Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fat & Messy

Fat & Messy


Fat & Messy

Posted: 25 Mar 2010 10:57 AM PDT

I am getting fat, it's so not funny! Ayark.. I should go swim and enter sauna more often. But the food is so good! I love Indian food and it's everywhere here! I'm learning to speak Hindi now too.. Haha. Thanks to the large Indian community around here :p

Btw, I ate FATBURGER yesterday. Yes, it's called FATBURGER. And we ordered DOUBLE FATBURGER. Double the fat, double the cheese. Yumm! And now, I'm probably quadripling the amount of fat I have in my body. Aiyo~


I had to deal with the hotel people just now. And owh, they are so helpful..! (maybe because I'm a hot female roaming around alone or something.. haha.. perasan :p). Plus, we pretty much make their hotel richer. The Egyptian guy talks a LOT. And he hates the Pyramids! Hehe. But I was entertained with his never-ending chatter. The Indian guy on the other hand is so nice to wait for  me throughout the entire process.."She's a friend yarr, not a customer. So please take good care of her.." and even asked me for a cup of coffee afterwards. Hate it. I'm such a sucker for Indians. lol.

One thing I love about hotels is that I never have to clean up or make up my room. Ever! And if you've seen my room at home, you know what I mean. My sisters can proudly attest to that...hahaha.

I think my toilet is so bersepah with my barang2 mekap and toiletteries and jewelleries and acessories and God knows what else fit in my make-up bag... that the cleaners actually took time to put a nice towel underneath and arrange them nicely!!! SEE....!?!


Why can't I stay in a hotel forever?
Life is so unfair. Ha ha.

p.s. I may be entering Iraq early of April. Do pray that I come back in one piece! ;)


Back to the old days: No Instant Messaging apps, no facebook, no youtube

Posted: 25 Mar 2010 10:15 AM PDT

The company is going to streamline the management of all computers, making them join under one domain - that means, userid centrally controlled. ;)

One of the changes that is going to take place has caused a certain 'disquiet' among the staff. It is a blanket block on all Instant Messaging apps whether web or desktop based. Access to some sites will be blocked as well, namely, Facebook and Youtube.



Craving for Sweet Corn?

Posted: 25 Mar 2010 10:07 AM PDT


Are you craving for Sweet Corn in the middle of the night? BTW, how you want your corn to be cooked?


BN’s court of appeal at it again…

Posted: 25 Mar 2010 09:50 AM PDT

… over turning a decision made by the high court.

read ex-ISA detainee loses RM2.5 mil.  court award from malaysiakini.
(story CnP here below)

4 years back when i read about how abdul malek (picture) won and was awarded RM2.5 mil, i was very happy, thinking that justice had been served. malek had suffered so much while in ISA

then yesterday suddenly i was shocked to read that he lost the RM2.5 mil! because the govt appealed to the court of appeal… and we all know how the court of appeal works – leaning toward the government. look at the perak case – the MB vs MB case, look at the MACC questioning of witnesses time case (and coming herald vs govt on the use of allah case) – the high court made a decision but the court of appeal over-turned the decision in favour of the govt.

btw i have met abdul malek before when he was chairman of MAFREL. he seemed to be a nice person. very good talker with lots of humour.

*sigh* what the high court did yesterday had further diminish people's trust in the judiciary. malaysian judiciary had gone to the dogs…………

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Ex-ISA detainee loses RM2.5 mil court award

Hafiz Yatim
Mar 25, 10
12:22pm

The Court of Appeal has today overturned a rare RM2.5 million award to former Internal Security Act detainee Abdul Malek Hussein following an appeal from the government.

Justice Md Raus Shariff leading a panel of three judges reversed the High Court decision and ruled that Abdul Malek's detention was lawful and rejected his allegations of torture while in custody.

The other two judges who sat with Md Raus – who is now Federal Court judge – were justices Sulong Matjeraie and Ahmad Maarop.

The decision was unanimous.

Following the decision, Abdul Malek is not entitled to get any monetary award but was instead ordered by the appellate court to pay RM50,000 in costs.

Justice Md Raus in his 34-page judgment said the arresting officer need not inform Abdul Malek the grounds of the arrest in detail.

"It is our view the respondent was informed the grounds of his arrest. The officer gave sufficient particulars and thus did not make the arrest and detention unlawful."

Commenting on the High Court judge's decision, Md Raus ruled the judge exceeded his jurisdiction by expanding the meaning of section 73 (3) of the ISA, to include imposing a duty on police officers to furnish particulars as a basis of extending the detention which parliament had never intended.

The court also viewed that with helding Abdul Malek's right to a counsel, while under detention, as alleged a violation under Article 5(3) of the Federal Constitution, does not make the arrest and detention mala fide.

Questions raised on torture

Md Raus said while the High Court judge accepted Abdul Malek was assaulted, he noted the trial judge failed to appreciate the evidence adduced before him.

"It is our view that on the evidence adduced, the High Court judge's findings of facts were clearly against the weight of evidence as Abdul Malek did not make the police report on the alleged torture immediately after his release but three and a half months after that."

"The delay raises doubt as to the credibility of the alleged assault. The respondent (Abdul Malek) had explained the delay but in our view, his explanation was not credible and should have been rejected by the High Court judge," he said.

Furthermore, the judge said the photographs taken did not indicate any injury consistent with a continuous and violent assaults as alleged by the detainee.

Md Raus also noted that the doctor who examined Abdul Malek, four days after the alleged assault had told her (the doctor) that he had fell and complained of pain over his pelvis and right eye.

"In her evidence, Abdul Malek did not complain of any assault or torture by the police to her," he said.

Hence, Md Raus said the High Court judge's presumption that Abdul Malek was in fact assaulted was completely misplaced, when the Deputy public prosecutor was unwilling to prosecute the former detainee for loding a false report.

"The court noted that police had recommeded action but the DPP directed the police to take no further action.

"We are of the view the unwillingess of the DPP to charge for making false report cannot be used to infer the DPP and police were trying to cover-up the case."

"In our judgment, the findings of facts by the High Court judge that Abdul Malek had been assaulted or tortured is not supported by evidence. The finding were perverse and cannot be upheld. It must be set-aside," he said.

In an immediate reaction, Abdul Malek said he planned to go to the Federal Court.

His lawyer, Sivarasa Rasiah, said the reversal has set the country backwards at a time when the government was in the midst of amending the draconian law, which allows for detention without trial.

"It raises the key question how the ISA operates. Today's decision is regressive in terms of the development of the ISA law as the appellate court did not use principles which were adopted …section 73 ISA detention, police must provide certain particulars to allow further detention.

"It is a sad day for human rights as instead of moving forward. We are moving backwards.

"We do not keep up with the modern world with this judgement where we should uphold democratic and citizen rights. This judgment is pro-executive."

Sivarasa on commenting the alleged assaults on his client while in detention,the appellate court did not deal with the discrepancy in the police testimonies, and this was not addressed in the judgment where there were some blows to the head, chest and bruises to the body.

"Detainees are incommunicado with the doctor. I remember Anwar seeing the same doctor after he was assaulted, he did not tell the doctor he was assaulted.

"This court did not appreciate what a person under ISA detention feels like. These are the realities of the detention without trial."

Sivarasa also said the right for someone to have lawyer was not properly addressed by the court as he felt this court had made an error, and this would be posed in the apex court.

