Tuesday, March 9, 2010

RM50m defection fund run by najib & rosie?

RM50m defection fund run by najib & rosie?


RM50m defection fund run by najib & rosie?

Posted: 09 Mar 2010 09:07 AM PST

perhaps it's true what zaid ibrahim said that day – that najib is 2/3 majority crazy.  so much so that he specially set up a RM50m defection fund?

spotted this story from harakah daily via shamsul iskandar's blog.  true or not? judge for yourself.

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PM, wife told to come clean on RM50m defection fund

Wong Choon Mei

KUALA LUMPUR, Mac 5: Pakatan Rakyat has slammed Prime Minister Najib Razak for using "unprincipled methods" to regain a two-thirds majority in Parliament, urging him to come clean on accusations that he was using taxpayers' money to set up a RM50 million fund to lure opposition lawmakers to the Umno-BN coalition.

"We strongly condemn any unprincipled means such as these to regain the political upper hand," PAS deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa told Harakahdaily.

"It is no use and the people will see through it. It is better for Umno to try and beat Pakatan through free and fair elections rather than using unscrupulous defections and gerrymandering exercises."

Two-thirds craze to shore up sagging prestige

Indeed, Najib has intensified a campaign to rock the Pakatan in a bid to shore up his sagging prestige in Umno. He must call for the next general election before March 2013 and fears are high within his own coalition that he will not be able to help them regain voter confidence by then.

The Pakatan has been gaining ground on a multitude of issues including the non-payment of oil royalty to heartland Malay state, the trumped-up sodomy charges against Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim and the abuse of federal institutions such as the police and the courts to stamp Umno's will on the people.

"Why is he crazy for a two-thirds majority in Parliament? Barisan Nasional has enough seats to pass law easily," PKR senior leader Zaid Ibrahim said to a press conference on Friday.

"He should not resort to this. It will only destroy his credibility and Umno's even more."

The first couple and the former sec-gen

In the past four weeks, Najib has enticed three PKR MPs – Zahrain Mohd Hashim, Tan Tee Beng and Mohsin Samsuri – to become Independents friendly to the BN. Another two, including problematic Kulim Bandar Bharu MP Zulkifli Noordin, are expected to follow.

Top PKR leaders believe that the PM and his wife Rosmah Mansor had zoomed in on former secretary-general Salehuddin Hashim for his in-depth knowledge of party members and their strengths and weaknesses. They sought his help to 'persuade' his party mates to quit.

"Najib and Rosmah met with almost all of them, those who could be used, enticing them with all kinds of reward," said PKR deputy president Syed Husin.

"It is not impossible that Salehuddin used his six years in PKR to dig out the secrets of his colleagues and used the information to his advantage," PKR strategic director Tian Chua told Harakahdaily.

Taxpayers' money

Accusations are also buzzing that Najib had granted a federal government power deal to his cousin so that commission of RM50 million could be churned to raise funds to finance the defections.

"We have enough evidence to show that this was something that was orchestrated some months back. It is very difficult to obtain hard evidence but we have enough information about these meetings and offers," Zaid said.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has been urged to probe the scandal immediately.

"These are very serious allegations involving the very top leadership of the country. The MACC must restore confidence by immediately initiating an investigation," PKR Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar Akin told Harakahdaily



Try and Win Chance to LA to Watch American Idol!

Posted: 09 Mar 2010 07:43 AM PST

Do you watch the Season 9 of American Idol? Frankly, I was not really into American Idol until now, I was too bored, no more Heroes, no more Prison Break, no more Fringe, no more American Got Talent, it's a little bit bored now and I turned to American Idol. Interesting!

Last time, I watch only the final and hear it from people, so I knew about Adam Lambert, David Cook, David Archuleta, Kelly Clarkson, William Hung and so on. Now I am watching it from audition, still catching it up till the latest episode on some Chinese Internet TV. Very nice, I like.

Powerful singing and I like it when the judge "shoot" them. Hehe.

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By the way, I accidentally found out about this American Idol's contest while surfing some forum, it's a contest which actually will gives me chance to LA to see American Idol! OMG.

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The contest very simple, but I very lame because I don't really know about the entertainment news. I only know Kathryn Bigelow won the Oscars lately. Haha, or Simon Cowell leaving American Idol after this season 9. I only know the basic basic one. ^^

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So, I always ting tong tiang, do guessing on the answer for the question. Password to the question is pretty simple, it's only to see how fast you can give the answer for the question, then stand chance to go LA. Nevermind, I will try everyweek until I really failed. Now still OK yet. Won't give up because I want to go LA!

Lilly Scott is powerful! Don't you think so?


"If I cared only about my post, I would not have stirred so many hornets’ nests.” - Ong Tee Keat

Posted: 09 Mar 2010 08:26 AM PST

"If I cared
only about my
post, I would
not have
stirred so
many hornets'
nests."
Ong Tee Keat

Needless to say, OTK has stirred not many but a lot of hornets' nests!

The hornets (read: thieves) were safely nestled in the PKFZ scandal until OTK came along! 
 
Meaning of 'to stir up a hornet's nest': to provoke the attack of a swarm of spiteful enemies or spirited critics。(Source: CHINAdaily)


“Apa salahnya dedahkan sikap polis jahat itu?” - Jehan Miskin

Posted: 09 Mar 2010 08:14 AM PST

Ada polis baik dan ada polis yang jahat, kami hanya karyawan yang mendedahkan hakikat yang wujud dalam masyarakat, demikian luahan kata pelakon Jehan Miskin menerusi sebuah klip video ringkas ketika membangkitkan isu rasuah polis.

"Contoh mudah, polis tidak mahu menunjukkan bahawa mereka adalah perasuah. Untuk melakonkan babak, adegan seperti itu pun, polis akan bertanya, kenapa anda mahu tonjolkan perkara buruk mengenai negara anda?

"Saya kata tidak (bukan niat memburukkan), kita bukannya ingin menunjukkan perkara buruk mengenai negara kita. Kita tunjukkan hal buruk itu kerana ia adalah perkara yang benar-benar berlaku," kata pelakon filem Qaisy dan Laila itu.

Di sana, tambah pelakon yang berdarah keturunan Afghanistan itu, ada polis yang baik dan ada polis yang jahat, dan bukanlah menjadi suatu kesalahan untuk membuat pendedahan seperti itu.

"Jadi, apa salahnya jika kita menunjukkan sikap polis yang jahat itu? Kamilah cermin masyarakat. Daripada karya kami, masyarakat dapat lihat di mana mereka bagus atau tidak, atau kelakar," tambah beliau lagi.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam laman portal YouTube di bawah klip video pendek di bawah program 'Your Grandfather's Road' dengan judul 'Malaysian Film Industry?'.

Tayangan klip video pendek selama 2:58 minit itu turut mengutip beberapa pendapat pemikir, pelakon, pembikin filem termasuk ahli politik negara berhubung industri perfileman negara.

Untuk rekod, filem-filem negara sehingga kini ketandusan dalam menyiarkan jenayah-jenayah rasuah polis. Sebaliknya, filem dan drama Gerak Khas banyak menampilkan sikap-sikap polis yang baik sahaja, di samping pertuturan dialog yang kerap membosankan khalayak. -erapakatan




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Di Perlis UMNO Lawan UMNO

Posted: 09 Mar 2010 07:48 AM PST

Beberapa pemimpin Umno Perlis membantah usaha Majlis Tindakan Anak Perlis (Mantap) untuk membuat kaji selidik terhadap kepimpinan Datuk Seri Dr Md Isa Sabu sebagai Menteri Besar.

Selain berangapan kaji selidik itu akan mengeruhkan suasana politik di negeri berkenaan, ianya juga dilihat memperkecilkan jawatan Menteri Besar.

Naib Ketua Umno Bahagian Kangar Abdul Jamil Saad berkata usaha sekretariat Mantap itu untuk membuat perbandingan populariti Md Isa dan bekas Menteri Besar Perlis, Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim sebagai "kebudak-budakan".

"Institusi Menteri Besar tidak boleh dipermudahkan. Perlantikan Menteri Besar bukan hak badan bukan kerajaan," kata Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Belia dan Sukan Perlis itu selepas perjumpaan dengan pemimpin Umno pelbagai peringkat serta kepimpinan parti komponen Barisan Nasional (BN), di sini hari ini.

Beliau mengulas penubuhan Mantap yang diumum semalam oleh sekumpulan bekas pemimpin Umno negeri dengan tugas pertamanya membuat kaji selidik pada kalangan 10,000 penduduk Perlis mengenai kepimpinan Md Isa sebagai Menteri Besar.

