Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Kerajaan Tak Perlu Berdalih Jamin Keselamatan Pornthip

Kerajaan Tak Perlu Berdalih Jamin Keselamatan Pornthip

Kerajaan Tak Perlu Berdalih Jamin Keselamatan Pornthip

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 10:13 AM PDT

Kerajaan wajar memberi jaminan terhadap keselamatan pakar patalogi dari Thailand, Dr Pornthip Rojanasanand dan seterusnya menyiasat dakwaan bahawa beliau mendapat tekanan dari kerajaan Malaysia supaya tidak hadir inkues kematian Teoh Beng Hock pada 20 April depan.

Menurut Ahli Parlimen Machang, Saifuddin Nasution Ismail dakwaan dan pendedahan pakar berkenaan sebelum ini menunjukkan wujud tekanan ke atasnya sehingga menjejaskan tumpuan dan pergerakan beliau.

"Kenyataan Menteri Dalam Negeri memberikan jaminan terhadap keselamatan Dr Pornthip, tetapi diletakkan syarat supaya membuktikan dahulu tuduhan ke atas beliau. Perkara ini telah pun dinyatakan Dr Pornthip sebelum ini bagaimana beliau diganggu dan dihalang memasuki Malaysia," ujar Saifuddin.

Beliau mengulas kenyataan Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein hari ini yang meminta Dr Pornthip mengemukakan apakah ancaman yang dihadapinya supaya kerajaan dapat mengambil tindakan untuk menjamin keselamatan pakar patologi itu.

"Kerajaan perlu beri jaminan yang jelas dan berterus terang, kalau menteri berkenaan mempunyai niat yang betul-betul ikhlas beliau perlu membantu untuk permudahkan peranan Dr Pornthip hadir dalam inkues berkenaan.

"Kita mengulangi gesaan supaya kerajaan beri jaminan keselamatan kepada pakar ini. Selepas beliau (Dr Pornthip) beri keterangan, beliau boleh balik semula ke Thailand," kata Setiausaha Agung KEADILAN itu.

Dr Pornthip sepatutnya memberi keterangan pada inkues kematian Beng Hock 20 April ini dan dijangka akan disoal siasat mengenai penilaiannya terhadap bedah siasat mayat mendiang.

Beliau sebelum ini mendedahkan terdapat kesan pembunuhan ke atas Beng Hock berdasarkan pemerhatiannya.

Kebimbangan mengenai keselamatannya bermula pada November tahun lalu apabila beliau mendakwa diekori sekumpulan lelaki tidak dikenali.

Pada 11 April lalu, Dr Pornthip mendedahkan beliau dihalang daripada masuk ke Kelantan sewaktu urusan rasmi melalui sempadan Thai-Malaysia bulan Januari tahun ini dan menyifatkannya sebagai salah satu "isyarat" tekanan yang dikenakan ke atasnya. -SK

Nazri Aziz – the Minister of Lies

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 09:37 AM PDT

Nazri Aziz – the Minister of Lies

by Martin Jalleh

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz acts tough, talks big and throws his weight around. He thinks he is very smart and knows everything! After all, he is also the minister in charge of parliamentary affairs and the de facto Law Minister.

Those who refuse to tolerate Nazri's nonsense have to contend with his temper tantrums and theatrics. Apart from his childish threats and taunts, the Minister has become adept through the years with turning and twisting the truth whilst calling others liars.

It was typical of him to accuse Thai pathologist Dr. Pornthip of being a liar: "She lied in the inquest and she is lying now". Dr. Pornthip has claimed that Putrajaya has exercised "political pressure" which "could affect her work" in Southern Thailand thereby forcing her to pull out from testifying in the on-going Teoh Beng Hock inquest.

It is indeed ironic that the Minister should be so quick to accuse others of lying, for when it comes to telling lies no one has left such an indelible mark on Malaysian politics than Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz.

