it all one step at a time. We are not sure how we will cope with the highly competitive environment but we will. This is, after all, part of the experience of living in Hong Kong.

For now, I will take a tip from The Karate Kid (1984) sensei Mr Miyagi: "Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off. Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don't forget to breathe, very important."

Wax on, wax off, people.

Anita Anandarajah is a stay-at-home-mum who lives in Hong Kong. She longs for the grassy playgrounds of her childhood.



TGNA Raikan Pelumba Le Tour De Langkawi

Posted: 28 Feb 2010 05:43 AM PST

Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat bersyukur kerana Kelantan menjadi pusat pelepasan acara perlumbaan jelajah basikal paling berprestij di Asia, Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) 2010 pada Isnin.

"Acara ini boleh memberi kesan positif kepada pembangunan industri pelancongan di negeri ini," katanya kepada pemberita selepas majlis memperkenalkan peserta dari 20 pasukan LTdl 2010 itu, di sini, pada Ahad.

Beliau juga berharap peserta Malaysia dapat meraih kejayaan cemerlang dalam perlumbaan tahunan itu supaya ia dapat mengharumkan nama negara di persada antarabangsa.

Cabaran pasukan tempatan diketuai oleh pasukan kebangsaan yang pastinya perlu berusaha dengan keras bagi memastikan sasaran tempat ke-12 daripada 20 pasukan yang bertanding tercapai.

Manakala pasukan benua negara, Le Tua memasang impian besar untuk meraih juara individu keseluruhan serta mempertahankan gelaran pelumba terbaik Asia dengan membariskan tiga pelumba Sepanyol, seorang Australia dan Ng Yong Li serta Mohd Hafiz Rozli selaku pelumba tempatan.

Empat pelumba tempatan turut mewakili pasukan berstatus benua dari luar negara pada edisi tahun ini dengan Anuar Manan (Geumsan Ginseng Asia dari Korea Selatan), Adiq Husainie Othman (Drapac Porsche dari Australia) dan Loh Sea Keong serta Ahmad Haidar Anuawar pula mewakili pasukan Marco Polo Cycling Team dari China.

Secara keseluruhan LTdL tahun ini menampilkan hanya satu pasukan berstatus Pro Tour iaitu Footon-Sevetto dari Sepanyol serta dua pasukan profesional benua iaitu ISD-Neri (Itali) dan Vorarlberg-Corratec (Austria).

Selebihnya adalah 13 pasukan bertaraf benua iaitu Drapac Porsche (Australia), Tabriz Petrochemical (Iran), Seoul Cycling Team (Korea Selatan), Marco Polo Cycling Team (China), Aisan Racing Team (Jepun), Max Success Sport (China), Le Tua Cycling Team (Malaysia), Team Geumsan Ginseng Asia (Korea Selatan), Team Jayco- Skins (Australia), Azad University (Iran), Giant Asia Racing Team (Taiwan), Polygon Sweet Nice (Indonesia) dan Kelly Benefit Strategies (Amerika Syarikat).

Selain Malaysia yang menampilkan pasukan kebangsaan, tiga lagi adalah Afrika Selatan, Kazakhstan dan Thailand yang kali pertama mengambil bahagian.

Peringkat perlumbaan LTdL 2010:

1: Kota Baharu - Kuala Berang (174.5km)
2: Kuala Terengganu - Chukai (182.3km)
3: Pekan - Mersing (145.6km)
4: Mersing - Parit Sulong (163.5km)
5: Muar - Port Dickson (111.5km)
6: Putrajaya - Genting Highlands (102.8km)
7: Kuala Kubu Baru - Dataran Merdeka (133.7km)

Majlis itu turut dihadiri oleh Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Belia dan Sukan, Datuk Mohd Yassin Salleh dan Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pembangunan Insan, Belia, Sukan dan NGO Negeri, Abdul Fatah Mahmood.



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3 Muslim women caned

Posted: 28 Feb 2010 04:36 AM PST

From: Masturbating Myself
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 2010 04:09:40 -0800 (PST)
Local: Sun, Feb 28 2010 8:09 pm
Subject: 3 Muslim women caned - they deserve to have such ancient laws for themselves

Today, the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Majlis Agama Islam
Selangor, MAIS) had lodged police reports against The Star and Sisters
in Islam for moronic accusations.

