Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Apco good at propping up - even 'murderers'?! The Najib-Altantuya factor?

Apco good at propping up - even 'murderers'?! The Najib-Altantuya factor?


Apco good at propping up - even 'murderers'?! The Najib-Altantuya factor?

Posted: 13 Apr 2010 09:27 AM PDT

I think Anil is one of the first bloggers, if not the first, to expose the Apco-Najib link. His posting here: 
Whose "reputation" needs managing?

Recently, we have Nathaniel Tan of jelas.info that wrote "APCO = the new Altantuya 2: Who does APCO work for?"

Yesterday, at Parliament, Nazri, in response to to the opposition's call for the government to terminate contracts with Apco as they were also engaged by countries ruled by "dictators", said: "Dictators with money will only use the best," he explained, adding that the same applied to the services of veteran opposition strongman Karpal Singh, a lawyer who had represented murderers and drug traffickers. "If you are using Karpal's legal service, it does not mean that you are also a murderer. It just means he is a good lawyer. Similarly we use Apco because it is good. So what is wrong with using Apco?"


Zaid Diangkat Calon PR Dihadapan 10,000 Penyokong

Posted: 13 Apr 2010 08:50 AM PDT

Pakatan Rakyat mengetengahkan bekas Menteri Undang-Undang dan dermawan terkemuka, Zaid Ibrahim dalam pilihanraya kecil Hulu Selangor menentang gergasi BN.

Ketua Umum Parti Keadilan Rakyat Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim mengumumkan perkara itu di hadapan 10,000 penyokong Pakatan Rakyat di Serendah, Hulu Selangor sebentar tadi.

Pengumuman ini dibuat dua hari lebih awal dari BN, yang masih buntu mencari calon terbaik menghadapi Zaid Ibrahim.

Zaid adalah peguam yang pernah suatu ketika menguruskan firma undang-undang terbesar di negaa ini sebelum berkhidmat sebagai Ahli Parlimen Kota Bharu.

Pada 2008, beliau meletak jawatan sebagai Menteri Undang-Undang dari Kabinet Abdullah Ahmad Badawi sebagai tanda bantahan kepada penahanan Exco Selangor Teresa Kok, wartawan Cina dan seorang blogger. -TVS

Ulasan GB

GB sebelum ini telah memetik satu tulisan yang disiarkan di dalam laman freemalaysiatoday bertajuk, Dia Calon Terbaik PR Untuk PRK Hulu Selangor.

Tahniah Datuk Zaid, semuga Datuk berjaya dan ayuh bekerja kita semua untuk kemenangan Pakatan Rakyat.




Hunt on for Raub MP in Hulu S'gor. Kuala Kubu Bharu new village on target

Posted: 13 Apr 2010 08:36 AM PDT

Bukit Koman villagers want answers from Ng Yen Yen who has 'adopted' the Kuala Kubu Bharu new village as her base during the run-up to the by-election on April 25, on the use of cyanide in gold-mining operations near their village in Raub.
 
The Kuala Kubu Bharu new village will be the target of the Bukit Koman anti-cyanide committee.


SAY NO TO RACISM!

Posted: 13 Apr 2010 08:37 AM PDT


Khoo Kay Peng speaks out..

Can Najib Walk his Talk?
So far, the judgment is NO.

Again the saying pertaining to this,

Your actions is so loud (not walking your talk) that
I cannot hear what you are saying (all your speeches are for nothing)

NEM, NEP, Perkasa & Malay First, Malaysian Second:
Time is Running Out for PM Najib

PM Najib is forced to go back to the Barisan old
script when he was asked to react on his deputy statement that he was "Malay
1st, Malaysian 2nd".

Najib defended his deputy, "Being a Malay doesn't
mean that you are against 1Malaysia or you don't think like a Malaysian."
"Similarly, if you are a Malaysian Chinese, it doesn't mean that you don't
think like a Malaysian or subscribe to the concept of 1Malaysia," he said.

Najib's knee-jerk reaction on Muhyiddin's statement
unmasks his own understanding about nation building and the 1Malaysia
concept.

The lack of national affinity and shared destiny is
the main obstacle for 1Malaysia. It is sad to note that the 1Malaysia
founder himself does not share the vision of nationhood and citizenship. If
Najib does not trust his own nation building agenda, he should not have
misused the name, Malaysia.

1Malaysia is not consistent with Ethnicity 1st,
Nationality 2nd.

We cannot blame Muhyiddin for his lack of national
identity because nation building was not featured in the Barisan rule over
the last 5 decades. Barisan is an antithesis to 1Malaysia and nation
building. The most important element in a nation building project is to
outlaw racial discrimination. Barisan is the epitome of racism and racially
based politics.

Najib cannot remain coy and silent on the demands,
attacks and allegations made against the Chinese community, in particularly,
by Perkasa.

Interestingly, a politician such as Ibrahim Ali
needed racism to resurrect his career. Of course he is enjoying the media
limelight at the moment. At the Aljazeera interview, he lambasted "If these
people say that they are second-class citizens, don't talk s**t! Don't talk
s**t! I repeat three times, don't talk s**t!"

"We, the Malays have forgiven them a lot, we have
sacrificed a lot of our interests," he added.

I would like Ibrahim to clarify what interests?

It appears that Muhyiddin is now clamouring to ride
on Perkasa's wave by declaring that he is "Malay 1st" and "Malaysian 2nd".

Regardless of the publicity stunt and damage
control, Najib knows that his defence of Muhyiddin and his statement is
going to tear his concept to pieces.

His administration is dragging its feet on the NEM
details and mechanism. It makes us wonder if there is any meat at all in
NEM.

Time is running out for him. Another talk but no
walk is going to put him on the same pedestal as Abdullah Badawi.