Abdul Malek, who is now parliamentary affairs coordinator for the opposition leader, said the decision would not weaken him.

"The authorities would use all existing bodies the parliament, judiciary, legislature and the police to maintain ISA.

"We need to mobilise NGOs, opposition parties and the BN component parties which are opposed to the Act to pressure the government to repeal the Act."

He said he was disappointed with today's decision and described it as worrying.

"The assaults did take place but the appellate court simply rejected the High Court findings."

"I cannot forget what had taken place the assault and torture which I faced. I had hoped the court as a channel to uphold the rule of law to seek a redress.

"However, the High Court decision has been set aside and this is truly disappointing and sad."

As the government had proposed to amend the ISA so that is harmonious with current times, today's decision may affect that move, he said.

Black day for rights movement

Suaram spokesperson E Nalini also described today's decision as a black day for the human rights movement, which has campaign for the repeal of the Act.

In 2007, then Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus, in a landmark decision ruled that Abdul Malek's detention during the reformasi demonstrations in 1998, were made in bad faith under Article 5 of the Federal Constitution.

In ruling the arrest unlawful and affirming there indeed was assault while in custody, Hishamudin, who is now a Court of Appeal judge, also said the nature of Abdul Malek's interrogation was clearly for a political purpose and had nothing to do with genuine concern for national security.

Abdul Malek, was arrested under the ISA on the night of Sept 25, 1998, after addressing a demonstration earlier that day in Masjid Negara following the sacking and arrest of Anwar Ibrahim, who was then deputy prime minister.

He was detained under the preventive security law for 57 days, and was later released without being charged.

Abdul Malek filed his suit civil suit in March 1999, naming special branch officer Borhan Daud, the then police chief Abdul Rahim Noor and the government as respondents.

During the High Court trial, the plaintiff testified he was stripped naked in an air-conditioned room, blindfolded during interrogation, and physically assaulted up to 60 times, beaten until he was unconscious, forced to drink urine and subjected to sexual abuse.

He also told the court he saw Rahim punching him in his chin in the interrogation room when his blindfold accidentally dropped.

Former IGP ticked off

On the assault and battery claims, Hishamudin said he was convinced that it took place after major contradictions were found in the defendants' witnesses compared to Abdul Malek's "consistent statements".

He also opined that the public prosecutor's refusal to prosecute Abdul Malek for making false claims against Rahim implied that there was some truth in his claims.

The High court also ruled that it was unconstitutional for Abdul Malek to be denied access to his lawyer.

When making his decision on the award of exemplary damages, Hishamudin made strong statements about Rahim's conduct as inspector-general of police in dealing with Abdul Malek's case.

"The despicable conduct of the then IGP Rahim Noor was shameful and a disgrace that shows a bad example to the department of men under his charge.

"The award of exemplary damages for the plaintiff is to show the abhorrence of the courts against the gross abuse of power by the police and the use of the ISA," he asserted.

Rahim was later charged for assaulting Anwar Ibrahim in the infamous black eye incident when the former deputy premier was held under ISA on Sept 20, 1998 – five days before Abdul Malek was arrested


Malaysiakini wins top media brand award

Posted: 25 Mar 2010 09:18 AM PDT

Top news website Malaysiakini was yesterday recognised as one of the country's favourite brands at the inaugural Putra Brand Awards.
Malaysiakini was picked as one of Malaysia's top six media brands, alongside TV stations Astro, TV3, 8TV, newspaper The Star and global search engine Google.

According to award host the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia (4As), the Putra Brand Awards is unique as Malaysian consumers themselves are the judges.


Underdog Tee Keat's election statement - “MCA party transformation plan”

Posted: 25 Mar 2010 08:43 AM PDT

UPDATED 7.40PM He has been told he his "catching up" in the presidential race and vowed to fight to the finish.

MCA incumbent president Ong Tee Keat, widely regarded as the underdog in the three-corner race for MCA presidency, believes that he is catching up with his two challengers, said, "According to the information given by grassroot, the words they are using is that 'I'm catching up'.''


Setiausaha Sulit Sultan Kelantan Ditahan Polis

Posted: 25 Mar 2010 09:32 AM PDT

Setiausaha Sulit Sultan Kelantan, Datuk Wan Hashim Wan Daud yang pagi tadi mengumumkan mengenai pemecatan Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra (gambar) sebagai Pemangku Raja, malam ini ditahan polis dipercayai untuk siasatan.

Wan Hashim yang diumumkan pelantikan sebagai Setiausaha Sulit Sultan Kelantan minggu lalu dilihat dibawa ke Ibu Pejabat Polis Kontinjen Kelantan di sini kira-kira pukul 8.40 malam.

The Malaysian Insider difahamkan Wan Hashim diambil di rumahnya sebelum di bawa ke IPK.

Pelantikan Wan Hashim dan kenyataan yang dibuat oleh beliau sejak seminggu dilihat merumitkan lagi krisis Istana Kelantan.

Pemangku Raja Kelantan, Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra Ibni Sultan Ismail Petra bersalaman dengan exco dan pegawai kerajaan negeri ketika tiba di Lapangan Terbang Sultan Ismail Petra, Pengkalan Chepa hari ini.

Dalam pada itu pihak polis didapati turut mengadakan kawalan di sekitar Masjid Muhammadi.

Malam ini pihak kerajaan negeri telah mengadakan solat hajat di masjid berkenaan.

Istana Pemangku Raja di Telipot juga difahamkan dikawal rapi pasukan kawalan keselamatan.

Sementara itu seorang yang mengiringi Wan Hashim dilihat keluar dari IPK kira-kira pukul 10.30 malam, namun Setiausaha Sulit tidak kelihatan.

Polis tidak dapat dihubungi untuk mendapatkan maklumat lanjut.

Sementara itu menurut sumber, satu mesyuarat tergempar Majlis Perajaan Negeri (MPN) diadakan di Istana Telipot malam ini.

Kira-kira pukul 11 malam beberapa anggota MPN dilihat memasuki kawasan istana.

Sepuluh minit sebelum itu Pengelola Istana Diraja Kelantan Datuk Abdul Halim Hamad Halim pula kelihatan memasuki istana.

Sumber memberitahu The Malaysian Insider bahawa mesyuarat itu diadakan bagi melantik pengerusi baru MPN ekoran perkembangan pagi tadi.

Dalam pada itu Bernama melaporkan Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra tenang dan mampu tersenyum walaupun dalam keadaan kemelut cubaan "merampas kuasa" melibatkan kerabat diraja Sultan Kelantan.

Baginda yang tiba di Lapangan Terbang Sultan Ismail Petra pada 6 petang tadi dari Singapura, mampu melemparkan senyuman dan lambaian kepada rakyat dengan disambut pembesar Istana serta beberapa anggota exco Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan termasuk Timbalan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakub.

Sewaktu berjalan menuju ke kenderaan rasminya, baginda dihampiri para wartawan yang ingin bertanyakan reaksi baginda mengenai pengumuman Wan Hashim bahawa Pengerusi MPN, Tengku Abdul Aziz Hamzah telah mendakwa Sultan Kelantan melantik beliau sebagai Pemangku Raja yang baru menggantikan baginda berkuat kuasa serta merta.

Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra hanya sempat menjawab sambil berjalan: "Tokleh (tidak boleh),Tokleh (tidak boleh), nanti biar sudah. Ginilah kirim salam kat semua orang," katanya dengan tersenyum dan berlalu menaiki kenderaan baginda.

Laporan awal hari ini menyatakan bahawa Sultan Kelantan, Sultan Ismail Petra didakwa telah melucutkan jawatan anakandanya, Tengku Mahkota, Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra sebagai Pemangku Raja berkuat kuasa serta-merta.

Titah tersebut didakwa disampaikan baginda kepada Tengku Abdul Aziz dan dibacakan oleh Wan Hashim di Istana Mahkota di sini hari ini.

Bagaimanapun, susulan daripada pengumuman itu yang dihebahkan di laman web media utama, Setiausaha Majlis Perajaan Negeri (MPN) Datuk Mohd Aiseri Alias berkata Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra Tengku Ismail Petra kekal sebagai Pemangku Raja kerana pelantikannya mengikut dua pertiga daripada 17 anggota majlis MPN pada 29 Mei tahun lalu.

Beliau, yang juga Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan, berkata pengumuman Wan Hashim awal hari ini mengenai pemecatan Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra sebagai Pemangku Raja dan digantikan Pengerusi MPN, Tengku Abdul Aziz Hamzah berkuatkuasa serta merta adalah tidak terpakai kerana ia tidak mewakili MPN.

"Ia adalah sama sekali tidak mewakili keputusan Majlis Perajaan Negeri Perkara 11 (1) Undang-undang Perlembagaan Tubuh Kerajaan Kelantan memperuntukkan mana-mana keputusan majlis (MPN) tidak akan sah dan terpakai kecuali sekurang-kurangnya dua pertiga daripada anggota yang hadir dan mengundi bersetuju dengan keputusan itu," katanya dalam sidang media di sini hari ini.

Beliau berkata Tengku Abdul Aziz, abang kepada Anggota Parlimen Gua Musang, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah telah bertindak secara berseorangan tanpa memanggil MPN bersidang.

Mohd Aiseri berkata oleh kerana Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra dilantik ekoran Sultan Kelantan tidak boleh menjalankan tugas hal ehwal negeri mengikut Perkara 22A (1) (b) Undang-Undang Perlembagaan Tubuh Kerajaan Kelantan Bahagian yang kedua, maka Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra akan terus menjalankan tugas-tugas sebagai Pemangku Raja yang sah sehingga MPN membuat keputusan seterusnya mengikut undang-undang.

Pada sidang media yang sama, Ahmad berkata pendirian kerajaan negeri adalah mengikut Perlembagaan negeri.

"Kita tetap dengan undang-undang dalam Perlembagaan. Apapun yang berlaku kita merujuk kepada Perlembagaan negeri iaitu Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra kekal sebagai Pemangku Raja. Pemangku Raja masih lagi pemangku walaupun ada pihak lain isytihar pemangku telah digugurkan," katanya.

Beliau berkata perkara itu tidak perlu lagi dibincangkan dan tidak perlu dilakukan pindaan perlembagaan serta tidak perlu diadakan Sidang Dewan Undangan Negeri tergempar.

Ahmad berkata sebagai usaha kerajaan negeri menghentikan kemelut Istana, Timbalan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri, Shafie Ismail telah membuat laporan polis berhubung kenyataan Wan Hashim berhubung mengenai pelantikan Tengku Abdul Aziz sebagai Pemangku Raja. -MI

Tengku Muhammad Faris tenang hadapi kemelut

KOTA BHARU: Pemangku Raja Kelantan, Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra Sultan Ismail Petra, tenang dan mampu tersenyum walaupun dalam keadaan kemelut cubaan "merampas kuasa" membabitkan kerabat diraja Sultan Kelantan.

Baginda yang tiba di Lapangan Terbang Sultan Ismail Petra pada 6 petang tadi dari Singapura, mampu melemparkan senyuman dan lambaian kepada rakyat dengan disambut pembesar Istana serta beberapa anggota Exco Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan, termasuk Timbalan Menteri Besar, Datuk Ahmad Yakub.

Sewaktu berjalan menuju ke kenderaan rasminya, baginda dihampiri wartawan yang ingin bertanyakan reaksi mengenai pengumuman Setiausaha Sulit Sultan Kelantan, Datuk Wan Hashim Wan Daud, bahawa Pengerusi Majlis Perajaan Negeri (MPN), Tengku Abdul Aziz Hamzah, telah mendakwa Sultan Kelantan melantik beliau sebagai Pemangku Raja yang baru menggantikan baginda berkuat kuasa serta merta. Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra hanya sempat menjawab sambil berjalan: "Tokleh (tidak boleh), Tokleh (tidak boleh), nanti biar sudah. Ginilah kirim salam kat semua orang," katanya dengan tersenyum dan berlalu menaiki kenderaan baginda.

Laporan awal hari ini menyatakan bahawa Sultan Kelantan, Sultan Ismail Petra, telah melucutkan jawatan anakandanya, Tengku Mahkota, Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra sebagai Pemangku Raja berkuat kuasa serta-merta.

Titah tersebut didakwa disampaikan baginda kepada Tengku Abdul Aziz dan dibacakan oleh Wan Hashim di Istana Mahkota di sini hari ini.

Bagaimanapun, susulan daripada pengumuman itu yang dihebahkan di laman web media utama, Setiausaha Majlis Perajaan Negeri (MPN), Datuk Mohd Aiseri Alias, berkata Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra Tengku Ismail Petra kekal sebagai Pemangku Raja kerana pelantikannya mengikut dua pertiga daripada 17 anggota majlis MPN pada 29 Mei tahun lalu.

eliau yang juga Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan, berkata pengumuman Wan Hashim awal hari ini mengenai pemecatan Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra sebagai Pemangku Raja dan digantikan Pengerusi MPN, Tengku Abdul Aziz Hamzah berkuatkuasa serta merta adalah tidak terpakai kerana ia tidak mewakili MPN.

"Ia adalah sama sekali tidak mewakili keputusan Majlis Perajaan Negeri Perkara 11 (1) Undang-undang Perlembagaan Tubuh Kerajaan Kelantan memperuntukkan mana-mana keputusan majlis (MPN) tidak akan sah dan terpakai kecuali sekurang-kurangnya dua pertiga daripada anggota yang hadir dan mengundi bersetuju dengan keputusan itu," katanya dalam sidang media di sini hari ini.

Beliau berkata, Tengku Abdul Aziz, abang kepada Ahli Parlimen Gua Musang, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, telah bertindak secara berseorangan tanpa memanggil MPN bersidang.

Mohd Aiseri berkata, oleh kerana Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra dilantik berikutan Sultan Kelantan tidak boleh menjalankan tugas hal ehwal negeri mengikut Perkara 22A (1) (b) Undang-Undang Perlembagaan Tubuh Kerajaan Kelantan Bahagian yang kedua, maka Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra akan terus menjalankan tugas sebagai Pemangku Raja yang sah sehingga MPN membuat keputusan seterusnya mengikut undang-undang.

Pada sidang media sama, Ahmad berkata pendirian kerajaan negeri adalah mengikut Perlembagaan negeri.

"Kita tetap dengan undang-undang dalam Perlembagaan. Apapun yang berlaku kita merujuk kepada Perlembagaan negeri iaitu Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra kekal sebagai Pemangku Raja. Pemangku Raja masih lagi pemangku walaupun ada pihak lain isytihar pemangku telah digugurkan," katanya.