Part of the reports was because of The Star's Managing Editor, P.
Gunasegaram's writing in his column Question Time titled Persuasion,
not compulsion.

The Star has since apologised (to whom we do not know, for the people
have never asked for it) and taken down the article.

We are reproducing the article in full here to let readers make up
their mind whether the police reports are justified.

We want readers to decide: did P. Gunasegaram do any wrong?

Because we certainly do not think so. Leave your thoughts in the
comments.

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When federal laws unambiguously prohibit whipping or caning of women,
religious laws must not be allowed to do the opposite.

ONE of the small things that I am grateful for is that I cannot be
legally whipped or caned for any offence any more. Yes, there are
criminal penalties which can specify whipping, but not for those over
50, I am told. Sometimes being old(er) is an advantage.

The other reason that I won't be legally whipped is that I am not a
Muslim and therefore my personal behaviour is not subject to syariah
courts, which can hold me liable for offences such as drinking alcohol
and have me caned.

For me and for millions of Malaysians of all races and religions, Feb
9, 2010, was a sad, black day in the history of our country. On that
day, three women were caned legally for the first time ever in this
country. They, all Muslims, were caned for engaging in illicit sex, an
offence under syariah law, it was announced.

It is shocking that such sentences are being meted out for such
offences. While religious laws may allow for such sentences, it is
possible for judges to mete out lower sentences, especially when such
"offences" are of a very personal nature and harm no one else.

When there are loopholes in religious laws which allow such punishment
out of all proportion to the "crime" committed, and which go against
the sensibilities of most Malaysians, then it is incumbent upon the
Government of the day to use the legislature to do the needful.
Otherwise it abdicates its responsibility.

Illicit sex means sex out of wedlock and if we are all not hypocrites,
we will admit that it happens all the time, among both Muslims and non-
Muslims. To prescribe caning for such an offence is something that
most Malaysians are likely to consider just too much.

It also opens the door for caning for more minor offences in the eyes
of religious officials, such as drinking alcohol. In fact one Muslim
woman, who has refused to appeal her case, is currently awaiting a
caning sentence to be carried out after she was found guilty of
drinking alcohol.

That case attracted international attention and made it to the front
page of two international financial dailies – The Wall Street Journal
and The Financial Times – on the same day last year. The current case,
announced on Wednesday, is already beginning to attract world
attention.

With three women already having been caned for illicit sex, the way
has been paved for more caning of women in the future. That will not
endear Malaysia to Malaysians, let alone foreigners who are inevitably
going to equate us with the Taliban. And who can blame them?

And are we going to go further down the slippery road and cane women
for dressing immodestly too, as has been done in some countries?

There are already indications that Malays, especially women, are
migrating and leaving their homeland, not because they don't have
opportunities here but because as Muslims, their personal freedom is
restricted – and there is danger that it will be curtailed even more.

Yes, it has been said the three women did not suffer any cuts or
bruises following the caning but that is scant consolation to those
who have to undergo such humiliating punishment on top of the
intrusion into their personal affairs.

As if the caning was not bad enough, alarmingly they spent months in
prison. One of them is still serving her jail sentence and will be
released only in June.

All three were found guilty of committing illicit sex by the Federal
Territory Syariah High Court, which issued the caning order between
December last year and last month. Perplexingly, they were not made
public at that point of time. The public had no idea of the caning
before it was done.

Also, it was not clear if the women had exercised their full rights
under syariah law by appealing the court's decision.

These are behaviours which should not be treated as if they were
criminal offences; but they have been. The offenders have not only
been caned but also jailed, which is rather harsh punishment for
something which did not harm anyone else and was done in privacy and
behind closed doors.

This is clear indication that there are laws in our statute books –
both syariah as well as civil – which are outdated and need to be
revised in keeping with the times and the recognition that individuals
have personal rights.

Personal behaviour between consenting adults that do no physical harm
to them and to others should not be legislated. This is in keeping
with the development of personal rights throughout the world, and
anything that takes away these rights is a step backwards.

Religion is open to interpretation, man interprets it and man can –
and does – make mistakes.

Even if religious rules are flouted, we should have a system which
does not mete out punishment for offences, and focus instead on
rehabilitation and counselling. That will be in keeping with the
universal tenet that there is no compulsion when it comes to religion.

Custodial and punitive sentences by religious courts should be limited
via statutes because personal behaviour of adults is often involved
and there is no hurt or harm to any others arising from such
behaviour.