Najib should state his stand on Perkasa and Ibrahim
Ali's disrespect for non-Malay citizens. They (Najib, Muhyiddin and Ibrahim)
should remember that their salaries and perks are paid by Malaysians of all
races. Not by the Malays only.

Posted by Khoo Kay Peng at 2:34 PM 0 comments


Shela Majid - a truly Malaysian

Posted: 13 Apr 2010 08:30 AM PDT


From: "mm"
Subject: Shela Majid a real malaysian. Ibrahim ali ?

Those born after 1968 wouldn't have a clue what racial harmony is like eg
looking forward to visit your Malay friends during Hari Raya or your Indian
friends to eat their new year cakes! Racial politics have created a
intolerant society today. Sheila has accurately expressed her experienced
prior to 1968 before dirty politics spoils it all.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Subject: SHEILA MAJID

"Do not insult our intelligence"
ONE of Malaysia's most beloved singers, Datuk Sheila Majid has been wowing
fans with her jazzy and R&B-flavoured brand of contemporary pop since the
1980s. From the release of her debut album Dimensi Baru in 1988 to the
bestselling Legenda in honour of the late Tan Sri P Ramlee, she has
continued to break records through the years.

She was the first Malaysian artiste to have success in Japan, and perform a
sold-out concert at the Royal Theatre in London's West End in 1996. She was
also the first local artiste to perform at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas.
She tells The Nut Graph about her childhood, and her thoughts about Malaysia
past and present, in this interview in February 2010.
TNG: When and where were you born?

Sheila Majid: I was born in Kuala Lumpur, 45 years ago. I'm a born and bred
KL city girl. I remember less traffic jams back then, and life being much
[safer]. I could wake up in the morning, go out cycling and meet friends, go
to the bookstores and read comics.
What are some of the childhood memories you hold dear?
My childhood was a lot of fun. My father worked in the forestry department,
with the government. So we lived in a government house behind Bank Negara,
near Swettenham Road. There was a lot of space to play for us eight
siblings. Thank God we were in the hutan - we found many things to do.
I was the youngest, so had my fair share of being bullied! But it was a
house full of laughter. We didn't have to buy stuff. Nowadays kids want
Toys"R"Us, but I remember my mother would come with this huge grocery box,
and as soon as the things were taken out, we would tear that box apart. We'd
sit on it and slide down the hill. I really miss those days. Somehow I feel
my children don't get to do that.

We were also in an area where there were many JKR (Public Works Department)
people, so we played with the neighbourhood kids a lot, most of them Indian
[Malaysians].

Sheila with her sisterWhen I was young and in school, we never
looked at other races as different. We felt that we were the same. Perhaps
we had different colours, but we grew up with the same values: to do good,
to be good to others.

Can you trace your ancestry? Where are your grandparents or ancestors from?
My father was Javanese, and my mother has always been from Kuala Lumpur. My
mother's great-great grandfather was actually a friend of Yap Ah Loy's. His
name was Sutan Puasa, and is from the Mandailing clan, who are originally
from Sumatera. The Mandailing are still around today; most of them are in
Kajang. Sutan Puasa was the first of their settlers in KL, and most of the
land was owned by him at the time. Later, he was involved in a clash with
the Bugis. But the Mandailing lost because the British were behind the
Bugis, and so they lost KL to Selangor.

The history books never highlighted this because, well, they obviously write
more about the Bugis family. I know why Bukit Nenas is named as such, for
example. At the time the Mandailing wanted to keep the Bugis out, so they
built many pineapple trees as a foil against the enemies.
If my family meets any others from the Mandailing clan today, we say
"Horas!", which is like "Aloha" in the dialect, though we don't know or
speak it anymore lah.

On my father's side, my great-grandfather was Javanese, who travelled to
Mecca from Indonesia. They lived in Mecca for 10 years and were very
religious. On his way back, my great-grandfather's ship was shipwrecked, and
he ended up on the shores of Peninsular Malaysia. He set up home here, and
changed his Javanese name to Haji Salleh. Then there was my grandfather Haji
Shahid, and later my father Haji Majid.

My father actually has a family tree that goes right up to the Majapahit
warriors. My father's lineage comes from Raden Hussein, who is the brother
of Raden Hasan, the first Muslim sultan of Demak in Indonesia. Both were the
sons of Probowo Wijoyo the Fifth of Majapahit, who was Hindu.

Did that rich ancestry feature in or influence your upbringing?
Well, my father studied in Oxford University, England, so he is very English
oriented. When we grew up he emphasised education, being an academic person.
Therefore when I wanted to become a singer, he freaked. My parents
encouraged us to listen to all kinds of music and sent me for classical
piano lessons, but he never thought I was going to be a singer. He thought
it was fine as a hobby, but not as a career.

I'm glad to say, however, that before he passed away in 1996, he saw that I
could make a living out of this, and that I was not in it for the wrong
reasons. I love singing, I'm passionate about music, and am very much into
my art. So I think when he passed away, he was quite assured that I'd be
okay.

Our parents were very religious, and we had our spiritual foundation, but
they also brought us up in a very open-minded kind of way. When we were
young, we could wear shorts and things like that, they never asked us to
cover up. It was a very balanced upbringing.

How do these stories affect you when it comes to your identity as a
Malaysian? Especially in the current landscape of controversial racial and
religious issues?

It's all petty. None of us originated from here! I'm sure your ancestors
came from China and they were probably merchants who came here. Same with
the Indian [Malaysians]. Everybody was travelling the world to conduct
business, and they decided to stay put in a certain area.

I think all the issues today are very petty because 30 years ago, we were
doing very good together. Why is it all coming up today? It is all
political. I'd say leave the people alone. If you want to play your
politics, don't get us involved. We were fine and well before, and we lived
together in harmony. It's all about power and money. I think so many have
forgotten the fundamentals of life - being nice to each other.