Abdul Jamil yang juga Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) kawasan Sena berkata adalah tidak adil untuk membuat penilaian terhadap kepimpinan Md Isa hanya selepas dua tahun beliau meneraju negeri itu

"Jika asyik sibuk dengan penilaian maka pembangunan negeri juga akan terjejas," katanya sambil menyifatkan penubuhan Mantap yang diketuai bekas Ketua Penerangan Umno Perlis, Datuk Hashim Suboh dan kajiselidik yang bakal dijalankan itu sebagai "usikan" mereka yang kecewa dalam perjuangan parti.

Abdul Jamil juga menegaskan isu pertukaran Menteri Besar Perlis daripada Md Isa kepada Shahidan tidak pernah berbangkit meskipun khabar angin bertiup kencang sejak lebih setahun lalu.

Ketua Wanita Umno Perlis, Rela Ahmad pula kecewa dengan pembabitan Exco Wanita Azihani Ali dalam sekretariat itu yang dilihat boleh memecahbelahkan perpaduan anggota wanita dalam parti.

"Kami tak akan berdiam diri walau apa pun terjadi. Kami tetap menyokong Menteri Besar Perlis yang ada," katanya.

Bekas Adun kawasan Kayang, Azam Rashid pula menyifatkan kehadiran Mantap hanya mengeruhkan keadaan politik yang kini tenang.

Timbalan Ketua Umno bahagian Kangar itu berkata mereka akan membuat satu laporan polis terhadap badan tersebut yang didakwanya mahu menimbulkan keresahan rakyat. — Bernama


My Open House during Tiger Chinese New Year

Posted: 09 Mar 2010 07:02 AM PST

New Year, New Year, I am still talking about new year because there's nothing much to talk already, my long holiday is coming to an end. That's sad. I will be going to National Service on 28th March 2010, so please do miss me and don't stop visiting my blog. ^^

Chinese New Year is always fun and is the best part of the year. It's about food, money, gambling, friends, talking, traveling, and holidaying. Only dislike thing is, it's traffic jam everywhere! Especially my place, near to a shopping mall and the sea. That sucks for me.

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Met Phei Qin at Gurney.

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Met Chen Yuen with Sher Reen. ^^

To make Chinese New Year even more fun, more happenings, friends came visit to my place. Obviously was to get ang bao from my beloved parents, but nevermind, it's Chinese New Year, everyone's happy. Hehe.

Ok, the two photos above were not about open house. It's before open house where I went to Gurney Plaza for a walk, it's too bored at home, lazy to go onto the Internet also and met some friends.

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The first visit by friend wasn't really open house, it's just visit, but I'll considered it as open house, because my house was open for visit and they came. Thanks all, the first visit was by the Leo Club juniors, shit, should not say junior because it makes me sound so old, they are all my Leo Club friends, the younger one. ^^ Check list, there's Kenny, Kelvin, Amanda and Corrinne.

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Kenny.

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Corrinne, gambling queen. Look at the card, no point. LOL.

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Kelvin Seow.

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Kelvin with Amanda's pose.

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Cool brother, Yikhung.

Actually visits during Chinese New Year do simple thing only, gambling and talking.

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Only a little attention paid on what's showing on the television. It's always, blackjack, blackjack, 7 point, 8 point. Chinese loves to gamble during CNY. I like winning money. XD

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The next visit was on the next day. It's very last minute where I asked my friend whether want to come over to my place or not. Parents had a real open house, with lots of food, drinks, beer and their friend.

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These adults gamble very powerful, it's tens and hundreds whereas us were like, cents and bucks.

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The Chinese style of party. I don't really know how to organize a party, the main reason is because I don't really know how a party goes on, dance? food? talk? shout? scream? games? I am not that kind of person who think, but in my mind, I love party, I would like to go to and see how it's like if there's a chance. You see like in those American teenager film, their party is like so cool, so happenings.

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It was Whitney's birthday that day. Whitney is the daughter of my mom's friend. They brought cake to our place, unfortunately, there's no candle.

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With Ker Ying and Sheue Yen.

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Alvin Yang.

Alvin, Ker Ying, Sheue Yen, Wei Chung, Yong Chieh and Zheng Feng came over to my place late at night. Thanks people. Played cards again and won some money on the last round. Pretty fun!

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Tosokchon Samgyetang (ginseng chicken), Seoul

Posted: 09 Mar 2010 07:08 AM PST

Samgyetang – literally ginseng chicken soup – is an iconic Korean dish which consists of a whole young chicken stuffed with glutinous rice plus Korean ginseng and boiled with some other oriental herbs.

One of the most famous restaurants to have this is Tosokchon (토속촌) which is located nearby the Gyeongbukgung Palace in Seoul…

Samgyetang, Korean ginseng chicken soup at Tosokchon restaurant in Seoul, South Korea

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Tosokchon Samgyetang (ginseng chicken), Seoul from YeinJee's Asian Blog


We had sex in car...Tried to break up 30 times...Jack Neo admits affair...Fans let down by Jack Neo...Jack Neo will tell all...

Posted: 09 Mar 2010 06:08 AM PST

Hehe...the title of this blog post is nothing but the titles of articles published in The Straits Times Singapore.

Here are the titles:
1. Jack Neo admits affair
2. We had sex in car
3. Tried to break up 30 times
4. Fans let down by Jack Neo
5. Jack Neo will tell all


Super Junior & Girls’ Generation – Seoul Song music video

Posted: 09 Mar 2010 05:57 AM PST

Korean music video of Seoul Song, a tourism promotional video featuring members from pop groups Super Junior and Girls' Generation. I've been to most of the places in the MV, which are popular hangout spots for Seoulites but not really that charming for tourists. Ok song, cute video though…

Super Junior & Girls' Generation – Seoul Song music video from YeinJee's Asian Blog


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Yayasan Reformis Bakal Ditubuhkan. Tahniah KEADILAN Daripada Seorang Pejuang Siber

Posted: 09 Mar 2010 05:14 AM PST

Satu majlis dialog di antara aktivis reformis bersama Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim telah diadakan baru-baru ini. Turut hadir dalam perjumpaan tersebut ikon reformasi dan perjuangan rakyat, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Perjumpaan yang berlangsung hampir empat jam di kediaman rasmi Menteri Besar itu dihadiri seramai 150 anggota. Semuanya menjurus kepada 'bicara hati' pejuang jalanan yang sekian lama memperjudikan nasib mereka menentang kezaliman rejim Umno-BN yang berterusan menzalimi Anwar bermula konspirasi pertama pada 1998 sehingga sejarah hitam itu kini berulang kembali.

Malah ada di kalangan mereka terpaksa melalui perjalanan hidup getir setelah diberhentikan kerja oleh majikan kerana menentang keadilan yang diperjuangkan aktivis ini.

Sebagai tanda penghargaan dan keprihatinan di atas usaha dan perjuangan mereka selama ini, Kerajaan Selangor mengambil inisiatif membantu membela nasib kelompok ini.

Khalid dalam ucapannya berkata, adalah menjadi hasrat beliau untuk membantu golongan reformis. Namun beliau dapati sebelum ini kelompok reformis seperti bercakaran dan berpecah sesama sendiri.

Pada majlis itu juga, Khalid mengumumkan sebuah yayasan khas akan ditubuhkan bagi membantu aktivis menambahbaik serta memantapkan lagi pergerakan mereka selain membantu meringankan beban keluarga aktivis yang menghadapi krisis kewangan.

Bagi peringkat permulaan, dianggarkan suntikan dana bernilai RM100 ribu diperuntukkan untuk membantu reformis ini menjalani latihan dan kemahiran dalam bidang keusahawanan.

Tidak ketinggalan, untuk menyelaras dan memudahkan pergerakan kumpulan berkenaan, kerajaan negeri juga berhasrat menyediakan kediaman khas untuk kegunaan sekretariat yang bakal dibentuk dalam tempoh terdekat ini.

Hasrat murni kerajaan Selangor ini disambut dengan baik namun waspada oleh reformis seperti Nasir Isa, 52.

"Kita tidak mahu terlalu mengharap. Ia belum dibentuk secara rasmi. Baru peringkat cadangan. Apapun usaha Tan Sri Khalid membantu kami golongan reformis amatlah dihargai. Setelah bermacam-macam detik sukar yang kami tempuhi sejak lebih 10 tahun lalu malah sehingga ke hari ini perjuangan kami tak pernah padam untuk menegakkan keadilan. Ini prinsip perjuangan kami.

"Apapun, sidang dialog yang diadakan seumpama ini amatlah dialu-alukan. Pelbagai masalah yang hadapi reformis seperti hilang sumber pencarian serta kematian isteri mahupun suami dapat dibangkitkan dalam sesi perbincangan. Kami mahu ada pemimpin yang bersikap terbuka untuk mendengar masalah kami dan mencari jalan penyelesaiannya.

Badaruddin Ismail, 64, beliau turut meletakkan harapan yayasan itu akan menjadi realiti.