Beliau berkata, perkara itu tidak perlu lagi dibincangkan dan tidak perlu dilakukan pindaan Perlembagaan serta tidak perlu diadakan Sidang Dewan Undangan Negeri tergempar.

Ahmad berkata, sebagai usaha kerajaan negeri menghentikan kemelut Istana, Timbalan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri, Shafie Ismail, telah membuat laporan polis berhubung kenyataan Wan Hashim mengenai pelantikan Tengku Abdul Aziz sebagai Pemangku Raja. - Bernama


Najib intend to pullute Sabah completely

Posted: 25 Mar 2010 09:06 AM PDT


From: "Ir. Hj. Othman bin Hj. Ahmad"
Subject: Najib intend to pullute Sabah completely

Najib already promised to cut pullution in Malaysian by 20% but still
build coal power plant using imported coal, while Sabah huge gas
reserves, so huge that it is economical to build a more than 200km RM
2billion pipeline to Bintulu to be exported to West Malaysia.

So West Malaysia will be clean why Sabah will be absolutely dirty.

Borneo Can Say "No" to Coal Power
By Jeremy Hance

Mongabay.com, March 22, 2010

CREDIT: Jeremy Hance © 2010.
Plans for a coal power plant in the Malaysian state of Sabah in
northern Borneo have run into stiff opposition. Environmentalists say
the coal plant could damage extensive coral reef systems, pollute
water supplies, open rain forests to mining, and contribute to global
climate change, undercutting Sabah's image as a "green" destination.
The federal government contends that the coal plant is necessary to
fix Sabah's energy problems, yet a recent energy audit by the
Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) at the University
of California, Berkeley shows that pollution-intensive coal doesn't
have to be in Sabah's future.

"We found that energy efficiency, biofuels, hydropower, and geothermal
provide immediate advantages for the region over fossil fuels, and
that in time both solar and ocean energy could provide even more
energy than coal, while building jobs and a clean environment,"
Professor Daniel Kammen, director of RAEL, told mongabay.com.

Commissioned by Green SURF (Sabah Unite to Re-Power the Future), a
coalition of NGOs that oppose the planned 300 MW coal plant, Kammen
examined Sabah's energy options, including traditional fossil fuels,
biomass waste, hydropower, solar, wind, and geothermal. The analysis
also looked at the cost of each of these options to consumers, taking
into consideration that an independent energy producer would require a
certain return on their investment.

Alternatives

The study found that using biomass waste from Sabah's extensive oil-
palm plantations could provide a significant boost in energy to the
state while being cost-competitive with coal. This solution would also
deal with a waste-disposal problem for the oil-palm plantations.

"The large scale of palm oil, and other biomasses means that this
'waste' is a huge resource," says Kammen, though he also stresses that
oil-palm plantations are not without their own environmental problems.
"The challenge is not the technology, but in managing a wider issue,
the growth in palm oil estates that have their own significant
negative impacts on the region, despite their economic benefits."

Using 2008 data from the palm oil industry, Kammen's report found that
by 2020 oil-palm waste could provide a staggering 700 MW. 400 MW (one
hundred more than the planned coal plant) would be achievable under a
proposed 4-year program.

Hydropower was also found to be cost-competitive with coal and more
environmentally friendly, while geothermal was found to be only
slightly more expensive than coal. A location has already been
identified on the east coast of Sabah for a 67 MW geothermal power
plant.

Kammen adds that Sabah shouldn't rule out solar energy. "Solar energy
is a far better but a bit longer-term resource than is widely
appreciated today," he says.

The cheapest way forward overall is to pursue reduction in energy
demand, according to the analysis.

Coal Fears

Despite the many environmental problems known to accompany coal power,
the coal plant is being pushed by both the federal Tenaga Nasional
Berhad and the state energy company, Sabah Electricity Sdn. Bhd.

Opposition from locals has forced the coal plant to move its location—
twice. Now the plan is to build it on Sabah's east coast, within the
Coral Triangle, an area known for astounding marine biodiversity. In
addition, conservationists fear the coal plant's transmissions will
cut through some of the region's last intact rain forest in Tabin
Wildlife Reserve, home to a number of endangered species including the
Bornean orangutan and the Sumatran rhino.

Environmentalists also warn that sulfur dioxide emissions from burning
the coal could trigger acid rain that would impact nearby rain forests
and agriculture. In addition, discharge of chlorine sulfates into the
ocean would boost the likelihood of regional eutrophication and algal
blooms, resulting in massive marine die-off. Currently, the area is
home to many fishermen who depend on the oceans for their livelihood.

Locals have said that they fear the coal plant will turn the east
coast of Sabah into America's coal states, where water pollution, air
pollution, coal ash dumps, deforestation, and destructive mining have
devastated the local environment and wildlife. They point to the coal
ash spill in Tennessee in 2008 as an example of what they don't want
to become.

"The environmental problems of [the planned coal project] are only the
beginning," says Kammen. "The renewable energy resources in Sabah
could lead to a path that invests in the people and sustaining the
land, and not in expanding the dependence of the region on imported,
dirty, coal."

Moving Forward

At Copenhagen last December, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk
Seri Najib Razak, pledged a 40 percent cut in carbon dioxide intensity
by 2020. By moving forward on coal energy, Malaysia would make meeting
this goal even more difficult, since coal is the most carbon intensive
of the fossil fuels.

Kammen says that the choice between coal and renewable energy doesn't
have to be an either-or choice: either cheap or expensive, either job
creation or job loss.

"The people of Sabah are keenly aware of the need for jobs, and of
their incredible natural resource base. Renewable energy supports that
positive development, and a coal project in the region fights that
positive, clean, growth," he says.

Sabah, its people, and its policymakers are facing a decision similar
to many places of the world: How do we move ahead on energy? Kammen
says that if Sabah chooses renewable energy over traditional fossil
fuels it could help spark a clean-energy revolution.

"Economies in all parts of the world can look carefully at their
resources, develop partnerships, and build a clean-energy, job-
creating path that protects the natural legacy of each state and
province, and our shared global legacy to leave the world a better
place for our children," said Kammen. "So far, our society, globally,
has not lived up to that charge," he explains, adding that "Sabah can
take a stand, profit from the choice, and chart a new path."

© 2010 Mongabay.com. Republished with kind permission.


Lots Of Complaints But No Justice For The Dog - malaysiakini letter

Posted: 25 Mar 2010 09:00 AM PDT

Here's a letter which we are reprinting that appeared on Malaysiakini on Monday, March 22, 2010 for anyone who might have missed it. It is written by PETPOSITIVE'S Shenaaz Khan, Our Acting Secretary who is in-charge of animal rights issues.

Enjoy!
PET+BLOGSPOT


Of Doggone Stick-y Savagery
LETTERS, MALAYSIAKINI


I refer to the letter Ghastly animal abuse at Kepong KTM station.

Man, I can


The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Posted: 25 Mar 2010 08:45 AM PDT

Image by MacQ via Flickr
It's not the title of the movie that I used to watch when I was a boy, a cowboy movie starring Clint Eastwood. A spaghetti western.