The Malaysia then was more open and tolerant. From a musician's perspective,
for example, you have concerts and foreign artists coming in today, but
people want to make a fuss over little things. We have a TV in our living
room, and at the touch of a button our children can already see all those
skimpy clothes if they want to. We are making an issue over little things,
when there are other more important issues to be addressed.

Come on, do not insult our intelligence. Do you think they will go to a
concert and suddenly want to be exactly like that? I may want to have a body
like Beyonce (laughs), but, come on, I'm not going to be like her. I go and
watch, learn and take what's positive, and will not do whatever I feel is
against my religion or culture. My parents brought us up in an environment
which was very open-minded, and we could discuss a lot of things, and yet
they made sure we had our religious values, too. We grew up okay!
And not less Malay.

I was brought up and exposed to Western culture, but it does not make me
less Malay. I speak English because my father was an academic man, and he
wanted us to speak the language well. Today I can converse in both Malay and
English.

Why was the generation before more confident than the generation today? What
happened along the way? For my children, we speak Malay and English at home,
but I also send them to Chinese school. My eldest is 19 and speaks Mandarin,
English and Malay. They will all know Mandarin. I think it's an asset, and I
think China is going to be a big economic powerhouse.

And say what you want, but English is an international language today. Malay
[Malaysians] are beginning to have an inferiority complex because they
cannot converse in English fluently. We are talking about, "Oh you must make
sure you are Malay, and know your language." Well, of course we will know
the Malay language, it is our mother tongue! At the end of the day, we are
just going to be katak bawah tempurung and jaguh kampung lah.

What are your hopes for Malaysia? What gives you hope?
Keep politics out of our music, keep it out of sports. When everyone wants
to put their two cents' worth when they don't even know the subject, it is
worrying.

Let us put it this way: there are two houses. One has a beautiful exterior,
but the other is sturdy. If you ask a lay[person], of course he [or she]
would pick the beautiful one; but ask an architect, and he [or she] would
tell you that it does not have the right foundation or structure. Today
people with no expertise whatsoever are giving opinions in whatever fields
they like. Leave it to the experts!

I am not saying everything is negative in this country, but compared to 30
years ago, people's priorities are so different. Today people are more into
self gain, rather than what is good for the community, society and country.
But my children give me hope. They are global in their outlook.

I always say you must not forget your roots, however modern you are.
Hopefully they will grow up to be people who are compassionate and caring. I
think it is important for it to start with parents and the schools, to bring
all of this back. To not look at each other as Indian, Chinese or Malay. We
are Malaysians, kan?


Perhimpunan Halal

Posted: 13 Apr 2010 07:16 AM PDT

Perhimpunan Halal
Oleh Puspawati Rosman

Pada 31 Mac 2010 yang lalu, hampir 200 orang peguam telah berhimpun di hadapan Ibu Pejabat Polis Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur.

Perhimpunan itu bertujuan untuk membantah salahlaku beberapa orang polis terhadap seorang peguam, saudara Amer Hamzah bin Arshad (gambar kanan). Pada hari kejadian, polis-polis tersebut, yang berpakaian biasa telah menggunakan kekerasan menghalang saudara Amer daripada menjalankan tugasnya untuk bertindak bagi pihak anak guamnya ketika saudara Amer dan anak guamnya hendak membayar wang ikat jamin di kaunter bayaran di Mahkamah.

Saudara Amer menuntut polis-polis tersebut mengeluarkan kad kuasa mereka sebagai bukti bahawa mereka ialah anggota polis. Malangnya beliau tidak diendahkan dan telah ditarik dan ditolak oleh polis, dikawal dan dihalang daripada keluar daripada Mahkamah sehingga anak guamnya dibawa entah ke mana oleh polis. Kemudian, barulah beliau diberitahu oleh polis bahawa anak guamnya akan ditahan untuk siasatan. Di dalam kes ini, anak guamnya ditahan tanpa bicara kerana polis belum atau tidak mempunyai bukti yang cukup untuk mendakwanya di Mahkamah.

Para peguam yang mendapat tahu tentang kejadian tersebut berasa sungguh marah kerana ternyata pihak polis telah menyalahlaku terhadap saudara Amer yang sedang menjalankan tugas. Selain daripada itu, isu tahan tanpa bicara juga membangkitkan kemarahan kerana Majlis Peguam telahpun mengeluarkan resolusi membantah mana-mana tindakan menahan tanpa bicara di Mahkamah, kerana ia adalah bercanggah dengan hak asasi manusia. Maka sekumpulan peguam telah mengambil inisiatif mendraf dan menyerahkan memorandum dan berhimpun di Bukit Aman sebagai tanda protes.

"Peguam tak patut turun ke jalan raya"

Beberapa hari selepas perhimpunan tersebut, telah keluar beberapa suara yang kurang senang daripada segelintir orang tentang peranan yang sepatutnya dan tidak sepatutnya dimainkan oleh peguam di dalam isu-isu sebegini.

Kata mereka, peguam tidak patut turun ke jalan raya dan memegang kain rentang. Peguam hanya perlu menegakkan undang-undang di dalam Mahkamah sahaja. Kami hanya perlu bantu orang ramai dengan mendapatkan keadilan untuk mereka melalui saluran undang-undang yang sedia ada. Ini adalah kerana, menurut mereka, aksi berhimpun itu sendiri adalah salah di sisi undang-undang.

Persoalannya, bagaimana pula jika undang-undang itu sendiri adalah menindas dan melanggar hak asasi manusia?