Below are some examples of him lying (intentionally or unintentionally) especially in Parliament!

Compulsive Liar

In May 2004 Nazri bluffed Parliament that Suhakam's annual report is never meant to be debated in Parliament. The truth is that it is a legislative requirement for Suhakam, a creation of Parliament, to submit annual reports to Parliament so that its findings can be debated and its recommendations deliberated on.

In April 2005, Nazri tried to fool parliament by claiming that the "Cabinet's plan to form a select committee on water privatization was dropped because the King wanted water privatisation to be in place by the end of the year". Lim Kit Siang told Nazri not to drag the King into the issue and that "…the Royal address is the policy pronouncement of the government of the day".

In the same month, Nazri came up with a tall tale that "Bibles in Bahasa Malaysia cannot be circulated in the country as this could be seen as an effort to spread Christianity among the Malays….The prohibition had been in force since Independence and was in line with the Constitution" (Star, 13 Apr. 2005). A week later the then PM Abdullah Badawi said that there was no such ban.

In June 2006 Nazri misled parliament into believing that there "is no basis for the allegation of corruption in the judiciary as contained in a letter written by former High Court judge Datuk Syed Ahmad Idid (for) the case has been investigated by the Government, the ACA and the AG" (Star, 28 June 2006). The judge who resigned in 1996, wrote a 33-page letter highlighting corruption, abuse of power and personal misconduct in the judiciary.

Contrary to what Nazri had claimed, Syed Idid in a NST interview (11 June 2006) revealed that the allegations were "never really investigated". This was confirmed by a former Attorney-General, Abu Talib Othman (Mingguan Malaysia, 4 June 2006) who added that "on the other hand, the poor judge who wrote it was investigated".

In July 2006, Nazri conveyed a false sense of security in Sabah when he told parliament that the presence of foreigners, including those with IMM13 documents, do not cause social, security and economic problems in Sabah. A leader of the Sabah Progressive Party (then a member of BN) said "it would be better for him (Nazri) to keep his mouth shut".

In May 2007, Bernard Dompok, another Minister in the PM's Department, resigned as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Integrity because he disagreed with Nazri over the committee's scope of duties. Nazri tried to explain away the resignation by saying that Dompok was influenced by Lim Kit Siang. Dompok's reply to his colleague was: "It's a cheap shot!"

On 21 August 2007, after opening a seminar on the thoughts and academic works of the late Tan Sri Ahmad Ibrahim the then Chief Justice (CJ) Ahmad Fairuz in a press conference advocated the abolition of the English common law system. Nazri denied on behalf of Fairuz, in Parliament, that the latter had made such a proposal. Lim Kit Siang released a newspaper tape transcript as proof that Nazri was lying on behalf of Fairuz!

When the country did not have a Chief Judge for eight months Nazri created the wrong impression that the Chief Justice can act as the Chief Judge of Malaya. He challenged his critics: "Show me where it says, either in the Constitution or elsewhere, that it cannot be done" (Star, 19 Aug. 2007).

The Bar Council showed him that provisions in the Constitution state that the posts of Chief Justice and Chief Judge of Malaya are independent of one another and therefore if read together with the Courts of Judicature Act 1964, the CJ should appoint a Federal Court Judge to act as the Chief Judge of Malaya!

On 25 Sept. 2007, about two thousand lawyers, defying police, marched from the Palace of Justice to the PM's office in Putrajaya to hand over a memorandum calling for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to probe the brokering of the appointment of judges and to establish an independent commission for the appointment of judges.

The "Minister for the Chief Justice" (as Nazri described himself!) preferred to lie to himself and to the whole nation as to the state of the judiciary: "There's no need for such a judicial commission (in charge of judicial appointments) as there is no crisis in our judiciary…No crisis, no problems. I don't see any scandal."

Conman of Parliament

In Oct, 2007, Anwar Ibrahim who had made public the Lingam video clip said that the source of the clip would come forward only if there was a setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry instead of an independent panel, as such a panel would not be able to provide protection to the whistleblower.