I just want to mention a little about the the Malysian Parliment, the august house that passed all the laws we live by today in the country.

clint eastwoodThe Good - it is good to have a parliment. This means we as a country practices democracy , has a forum to discuss, dialogue and debate the laws and also the welfare of the country. We voted the members of the house in the general election. The expectations over these elected members are to highlight the concerns and the factors that effect the citizens and the people they represented. A healthy debate that we expected to happen in parliment to enable the parlimentarians to find out ways to enable the citizens to prosper.

The Bad - the bad thing that can happen in parliment is when the 'wakil rakyats' are not really interested to understand the public. They are more interested to play politics in parliment at our expense, with their theaterics and their public show of spats. The bad thing is when the members of the house opposed because they can oppose, opposed because they are oppositions, opposed because they are seating across their political rivals.

The Ugly - it is an ugly thing when the members of the house can simply throw allegations and heresays without any evidence because they are protected by their august house. You are protected by the rules of law hence you can say what you want to say and not worry about the repercussions.
What is ugly is when you see the members of the house shouting, yelling and raising their voices and heckling, staging a walk out. Just like school children, I would hazard a guess that kids do not stage walk outs.
What is ugly is that the show of stupidity and uncouth and uncivilised behaviour by the Yang Berhormats (It should be changed to Yang Berkhidmat).

Who are they trying to kid?



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MP Hulu Selangor Kembali Ke Rahmatullah - PRK Paling Sengit Bakal Dilalui

Posted: 25 Mar 2010 08:08 AM PDT

Ahli parlimen Hulu Selangor, Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad meninggal dunia pada jam 9.27 malam tadi di rumahnya di Batu 9 1/2, Jalan Cheras, Kajang akibat barah otak.

Beliau meninggalkan isteri Datin Siti Zaharah Mohd Zin dan empat orang anak.

Zainal Abdidin, 71 adalah juga bekas Timbalan Menteri Besar Selangor.

Sebelum dilantik sebagai Timbalan Menteri Besar Selangor pada 1999, beliau merupakan orang kuat Umno Selangor dan pernah menjadi Exco kerajaan negeri selama lapan tahun dan Ketua Umno Bahagian Hulu Langat selama 14 tahun.

Antara jawatan exco yang dipegangnya termasuk Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pertanian dan Pembangunan, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pembangunan Penyelidikan dan Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Perjawatan, Pendidikan dan Sumber Manusia.

Pada Mac 2005, beliau mengambil keputusan untuk meninggalkan Umno dan menyertai PKR.

Zainal Abidin berjaya memenangi kerusi Hulu Selangor dengan mengalahkan calon BN dari pari MIC, P Palanivel pada pilihan raya umum yang lalu.

Kerusi itu berjaya dirampasnya untuk PKR dengan hanya majoriti 198 undi.

SELANGOR: P94 - Hulu Selangor

Pengundi: 63,593

MIC Datuk G. Palanivel 22,979
PKR Zainal Abidin Ahmad 23,177
Majoriti 198


Mengikut peraturan, pilihan raya kecil mesti diadakan dalam tempoh 60 hari setelah speaker Dewan rakyat dimaklumkan mengenai kekosongan kerusi berkenaan.

Kematian Zainal Abidin dilihat ramai penganalisis memburukkan lagi keadaan di PKR yang baru-baru menghadapi masalah apabila tiga ahli parlimennya berpaling tadah manakala seorang lagi dipecat.

Bagaimanapun, kekosongan kerusi Hulu Selangor juga bukan berita gempira bagi Barisan Nasional yang menghadapi dilema untuk mencari calon yang sesuai.

Sejak bekas menteri besar Selangor itu dilaporkan uzur, khabar angin bertiup kencang bahawa Umno cuba mendapatkan kerusi itu semula yang secara tradisinya diserahkan kepada sekutunya, MIC. -mk


Lepas 4 Tahun Baru Nak Dedahkan Ada Pihak Ketiga. Karpal Cabar ZulKulim Nyatakan Pihak Ketiga Tersebut.

Posted: 25 Mar 2010 07:21 AM PDT

Ahli Parlimen Bukit Gelugor, Karpal Singh mencabar Ahli Parlimen Kulim Bandar Baharu, Zulkifli Nordin menyatakan nama pihak ketiga yang memberi tawaran kepada beliau untuk mendapatkan surat akauan bersumpah membabitkan Perdana Menteri, Najib Razak dan isteri, Rosmah Mansor dalam kes pembunuhan wanita Mongolia, Altantunya Shaariibu.

Malah beliau turut mempersoal keikhlasan Zulkifli mendedahkan perkara itu hanya selepas empat tahun perbicaraan kes itu berlangsung.

"Saya cabar Ahli Parlimen Kulim Bandar Baharu untuk menyatakan siapa pihak ke tiga yang menyuruh beliau membuat satu surat akuan bersumpah untuk kaitakan Perdana Menteri dan isteri dalam pembunuhan itu.

"Kenapa sekarang 4 tahun selepas perbicaran dimulakan di Mahkamah Tinggi Shah Alam? Adakah beliau rela sama ada di dalam mahupun di luar dewan untuk menyetakan siapa pihak ke tiga, adakah beliau berani buat laporan polis? Kerana jika dibuktikan laporan yang dibuat palsu, maka Kulim Bandar Baharu boleh didakwa di mahkamah bersabit kes memberi laporan palsu,"katanya.

Karpal berkata demikian pada sidang Dewan Rakyat.

Malah beliau turut mencabar keempat-empat wakil rakyat Bebas yang dulunya merupakan Ahli Parlimen dari Parti Keadilan Rakta (PKR) supaya mengosongkan kerusi bagi membolehkan pilihanraya kecil diadakan.

"Kulim Bandar Baharu bukan Yang Berhormat dalam dewan malah seorang peguam tetapi jadi pengkhianat bukan kepada PKR tetapi pengundi dalam Kulim Bandar Baharu.

"Di Pulau Pinang, Yang Berhormat Bayan Baru dapat keistimewaan, baru-baru ini dianugerahkan Datuk Seri, adakah dia layak dapat darjah itu? Kelakuan dia baru-baru ini buat tomahan dalam dewan atas pemimpin dalam PKR.

"Empat ekor ini bukan lagi dalam PKR, tidak bermakna PKR lemah, lebih baik kempat-empat ini terima cabaran saya sekarang," katanya.

Karpal berkata, sekiranya keempat-empat mereka enggan mengosongkan kerusi kerana takut tidak dapat bertanding daam pilihanraya umum mahupun pilihanraya kecil dalam tempoh 5 tahun, beliau mencadangkan agar mereka tidak menghadiri sidang Dewan selama 6 bulan.

Katanya, mengikut Perkara 51(1) Perlembangaan Persekutuan, seseorang wakil rakyat yang tidak menghadiri sidang dewan selama enam bulan, bemakna kerusi kawasannya kosong, namun tiada halangan untuk wakil rakyat itu bertanding semula.

"Tujuan Mahathir untuk meminda Perlembagaan 48(6) adalah untuk menghalang Yang Berhormat dari Semangat 46 yang menyatakan kepada umum akan letak jawatan untuk membolehkan satu pilihanraya kecil di kawasan masing-masing. Tetapi Mahathir lupa Perkara 52(1).