Sepanjang saya beramal sebagai peguam, seingat saya kejadian pada 31 Mac itu bukanlah pertama kali para peguam turun ke jalan untuk memprotes ketidakadilan, di dalam kapasiti mereka sebagai peguam. Pada tahun 2006, kira-kira 50 orang peguam telah berkumpul di hadapan Ibu Pejabat Polis Bukit Aman membantah salah laku polis terhadap seorang peguam iaitu saudara Charles Hector. Pada ketika itu saya masih lagi seorang pelatih dalam kamar.

Kemudian, pada 26 September 2007, kira-kira 2000 peguam telah berarak dari Mahkamah Putrajaya ke Pejabat Perdana Menteri untuk menyerahkan memorandum membantah penyelewengan di dalam sistem kehakiman.

Pada 9 Disember 2007, empat orang peguam telah ditangkap, dimasukkan ke dalam lokap dan didakwa di Mahkamah Jenayah apabila mereka menyertai perarakan Hak Asasi Manusia dengan memegang kain rentang "Lawyers for Freedom of Assembly" sebagai tanda menyokong hak untuk berhimpun secara aman.

Pada 8 Mei 2009, kira-kira 200 peguam berhimpun di dalam Mahkamah Jalan Duta dan Balai Polis Brickfields untuk membantah penangkapan lima orang peguam daripada Pusat Bantuan Guaman Kuala Lumpur yang sedang menjalankan tugas.

Salut saya kepada peguam-peguam yang menyertai perhimpunan-perhimpunan di atas, kerana mereka benar-benar faham tentang apa itu hak berhimpun.

Di negara ini, kebanyakan tangkapan yang dibuat oleh pihak polis ketika perhimpunan atas alasan perhimpunan tersebut adalah perhimpunan haram dan tidak mendapat kebenaran daripada pihak polis.

Perhimpunan yang halal?

Persoalan seterusnya- wujudkah perhimpunan yang halal di negara ini?

Artikel 10 Perlembagaan Persekutuan memperuntukkan bahawa sesuatu perhimpunan adalah dibenarkan, selagi ianya adalah aman dan tidak bersenjata. Walau bagaimanapun, hak untuk berhimpun ini telah dikekang oleh Akta Polis 1967 dan Kanun Keseksaan. Di bawah Akta Polis, sekumpulan individu yang lebih daripada tiga orang harus meminta kebenaran atau permit daripada polis di daerah mana perhimpunan hendak diadakan. Akan tetapi, kebenaran itu tidak menjamin perhimpunan itu boleh dijalankan, kerana polis boleh membatalkan permit pada bila-bila masa sahaja walaupun kebenaran telah diberikan pada awalnya.

Secara peribadi, saya tidak menyokong dan membantah kaedah meminta kebenaran atau permit daripada polis ini. Kenapa?

Kerana Perlembagaan Persekutuan adalah undang-undang utama negara ini. Sepatutnya, sekiranya terdapat mana-mana undang-undang lain yang bertentangan dengan Perlembagaan Persekutuan, undang-undang itu adalah tidak sah atau terbatal. Akan tetapi nampaknya, di dalam banyak perkara, akta-akta seperti Akta Polis ini mengatasi segalanya. Padahal, Perlembagaan Persekutuan telah menjamin kebebasan asasi seperti hak berhimpun secara aman.

Artikel 20 Deklarasi Hak Asasi Manusia Sejagat (yang telah dibentangkan buat pertama kali di Palais de Chaillot di Paris pada tahun 1948) adalah antara peruntukan terawal yang memberikan semua orang kebebasan untuk berhimpun dan berpersatuan secara aman. Artikel ini telah diadaptasi oleh banyak negara di dunia, termasuklah negara kita yang mengaplikasikannya di dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Kebanyakan negara-negara tersebut benar-benar menjamin hak tersebut dan membenarkan perhimpunan secara aman, walaupun tanpa permit.

Maka persoalan saya yang seterusnya- perlukah kita meminta kebenaran untuk mengamalkan hak asasi kita sendiri?

Saya tidak menafikan bahawa memang wujud undang-undang yang menghalang perhimpunan tanpa permit. Saya juga tidak menafikan bahawa di dalam negara ini, perhimpunan lebih daripada tiga orang tanpa permit boleh dianggap sebagai satu perhimpunan haram mengikut undang-undang. Saya juga tidak menafikan bahawa sekiranya anda dan 38 orang kawan-kawan lain berada di dalam sebuah bilik hotel, anda adalah berkhalwat (maaf, saya sedang cuba menjadi kelakar).

Tetapi, hanya kerana saya seorang peguam atau pengamal undang-undang, patutkah saya berpaling kepada anda semua sambil berkata "perhimpunan yang lebih daripada tiga orang tanpa permit adalah salah di sisi undang-undang. Anda boleh didakwa di Mahkamah. Sila jangan lakukan." ?

Jawapannya, sudah tentu tidak. Saya juga percaya bahawa ramai rakan-rakan peguam saya yang lain yang juga percaya kepada hak asasi manusia, akan memberikan jawapan yang sama. Oleh yang demikian, kami akan berterusan memberikan pendidikan dan kesedaran undang-undang dan hak asasi kepada seberapa ramai orang yang boleh. Kami percaya kepada kebebasan dan hak asasi, dan kami juga percaya bahawa undang-undang yang menindas dan melanggar hak asasi manusia patut dimansuhkan.

Disebabkan itu, saya percaya bahawa adakalanya para peguam perlu mendekatkan diri dengan orang ramai, bukan sahaja dengan mewakili mereka di dalam Mahkamah, tetapi juga dengan berjuang bersama-sama mereka, berdiri sebelah-menyebelah atas nama perjuangan hak asasi manusia.

Maka saya juga percaya bahawa adakalanya, peguam juga perlu turun ke jalan raya.