Religion is about persuasion not compulsion, about faith not
certainty, and that is the way we should keep it. Otherwise, bigotry
is going to get in the way and we won't be following the tenets of
religion but of those who choose to interpret it the way they want to.

We have all seen what happens when religion – no matter what religion
– is carried to extremes and hijacked by bigots. We don't want public
flogging, we don't want arms chopped off, we don't want people to be
stoned to death, and we don't want people to be burned at the stake.

We have already moved way past that. Let's not allow a small number of
religious bigots to take us back into the dark ages. And for that, we
all need to stand up and speak up when our individual rights are
trampled upon.

Managing editor P. Gunasegaram is appalled by the number of sins
committed in the name of God.


Jawatankuasa Pengagihan Wang Ihsan Jawatankuasa Haram

Posted: 28 Feb 2010 04:24 AM PST

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tuntutan Royalti Petroleum Kelantan atuk Husam Musa menyifatkan Jawatankuasa Pengagihan Wang Ihsan Kelantan yang diketuai Timbalan Menteri Kewangan, Senator Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin sebagai jawatankuasa haram dan kerajaan Negeri Kelantan menolak untuk menyertainya.

"Kita tidak terima. Jawatankuasa itu adalah jawatankuasa haram," tegas Husam.

Esok satu usul berhubung isu tuntutan royalti minyak mungkin dikemukakan pada persidangan Dewan Undangan Negeri Kelantan bagi membawa isu tuntutan itu ke mahkamah, kata Datuk Husam.

"Saya tidak tahu apa yang akan ADUN bincangkan esok. Mungkin mereka akan membawa satu usul mengenai itu. Ini akan menguatkan lagi langkah kerajaan negeri untuk membawa isu itu ke mahkamah kerana ia mendapat mandat daripada DUN negeri," katanya kepada pemberita selepas mesyuarat Exco di sini hari ini.

Hari ini kerajaan negeri menjemput semua ADUN termasuk ADUN Barisan Nasional (BN) untuk mendengar taklimat berhubung royalti minyak Kelantan yang diberikan oleh bekas Ketua Hakim Negara, Tun Salleh Abas dan bekas Ketua Jabatan Undang-Undang Petronas Nik Saghir Mohd Noor.

Husam, yang juga Exco Kanan kerajaan Negeri Kelantan, berkata melalui taklimat itu, beliau berharap kesemua ADUN mendapat penjelasan lebih nyata dan membincangkan isu tuntutan royalti minyak Kelantan pada sidang dewan.

Beliau berkata kerajaan negeri perlu mendapatkan sokongan daripada DUN kerana sewaktu perjanjian antara Petronas dan kerajaan negeri pada 1975, perkara itu dibawa di dalam sidang DUN untuk dipersetujui bahawa lima peratus hasil keuntungan minyak di Kelantan diberikan kepada negeri dan lima peratus lagi diberikan kepada pusat.

Kerajaan Kelantan bertegas mahukan Kerajaan Pusat membayar royalti minyak dan bukan wang ihsan walaupun mengikut peraturan, negeri itu tidak layak menerima royalti kerana dua telaga minyak yang didakwa milik Kelantan terletak lebih tiga batu nautika dari pesisiran pantai negeri itu.

Dua telaga minyak berkenaan terletak 150 batu nautika dari perairan Kelantan dan Kerajaan Pusat bersetuju memberi RM20 juta wang ihsan kepada penduduk Kelantan, yang merupakan bayaran pertama sebanyak lima peratus daripada hasil dua telaga minyak pada 2008.

Perkara ini seperti yang termaktub dalam perjanjian Akta Peroleum 1974, iaitu bayaran lima peratus daripada hasil keuntungan minyak dan gas kepada kerajaan negeri.

Husam berkata kedua-dua tokoh itu dijemput untuk memberikan taklimat kerana mereka merupakan antara tokoh terlibat dalam perjanjian Akta Petroleum 1975.


Entertainment roundup (February 28, 2010)

Posted: 28 Feb 2010 03:53 AM PST

Hong Kong celebrity couple Jordan Chan and Cherrie Ying got marriedHKG celebrity couple Jordan Chan and Cherrie Ying got married in Vegas (pic) [1]; and Isabella Leong is pregnant again [2]? Congrats anyway!