"Apa yang penting sesiapa yang duduk di dewan mempunyai sokongan daripada pengundi.Bayan Baru ada 27ribu pengundi, Nibong Tebal 20 ribu dan Kulim Bandar Baharu 18 ribu, mereka tidak ada hak selepas jadi wakil rakyat Bebas di Dewan Rakyat untuk duduk di sini," katanya.



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International Muslim Youths

Posted: 25 Mar 2010 07:17 AM PDT

I still used to smile and greet any person I meet although…..

Posted: 25 Mar 2010 07:06 AM PDT

I have written in the postings earlier how I was brought up in the middle class Burmese Muslims of Mandalay, known for the friendliness. Especially after repeatedly reading the Ex-Premier U Nu's translation of Dale Carnegie books, I trained myself to smile and greet others with a cheerful, friendly face to anyone, rich or poor, my superiors or subordinates. My only problem is, I am not good at recognizing faces and names.

I had encountered one embracement only. When I was working in our Ampang Branch of Clinic, one westerner came to visit me. As that area is a high class area with a lot of Embassies and residences of Diplomats, we have to be careful. Because the nurses were busy, I decided to call in the patient myself. I opened the door, called his name with respect, smiled; give my hand to shake hand with the appropriate greeting, "Good Morning". He looked at me with a stern face and questioned me, "Why are you laughing at me? What's wrong with my face?" I just explained to him that I was not laughing but smiling to greet him. But as he was so formal I also reciprocate with the normal face and never opened the door for him or say good bye but just told him to wait outside for the medication. He was a diplomat but may be a lousy unfriendly diplomat?

Although I remember this incidence, after reading the following news, I am sure that he was not a British Diplomat.

Like Ma Beda, I still managed to wear a smiling face on my face even if others failed to reciprocate my good will and friendliness.

Please read Saya Zaw Gyi's Miss Beda poem I had translated with my bad English.

 "Still managed to continue wearing the flower on her head"

Rejoicing in the tidal creek, the blue coloured Miss Beda, 

Wants to dock at the shore near. 

The floating coconut approached and hit her side. 

It was quite a painful strike.

Effectively hindering from soft landing at her preferred site .

Miss Beda was attacked and drowned again by the another tidal wave.

 But she struggled and managed to float again on the nearby surface. 

Refloating again in the stream is also not an 'easy ride' thing.

The ducts from the drain come out into the stream again, swimming. 

She was alone bearing the kicking attacks of hundreds of the ducks. 

But Miss Beda never gives up. 

She bites her lips but managed to wear the flower with a beam.

While struggling in the rapidly flowing stream.

British 'stiff upper lip' a thing of the past from Malaysian Insider

LONDON, March 25 — The famous British "stiff upper lip" has become a thing of the past, according to a survey today which found Britons are no longer embarrassed to shed a tear or be affectionate in public.

Nearly three-quarters of Brits now greet others with an air kiss or hug, an increase of a third over the last 15 years, while 63 per cent of the 1,000 people surveyed said they had cried in public.

"The British stiff upper lip is finally wobbling as more and more Brits wear their hearts on their sleeves," said Richard Hayes of Warburtons Bakers, who carried out the research in connection with an upcoming advertising campaign.

Brits are also prone to getting carried away when they are excited, the research showed, with 47 per cent waving their arms in the air, a third jumping up and down and three in 10 throwing their arm around someone nearby.

Plotted on the "passion index", which measures how often people display emotion, Britain averaged 69 out of 100, with people in the south most likely to show how they feel while the Welsh were the least emotional. — Reuters



Juruterbang Terbunuh Pesawat TUDM Terhempas Di Hutan Sintok

Posted: 25 Mar 2010 07:16 AM PDT

Seorang juruterbang Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM) terbunuh apabila pesawat Pilatus PC-7 Mark II yang dipandunya terhempas di kawasan hutan dekat Kompleks Sukan Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) di Sintok, kira-kira pukul 10.15 pagi Khamis.

Juruterbang pesawat itu, Mejar Muhammed Zulrihan Jusof, jurulatih di Kolej Penerbangan TUDM Alor Setar, meninggal dunia di tempat kejadian.

Menurut kenyataan media Kementerian Pertahanan, pesawat tersebut berlepas dari pangkalan TUDM Kepala Batas, dekat Alor Setar pukul 10.03 minit pagi untuk tujuan latihan apabila kejadian itu berlaku.

Jenazah Mejar Muhammed Zulrihan ditemui pasukan mencari dan menyelamat TUDM berdekatan pesawat yang terhempas dan dibawa keluar dari hutan menggunakan helikopter S61A-4 Nuri.

Jenazahnya dihantar ke Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah di sini untuk dibedah siasat, kata kenyataan itu.

Allahyarham yang berasal dari Kota Bharu, Kelantan, meninggalkan seorang balu, Wizana Abdul Ghani dan tiga orang anak. Allahyarham menyertai TUDM pada 25 Februari 1991 dan berkhidmat sebagai jurulatih penerbangan di kolej itu sejak 1 Januari 2008.

Menurut kenyataan itu, TUDM telah menubuhkan lembaga siasatan bagi mengenal pasti punca sebenar kejadian.

"Panglima Tentera Udara, Jeneral Datuk Seri Rodzali Daud dan seluruh warga TUDM mengucapkan takziah kepada isteri, anak-anak serta semua ahli keluarga Allahyarham.

"TUDM amat menghargai jasa, bakti dan pengorbanan yang telah disumbangkan oleh wira TUDM ini dalam mempertahankan kedaulatan dan keamanan negara," kata kenyataan itu. — Bernama


Detik akhir pesawat Pilatus disaksi pelajar UUM

Detik akhir pesawat Pilatus PC-7 Mark II milik Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM) sejurus sebelum terhempas di kawasan hutan Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) dan mengorbankan juruterbangnya, Mejar Muhammed Zulrihan Jusoh, pagi tadi disaksikan ratusan pelajar yang menghadiri Karnival Konvokesyen Ke-23 universiti itu.

Rakaman video menggunakan telefon bimbit yang diperoleh Berita Harian Online daripada seorang pelajar UUM, menunjukkan pesawat kendalian Allahyarham Muhammed Zulrihan menjunam sambil berpusing-pusing di luar kawalan selepas melintas ruang udara Kompleks Sukan UUM dan melakukan aksi aerobatik pendakian menegak.

Pelajar terbabit yang pada mulanya bersorak gembira kerana menyangka aksi itu sebagai sebahagian daripada pertunjukan udara, tergamam apabila pesawat berkenaan tidak muncul selepas melewati perdu pokok di kawasan hutan itu, diikuti beberapa letupan dan kepulan asap hitam di udara.

Ketika kejadian, pengacara majlis masih lagi membacakan butiran pertunjukan udara itu manakala sebilangan pelajar yang menyedari pesawat malang itu sudah terhempas mula bergegas ke kawasan nahas.

Suasana yang sebelum itu ceria lantas bertukar cemas apabila ramai pelajar, khususnya wanita, menyedari mereka baru saja menyaksikan tragedi yang mengorbankan nyawa juruterbang TUDM. -BH Online





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Benjy ditahan semula selepas selesai bayar jamin

Posted: 25 Mar 2010 06:34 AM PDT

Pelakon Khaireyll Benjamin Ibrahim atau Benjy, 31, ditahan semula tidak sampai dua jam setelah dibenarkan diikat jamin oleh Mahkamah Majistret hari ini berhubung kes dadah.