*Puspawati Rosman ialah seorang peguam, ahli jawatankuasa Pusat Bantuan Guaman Selangor dan ahli Lawyers for Liberty (Peguam untuk Kebebasan). -MR


Ringgit may breach 3 per USD soon

Posted: 13 Apr 2010 07:07 AM PDT

Read these good news_

By Lee Wei Lian

KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 — The ringgit which has appreciated nearly 7 per cent this year against the US dollar looks poised to breach the 3 per US dollar mark by the second half of this year.

RAM Holdings Bhd group chief economist Dr Yeah Kim Leng says that a strengthening ringgit over time is a healthy trend.

He added that Malaysia can accommodate a further strengthening thanks to its robust current account surplus which stands at about 17 per cent of GDP and an expected upward adjustment of the Chinese renminbi.

"If the renminbi strengthens then the ringgit will likely breach the 3 per US dollar mark by the second half of the year," Yeah told The Malaysian Insider.

Read all here in The Malaysian Insider, Ringgit may breach 3 per USD, says economist

By Lee Wei Lian

KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 — When avid marathon runner June Koay recently allowed herself to order specialty running shoes, socks and sports gels from a US based website, it was thanks to the strengthening ringgit.

The ringgit, which has appreciated about 7 per cent against the US dollar so far this year has been immediately felt by those who shop online but is expected to make imported goods cheaper in the long run boosting the purchasing power of Malaysians and creating a "wealth effect".

Read all here_ Ringgit strength cheers Malaysian shoppers



Malaysian Insider ; a quarter of Germany’s Catholics were considering quitting the Church in the wake of reports of hundreds of old cases of sexual abuse by clerics

Posted: 13 Apr 2010 06:57 AM PDT

Source: Pope's German birthplace sprayed with graffiti

The house in which Pope Benedict was born was spray-painted by a vandal. - Reuters pic

BERLIN, April 13 — A vandal spray-painted an abusive message overnight on the house in southern Germany in which Pope Benedict was born, police said today.

A police spokesman said the graffiti was a text sprayed in blue on the front door of the house in Marktl am Inn, in the predominantly Catholic state of Bavaria.

Police spokesman Konrad Rutzinger said the message seemed to be linked to the abuse scandals that have engulfed the Catholic Church, but declined to give details on its content.

It had been painted over since being noticed early in the day, local police said in a statement.

A survey published on Monday found that a quarter of Germany's Catholics were considering quitting the Church in the wake of reports of hundreds of cases, some many decades old, of sexual abuse by clerics.

Last week, clerics in Germany used Easter sermons to pray for the victims as public sentiment against the Church turned decidedly negative. — Reuters

 



MP Pasir Salak - Pemfitnah Yang Pengecut

Posted: 13 Apr 2010 06:25 AM PDT

Ahli Parlimen Pasir Salak, Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman tidak akan melayan cabaran dua wakil rakyat pembangkang supaya beliau mengulangi kenyataannya 7 April lalu pada persidangan Dewan Rakyat bahawa ada antara pemimpin Pulau Pinang kerap ke Singapura dan Hong Kong dan menjual rahsia negara di sana.

Beliau berkata semua pihak telah maklum sikap pembangkang yang suka mendedahkan dan memburukkan kerajaan khususnya ketika sesi persidangan Dewan Rakyat.

"Saya tidak kisah cabaran tu, apa yang nak dikisahkan tapi pokoknya dia (pembangkang) tahu apa yang kita cakap," katanya kepada pemberita di lobi Parlimen di sini hari ini.

Terdahulu, Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng yang juga Ahli Parlimen Bagan daripada DAP dan Ahli Parlimen Bukit Gantang, Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin daripada Pas, dalam sidang akhbar masing-masing, mencabar Tajuddin supaya mengulangi kenyataan yang dibuatnya itu di luar dewan bagi membolehkan mereka mengambil tindakan.

Lim menjelaskan bahawa tujuannya ke Singapura dan Hong Kong adalah untuk mencari pelaburan bagi Pulau Pinang manakala Mohamad Nizar mendakwa beliau menjadi mangsa fitnah oleh Tajuddin.

"Saya mencabar beliau membuktikan bahawa saya jual tanah di Perak kepada Cina dan pelabur Singapura," katanya. - Bernama

Ulasan GB

Cakap di Dewan Rakyat komain berdegar-degar, buat tuduhan itu dan ini, bila dicabar ulangi tuduhan di luar Parlimen, tiba-tiba si pemfitnah ini pengecut rupa-rupanya.

Sepatutnya diusul sahaja Tajudddin dihadapkan ke JK Disiplin dan Kebebasan Parlimen. Biar dia tahu langit tinggi rendah.


Stephen Tong's Evangelistic Rally In Sibu (唐崇栄萬人佈道會) - Part 5

Posted: 13 Apr 2010 05:23 AM PDT

The theme of the evangelistic rally is "Power of Belief". Towards organising this God-driven rally at Sibu Town Square, the Working Committee calls on all brothers and sisters to partake of this ministry in one way or another.

You can help out to make the evangelistic rally an accomplishment to the glory of our God! If you are Mandarin-illiterate, then just join us in daily prayer.

A congregation of 10,000 per night is achievable so long as we are all committed to the ministry in the name of our God!