"Bagaimanapun, kotmitmen yang dibuat MB mendapat pandangan positif di kalangan reformis. Saya juga berharap dengan penubuhan sekretariat rasmi ini dapat memperkukuhkan lagi perjuangan aktivis seperti kami," ujar beliau lagi.

Sementara itu, Anwar selaku Penasihat Ekonomi Selangor mengucapkan penghargaan kepada semua pejuang reformis yang kekal memberi sokongan padu kepadanya serta parti.

Katanya, beliau bersama Khalid akan membantu reformis serta menghidupkan semula sejarah pembentukan gerakan reformasi sebelum ini.

Ulasan GB

Pertama GB ucapkan tahniah kerana satu Yayasan Reformis bakal ditubuhkan. Yang kedua berterima kasih kepada kerajaan Selangor kerana menaja Yayasan tersebut.

GB tak dimaklumkan terlebih awal tentang adanya pertemuan para reformis bersama DSAI dan MB Selangor. Kalau tahu hendak juga bersama rakan-rakan. Almaklum - perjuangan alam siber sebermula dengan penangkapan DSAI dahulu begitu banyak meninggalkan kesan sejarah di dalam hidup GB.

Parti yang GB dokongi, PAS, tidak mengiktirafkan sumbangan para reformis. Mereka terlebih syok dengan pembahagian ghanimah sesama sendiri selepas menang pada PRU10 dahulu. Pejuang siber dilupakan terus. Mereka jadi YB-YB kerana hasil usaha mereka sendiri, dakwa mereka. GB perlu akur dan terima kenyataan itu. Kerana nanti ada yang menempelak mana keikhlasanmu di dalam perjuangan jika nak diungkit sumbanganmu di dalam perjuangan. Allah itu sifatNya tidak pernah lupa, tidak pernah lalai. Terhukumlah mereka yang melupakan reformis jalanan dan reformis siber seperti GB ini. Allah telah mewajibkan diriNya bersifat kasih sayang terutama kepada mereka yang telah menggerakkan perjuangan menegakkan kebenaran dan keadilan. Masih ada yang mengharagai jasa para reformis, sekalipun bukan dari parti GB sendiri.

GB sekadar ingin tumpang senyum dan gembira dengan rakan-rakan di dalam KEADILAN. Lagipun baton GB di alam siber dahulu pernah diserahkan kepada seorang ahli KEADILAN yang kemudian berjaya menjadi seorang MP.

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Disabled man kicked by KTM train driver says victim - malaysiakini

Posted: 09 Mar 2010 04:48 AM PST

Train driver kicked me, says disabled man
author_photo("Vasugi Supramanian")
Vasugi Supramanian
Mar 9, 10
7:53pmPro-disabled activists held a demonstration in front of the Subang Jaya KTM Komuter train station in Selangor today to protest of the alleged assault and verbal abuse of a wheelchair-bound man by a KTMB train driver.Armed with placards that read 'Jangan Menghina OKU' (


Kerajaan Perlu Siasat Bagaimana Rakaman Dipenjara Boleh Tersebar

Posted: 09 Mar 2010 04:00 AM PST

Atas alasan mahu kebenaran terserlah, sebuah pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) membuat laporan polis sekali gus mendesak kerajaan menyiasat penyebaran rakaman cakera padat video (VCD) yang memaparkan aktiviti Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim ketika di penjara pada 2001.

Rakaman yang disertakan tarikh dan masa seperti direkodkan kamera litar tertutup (CCTV) itu didakwa pertubuhan yang menggelarkan diri mereka Gerakan Anti Liwat, diedarkan dari rumah ke rumah dipercayai sekitar Seksyen 3, Bandar Baru Bangi.

Pengasasnya, Mohd Arshad Ishak, 26, berkata dia menerima VCD bertajuk 'Sandiwara Anwar: Sebab-Sebab MP PKR Keluar Parti' itu diletakkan dalam peti surat rumahnya pada 6 Mac lalu yang menunjukkan kegiatan Anwar ketika ditempatkan di Penjara Sungai Buloh, dan dibandingkan ketika beliau di sebuah kawasan perkuburan. "Rakaman ini bukan kali pertama saya tengok kerana sebelum ini pernah disiar di laman web dan 'YouTube', cuma pertama kali saksikannya dalam bentuk VCD yang menunjukkan dia tak mampu berjalan sendiri.

"Sedangkan dalam penjara beliau kelihatan amat sihat, bertenaga dan boleh berjalan tanpa kerusi roda. Yang menjadi persoalan bagaimana rakaman ini boleh tersebar kepada umum kerana saya percaya penjara adalah tempat keselamatan dan rakaman pun untuk tujuan pemantauan.

"Jadi sebagai seorang warga negara yang mendaulatkan undang-undang, saya desak agar kerajaan menubuhkan Suruhanjaya Siasatan Diraja untuk menyiasat perkara ini," katanya ditemui selepas membuat laporan polis di Balai Polis Bandar Baru Bangi, di sini semalam.

Mohd Arshad yang juga seorang peniaga berkata dia membuat laporan bukan atas desakan mana-mana pihak sebaliknya kesedaran diri sendiri selain merasakan pihak tidak bertanggungjawab perlu di bawa ke muka pengadilan. -hmetro




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I am a mixed blooded person, so what? Pure blooded race is Myth or Illusion of IDIOTS ONLY!

Posted: 09 Mar 2010 03:57 AM PST

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in addressig the Farewell Hajj_

  1. "No Arab has any superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab.
  2. Nor does a white man have any superiority over a black man or the black man any superiority over the white man.
  3. You are all the children of Adam, and Adam was created from clay" (al-Bayhaqi and al-Bazzaz).
  4. "Do not argue with the people of the Book (Christians and Jews) unless it is in the politest manners" (29:46)

I am a mixed blooded person, so what? Pure blooded race is Myth or Illusion of IDIOTS only! There is no pure race in the world.

Medically speaking pure inbred people are prone to genetic defects such as talking nonsense, megalomaniac or insane etc. Look at the Sakian Royalties of India and Ancient Royalties of Europe.

Myth or Illusion as Pure Bred or pure blooded by ignorant idiots.

We, Muslims were called mixed blooded, unpured blooded or Bastards (Mi Ma Sit Pha Masit) by the Burmese-Chinese Mixed blooded General Ne Win. Now a clown is foolishly frouninging upon mixed marriages.

Read this article of The Race Question in Wikipedia

The Race Question is a UNESCO statement issued on 18 July 1950 following World War II. The statement included both a scientific debunking of race theories and a moral condemnation of racism. It suggested in particular to "drop the term 'race' altogether and speak of "ethnic groups."

Signed by some of the leading researchers of the time, in the field of psychology, biology, cultural anthropology and ethnology, it questioned the foundations of scientific racist theories which had become very popular at the turn of the 20th century, alongside eugenics.

These racist theories had been a main influence of the Nazi racial policies and eugenics programme. The original statement was drafted by Ernest Beaglehole, Juan Comas, L. A. Costa Pinto, Franklin Frazier, sociologist specialised in race relations studies, Morris Ginsberg, founding chairperson of the British Sociological Association, Humayun Kabir, writer, philosopher and Education Minister of India twice, Claude Lévi-Strauss, one of the founders of ethnology and leading theorist of cultural relativism, and Ashley Montagu, anthropologist and author of The Elephant Man: A Study in Human Dignity, who was the rapporteur.

The text was then revised by Ashley Montagu following criticisms submitted by Hadley Cantril, E. G. Conklin, Gunnar Dahlberg, Theodosius Dobzhansky, author of Genetics and the Origin of Species (1937), L. C. Dunn, Donald Hager, Julian Huxley, first director of UNESCO and one of the many key contributors to neo-Darwinian synthesis, Otto Klineberg, Wilbert Moore, H. J. Muller, Gunnar Myrdal, author of An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy (1944), Joseph Needham, a biochemist specialist of Chinese science, and geneticist Curt Stern.

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Introduction

A series of articles on
Race
Main topics
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The Race Question first recalled the recent World War and, interestingly, made no direct reference to the Holocaust. The Constitution of the UNESCO stated that:

The great and terrible war that has now ended was a war made possible by the denial of the democratic principles of the dignity, equality and mutual respect of men, and by the propagation, in their place, through ignorance and prejudice, of the doctrine of the inequality of men and races.

A 1948 UNESCO resolution called upon the world organisation to consider the timeliness "of proposing and recommending the general adoption of a programme of dissemination of scientific facts designed to bring about the disappearance of that which is commonly called race prejudice." Thus, following the philosophy of the Enlightenment, the UNESCO aimed at struggling against popular racism through the vulgarisation of scientific facts, which demonstrated the inanity of race theories. In 1949, the UNESCO adopted three other similar resolutions, recommending the institution to

  • "study and collect scientific materials concerning questions of race,"
  • "to give wide diffusion to the scientific material collected"
  • and "to prepare an education campaign based on this information."