Nazri gave the assurance that the person or persons who took the video had no reason not to cooperate. He said "a new identity or even new look can be arranged". Such measures were defined under "the Witness Protection Bill tabled recently in Parliament" (Star, 8 Oct. 2007). He later admitted there was no such bill!

In May 2008, Nazri told Parliament that the Election Commission (EC) was to be blamed for the last-minute decision to cancel the use of indelible ink in the March polls. This was far from the truth because the EC chairman had unwittingly revealed that the cabinet had objected to the use of the indelible ink and that he was ordered to take the blame for the decision!

In Nov. 2008 Nazri told Parliament that former Lord President Salleh Abas and other senior judges involved in the judicial crisis in 1988 were not "sacked" but were asked to "retire early". Karpal Singh insisted that action be taken against Nazri for allegedly lying to the House.

Nazri, in a press conference, claimed that he had made a mistake, adding he had no intention of misleading the House. But he refused to explain or apologise to Parliament. Telling the press would suffice! For the first time, a press conference took precedence over Parliament! And of course Nazri got off scot free again!

On 9 Nov. 2009 Nazri sparked an uproar in Parliament when he said "judiciary fixer" V.K. Lingam had been let off the hook "because he had broken no law"…as he might "have just acted to fix the appointment of judges as if he was brokering the appointment of senior judges to impress people".

"I am not denying that it was Lingam in the tape. But I am also saying that there are a lot of conmen in this world. Who knows he might have just acted when he was calling the so-called judges to impress," he said.

Nazri continued on his charade by declaring that he would persuade the AG to engage Karpal Singh to prosecute Lingam! The AG declined and the issue is now history! Can there be a bigger conman in Parliament than Nazri?

The truth that Nazri could not twist or turn is that the Royal Commission of Inquiry had found sufficient reason for the relevant authorities to take appropriate action against those implicated for breaches of the Sedition Act, the Penal Code, the Official Secrets Act, the Legal Profession Act and other laws.

In Jan. this year Nazri implicitly placed the blame of the aftermath of the court decision on the Allah case on the Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, Murphy Pakiam. He said it was too late for a dialogue and that the court is the only way to bring an end to the "Allah" debate.

He claimed that his Cabinet colleagues, including fellow Minister in the PM's Department Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom, have been "pushing to bring religious leaders to the table to settle the simmering stew" and it was "the failure of the rundingan that resulted in the matter being brought to court".

"It's not the fault of the government. Let it be known that it was Tan Sri Pakiam, not the government, who brought the matter to court," Nazri added (Malaysian Insider, 18 Jan. 2010). There was in reality no "rundingan" since the Allah controversy began but only the rude and ridiculous dictates of the then Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar.

In March this year, in the course of the verbal war in parliament over APCO and the government's decision to refer Anwar to the Parliament's Rights and Privileges Committee, Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (PKR-Machang) said that Nazri should also be referred to the committee for misleading the House last year.

Nazri had used a repealed law in his speech when winding up the debates on the 2010 Budget touching on the oil royalty issue requested by the Kelantan state government. Saifuddin pointed out that Nazri "being the minister in charge of laws…knew it cannot be used but he continued doing it. This is clearly an act of misleading the House".

Nazri replied that whatever he said in the House was never with an intention to mislead the MPs. (Sounds familiar?) As an "anak jantan" (one who is brave), he was willing to be investigated (The Sun, 22 Mar. 2010).

Nazri is really a coward. He knows he can hide behind the Speaker and his deputies who will "protect" and give him all the leeway to lie and get away with it – surely the examples above are proof enough!

On April Fool's Day this year it was reported that Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim has urged government information officers to be more aggressive in countering "lies" spread by the opposition against the government so that the people will receive correct information.