Learning Myanmar on YouTube

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in reply to: forsakentoyou Hi, I'm from Chile!
Thank you for your video!
Please, i need ypur help:
Why ther are so many characters that are pronounced the same way as many others!?!?
It's very hard! hehehehe
Thank you! 8 months ago
  • boedawgyi (uploader) same sound but can be different in meaning for writing system 8 months ago
  • in reply to: katyaye1981 is heard for me to say the words 9 months ago
  • boedawgyi (uploader) I taught Burmese to my us born cousin and he picked pretty quick. may be you have lost your mother tongue. :) 9 months ago
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  • dolish34 Damn! it sounds like tibetan language! 4 months ago
  • Ganeschar Similar to tibetan alphabet:
    ka ka gha nga
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    ta tha dha na
    pa pha bha ma
    tsa tsah za wha
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  • javierchile88 Hola, soy chileno tambien! Anyway, I'm wondering the same. Do different consonants sound alike but are written different depending on the vowel? or tone? 8 months ago
  • TerakuOimikado tibetan and burmese alphabets sound so similar.burmese alphabets are arranged in six rows of 5 alphabets and a seventh row of 3 alphabets i see.tibetan alphabets are arranged in seven rows of 4 alphabets and an eighth row of 2 alphabets.
    i have a feeling the burmese script was also derived from INDIC script.the indic script is also arranged in rows of 5 alphabets but i think indic has most alphabets out of the three. 8 months ago
  • reehc Thank you for wonderful videos.I am from Taiwan. This and number teaching are really helpful. 8 months ago
  • javierchile88 Hola, soy chileno tambien! Anyway, I'm wondering the same. Do different consonants sound alike but are written different depending on the vowel? or tone? 8 months ago
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    Nizar Cabar Tajuddin Ulang Tuduhan Di Luar Parlimen

    Posted: 13 Apr 2010 04:18 AM PDT

    Dua Ahli Parlimen dari PAS dan DAP hari ini mencabar Ahli Parlimen Pasir Salak, Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman yang menuduh mereka menjual tanah kepada Singapura agar mengulangi dakwaan tersebut di luar Dewan agar tindakan undang-undang boleh diambil terhadap beliau.

    Pada satu sidang media di perkarangan Parlimen, anggota Dewan Bukit Gantang, Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin menjelaskan Tajuddin boleh membuat dakwaan tersebut jika benar ada bukti kukuh mengenainya.

    "Kami di sini seolah-olah dijadikan mangsa oleh Ahli Parlimen Pasir Salak sewaktu saya tiada di Dewan baru-baru ini, Pasir Salak menuduh saya telah terlibat dalam operasi menjual tanah di Perak kepada Singapura.

    "Kita mencabar Pasir Salak buat dakwaan yang sama di luar Dewan supaya kita boleh mengambil tindakan dan tunjukkan kebenaran," kata Nizar.

    Tajuddin dalam perbahasan Rang Undang-undang Perbekalan Tambahan (2009) 2010 di Dewan Rakyat baru-baru ini mendakwa Pakatan Rakyat Perak yang diketuai Nizar sewaktu menjadi kerajaan negeri telah terlibat dalam operasi menjual tanah dan pasir kepada taukeh-taukeh Cina di Singapura.

    Oleh kerana ketidakhadiran Nizar semasa sesi tersebut, Ahli Parlimen Beruas, Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham dan juga Ahli Parlimen Taiping, Nga Kor Ming bangun menafikan dakwaan tersebut.

    Nizar juga turut mencabar tuduhan kedua Tajuddin yang disifatkan suatu yang serius dan perlu kemukakan bukti.

    "Saya juga dituduh bukan sahaja menjual tanah pasir kepada Singapura malah turut dituduh jual tanah kepada kaum Cina di Perak.

    "Buktikan mana tanah yang saya jual kepada Singapura, mana dia tanah yang saya jual kepada taueh Cina. Sampai sekarang mereka tidak juga memberi bukti.

    "Kami Ahli-ahli Parlimen Pakatan Rakyat dari PAS, DAP dan KEADILAN ingin menuntut keadilan supaya rakyat sedar kalau inilah mutu Ahli Parlimen kita yang membuat tuduhan tanpa bukti, saya rasa ini satu malapetaka kepada rakyat Malaysia," tegasnya.

    Sementara itu, Ahli Parlimen Bagan, Lim Guan Eng yang juga dituduh menjual maklumat Malaysia kepada Singapura dan Hong Kong senada dengan Nizar mencabar Tajuddin membuat dakwaan sama di luar Dewan.

    "Memanglah perkara palsu saya ke Singapura dan Hong Kong untuk jual maklumat negara. Saya ke sana atas urusan perniagaan sahaja. Samalah seperti Perdana Menteri ke Singapura dan Hong Kong ke negara tersebut untuk tujuan pelaburan.Jadi saya cabar beliau buat tuduhan di luar Dewan," kata Guan Eng.

    Beliau juga menyelar tindakan Tajuddin yang menggunakan imuniti sebagai ahli Parlimen untuk membuat tuduhan sewenang-wenangnya.

    "Jangan berselindung dalam Dewan, berselindung di atas kekebalan undang-undang yang dinikmati oleh Ahli Parlimen untuk membuat sebarang tuduhan," katanya. -SK


    Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin, “Indonesia 50.9%, Bangladesh 7.4 %, Nepal 9.7%, Myanmar 7.8%, India 6.3%, and the rest from Vietnam 17.9% foreign workers here”

    Posted: 13 Apr 2010 03:57 AM PDT

    Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin, "Indonesia 50.9%, Bangladesh 7.4 %, Nepal 9.7%,

    Myanmar 7.8%, India 6.3%, and the rest from Vietnam 17.9% foreign workers here"

    PUTRAJAYA, April 13 — The foreign workers laboratory has proposed that 1.8 million foreign workers in the country be reduced to 1.5 million in three years.

    Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said this was one of 55 proposals to be presented to the Cabinet committee on foreign workers meeting at month end.

    "I am satisfied with the discussions. They were realistic and came up with cost analysis and benefit to the economy.

    "Security, terrorism and employers treatment of workers were also discussed," he told reporters after visiting the laboratory which began on March 23 here today.