Furthermore, the statement recalled that by these resolutions, the UNESCO was taking…

up again, after a lapse of fifteen years, a project which the International Institute for Intellectual Co-operation has wished to carry through but which it had to abandon in deference to the appeasement policy of the pre-war period. The race question had become one of the pivots of Nazi ideology and policy. Masaryk and Beneš took the initiative of calling for a conference to re-establish in the minds and consciences of men everywhere the truth about race… Nazi propaganda was able to continue its baleful work unopposed by the authority of an international organisation.

The aim was clear. However, the UNESCO was not so naive to believe that science alone could convince humanity to let aside racial prejuidices which were deeply rooted in emotional factors:

Knowledge of the truth does not always help change emotional attitudes that draw their real strength from the subconscious or from factors beside the real issue." But it could "however, prevent rationalizations of reprehensive acts or behaviour prompted by feelings that men will not easily avow openly.

The UNESCO statement condemned any attempt, on both scientific and moral grounds, to relate intelligence to racial factors, stating that "At the moment, it is impossible to demonstrate that there exist between 'races' differences of intelligence and temperament other than those produced by cultural environment." It considered racism as a "particularly vicious and mean expression of the caste spirit," thus paying close attention to theories issued for example by eugenicist Georges Vacher de Lapouge (1854-1936), who equated race with social class.[1]

The Race Question asserted that…

Concern for human dignity demands that all citizens be equal before the law… no matter what their physical or intellectual differences may be… The conscience of all mankind demand that this be true for all the peoples of the earth. It matters little, therefore, whether the diversity of men's gift be the result of biological or cultural factors.

Not only scientific racist theories were thoroughly disqualified by modern research, but racist ideology in itself was adamantly criticized as contrary to the humanist foundations which had laid the groundworks for the creation of the United Nations at the June 1945 San Francisco Conference. The nature versus nurture debate was thus rejected as irrelevant to politicals or legal concerns.

The statement

The statement itself was composed of various points:

  • Scientists agree that "mankind is one: that all men belong to the same species: Homo sapiens"
  • "From the biological standpoint, the species Homo Sapiens is made up of a number of populations…" defined by genetic factors. However, the genes "responsible for the hereditary differences between men are always few when compared to the whole genetic constitution of man and to the vast number of genes common to all human beings… This means that the likeliness among men are far greater than their differences."
  • "A race, from the biological standpoint, may therefore be defined as one of the group of populations constituting the species Homo sapiens… These represent variations, as it were, on a common theme." Differences are attributed to "somewhat different biological histories."
  • "In short, the term 'race' designates a group or population characterised by some concentrations, relative as to frequency and distribution, of hereditary particles (genes) or physical characters, which appear, fluctuate, and often disappear in the course of time by reason of geographic and or cultural isolation…"
  • The fifth point criticised the layperson use of the term "race": "To most people, a race is any group which they choose to describe as a race. Thus, many national, religious, geographic, linguistic or cultural groups have, in such loose usage, been called 'race', when obviously Americans are not a race, nor are Englishmen, nor are Frenchmen, nor any other national group. Catholics, Protestants, Moslems and Jews are not races… People who live in Iceland or England or India are not races; nor are people who are culturally Turkish or Chinese…"
  • UNESCO also advocated that: "National, religious, geographic, linguistic and cultural groups do not necessarily coincide with racial groups: and the cultural traits of such groups have no demonstrated genetic connection with racial traits. Because serious errors of this kind are habitually committed when the term "race" is used in popular parlance, it would be better when speaking of human races to drop the term "race" altogether and speak of 'ethnic groups'."
  • Further points stressed the "educability" and "plasticity" of the human being and the variability of biological populations, which evolved and interbred together. It adamantly rejected any "degeneration" theory claiming that such miscegenation "produces biologically bad effects." "There is, therefore, no biological justification for prohibiting inter-marriage.."
  • The 14th point asserted that : "The biological fact of race and the myth of 'race' should be distinguished. For all practical social purposes, 'race' is not so much a biological phenomenon as a social myth" which has "created an enormous amount of human and social damage." It "deprives civilisation of the effective co-operation of productive minds." The UNESCO cited Charles Darwin's praise of cosmopolitanism in The Descent of Man (2nd ed., 1875, pp.187-8). It criticised theories of psychological egoism, underlining that "the whole of human history show that a co-operative spirit is not only natural to men, but more deeply rooted than any self-seeking tendencies. If this were not so we should not see the growth of integration and organisation of his communities which the centuries and the millennia plainly exhibits."
  • The last points underlined that equality was a moral principle that had nothing to do with any biological or cultural differences. It recalled that "scientific evidence indicates that the range of mental capacities in all ethnic groups is much the same." It underlines the difference and non-correspondence between great "social changes" and change in the constitution of ethnic groups.

The 1950 UNESCO statement concluded by asserting once more that "biological differences as exist between members of different ethnic groups have no relevance to problems of social and political organisations, moral life and communication between human beings" and implicitly referred to Aristotle's definition of humankind by stating that "Man is born a social being."

Legacy and Others UNESCO statements

The UNESCO later published other similar statements on racism. In Race and History (1952), the ethnologist Claude Lévi-Strauss argued in favour of cultural relativism, through the famous metaphor of cultures as different trains crossing each other in various directions and speeds, thus each one seeming to progress to himself while others supposedly kept immobile.[2]

UNESCO later published Cyril Bibby's monograph Race, Prejudice, and Education (1959), and Lévi-Strauss Race and Culture (1971). Others books published by renowned scholars, on the influence of Alfred Métraux, anthropologist at the UN, included titles such as Race and Psychology, Race and Biology, Race Mixture, Racial Myths, The Roots of Prejudice, and The Concept of Race: Results of an Inquiry.[3]

In 2005, Claude Lévi-Strauss, then 97 years old, declared at the 60th anniversary of the UNESCO :

In the wake of the Second World War and the horror inspired by the racist doctrines that gave rise to the massacre of entire populations and concentration camps, it was only normal that UNESCO give top priority to the scientific critique and moral condemnation of the notion of race,

While the director-general Koïchiro Matsuura recalled that since 1951 UNESCO had prepared several declarations on race, Claude Levi-Strauss praised the work of the UNESCO, stating in response to Matsuura:

A task made all the more necessary by certain recent and worrying publications from biologists attempting to give new recognition to the notion of race – albeit with a different interpretation than in the past – but which nonetheless must be handled delicately.[4]

The 1950 UNESCO statement contributed to the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court desegregation decision in "Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka".[5]

Read this article of Supremacism in Wikipedia

Supremacism is the belief that a particular race, religion, gender, species, sexual orientation, belief system or culture is superior to others and entitles those who identify with it to dominate, control or rule those who do not.

Historical examples

Many anthropologists consider male supremacism, also known as "male dominance" or "patriarchy", to exist in all cultures throughout human history. Others note that this often has been balanced by various forms of female authority. Such supremacy is enforced through a variety of cultural, political and interpersonal strategies.[1] Since the 19th century there have been a number of feminist movements opposed to male supremacism and working for equal legal rights and protections for women in all cultural, political and interpersonal relations.[2][3][4]

Centuries of European colonialism of the Americas, Africa and Asia was excused by white supremacist attitudes.[5] During the 19th century the phrase "The White Man's Burden" was widely used to justify imperialist policy as a noble enterprise.[6][7]

Following the American Civil War, southern white veterans of the Confederate States of America formed the secret society known as the Ku Klux Klan to restore white supremacy after the Reconstruction period.[8] They preached supremacy over all other races, as well as over Jews, Catholics and other minorities.

Black supremacy arose in America as a counter to white supremacism.[9] Groups advocating some version of it include Nation of Islam, the New Black Panther Party, the Black Hebrew Israelites and the Bobo Shanti section of the Rastafari movement.

During the early 20th century until the end of World War II – the Shōwa era – the propaganda of the Empire of Japan used the old concept of hakko ichiu to support the idea that the Yamato was a superior race, destined to rule Asia and the Pacific. Many documents such as Kokutai no Hongi, Shinmin no Michi and An Investigation of Global Policy with the Yamato Race as Nucleus referred to this concept of racial supremacy.

During the 1930s and 1940s Adolf Hitler's German Nazi Party preached the existence of an Aryan master race and attempted to establish through conquest such an empire throughout Europe. They were World War II "Axis powers" allies of the Japanese empire.