Instead of taking the rakyat for a ride and getting all riled up over lies supposedly spread by the Opposition, Rais should do a "post-mortem" and get his own house in order, beginning with the Prime Minister's Department!

Nazri will one day leave behind a legacy of lies!

(14 April 2010)

lucia said: see the picture? the finger spell a big 'L' for 'LIAR'!!!

Equal opportunity to succeed, what is so wrong?

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 06:56 AM PDT

Posted by: lsek

This world is not fair. Some are born beautiful, while others lacking. Some are gifted with intelligence, while others struggle to stay abreast in class and everything else.

However, not all are lost, the only key factor in achieving success is through determination, and perseverance, while upholding our morality and belief.

Alas, a doctor-turn-politician once said that, "certain race is disadvantaged due to their genes". He argued that it's difficult for these people to compete with other races, due to this genetic setback. However, this doctor failed to realize miserably that genetics played little role in deciding SUCCESS nor FAILURE. This is because, there are other factors such as the environmental factor, as well as character/behavior of the person (or choices) that played equal role in determining a person's achievement. Success and failure are really our choice, and these choices controlled our gene expression. The mechanism has a name for it, called EPIGENETICS. So, being LAZY and NAUGHTY is not merely a GENETIC defect. It is more accurately, how we decide to become.

A twin who shares 100% identical genetic material DON'T SHARE the same characteristics and achievements. Why? The answer is EPIGENETICS.

So, to blame gene for failure is really a-personal-choice-to-be-STUPID.

To be successful in BUSINESS is not imbued in a gene either. No single race is born to be RICH and SUCCESSFUL (unless your father is rich). It is dependent on hardwork, as well as business acumen in grabbing opportunity, as well as opening opportunity for yourself. Many risk and failures had not been documented, BUT once a SUCCESS is achieved, people tend to resent these people (which reflected their own failure, I guess). Why is it so? Human nature?

In Malaysia, are we lacking equal opportunity to succeed? Why are there argument and harping of these issues by politicians without highlighting the most important issue at hand... which is to answer this, "ARE WE LACKING EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED"?

Is it possible to even implement a QUOTA SYSTEM on human character, attitude and bahaviour? Well, I'm mentioning this because they are the real cause for SUCCESS in business. I can't imaging the government making a statement, "we will implement quota on hardworking, as well as, resourcefulness of certain people so that the other lazy bums will catch up".

No offense, but I think that's not the solution. My recommendation is:
(1) Ask, if there is equal opportunity in Malaysia. If there is lacking, how to correct it? Are there selective approval of business registration, training, as well as bank loan?
(2) Equal opportunity above, don't include MARKET SHARE of the business (and also the resourcefulness or innovativeness of a business). That depends on individual characteristics, e.g. if we are lazy and uncommitted, DREAM ON-lah!
(3) LEARN from mistakeS, start FAIR-DEAL cooperation/collaboration with other people and STOP the blaming game.
(4) Don't impose a pre-requisite for DUMMY directors just to grab a SHARE from other people's hardwork. You have to earn it! Government intervention don't help a bit. Such silly thing can only happen in Malaysia. Try implement it oversea and you get bashed up for good.
(5) Not all Malaysians can be a BOSS. If all are BOSSES/Taukeys, then, no one will work on the machinery and soon, you will have to clean up your own crap.
(6) Listen to the people. They are never wrong. Don't appoint stupid politicians or racist dudes to speak for the people. Listen to us for crying out loud. We are the majority, aren't we??? Statistically speaking, we should be RIGHT considering our numbers and collective intelligence.

Just a thought.

Sudah jatuh ditimpa tangga

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 06:49 AM PDT

Just last week I went to visit Fuzi. The very next day she called to tell me that somebody got into her house when she was at the hospital for her appointment. When she got home, the doors and windows were shut and locked, but when she got in, the house was in a mess and a few things were stolen. By the looks of it, I think probably someone has a set of her house keys! I told her to either change her house keys or install additional locks.