    Hishammuddin said the laboratory also discussed the impact of foreign workers on government policies including the New Economic Model.

    It comprised representatives of 14 ministries, 11 departments and agencies, 30 organisations, employers and interested organisations.

    Malaysia has about 1.8 million foreign workers in manufacturing (39 per cent), construction (19 per cent), plantation (14 per cent), housemaid (12 per cent), services (10 per cent) with the rest in agriculture.

    The contributing countries are Indonesia (50.9 per cent), Bangladesh (17.4 per cent), Nepal (9.7 per cent), Myanmar (7.8 per cent), India (6.3 per cent), and the rest from Vietnam.

    Human Resource Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said foreign workers were still needed but they had to be reduced to a manageable level.

    He added the 1.5 million cap could be placed to meet the need of certain sectors.

    The number of foreign workers here dropped to 1.5 million during the economic crisis last year. — Bernama



    Money

    Posted: 13 Apr 2010 03:10 AM PDT


    Tension how to send back my stuffs to Sarawak T_T. Money, money....money. Ikat perut this month...become a beggar.

    Seriously tension!

    p/s: T.E.N.S.I.O.N


    Some MYOPIC Napoleons trying to practice Xenophobic anti-foreigner campaign, sabotaging PM Datuk Sri Najib’s Roadmap for an Asean Community

    Posted: 13 Apr 2010 01:47 AM PDT

     Don't sabotage the Roadmap for an Asean Community

    "Towards Asean Community: From Vision to booby-trap the free flow of skilled labour.

    Some MYOPIC Napoleons trying to practice Xenophobic ant-foreigner campaign in Malaysia

    Read what the FARSIGHTED PM Datuk Seri Najib had signed.

    PLEASE DON't RUBBISH ASEAN LEADERS good document. Little Napoleons should not turn this treaty into TOILET paper. STOP asking Star to write anti-foreigner articles and news.

    If Napoleons could swear on Quran that they don't have a trace of Indonesian or other foreign they could continue this Xenophobic practice, although it is WRONG IN ISLAM, especially to PRACTICE ON FELLOW MUSLIMS!

    Do you believe on the JUDGMENT DAY infront of ALLAH?

    All the Burmese Muslims and Rohingya MIGRANTS in Malaysia would definitely ask you the questions regarding your unfair treatment on us.

    Asean leaders push for creation of Asean Community by 2015

    By TEH ENG HOCK
    enghock@thestar.com.my

    HANOI: The 16th Asean Summit wrapped up in Vietnam with regional leaders reaffirming their commitment to create the Asean Community by 2015.

    This was reflected in the adoption of two joint statements on climate change, and sustained recovery and development on Friday plus guidelines to boost regional cooperation after the two-day summit here.

    Summit chairman and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung was pleased that the conference progressed in line with its theme "Towards Asean Community: From Vision to Action".

    "We were satisfied with the progress in implementing the Asean Charter and the Roadmap for an Asean Community and reaffirmed our strong commitment to speed up the effective implementation through concrete measures and activities," he said at the closing of the summit.

    The Asean Community is to provide greater political and security interaction and engagement, a single market and production base with free flow of goods, services, capital investment and skilled labour.

    The summit also recorded full attendance of the region's top leaders, except for Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva who had to cancel his trip following mass anti-government rallies by Red Shirt protesters.

    Also discussed at the summit was Asean's connectivity in which leaders emphasised the need to enhance intra-region cooperation including land, sea and air transportation links.

    Member states also concurred on the importance of promoting Asean's role in regional architecture.

    Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak also underlined this. He stressed that Asean had to be seen as pivotal to the enhancement of regional architecture.

    "We want the Asean regional grouping to become a successful model that can ensure the well-being of the Asian community," he said.

    To bring the Asean Community closer to fruition, the leaders also emphasised the need to narrow the development gap between member states.

    "Asean has a big gap, which sees people in the least developed countries earning less than US$2 (RM6.30) a day while those in the most developed nations get up to US$45,000 (RM143,000) a day," said Najib.



    MP Pasir Salak Diberi Amaran Keras

    Posted: 13 Apr 2010 01:33 AM PDT

    Yang Dipertua Dewan Rakyat, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia hari ini memberi amaran keras kepada Ahli Parlimen Pasir Salak, Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman supaya tidak mengganggu Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat, M Kulasegaran.

    Beliau sudah memanggil kedua-dua wakil rakyat itu untuk memberi penjelasan terhadap insiden dakwaan ugut yang berlaku Khamis lepas.

    Pada Khamis lepas, Kulasegaran mendakwa Tajuddin mengancam untuk memukul beliau di lobi Parlimen kerana menyifatkan Ahli Parlimen DAP itu mencemarkan nama beliau.

    Namun, Tajuddin ketika diminta mengulas dakwaan itu mempertikaikan tindakan Kulasegaran yang menggunakan laman blog untuk membuat fitnah dan mencerca beliau.

    Selepas sesi soal jawab pagi ini, Pandikar Amin berkata bahawa semasa pertemuan itu, beliau memberi pandangan kepada kedua-dua Ahli Parlimen supaya bertindak dengan mengambil kira integriti Parlimen.

    "Saya ucapkan terima kasih kepada Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat yang menerima pandangan saya secara positif dan beliau kemudiannya bersetuju supaya tidak mendesak supaya Ahli Parlimen Pasir Salak dirujuk ke Jawatankuasa Hak dan Kebebasan," katanya.
    (Bernama)


    MACC hopes Pornthip will testify. REALLY?

    Posted: 12 Apr 2010 10:29 PM PDT

    MACC has expressed hope that Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand will testify as scheduled during the Teoh Beng Hock inquest. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC),  in a statement today, has expressed hope that Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand will testify as scheduled during the Teoh Beng Hock inquest and said, "This is to allow the case to be resolved quickly in order for all parties, including Teoh's family and MACC, to seek justice."