Both academics and antisemites describe "Jewish supremacism," especially related to Israel and Zionism. Author Minna Rozen describes the 17th century Jews of Jerusalems' view of themselves as a unique and elite group among Jews as "supremacism."[10] Former Israeli and professor of history Ilan Pappé writes that the First Aliyah to Israel "established a society based on Jewish supremacy."[11] Columbia University associate professor Joseph Massad holds that "Jewish supremacism" always has been a "dominating principle" of religious and secular Zionism.[12][13] Former Israeli musician and writer Gilad Atzmon labels the ideology he calls "Jewishness" as "very much a supremacist, racist tendency."[14] The Anti-Defamation League condemns as "antisemitic" writings about "Jewish Supremacism" by authors David Duke and Kevin MacDonald.[15] Others have condemned such allegations on white supremacist or racist web sites.[16]

 

Read this article of Prejudice in Wikipedia_

A prejudice is a prejudgement: i.e. a preconceived belief, opinion, or judgment made without ascertaining the facts of a case. The word prejudice is most commonly used to refer to a preconceived judgment toward a group of people or a single person because of race, social class, gender, ethnicity, age, disability, political beliefs , religion, line of work or other personal characteristics. It also means a priori beliefs (without knowledge of the facts) and includes "any unreasonable attitude that is unusually resistant to rational influence."[1] Although positive and negative prejudice both exist, when used negatively, "prejudice" implies fear and antipathy toward such a race.

  • Cognitive Prejudice refers to what people believe to be true. metaphysical or methodological philosophy at the expense of other philosophies which may offer a more complete theoretical explanation.
  • Affective Prejudice refers to what people like and dislike: for example, in attitudes toward members of particular classes such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or creed.
  • Behavioral Prejudice refers to how people are inclined to behave. It is regarded as an attitude because people do not act on their feelings. An example of conative prejudice may be found in expressions of what should be done if the opportunity presents itself.

These three types of prejudice are correlated, but all need not be present in a particular individual. Someone may believe that a particular group possesses low levels of intelligence, but harbor no ill feeling towards that group. A group may be disliked because of intense competition for jobs, but still recognize no differences between groups.

"Discrimination" is a behavior (an action), with reference to unequal treatment of people because they are members of a particular group. Farley also put discrimination into three categories:[2]

  • Personal / Individual Discrimination is directed toward a specific individual and refers to any act that leads to unequal treatment because of the individual's real or perceived group membership.
  • Legal Discrimination refers to "unequal treatment, on the grounds of group membership, that is upheld by law."[3] Apartheid is an example of legal discrimination, as are also various post-Civil war laws in the southern United States that legally disadvantaged negros with respect to property rights, employment rights and the exercise of constitutional rights.
  • Institutional Discrimination refers to unequal treatment that is entrenched in basic social institutions resulting in advantaging one group over another. The Indian caste system and European feudal system are historical examples of institutional discrimination.

As with prejudice generally, these three types of discrimination are correlated and may be found to varying degrees in individuals and society at large. Many forms of discrimination based upon prejudice are outwardly acceptable in most societies.

Read this article of PURE BLOODED RACE in Wikipedia_

"Pure race" or the master race (German: die Herrenrasse, About this sound das Herrenvolk (help·info)) was a concept adopted as Nazi ideology which holds that the Aryan Races (including the Nordic peoples), one of the branches of what in the late-19th and early-20th century was called the Aryan race, represent an ideal and "pure race". It derives from 19th-century racial theory, which posited a hierarchy of races placing Aboriginal Australians and "African savages" at the bottom of the hierarchy while Aryans (primarily Northern and Western Europeans consisting of Germans, Swedes, Icelanders, Norwegians, Danish, Irish, French, English and Dutch) at the top, and Southern Europeans (Spanish, Italian and Portuguese) somewhere in the middle.

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Nordicism

Meyers Blitz-Lexikon (Leipzig, 1932) shows a famous German war hero (Karl von Müller) as an example of the Nordic type.

Main article: Nordic race

The origins of the Nazi version of the theory of the master race were in 19th-century racial theories of Count Arthur de Gobineau, who argued that cultures degenerate when distinct races mix. It was believed at this time that Southern European and Eastern European peoples were racially mixed with non-European Moors from across the Mediterranean Sea, while Northern Europeans and Western Europeans remained pure. Proponents of Nordic theory further argued that Nordic peoples had developed innate toughness and determination due to the harsh, challenging climate in which they evolved. The racial ideal of these theorists was the tall, blond and blue- or green-eyed Nordic individual.

The philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer was one of the earliest proponents of a theory presenting a hierarchical racial model of history, attributing civilisational primacy to the "white races" who gained their sensitivity and intelligence by refinement in the rigorous north.

The highest civilisation and culture, apart from the ancient Indians and Egyptians, are found exclusively among the white races; and even with many dark peoples, the ruling caste or race is fairer in colour than the rest and has, therefore, evidently immigrated, for example, the Brahmans, the Incas, and the rulers of the South Sea Islands. All this is due to the fact that necessity is the mother of invention because those tribes that emigrated early to the north and there gradually became white, had to develop all their intellectual powers and invent and perfect all the arts in their struggle with need, want and misery, which in their many forms were brought about by the climate. This they had to do in order to make up for the parsimony of nature and out of it all came their high civilisation.[1]

Nevertheless, such theorists usually accepted that considerable variety of hair and eye colour existed even within the racial categories they recognised. Contrary to popular myth, the Nazis themselves did not discriminate against Germans who were not blonde or light-eyed, or had only one of these features. Adolf Hitler and most Nazi officials had dark hair and were considered to be "Aryans".

The postulated superiority of these people was said to make them born leaders, or a "master race". Other authors included Guido von List, and his associate Lanz von Liebenfels, and the British racial theorist Houston Stewart Chamberlain, all of whom felt that the white race and Germanic peoples were superior to others, and that given the purification of the white race and German people from the races who were "polluting" it, a new millenarian age of Aryan god-men would arrive.

Germanization between 1939 and 1945

Nazi policy stressed the superiority of the Nordic race, a sub-section of the white European population defined by anthropometric models of racial difference. The Nordic race was said to comprise of only the Germanic peoples (Germans, Norwegians, Danes, Swedes, Finland-Swedes [2], Estonia-Swedes, Faroese, Icelanders, English and the Dutch).

From 1940 the government in occupied Poland divided the population into different groups. Each group had different rights, food rations, allowed strips in the cities, separated residential areas, special schooling systems, public transportation and restricted restaurants. Later adapted in all Nazi-occupied countries by 1942, the Germanization program used the racial caste system of reserving certain rights to one group and barred privileges to another. In addition with their predominant religion and ethnicity per individual of that ethnic group or nationality. Listed from the most privileged to the least:[citation needed]

  • Germans from Germany (Reichdeutsche) – Nordic Germans are said most favorable, but all German citizens are in the top category.
  • Germans from outside, active ethnic Germans, honorary "Aryans" from axis European countries in Volksliste category 1 (see Volksdeutsche).
  • Other Germanic peoples closely related to Germans (Norwegians, Danes, Swedes, Finland-Swedes, Estonia-Swedes, Faroese, Icelanders, English, Northern French, and the Dutch) but treated as categories 1 and 2 in most privileges, especially pro-Nazi sympathizers.
  • Italians (particularly from regions north of Rome, e.g. Tuscany, Lombardy, etc.), Spaniards (particularly Basques), Occitans, and Portuguese were treated as category 2 and 3, especially pro-Nazi sympathizers (e.g. Fascist Italy and Francoist Spain diplomats). Some southern Italians were treated as least (Suspicion of miscegenation with African and Semitic peoples), but within the same category.
  • Celtic/Gaelic peoples of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
  • Highlanders (Goralenvolk): an attempt to split the Polish nation by using local collaborators.
  • Hungarians, Estonians, and Finns (despite their non Indo-European origins), Baltic peoples (Lithuanians and Latvians) and Romanians, Bulgarians and Croats.
  • Ukrainians: Many were part of Waffen SS divisions (Galicia), while others were exterminated as partisans suspected in supporting

Aryanism

Main article: Aryan race

The term Aryan derives from the Sanskrit word (ā́rya) आर्य (meaning:Noble), which derived from arya, the original Indo-Iranian autonym. Also, the word Iran is the Persian word for land/place of the Aryan[3](see also Iranian peoples). From the footsteps of the Pamir mountains and in areas in northern Afghanistan like Balkh (the main city of Zoroastrianism) the Aryans moved to the other parts of Iran and Hindustan.(see also Balkh). It remained as a key city for the spread of Aryan Civilization for several centuries (the name for the Sassanian Empire in Middle Persian is Eran Shahr which means Aryan Empire [4]).

Following the ideas of Gobineau and others, the Nazi theorist Alfred Rosenberg claimed that these were a dynamic warrior people who originated in northern climates, from which they migrated south, eventually reaching India. They were supposed to be the ancestors of the ancient Germanic tribes, who shared their warrior values. Rosenberg claimed that Christianity was an alien Semitic slave-morality inappropriate to the warrior Aryan master race and thus supported a melange of aspects of Hindu Vedic and Zoroastrian teachings, along with pre-Christian European paganism, which he considered to be distinctively Aryan in character.