Korea… let's begin with an interesting article about the tough life of being a Korean idol [3]. And Jaebum-2PM saga is getting worse [4].

Celebrity galleries… Kim Sun-ah on J-look [5]; Park Shin-hye on Vogue Girl [6]; and Hwang Mi-hee looking gorgeous [7].

Korean stars Kim Jung-eun and Jin-gu are going to attend the Korean Film Fest in Los Angeles in March [8]. Also, check out various Asian-American entertainers' news at A-tunes [9].

Entertainment roundup (February 28, 2010) from YeinJee's Asian Blog


Portal Muhyiddin Yassin Ditutup Setelah Baru Sebulan Dilancarkan

Posted: 28 Feb 2010 03:05 AM PST

Persaingan politik antara kem Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin dan bos beliau Datuk Seri Najib Razak dilihat penganalisis politik semakin meruncing apabila laman web Timbalan Perdana Menteri itu telah "diserang" sejak seminggu lalu mengakibatkan ianya ditutup.

Suara Keadilan diberitahu laman sesawang rasmi milik Muhyiddin, www.my-malaysia.com.my telah ditutup secara tiba-tiba tanpa sebarang notis tidak sampai sebulan setelah ia dilancarkan pada Majlis Dialog Idealisme Generasi Muda di Angkasapuri 30 Januari pada.

Kehilangan laman web ini lantas menimbulkan spekulasi bahawa ada sesuatu yang tidak kena antara Najib dan Timbalan.

Suara Keadilan difahamkan portal itu samada telah diarah tutup oleh pihak tertentu daripada Jabatan Perdana Menteri atau telah digodam oleh pengodam pro-Najib.

Portal yang membawakan tema "MY Malaysia - Muhyiddin Yassin

Untuk Malaysia" itu membawa aspirasi dan buah fikiran orang nombor dua dalam kerajaan itu tetapi ia dianggap berlawanan dengan konsep Satu Malaysia yang ingin dipopularkan oleh Perdana Menteri.

Mengulas perkembangan ini Ahli Parlimen Kuala Langat Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid berkata perkara ini sudah diduga sedari awal kerana Najib dan Muhyiddin "tidak boleh bertemu muka".

"Kedua-dua mereka mempunyai pandangan berbeza dan ingin membawa dasar masing-masing dalam pentadbiran negara.

"Mereka dilihat tidak seiring dalam banyak perkara. Kelompok Muhyiddin tidak senang dengan monopoli kumpulan Najib dalam membuat keputusan dan ini dilihat apabila Muhyiddin bercanggah pendapat dengan Najib," komen beliau.

Abdullah Sani beranggapan perpecahan dalam Umno dan Barisan Nasional sudah mencapai tahap kritikal dan rakyat hanya menunggu masa untuk melihat pemberontakan besar-besaran oleh kem Muhyiddin terhadap Najib.

"Kem Muhyiddin tidak berpuas hati terhadap banyak perkara termasuk campur tangan Dr Mahathir, pemberontakan Pemuda Umno apabila ketuanya tidak diberi sebarang jawatan dalam kerajaan serta isu Ku Li dan royalti minyak di mana amaran diberi kepada Ahli Parlimen Gua Musang itu datang dari Muhyiddin bukannya Najib," kata beliau lagi.

Keretakan yang melanda Umno-BN semakin jelas kata Abdullah Sani sambil menambah Muhyiddin dan Najib "tidak boleh duduk sekapal".

Pertelagahan antara Najib dan Muhyiddin telah hangat diperkatakan dalam blog serta laman web politik sejak Ahli Parlimen Pulai itu menyandang sebagai timbalan dalam kerajaan dan parti.

Muhyiddin dianggap bercita-cita tinggi dalam politik dan ramai menjangkakan Timbalan Presiden itu akan mencabar Najib untuk jawatan Presiden Umno pada pemilihan parti 2011 nanti.

Malah suhu desas desus pertembungan Najib-Muhyiddin mula meningkat dilihat daripada kehangatan perbincangan dikalangan ahli dan pimpinan Umno samada diwarung kopi atau lobi kafe hotel. -SK

Ulasan GB

Orang nak ada portal, awak pun nak ada portal (blog). Orang ada ilmu I.T. awak buta IT. Sekadar nak upah orang lain "maintain" portal tapi diri sendiri pemalas untuk belajar ilmu komputer dan teknologi maklumat.