    According to the two-paragraph statement, Pornthip need not worry because an assurance of her safety has been given by the police, attorney-general and Home Ministry.

    In an exclusive interview with Malaysiakini, Pornthip had said she was pulling out of the inquest because she was facing "political pressure" from Putrajaya, as relayed to her by Thai government officials.


    Hampir Pasti : Zaid Bertemu Palanivel

    Posted: 12 Apr 2010 10:00 PM PDT

    Datuk Zaid Ibrahim hari ini dipilih sebagai calon Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) bagi pilihan raya kecil parlimen Hulu Selangor, lapor malaysiakini.

    Menurut sumber, pemilihan Zaid itu dibuat oleh biro politik PKR yang bermesyuarat di rumah ketua umumnya, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pagi ini.

    "Keputusan memilih Zaid buat sebulat suara," kata sumber itu lagi.

    Zaid yang juga bekas menteri yang bertanggungjawab mengenai hal-ehwal perundangan ketika dalam barisan kabinet bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi sebelum berpaling tadah ke PKR.

    Beliau dijangka akan diperkenalkan secara rasmi sebagai calon Pakatan Rakyat di sebuah ceramah di Serendah, malam ini.

    Zahid dikatakan sebagai calon terbaik bagi PKR untuk mempertahankan kerusi itu kerana pengalamannya yang luas.

    Kerusi Parlimen Hulu Selangor kosong selepas penyandangnya Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad meninggal dunia pada 25 Mac lepas akibat barah otak.

    Pada pilihan raya umum 2008, wakil rakyat PKR itu menewaskan calon Barisan Nasional Datuk G Palanivel dengan majoriti tipis 198 undi.

    Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak baru-baru ini mengesahkan bahawa BN akan meletakkan calon daripada MIC untuk bertanding pada pilihan raya kecil yang akan diadakan 25 April ini.

    BN dijangka mengumumkan calonnya pada 15 April, iaitu dua hari sebelum penamaan calon, dan desas-desus mengatakan Palanivel akan diberi peluang kedua untuk merampas kembali kerusi yang pernah disandangnya sebanyak tiga penggal itu.

    Datuk G Palanivel yang juga timbalan presiden MIC yang menjadi ahli parlimen Hulu Selangor selama empat penggal sejak 1990 tetapi ditumbangkan dengan majoriti tipis pada pilihan raya umum 2008 berharap dapat kembali ke Dewan Rakyat.

    Ketika dihubungi, naib presiden MIC, Datuk Dr S Subramaniam mengesahkan Palanivel adalah calon tunggal parti itu.

    Beliau juga menolak khabar angin bahawa pencalonan Palanivel menghadapi masalah kerana beliau akan menuntut jawatan kabinet jika menang kelak.

    "Memenangi pilihan raya kecil itu adalah keutamaan kami," kata Subramaniam, yang dilantik sebagai Menteri Sumber Manusia sejak tahun 2008 kerana beliau adalah pemimpin tertinggi MIC yang menang pada pilihan raya umum lalu.

    Seorang lagi naib presiden MIC, Datuk M Saravanan juga tidak mahu melayan soalan jika ada tuntutan supaya Palanivel digugurkan.

    "Tidak ada 'jika' dalam politik," tegas Saravanan.

    Saravanan, yang juga adalah timbalan menteri wilayah persekutuan berkata masyarakat India di Hulu Selangor berdiri teguh di belakang Palanivel.


    Goodbye Seoul, Hello Kuala Lumpur

    Posted: 12 Apr 2010 09:03 PM PDT

    Reached home in Kuala Lumpur on Monday evening after staying in Seoul for close to three months. I'll miss a few things, especially the new found friends.

    Had to leave my hostel in early morning to catch my flight and managed to hitch on my cheapest taxi ride ever. I was waiting for the airport bus and this airport taxi dropped by and offered to give me a fetch for 10,000 won (~ USD10), about the same price for the bus for an hour long trip.

    Obviously the cabby was on his way to start his work at the airport and decided to make some pocket money along the journey. Generally it's a wise idea for lone traveller to say "no" to these unplanned rides due to safety reason, but I somehow decided to take a bit of risk.

    That's the end of Seoul. Touched down at KL after almost seven hours of flight and was greeted by the torching 33°C heat, a huge switch from the early spring weather in Korea. Still manageable though, with the aircon on full blast at home.

    Three months isn't that long; most stuff remains as usual. The only thing that I find indifferent is my taste bud; after familiarising to the flavour and taste of Seoul, food in Malaysia is tasting a bit odd… it's just a matter of time though before the effect is reversed.

    And I've lost 2-3 kilograms on the trip. I amazingly gained more than 15 pounds in a month on my 2005 visit to Europe, so it's a bit of concern how much weight I'm going to addon on this Korean trip. Thankfully no extra pounds are added to my overweight body, probably thanks to the hours of daily walk.

    So, what's next? It's the question that my friends and families are asking. To be frank, I'm not sure. I've a few plans in mind but after such a long trip I'm just happy to stay home at the moment. Besides, the trip has burnt a deep hole in my pocket… need to work hard for a few months before thinking about the next stop.

    Goodbye Seoul, Hello Kuala Lumpur from YeinJee's Asian Journal


    CONFIRMED - It's Zaid for Hulu Selangor - Zaid Ibrahim for Hulu Selangor!!

    Posted: 12 Apr 2010 08:52 PM PDT

    PKR will field former law minister Zaid Ibrahim in the Hulu Selangor by-election, setting the stage for a mammoth clash ahead with Barisan Nasional.


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