In Nazi Germany, a so-called mixed marriage of an "Aryan" with an "Untermensch" was forbidden. To maintain the purity of the Germanic master race, eugenics was practiced. In order to eliminate "defective" citizens, the T-4 Euthanasia Program was administered by Karl Brandt to rid the country of the mentally retarded or those born with genetic deficiencies, as well as those deemed to be racially inferior. Additionally, a programme of compulsory sterilisation was undertaken which resulted in the forced operations of hundreds of thousands of individuals. Many of these policies are generally seen as being related to what eventually became known as the Holocaust.

Rais Yatim says: think "a thousand times" before entering a mixed marriage

According to studies only three out of ten mixed marriages work. In response, Information, Communication and Culture Minister, Rais Yatim has cautioned that young people should think "a thousand times" before committing to such unions.

Rais Yatim says: think "a thousand times" before entering in a mixed marriage(AP File Photo)

AP File Photo

The minister cautioned that incidents of marriage breakups involving Caucasians (coloquially referred to as mat salleh) happened more frequently, as compared to thove involving other ethnics group.
Rais was commenting on results of studies conducted from the years 1995 to 1998.
However, in a statement to Malaysian paper, Utusan Malaysia, he said that "mixed marriages in Malaysia involving local people who had converted to Islam, whether men or women, are more successful than those that involved partners from the West."
According to the minister, more information about these studies could be obtained from the civil marriage registers in the sharia archives in Johor and the Federal Territory.
When asked about the recent split between local celebrity and star of Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam, Maya Karin, 31 and her English husband, Steven David Shorthose, 41, Rais said they had only been "in love" and were to blame for not considering their cultural differences.
According to the Malaysian Mirror, he went on further to say that "the reality is that those who want to go into mixed marriages have a lot of obstacles to go through. Marriage failures are due to cultural and religious differences as well as the upbringing they go in their respective countries."

"Most of the marriages are a result of 'short-term love affairs' that survive for a brief period before each of the spouses go back to the cultural and religious beliefs they grew up with."
Rais continues to caution about the legalities of such issues.

"It's not that simple to get a Malaysian citizenship. In this sense, it is easier if it involves a foreign woman marrying a Malaysian man than otherwise."
"This is because the status of citizenship, under Section 16 and 17 of the Federal Constitution, is based on the paternal consideration not maternal."
"What more, if the couple has a child or children. The father is likely to 'snatch away' the kids to England or Europe, for instance."
"It is, perhaps, better for those involved in mixed marriages not to have children."

Meanwhile, Maya Karin attended the Environment Integrity forum at the Malaysian Institute for Integrity on last week and made an indirect reference to her domestic woes. She admitted that her two-year marriage to Steven is indeed facing problems but she is not about to go into hiding.

In an interview with the Daily Chilli, Maya said she is trying hard to save her marriage. The couple married in August 2008 in Italy and Steven is a mathematics teacher at an international school in Kuala Lumpur.

Maya declined to comment on the cause.

"It is not true that we're having problems because of cultural differences, being a child of mixed parentage myself, cultural differences have never been an issue to me."

Read this from the Star, A mistake to frown upon mixed marriages

IT is with dismay that I read about the comments "think a thousand times" before entering into a mixed marriage by Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim lately.

It would have been far more appropriate had he said "think a thousand times" before taking the plunge irrespective of whom you wanted to marry rather than narrow the field to inter-racial marriage.

He stated that studies conducted between 1995 and 1998 by "several sociologists in the country had shown that seven out of 10 mixed marriages end in divorce".

He did not elaborate on the credentials of the so-called "sociologists" and who assigned them to do the research and for what purpose. Neither did he explain why these sociologists did not do a parallel study on same race/religion marriages that ended in divorce. Had a parallel study been done, then one could compare the figures for a fairer and more legitimate comment to be made.

As a minister, he must be aware that divorce cuts across the board and is irrespective of race or religion. In fact, the divorce rates lately in the country were so conspicuous that the Cabinet decided to allocate RM15mil to oversee the immediate needs of divorced Muslim women.

He went on to say that "the failure of marriage is caused by cultural differences, religion and how a person is raised". I am no sociologist but am of the opinion that although mixed-marriages may be more challenging, it is a misconception to think in our modern time of globalisation that the reasons for the breakdown of mixed-marriages are unique. In fact, when a marriage breaks down, the same reasons generally apply — whether mixed or not.

Perhaps his memory should be refreshed by what Umno stalwart and the then senior Minister, the late Khir Johari, said in reply to a question when I was an MP, on how best to bring Malaysians closer together — inter-marriages!

In the past, people used to argue that children of mixed parentage would face unique problems but this has proven to be a myth. History has shown that many children born to mixed marriages have triumphed beyond compare: genius golfer Tiger Woods, superstar actress Halle Berry and the 44th President of the United States Barrack Obama, to name a few.

Now that the Prime Minister has 1 Malaysia as his battle cry to unite Malaysians, it appears a little incongruous to pour cold water on the prospect of mixed-marriages although we understand that he must have meant well.

DR A. SOORIAN,

Seremban.



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Think A Thousand Times ...

Posted: 09 Mar 2010 03:09 AM PST

I'm too busy with my work today running around getting things done for my clients and also with some production work to complete. But I did have time to browse the net a little cos I was searching for some free seo software but came across this article from the Star Online web portal written by Dr. A Soorian.

He wrote about some comment that was sprouted out by one of our intelligent and learned ministers about mixed marriages. Here's an extract of that article.

... It is with dismay that I read about the comments 'think a thousand times' before entering into a mixed marriage by Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim lately.

It would have been far more appropriate had he said 'think a thousand times' before taking the plunge irrespective of whom you wanted to marry rather than narrow the field to inter-racial marriage.

He stated that studies conducted between 1995 and 1998 by 'several sociologists in the country had shown that seven out of 10 mixed marriages end in divorce'. 

He did not elaborate on the credentials of the so-called 'sociologists' and who assigned them to do the research and for what purpose ...

Yes, I too would like to know the credentials of these so-called 'sociologist' myself. He went on further saying ...

'... the failure of marriage is caused by cultural differences, religion and how a person is raised'.

Hogwash I say! And these remarks are coming from our Minister of Information, Communications and Culture! I am shocked, really I am. For a country that thrives on a multi-racial background and with mixed marriages being common today, we have a neanderthal from a bygone era coming up with silly statements like these.

Yes, I do find it silly cos my wife and me are of a different race altogether. Even my two best buddies are married to women from a different race. And I have lots of friends with spouses of a different race or backgrounds and we're all doing fine. Trust me, we didn't need to 'think a thousand times' about it.

Marriages fall apart not because of cultural differences or religion. If you love someone, then you could be from Neptune and it would not matter one bit. Marriages fall apart most of the time because of a failure to communicate, neglect, lack of understanding, growing apart, infidelity, dishonesty, lack of commitment and but most definitely not because of cultural differences or religion.

And people wonder why we're getting so much bad press around the world. With ministers like these, it's no surprise anymore ... siggghhh ...
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I Want To Smack Telekom Malaysia

Posted: 09 Mar 2010 02:23 AM PST

On February 1, Wuan and I went to TMpoint at Ampang Point to do several things. First was to cancel my phone account in Penang, second to disconnect Wuan's phone here, third to apply for a phone here under my name and get the OKU entitlement (waiver of monthly rental), cancel Wuan's Streamyx account and finally apply for a Streamyx 1.0Mbps OKU Package for RM66/month. The service counter was on the upper floor and Wuan had to go up by herself to do the necessary while I waited at the ground floor.

The counter staff told Wuan that we do not need to go through the hassles of cancelling and opening accounts. We could apply for the discount for Wuan's existing phone account by filling up some forms, submitting our ICs, my Kad Kenal Diri OKU and our marriage certificate. At the same time, we could apply for an upgrade to Wuan's Streamyx the same way. We did not have the last item with us, so the staff gave us an email address and fax number for us to send the marriage certificate to which we duly did when we got back home.

Nothing happened after a few days' wait. I spoke to three persons at Telekom Malaysia's call centre but they could not do anything. Wuan and I went to TMPoint again to enquire on February 11. I waited in the car as we could not find a parking space. The same staff who served Wuan previously attended to her again. He said he did not receive the marriage certificate and worst of all, he could not locate the forms that we submitted. So we started the application process all over again.

On March 3, I Twittered about the predicament of having to wait for so long and the Streamyx account still not upgraded. Pierce of blog.kuchingfest.com got @TMCorp to respond to my complaint. In fact Pierce had given me the email address of the CEO of TMNet earlier but I told him I did not want to escalate the issue so high up yet. Perhaps, I should have, to save myself from so much grief. I provided details to @TMCorp via direct message and someone called Wuan to check the next day. I had expected the matter to be resolved by yesterday looking at how long our applications were not attended to. Nothing happened.