Semuga ini menjadi pelajaran kepada pemimpin PAS dan PR kita juga.

Dunia tanpa sempadan menjadikan kita tidak boleh meninggalkan bidang-bidang utama perjuangan dan I.T. adalah satu kaedah (uslub) baru perjuangan dan dakwah.


TINTA KHAS NURUL IZZAH ANWAR SEMPENA SAMBUTAN MAULIDUR RASUL 1431

Posted: 26 Feb 2010 01:59 AM PST

TINTA KHAS

NURUL IZZAH ANWAR SEMPENA SAMBUTAN MAULIDUR RASUL 1431

Teman-teman seperjuangan sekalian,

Tanggal 12 Rabiul Awal  merupakan tarikh istimewa bagi umat Islam di seluruh dunia.Pada tarikh tersebut, Rasul Junjungan kita, Nabi Muhammad S.A.W dilahirkan sebagai pembawa khabar berita dan rahmat Allah s.w.t ke seluruh alam.

Kelahiran beliau di tengah-tengah kegawatan masyarakat Arab Jahiliyah ketika itu membawa perubahan besar yang tidak ternilai bukan sahaja kepada masyarakat setempat bahkan terhadap seluruh peradaban manusia. Kelahiran beliau merupakan petanda berakhirnya zaman kegelapan dan kekufuran masyarakat Jahiliyah ketika itu serta bermulanya tradisi kecemerlangan dan pencerahan masyarakat di seluruh dunia sehingga ke hari ini. Maka tidak hairanla jika tarih kelahiran Rasulullah S.A.W ini diraikan dengan begitu meriah sekali oleh umat Islam di seluruh dunia.

Teman-teman seperjuangan sekalian,

Sempena hari yang penuh berkah dan mulia ini, saya ingin mengajak teman-teman semua merenungi mesej penting  yang diutarakan oleh Rasulullah dalam Ucapan Wida' baginda:

"…Ketahuilah bahawa setiap Muslim adalah saudara kepada Muslim yang lain. Kamu semua adalah sama; tidak seorang pun yang lebih mulia dari yang lainnya kecuali dalam Taqwa dan beramal saleh."

Dalam kemeriahan menyambut Maulidur Rasul, janganlah kita alpa dan lupa kepada perjuangan kita untuk menegakkan keadilan dan kesaksamaan di bumi Malaysia ini. Seharusnya sambutan Maulidur Rasul ini dijadikan inspirasi untuk kita bersama-sama mendukung usaha ke arah membawa perubahan yang positif dan bermakna untuk rakyat Malaysia. Ambillah peluang ini untuk bermuhasabah atau membuat penilaian diri agar ketinggian akhlaq dan peribadi Rasulullah S.A.W itu dapat dicontohi dalam kehidupan kita. Janganlah pula kita bertelingkah sesama sendiri sempena sambutan Maulidur Rasul ini hanya kerana kepentingan dan agenda peribadi. Tidak kiralah apa cara sekalipun kita menterjemahkan rasa kasih yang mendalam terhadap Rasul Junjungan, samada dengan berarak, berpuasa atau mengadakan majlis ilmu, yang penting dan yang lebih afdal adalah agar kita sentiasa ikhlas dan bermuafakat dalam apa jua usaha kita, terutamanya dalam menentang kebatilan dan menghindar kezaliman di negara ini.

Teman-teman seperjuangan sekalian,

Justeru, saya menyeru kepada teman-teman sekalian agar menghayati sambutan Maulidur Rasul ini dengan menanam iltizam untuk memperbaiki diri, bangsa dan agama dengan cara mengukuhkan hubungan kekeluargaan dan persaudaraan bukan sahaja dengan umat Islam tetapi rakyat Malaysia secara keseluruhannya.

Akhir kata, marilah kita mengingati bagaimana Rasulullah S.A.W menumpaskan kezaliman dan ketidakadilan bukan menggunakan kekerasan fizikal tetapi dengan keluhuran akhlaq dan ketajaman akal baginda. Semoga kita berupaya untuk menjejak langkah baginda itu, InsyaAllah.

Salam Maulidur Rasul

Dari Nurul Izzah sekeluarga.


Finally It Is Done!

Posted: 28 Feb 2010 03:00 AM PST

Here it is. The fruit of my labour.

More stories to follow.


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