Then as I was relaxing at home yesterday afternoon, Fuzi called me again from a public phone to tell me that Ijam, her 8 year old HIV+ son had to be warded at Ipoh GH for dengue. Poor thing! They were at the emergency unit then, waiting to be warded.

Ijam was already having fever over the weekend but Fuzi thought it was just the normal fever, and so she just gave him the usual ubat demam. But seeing that the fever had not subsided, she decided to bring Ijam to the Klinik Kesihatan near her place – totally unprepared for the possibility that the boy may need to be hospitalised. After all, she didn't bring him to a hospital, but to a small Klinik Kesihatan. The people at the klinik kesihatan, upon confirming that the boy was down with dengue, brought them to Ipoh GH in an ambulance.

Since Fuzi went unprepared, she didn't bring along any change of clothes, medication or enough money. She didn't even bring along her ATM card to withdraw money. So she called me again once they got to the children's ward.

"Kak, saya nak minta tolong boleh?"

Before I could say anything, the line was cut off. I tried to call back the same number but couldn't get through. So I had no choice but to wait.

Fuzi only called back an hour later. And being typical of Fuzi to speak quickly in her Indonesian accent, I couldn't really understand what she was trying to say. She kept asking me if I could "tolong hantar kain baju dan obat jam 8 nanti". I was wondering why it had to be at 8 pm… I don't usually go out at night except for my NGO meetings.

Me: "Kenapa mesti pukul 8?"

Fuzi: "Saya kena makan obat jam 8!"

Me: "Kalau saya pergi sekarang tak boleh ke?"

Fuzi: "Oh, sekarang lagi bagus kak!"


Fuzi had already passed a message to her eldest daughter to tell her to pack whatever necessary in a bag. Since they didn't have any phone at home, Fuzi had no choice but to call her brother-in-law (her late husband's brother) staying nearby to seek his help to pass the message to Wina, Fuzi's daughter. Under normal circumstances, you'd think Fuzi could depend on this BIL and his wife to look after Fuzi's children while she's at the hospital looking after Ijam. But in reality, her BIL & wife would usually want payment for any services rendered! Remember Fuzi had that problem of getting her children's MyKad done? Well, it could be done if their uncle, a Malaysian citizen, accompanied the girls to JPN as their guardian. Well, he did accompany them to get their MyKad done, but in addition to the transportation costs already covered by Fuzi, she also had to pay him an additional RM200 just to sign the application forms as their guardian. And they are his own nieces!! Apa punya pak sedara la!!

So asking their favor to look after the kids could be really costly!

That aside, off I went to Fuzi's house yesterday after my asar prayer – usually it would take about 20 minutes from my house to hers, but it being just after office hours, the traffic was a bit heavy (although it was nothing compared to KL traffic lah!).

I honked when I got to their house, it took some time before Nita, Fuzi's second daughter opened the door. The children don't usually open the door when their mother's not around, but upon seeing my car, they didn't have second thoughts about opening the door. Wina, the eldest, was still packing some clothes into a bag. I told her to make sure that her mother's and brother's ARV medication were already in the bag. After getting Fuzi's ATM card from them, off I went. I was in such a hurry I totally forgot to ask the girls if they had any money or food for the next few days.

It was only when I got to the hospital (just in time before visiting hours ended) that Fuzi mentioned to me she didn't know if the children had anything to eat for the next few days. She had not left them any money as she had expected to go home before the end of the day. I promised Fuzi I'd check on the children the next day (today).

Early this morning, after my usual kampong exercise routine, I went into my room and saw the red light blinking on my hand phone. There was a missed call, and based on the number, I figured it was from one of the hospital's public phones.

Later I tried to call Fuzi's mobile number, but there was no answer. It was nearing 1 pm when Fuzi finally called back, again from a public phone. Her phone's battery was almost dead and she had not brought along the charger. Anyway, Fuzi said that the doctor suspected Ijam may have some kidney problems as well. Aduiii… I do hope it's nothing serious.