Dia ditahan ketika berada di bahagian luar pejabat kaunter pembayaran jamin oleh dua orang anggota polis pada 2.50 petang sejurus sahaja ibunya, dramatis dan pelakon terkenal Azean Irdawaty, selesai membayar wang ikat jamin berjumlah RM2,000.

Seorang daripada anggota polis itu dilihat menghampiri Benjy dan memegang tanganya sambil menyatakan dia akan ditahan semula untuk siasatan mengikut Seksyen 3 Akta Dadah Berbahaya (Langkah-langkah Pencegahan dan Kawalan Khas).

Benjy, yang kelihatan terpinga-pinga, hanya sempat bersalaman dengan ibunya tanpa berbual apa-apa dengan Azean yang juga kelihatan amat terkejut.

Azean dengan suara gementar sempat bertanya kepada polis mengapa Benjy ditahan dan hanya mampu mengalirkan air mata melihat Benjy dibawa pergi.

Adik Benjy, Elza Irdalyna yang turut berada di situ, menjerit ke arah anggota polis berkenaan sambil menangis tetapi kemudiannya dipujuk oleh Azean.

Azean yang kelihatan lemah memberitahu pemberita bahawa beliau kesal dengan cara layanan polis kerana tidak memberi penerangan yang sewajarnya.

"Beberapa kali Kak Yan tanya kenapa anak saya ditangkap tetapi tiada seorangpun yang beritahu kenapa. Tidakkah seorangpun anggota polis di situ berfikir bahawa Kak Yan ni adalah ibunya yang sedang sakit. Tak boleh beritahu elok-elok ke," katanya.

Azean yang menangis sepanjang temubual itu berkata beliau kini kebingungan.

Peguam Amer Hamzah Arshad, yang mewakili Benjy, berkata anak guamnya itu akan dibawa ke Ibu Pejabat Polis Kontinjen Kuala Lumpur dan beliau berharap akan dapat berjumpa dengan Benjy tanpa sebarang sekatan.

Majistret Hafizza Sauni pagi tadi membenarkan Benjy dijamin sebanyak RM2,000 setelah pelakon itu mengaku tidak bersalah terhadap tuduhan memiliki dadah jenis methamphetamin (syabu) seberat 0.24 gram.

Anak lelaki tunggal Azean itu, yang sebelum ini ditahan kerana disyaki mengedar dadah, didakwa melakukan kesalahan itu di rumah bernombor A-6-5 Menara Duta 2, Jalan 1/38B Off Jalan Segambut di sini pada 4 petang 11 Mac lepas.

Dia didakwa mengikut Seksyen 12(2) Akta Dadah Berbahaya yang membawa hukuman denda sehingga RM100,000 atau penjara tidak lebih lima tahun atau kedua-duanya sekali. — Bernama




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Hei Sun Or Liu

Posted: 25 Mar 2010 05:34 AM PDT

My sleeping hours have been out of sync lately. I get up just before Wuan goes to work, woken up by a full bladder. After I empty it, I cannot get back to sleep most of the time. I stay up and drift senselessly from one task to another, completing none. Sleep deprivation makes me moody. It disrupts my train of thought, Nothing is coherent. That heat and humidity exacerbate it, that is, until it rains cats and dogs in the evenings, like just now. I read in Twitter there was a hailstorm somewhere in Kuala Lumpur. That would have been exciting. No such luck where I am staying. Bummer. The air is cool now. I am getting back some of my sanity, obviously not enough to prevent me from blabbering here. Woe is me.

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OIC has its headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia — a nation that grants few rights to women and no rights to non-Muslims.

Posted: 25 Mar 2010 05:45 AM PDT

Last month, President Obama announced the appointment of Rashad Hussain as ambassador to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. By video, Obama told attendees at something called the U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar, that Hussain was not just "an accomplished lawyer and trusted member of my White House staff," but also a "hafi" — a Muslim who has memorized the entire Koran.

That reminded me: George Shultz, when he served as secretary of state under President Reagan, would routinely bring new ambassadors into his office where he kept a large globe. "Show me the country you'll be representing," he would say. Most of the time, the diplomat would give the globe a spin, abruptly halting its motion to indicate Botswana, Bhutan, Brunei, or whatever country he'd be calling home for the next few years. Shultz would shake his head. "No," he would say. "You'll be representing the United States of America. Never forget that."

The controversy over the appointment of Hussain, 31, has centered on comments he made regarding the trial of Sami al-Arian, a University of South Florida professor: He called it a "politically motivated persecution." Al-Arian had been accused of aiding the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization. He eventually pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

Hussain has told reporters that he condemns terrorism "unequivocally in all its forms." He said that he has written a great deal about terrorism and that that he'd gladly put those writings up against "one sentence from 2004 that I believe was taken out of context."

So let's put that controversy aside and consider what deserves at least equal scrutiny: the Organization of the Islamic Conference itself. The OIC is the most powerful global entity that most Americans have never heard of. It claims a "membership of 57 states spread over four continents," making it the largest intergovernmental organization after the U.N. — where, in recent years, it has arguably become the most powerful player. Among the questions we should be asking: Does it make sense for the U.S. to have an ambassador to the OIC — or any coalition of governments based on religious solidarity? If it does, what message should that envoy convey?

There is not much on terrorism aside from a statement by Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the OIC's current secretary general, instructing that it "would be an unfortunate error in judgment in believing that Islam is linked to terror; that it is intolerant of other religious beliefs, that its values and practices are not democratic; that it favors oppression of freedom of expression and undermining human rights." It is perhaps relevant to note that the OIC has its headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia — a nation that grants few rights to women and no rights to non-Muslims, and egregiously discriminates against its Shi'a Muslim minority.

Ihsanoglu does not grapple with such facts. Rather, he asserts: "Islamophobia is a manifestation of racial discrimination." Islam is a race? A glance at the OIC's website is revealing. In recent days, it has included a communiqué protesting Switzerland's ban on minarets, another on what it calls "Israeli Aggressions," a condemnation of the "reprint of the controversial drawing of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) by Swedish artist Lars Vilks . . . as reaction to an alleged plot to murder the cartoonist," and quite a bit on "Islamophobia."

There is not much on terrorism aside from a statement by Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the OIC's current secretary general, instructing that it "would be an unfortunate error in judgment in believing that Islam is linked to terror; that it is intolerant of other religious beliefs, that its values and practices are not democratic; that it favors oppression of freedom of expression and undermining human rights."

It is perhaps relevant to note that the OIC has its headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia — a nation that grants few rights to women and no rights to non-Muslims, and egregiously discriminates against its Shi'a Muslim minority. Ihsanoglu does not grapple with such facts. Rather, he asserts: "Islamophobia is a manifestation of racial discrimination." Islam is a race? 1 2 Next > An article by Clifford May in the National Review


Malik Hilang Pampasan RM2.5juta Sebaliknya Diperintah Bayar RM50 Ribu

Posted: 25 Mar 2010 05:20 AM PDT

Seorang bekas tahanan Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) hilang ganti rugi RM2.5 juta selepas Mahkamah Rayuan menolak tuntutan saman sivilnya terhadap polis dan kerajaan kerana penderaan serta penahanan secara salah pada 1998.