After nearly 1 month from the second time we submitted the application and still did not get an upgrade, I got impatient and Twittered about it again today. Pierce picked up the matter and directed it to En. Rahimi Jalaluddin from Business Development at TM Consumer. En. Rahimi gave me his contacts via Facebook. I called to provide him with the details which he promised to look into and get back to me by tomorrow. Hopefully, it will be resolved soonest possible. Thanks Pierce. I owe you one. Pierce also put up an entry on this issue here. It is a pity that I need to go so high up to get attention to my complaint. What if it is someone else who do not know somebody who knows somebody high up at TM? How is he going to get his issue resolved.

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Jangan Mimpi Umno Kuasai Selangor- Azmin

Posted: 09 Mar 2010 02:51 AM PST

Ketua Kelab Penyokong-Penyokong Selangor, Mohamed Azmin Ali memberi amaran kepada jabatan-jabatan kerajaan khususnya anggota polis dan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) supaya tidak menjadi alat perkakas Umno dan Barisan Nasional bagi meruntuhkan kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat.

Beliau berkata, kudeta kerajaan seperti ini tidak berkeupayaan menundukkan kerajaan-kerajaan negeri Pakatan Rakyat kerana rakyat secara total menolak pemerintahan Umno-BN dalam pilihanraya lalu.

"Genap dua tahun berlakunya tsunami politik dalam negara kita, dua tahun lalu orang Melayu, Cina, India, Iban, Kadazan dan seluruh rakyat Malaysia dengan berani dan tegas bangun untuk menyatakan pendirian mereka dengan menolak Umno dan Barisan Nasional serta mengangkat suara rakyat sebagai kuasa baru termasuk di negeri Selangor ini," katanya ketika berucap pada program 'Syarahan Perdana 2 Tahun Pentadbiran Kerajaan Selangor' di Stadium Malawati Shah Alam malam tadi.

Ahli Parlimen Bukit Antarabangsa ini turut memberi jaminan Pakatan Rakyat merupakan pilihan rakyat di Selangor pada masa kini seterusnya akan datang.

"Saya percaya dengan rekod dua tahun Pakatan Rakyat di Selangor, dalam dua tahun yang akan datang kita akan menghadapi satu lagi pilihanraya bukan sahaja kita pertahankan kerusi-kerusi yang ada malah kita akan berjaya memerintah Selangor dengan majoriti sokongan yang lebih besar, kita juga akan meraih lebih banyak undi daripada rakyat Selangor."

Justeru, katanya, amanah yang diberikan rakyat kepada Pakatan Rakyat di Selangor akan diurus dengan sebaik-baiknya.

"Saya ingin memberi jaminan kepada Menteri Besar, kami akan memikul amanah ini, kami tak akan khianat amanah yang diberi rakyat kepada kami, kami akan mendukung pentadbiran Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim sebagai MB Selangor dan didukung seluruh kekuatan Exco Kerajaan Negeri Selangor.

"Namun kita jangan terlalu selesa kerana di luar sana ada mahkluk sejenis spisis yang rakus, ganas, zalim yang masih bercita-cita untuk merampas kerajaan dan serata rakyat di Selangor.

"Mereka mungkin berjaya di negeri Perak tetapi apakah mereka akan berjaya di negeri Selangor, Insya-Allah tidak," katanya sambil disambut laungan 'tidak' lebih 8,000 hadirin.

Beliau turut mengulas kejayaan Konvensyen Pakatan Rakyat Selangor 7 Mac lalu termasuk tindakan ganas polis menganggu majlis ceramah yang diadakan Pakatan Rakyat sempena ulang tahun kedua pentadbirannya.

"Konvensyen lalu membuktikan kekuatan yang ada di kalangan pemimpin KEADILAN, PAS, dan DAP, kita muafakat dengan berpegang kepada kerangka besar agenda perjuangan untuk menjaga kepentingan rakyat di negeri Selangor dan Alhamdulillah dengan kepimpinan yang telah ditunjukkan oleh Menteri Besar dan seluruh anggota Exco Selangor, kita telah berjaya menjana perubahan lebih besar apa yang telah dilakukan Umno selama 50 tahun lalu.

"Namun asakan masih lagi berlaku. Malam semalam (7 Mac), kita mengadakan sambutan dua tahun program yang sama peringkat Wilayah Persekutuan sebab Wilayah Persekutuan juga Pakatan Rakyat menang, 9 Parlimen daripada 10 Parlimen.

"Kalau Umno benar-benar ada maruah, sepatutnya Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan adalah di kalangan pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat. Tetapi mereka pilih orang yang tidak bertanding, tidak diangkat oleh rakyat.

"Tetapi sambutan kita malam tadi diserang kerana apa kerana Umno sudah tidak ada kekuatan untuk berdepan dengan rakyat. Umno tidak ada kekuatan untuk mendepani isu-isu rakyat. Umno sekadar menggunakan jentera kerajaan, tali SPRM, jabatan peguam negara dan mahkamah untuk menekan rakyat, tetapi percayalah rakyat negeri Selangor akan bangun mempertahankan hak rakyat dalam negeri Selangor. Hari ini mereka perintah esok belum tentu," katanya.

Sehubungan itu, beliau menyeru semua pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat mengamalkan nilai-nilai murni dan menjaga amanah yang dipertanggungjawabkan dengan baik. Sementara bagi mereka yang belot akan menerima akibatnya.

"Yang pergi biarlah mereka pergi. Yang penting Pakatan Rakyat khususnya KEADILAN ingin memberikan satu mesej yang cukup jelas kepada rakyat di negeri Selangor. Kita akan bertindak dengan tegas tidak kira dia Ahli Parlimen ataupun Ahli Dewan Negeri, kalau dia tidak memikul amanah rakyat, dia tidak menjaga amanah rakyat, kita akan nyahkan daripada parti KEADILAN.

"Dalam KEADILAN, dalam Pakatan Rakyat, tidak ada tempat bagi mana-mana pemimpin yang bertungkus-lumus dan bersungguh-sungguh untuk mendapatkan tender-tender dan projek-projek. Tidak ada tempat bagi pemimpin yang berlumba-lumba untuk mendapatkan kedudukan dan jawataan, dan di Selangor tidak ada tempat bagi pemimpin yang cuba merebut jawatan-jawatan dalam syarikat-syarikat dan anak-anak syarikat kerajaan negeri. Ini adalah hak rakyat dan bukan hak Ahli Parlimen dan Ahli Dewan Negeri untuk menentukan," terang ADUN Gombak ini lagi.

Beliau turut menegaskan pemimpin-pemimpin Umno-BN terdahulu yang bertanggungjawab menyeleweng khazanah di Selangor hendaklah diheret ke muka pengadilan supaya hak rakyat di negeri itu dapat dikembalikan. SK/TVS




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Bekas Ahli Parlimen BN Mengaku Bersalah Tipu Bank

Posted: 09 Mar 2010 02:53 AM PST

Bekas Anggota Parlimen Labuan Datuk Suhaili Abdul Rahman mengaku bersalah di Mahkamah Sesyen di sini Selasa terhadap tuduhan pindaan menipu sebuah bank bagi tujuan permohonan pinjaman perumahan.

Timbalan Pendakwa Raya Fariza Hamzah memberitahu Hakim Duncan Sikodol bahawa pertuduhan dipinda kepada Seksyen 109 (1) (m) (ii) Akta Kebankrapan 1967 yang membawa hukuman penjara tidak lebih dua tahun atau denda atau kedua-duanya.

Bagi satu lagi tuduhan, Hakim Sikodol melepaskan dan membebaskan Suhaili daripada tuduhan memberi maklumat palsu dalam satu akuan bersumpah pada 1995 selepas Fariza memaklumkan bahawa pihak pendakwaan tidak mempunyai bukti untuk dikemukakan kepada mahkamah.

Pada 14 April tahun lepas, Suhaili mengaku tidak bersalah membuat kenyataan palsu itu kepada Mohd Naser Mohd Noor, seorang Jaksa Pendamai, berhubung pendaftaran syarikatnya, Saraequity Sdn Bhd, pada 3 Ogos 1995.

Pada 13 April tahun lepas pula, Suhaili, 48, bekas Pengerusi Perbadanan Labuan sehingga 31 Mac tahun lepas, mengaku tidak bersalah kerana menipu dengan menggunakan kad pengenalan yang bukan miliknya untuk menjadi penjamin dalam permohonan pinjaman itu dan didakwa mengikut Seksyen 420 Kanun Keseksaan yang membawa hukuman penjara satu hingga 10 tahun dan rotan dan juga boleh dikenakan denda.

Suhaili, yang diwakili peguam Rakbir Singh, dituduh menipu pengurus bank Malayan Banking Berhad, Ismail Jantan, di cawangan Kota Kinabalu tanpa memaklumkan bank berkenaan bahawa beliau muflis pada 3 April 1996 dalam permohonan pinjaman perumahan syarikatnya, Saraequity Sdn Bhd, sebanyak RM110,000 dan kemudahan overdraf sebanyak RM50,000 untuk membeli satu unit apartmen di Api-Api Centre di sini.