Fuzi then again mentioned how worried she was about her children at home. I told her I'd make it a point to visit them after 2 pm ie after my lunch and zohor prayer.

So yep, after my zohor prayer off I went, first to the grocery shop to buy canned food (sardines, curry chicken, sambal ikan bilis), bread and eggs. Coincidentally, just last week when I went to visit them, I had already brought along some groceries for them. This time they'd probably need more instant or easy to cook food. Before making a move to their house, I also made it a point to buy nasi goreng for them. Nasi goreng had always been the children's favorite – every time I bring them out and ask them to order anything to eat, they'd straight away say, "Nasi goreng!"

All 4 children were home when I got there. Nita, 13, and her 11 year old brother were already back from school, while Wina, in form 3 and will be sitting for her PMR this year, had to ponteng sekolah to take care of her youngest sibling, Iwan, 4. I had wanted to suggest that Wina and Nita take turns to skip school on alternate days, but somehow Nita is not too reliable when it comes to house work. Wina on the other hand, had been very reliable since she was still in primary school. Put her in charge and she'll make sure her siblings will get something to eat, even if there's nothing much at home.

Anyway, Wina passed me another bag of stuff her mother had requested, including her hand phone charger. Wina asked when Ijam is expected to be discharged – a question I couldn't possibly answer and I myself weren't too sure of Ijam's condition. Before I left, I also left some cash with Wina in case she needed to buy anything. At least for today she didn't have to worry about having to cook or buy anything as I had already bought nasi goreng for them.

Today I went to visit Fuzi and Ijam quite early,at 5 pm. But when I got into the children's ward and headed straight to the bed where I saw them yesterday, there was a toddler on the bed, not Ijam! I looked around but couldn't find Fuzi or Ijam. Finally I decided to call Fuzi's hand phone. It was cut off just after the first ring, but after that I heard Fuzi's voice calling out my name. Ijam had been transferred to a small single room at the end of the ward.

The boy was still on drip. He looked so skinny, and I could clearly see an unhappy and pathetic looking face. With such looks, there was no way Fuzi would go home and leave him at the hospital even for just a little while.

I told Fuzi I'd be busy tomorrow (got to go to office in the morning and attend a meeting in the afternoon) and so if she needed another favor from me, she'd have to wait till Friday.

Anwar's 'qazaf' quashed! Under Umno, there's no justice in syariah and civil court!

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 06:22 AM PDT

UPDATED 4.41PM The Syariah court rejected Anwar's bid to prosecute the man who accused him of sodomy for making a false claim.
Anwar said he was not surprised with the decision, owing to the state of affairs in the judiciary including the syariah court and the civil court.

"What is interesting in his lengthy judgment is that the judge said the chief prosecutor must be just in Islam and not bow to political pressure. "However, in this case the chief prosecutor is a junior officer under Jawi and the minister. He does not dare to charge."For me, the chief prosecutor, the director and minister have been negligent and irresponsible in handling my case."

RM76 juta dibayar kepada APCO, antaranya menemukan Najib-Obama

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 05:45 AM PDT

Menteri Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Nazri Aziz mengakui bahawa kos perkhidmatan yang dibayar kepada APCO Worldwide berjumlah RM76.82 juta setahun, malah memuji sumbangan APCO dalam usaha memperbaiki hubungan antara Malaysia dengan Amerika Syarikat.

Sambil menuding jari kepada dua orang bekas Perdana Menteri yang "menjejaskan hubungan antara Kuala Lumpur-Washington", Nazri mendakwa bahawa hubungan dua hala yang terjejas dalam tempoh 28 tahun ini hanya boleh diperbaiki dengan membelanjakan wang.