Berikutan keputusan itu, Abdul Malek Hussin, 53, bukan sahaja gagal mendapat pampasan kewangan itu yang diberikan oleh Mahkamah Tinggi pada 2007 tetapi juga diarahkan oleh kuorom itu untuk membayar kos litigasi sebanyak RM50,000.

Hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan Datuk Seri Md Raus Sharif dan hakim Mahkamah Rayuan Datuk Sulong Matjeraie dan Datuk Ahmad Maarop hari ini dengan sebulat suara memutuskan penahanan Abdul Malek selama 57 hari itu adalah sah.

Abdul Malek dibebaskan pada 21 Nov 1998.

Raus, ketika hakim Mahkamah rayuan apabila mendengar rayuan pihak polis dan kerajaan tahun lepas, dalam penghakimanan 34 mukasurat, berkata alasan polis untuk menahan Abdul Malek kerana terlibat dalam aktiviti yang boleh mengancam keselamatan negara adalah cukup dan mematuhi Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

"ISA adalah undang-undang khas dan sah walaupun ia mengandungi peruntukan yang tidak selaras dengan peruntukan asas kebebasan mengikut Perlembagaan Persekutuan," katanya.

Raus berkata pihak berkuasa yang melakukan tangkapan tidak perlu memaklumkan tahanan secara terperinci alasan penahanannya atau diperlukan memuaskan mahkamah dengan butiran secukup dan bukti mengenai aktiviti tahanan bagi mewajarkan penahanannya di bawah Akta ISA.

Kuorom itu kemudian membenarkan rayuan yang dikemukakan oleh pegawai polis cawangan khas ASP Borhan Daud, Ketua Polis Negara ketika itu, Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Noor, dan kerajaan Malaysia untuk mengetepikan keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi pada 18 Okt 2007.

Raus juga berkata alasan kegagalan polis untuk mengemukakan bukti kepada mahkamah bagi menyokong Abdul Malek terbabit dalam perhimpunan haram dan enggan membenarkannya akses untuk mendapatkan peguam semasa dalam tahanan tidak boleh digunakan sebagai asas untuk mengisytiharkan penahanannya di bawah Akta ISA itu sebagai niat jahat.

Beliau berkata perolehan fakta oleh Mahkamah Tinggi bahawa Abdul Malek didera semasa dalam tahanan tidak boleh diterima dan tidak boleh dikekalkan kerana dakwaan penderaan tidak disokong oleh keterangan.

Menurutnya campur tangan hakim Mahkamah Tinggi Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus bahawa Abdul Malek dipukul berdasarkan keengganan Timbalan Pendakwa Raya (DPP) untuk mendakwa Abdul Malek kerana membuat aduan laporan palsu, menunjukkan terdapat sedikit kebenaran dalam laporan polis itu dan ia tidak kena.

"Kami berpendapat bahawa keengganan DPP untuk mendakwa Abdul Malek kerana membuat laporan palsu tidak boleh dijadikan sebagai asas untuk membuat kesimpulan bahawa DPP dan polis cuba menyembunyikan kes itu.

"Adalah dipastikan fakta bahawa DPP dan polis adalah dua badan berasingan dengan kuasa dan tanggungjawab berlainan mengikut undang-undang. Tidak perlu bagi DPP menjelaskan kepada mahkamah kelewatan dalam membuat keputusan tidak mendakwa responden (Abdul Malek)," katanya.

Dalam samannya, Abdul Malek, yang merupakan penyelaras hal ehwal anggota Parlimen dan Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, mendakwa tangkapan dan penahanannya adalah tidak sah kerana tidak dimaklumkan sebab penahanannya.

Beliau turut mendakwa didera semasa dalam tahanan.

Di luar mahkamah, Abdul Malek berkata keputusan itu adalah mengecewakan, membimbangkan dan keputusan itu merupakan bukti bahawa usaha memansuhkan ISA perlu diteruskan.

Peguamnya R. Sivarasa berkata beliau akan mengemukakan rayuan terhadap keputusan itu di Mahkamah Persekutuan. — Bernama


Tiger Chinese New Year Celebration in Penang, Miao Hui 2010

Posted: 25 Mar 2010 04:08 AM PDT

This year is Tiger year for the Chinese, very cute because many Chinese will use Tiger as their mascot or buy Tiger bear for fun, or even drink more Tiger beer. So every year in Penang, my hometown, there's Chinese New Year Celebration and Open House for everyone to visit, play, eat and drink in town area, which is known as Miao Hui 庙会.

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Every year also has that many people come to this place, somewhere around Armenian Street and Pitt Street. They set up stages, lots of booth and everywhere at there are well-decorated with Chinese New Year feel.

This year would be my third visit already. I was there in 2008 and also in 2009. Actually every year go there also is take photos only, and go for fun to join the crowds, since there's so many people. This year was different a bit because I shoot with a different lens, the Tamron f/2.8 17-50mm. Hehe. No idea whether I will be there or not next year. If I got a new lens or a new body, maybe I'll go again.

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Actually nothing much one, it's the same every year. Cultural booths, game booths, food stalls, lion dance, fashion show and many Chinese-related thing. There's youth doing treasure hunt and found me because I had a "Tiger" tooth that they were looking for. I guess joining the hunt is funner than photo shooting.

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Cultural dancer.

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Something not very comfortable was that this year's weather went crazy. It's very hot. Alvin, Andy and me were there at around 5pm, it's almost sunset already, but still very hot. Luckily I had just t-shirt and shorts.

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Andy Ooi.

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Starbucks Coffee had a booth there too! Java Chips Frapuccino!

Compare to last year, I feel last year has got more people, there's people like sardine cramming on the street, but this year didn't have.

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Met Cai Qian.

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Met Chin Keong, Kelvin, Kok Sheng and more.

Met friends but not many. The Magnificent SIX was not there, they went to a movie and there's only me from the SIX was there. But I saw a lot of Leo Club friends. ROAR.

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What was Kok Sheng doing there?

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I like happenings place. If there's place in Penang that's always so happenings then it will be nice and cool. I don't like to see a dead city or dead town, it's not fun. I know some people like to be alone, but do go out some times to take a look what's happening and go back again. Me, myself is a weird person, I like quiet but I also like happenings, weird right. Haha.

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Found Spongebob hanging somewhere. ^^

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Happy faces for CNY!

There's cultural dances on the stage but every year, I didn't bother what happen on the stage. Feel bad for all the performance, I know their tiredness and effort in performing and I am talking cock. Haha, but anyway, if got chance, I will check the stage performance again.

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Governor of Penang, Abdul Rahman bin Haji Abbas was there too! For like less than 15 minutes. He came here to "hi and bye". So high post and high class people, at least must come and "hi and bye" for a while to give face.

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Cool CM.

My favourite Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng stayed a little while longer than the Govenor for media interview. Hehe.

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Boss! a.k.a. Lion Alan Thoo, my Leo Club's District Chairperson. Rocks!

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I like to call him Doctor Yew. I.T. support man for Digi.

My employer did actually ask me whether want to work on that day or not because Digi was a major sponsor for the event, but somehow, I decided to go for photoshooting rather than promoting. =)

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Pinky.

Met colleagues a.k.a. friends that I've work before with.

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Met Amanda the blogger.

Sometime I feel headache when I've taken so many photos, I don't know want to put it up, obviously I have a bad mind in presenting it to you all. So I am splitting the post up. Stay tune for more about this Chinese New Year celebration evening, Miao Hui.

 


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