Fariza memberitahu mahkamah bahawa Suhaili diisytihar muflis melalui perintah mahkamah pada 3 April 1993 dan dilepaskan daripada kebankrapan pada 9 Mei 1997, lebih setahun selepas permohonan pinjaman itu diluluskan oleh bank berkenaan.

Sikodol menetapkan esok untuk mendengar rayuan dan menjatuhkan hukuman.

Suhaili sepatutnya dibicarakan selama seminggu mulai hari ini tetapi pihak pendakwaan memohon untuk mengemukakan pindaan terhadap pertuduhan itu yang membawa hukuman yang lebih ringan. -Bernama


When life gives me lemon...

Posted: 09 Mar 2010 02:25 AM PST

I shall make lemonade (: lots and lots of lemonades...

Even if there isn't enough sugar to make it sweet enough, I'd drink it nevertheless. I remember a certain someone told me that it helps reduce body odour at least. lol. And burns fat! I doubt that second statement but whatever. That's not the point.

I haven't told my parents about the confirmation news just yet. I know they are anxious and worried at the same time. I haven't spoken to them at all about it since the first time I mentioned vaguely that I may have been identified to go. Abah just said, "It's unstable. Think about this carefully..." 

But an unstable person going to an unstable country... I don't think there's anything to lose. For both. Right? It's not like I'll be missed or anything like that. Sure. One or two. That's about it. And oh, I'm the only female in the whole team thus far, I think. I loike... the attention. Ngeh ngeh ngeh.

Wanna help me squeeze the lemons?


N-Dubz ft. Mr Hudson – Playing With Fire

Posted: 09 Mar 2010 01:43 AM PST

lyrics below.

I don't slip or trip when she asks me where I've been (Where you been?)
One big smile on my face d-d-darling it's just you and me (you and me)
Now I'm on some Alfie behaviour, I'll call you back later
Too many fish in the sea for me
But when the lights come on and what's her name is gone
I realise where I'm supposed to be

I tried to believe every word of your sweet story
But intuition keeps telling me
Your making a fool outta me

'Cos I'm such a good liar
Just admit it
I never did it
Yes you did
No I didn't

I'm playing with fire
Just admit it
I never did it
I know you did it
No I didn't (yes you did)

'Cos I'm such a good liar
(Mr Hudson Ad-Lib)
I can't help myself I keep playing with fire
(Mr Hudson Ad-Lib)
(Tulisa Ad-Lib)
Such a good liar

Thoughts running wild through the night as I watch you sleep (She's getting closer)
I can't help but check his texts while he's passed out next to me (It's only a matter of time)
I'm on some CSI behaviour, Who's gonna save ya?
You'll be the fool when the truth comes out
But when those lights come on and what's her face is gone we're straight back to the same routine

I tried to believe every word of your sweet story
But intuition keeps telling me
Your making a fool outta me

'Cos I'm such a good liar
Just admit it
I never did it
Yes you did
No I didn't

I'm playing with fire
Just admit it
I never did it
I know you did it
No I didn't (yes you did)

'Cos I'm such a good liar
(Mr Hudson Ad-Lib)
I can't help myself I keep playing with fire
(Mr Hudson Ad-Lib)
(Tulisa Ad-Lib)
Such a good liar

Living life in disguise
Can't keep up with these lies
She do anything to try and catch me out
But I never leave no signs
In my heart we were meant to be
Guys like me we be like 2 or 3
Trust
I can't help myself I love girls (what)
I get a kick out of playin' with fire
I get a kick out of playin' with fire
Playing with fire
Playing with fire
She ain't going no where, you know why?

'Cos I'm such a good liar
Just admit it
I never did it
Yes you did it
No I didn't

I'm playing with fire
Just admit it
I never did it
I know you did it
No I didn't (yes you did)

'Cos I'm such a good liar
Just admit it
I never did it
Yes you did it
No I didn't

I'm playing with fire
Just admit it
I never did it
I know you did it
No I didn't (yes you did)

(Ad-libs to fade)

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83% Responden Kata Tidak Wajar PAS Terima Kemasukan Zulkifli Noordin

Posted: 09 Mar 2010 01:23 AM PST

Undian SMS Edisi 7 menyatakan 83% responden berpendapat tidak wajar PAS menerima kemasukan Ahli Parlimen Kulim-Bandar Baru, Zulkifli Noordin dan cuma 17% menyatakan disebaliknya.

Zulkifli boleh mengemukakan permohonan untuk kembali kepada PAS, tetapi terpulang kepada parti itu sama ada mahu menerimanya atau tidak, kata Ketua Dewan Pemuda PAS pusat, Nasrudin Hasan.

Pada asasnya, kata beliau, sesiapa sahaja boleh memohon untuk menyertai PAS, tetapi keputusan muktamad adalah di tangan pucuk pimpinan parti.

Menurutnya, ini selaras dengan dasar keterbukaan yang diamalkan oleh parti Islam itu.


Nasrudin menegaskan demikian ketika diminta mengulas kenyataan beberapa pemimpin kanan PAS yang tidak bersetuju parti itu menerima semula Zulkifli.

Pemimpin berkenaan termasuklah tiga naib presiden PAS - Datuk Mahfuz Omar, Salahuddin Ayub dan Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Mat.

Soal setiakawan dalam Pakatan Rakyat menjadi alasan utama penolakan mereka itu.

Turut menentang kemasukan semula Zulkifli dalam PAS ialah dua ahli jawatankuasa pusatnya - Mohamed Hanipa Maidin dan Dr Hatta Ramli.


Sebelum ini, dalam temubualnya dengan Malaysiakini, setiausaha agung PAS, Datuk Mustafa Ali juga tidak bersetuju jika parti itu menerima semula Zulkifli.

Semalam dilaporkan Zulkifli - yang dipecat dari PKR hujung minggu lalu - mahu mengkaji dengan serius kemungkinan untuk kembali semula ke pangkuan parti itu.

PKR membuat keputusan untuk memecat Zulkifli ekoran tindakannya membuat laporan polis ke atas yang dipertua PAS Shah Alam, Khalid Samad dan kenyataannya dalam sebuah wawancara di TV3 sebelum ini, antaranya berbentuk serangan terhadap dasar dan pendirian parti serta kemampuan Pakatan Rakyat.

Beliau diminta mengosongkan kerusi parlimen Kulim-Bandar Baharu yang dimenanginya pada pilihan raya umum 2008.

Mengulas lanjut, Nasrudin berkata keputusan untuk menerima sebarang permohonan keahlian bergantung kepada latarbelakang, rekod prestasi, kesan positif dan negatif terhadap parti.

"Selepas itu, barulah keputusan dibuat sama ada untuk menerima atau menolak permohonan berkenaan," katanya.

Ditanya mengenai kemungkinan Zulkifli menyertai Umno ekoran tindak-tanduknya yang didakwa senada dengan parti itu, Nasrudin berkata:

"Pada pandangan saya, Zulkilfli lebih baik menjadi wakil rakyat bebas. Dalam masa 'edah' ini, beliau boleh muhasabah diri dan membuat penelitian semula tentang sikap politik beliau.

"Tidak mustahil Zulkilfli akan kembali. Ada masanya kesilapan yang dilakukan boleh diperbetulkan dan mereka (pucuk pimpinan) boleh menerima kesilapan," katanya.

Sementara itu, Salahudin Ayub ketika dihubungi Malaysiakini pula berkata "tidak mungkin" PAS akan menerima kembali Zulkilfli ke dalam PAS.

"PAS tahu siapa Zulkilfli Nordin yang sebenarnya," tegasnya sambil menambah Zulkilfli digugurkan sebagai ahli kerana memilih PKR sebagai wadah politiknya.

Salahudin berkata sebelum ini Zulkilfli pernah memegang jawatan sebagai yang dipertua kawasan Bandar Tun Razak.

Menurut Salahudin, beliau berpendirian demikian kerana menghormati semangat setiakawan yang terjalin bersama PKR dalam Pakatan Rakyat.

Sementara itu, ahli majlis syura Ulama PAS, Ahmad Awang menasihatkan pucuk pimpinan parti agar "tidak melayan" permohonan Zulkifli.

Ahmad mendakwa Zulkifli "banyak menimbulkan masalah" termasuk melanggar keputusan parti (PAS) yang melarang beliau bertanding dalam pilihan raya pada tahun 2004.

"Saya rasa hampir semua pimpinan PAS tidak boleh menerimanya.... Saya rasa beliau (Zulkifli) sendiri pun tidak tergamak untuk memohon," katanya.

Ditanya sama ada Zulkifli layak untuk menyertai Umno, Ahmad berkata perkara itu terpulanglah kepada Umno.




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