Nazri Aziz tidak menafikan bahawa kerajaan Malaysia menggunakan perkhidmatan APCO Worldwide untuk memperbaiki hubungan antara Malaysia dengan Amerika Syarikat, "APCO Worldwide bertanggungjawab untuk membina imej negara kita di Amerika Syarikat, agar hubungan kita dengan Amerika Syarikat lebih erat. Apakah anda menganggap syarikat tempatan Malaysia boleh mengeratkan hubungan antara kita dengan Amerika Syarikat?"

Hubungan Malaysia dengan Amerika Syarikat dianggap "kurang erat" semasa zaman pemerintahan PM keempat dan kelima, iaitu Mahathir Mohamad dan Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, jadi Nazri tidak melihat wujudnya masalah untuk memperbaiki hubungan dengan Amerika Syarikat atas nama diplomatik dan ekonomi.

"Sekiranya kita tidak berbaik dengan Amerika Syarikat, Amerika Syarikat langsung tidak akan mempedulikan kita. Kita perlu memperbaiki hubungan yang terjejas semasa zaman pemerintahan 22 tahun oleh Mahathir Mohamad dan enam tahun oleh Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Anda ingat kita boleh meredakannya tanpa berbelanja?" tanya Nazri ketika ditemuramah media di parlimen, semalam.

Malah, Nazri menambah bahawa kerja melobi adalah sesuatu yang lumrah di Amerika Syarikat. "Anda perlu lobi (barulah kerja diselesaikan dengan baik), dan pelobi terbesar di Amerika Syarikat ialah pelobi Israel."

Memuji Najib

Setelah mempersalahkan Mahathir dan Abdullah, berikutan hubungan kurang erat dengan Amerika Syarikat yang memberi kesan kepada pembangunan ekonomi, Nazri seterusnya memuji PM sekarang, Najib Razak, "Najib bukan untuk dirinya, beliau melakukan ini demi negara. Apa salahnya berbaik dengan Amerika Syarikat? Ia hanya akan memanfaat ekonomi kita."

Najib mengambil contoh pertemuan antara Najib dengan Obama, sebagai bukti untuk menunjukkan APCO Worldwide menjalankan tugasnya dengan baik. "Apa yang kita belanjakan amat berbaloi, kita mendapat pulangannya."

"Prestasi APCO Worldwide cukup baik. Setakat ini Obama hanya meluangkan masa untuk berjumpa dengan Najib dan Hu Jintao (Presiden China). China tu China (pengaruh besar), tapi Obama berjanji untuk bertemu dengan Najib," jelasnya.

Sebelum ini, Ketua Pembangkang Parlimen, Anwar Ibrahim ketika membahaskan Titah Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong dalam persidangan Dewan Rakyat penggal ini mencungkil kontroversi apabila mengkritik kerajaan kerana menggunakan perkhidmatan syarikat Israel, APCO Worldwide, yang juga digunakan oleh diktator negara lain. 【Baca: APCO dan 1Malaysia】

"...Diktator yang kaya akan menggunakan (syarikat) yang terbaik. Jadi, mengapa mereka menggunakan APCO Worldwide? Ini kerana APCO Worldwide terlalu baik (perkhidmatannya). Kalaulah mereka nak membina imej yang baik di Amerika Syarikat, mereka perlu menggunakan APCO Worldwide," ulas Nazri.

Mengambil contoh Karpal dan Anwar

Bahkan, Nazri mengambil contoh peguam terkemuka, Karpal Singh yang juga Pengerusi DAP, "Tahukah anda siapa yang akan mengupah Karpal Singh dalam kes mahkamah? Pembunuh, penyeludup... Kerana mereka nak bebaskan diri daripada hukuman. Mereka perlu mendapatkan peguam yang terbaik. Ada yang berkata Karpal Singh adalah yang terbaik. Jadi mereka mengambil Karpal Singh..."

"Tapi, bolehkah anda berkata Anwar Ibrahim adalah pembunuh kerana beliau menggunakan Karpal Singh sebagai peguam belanya?" tanya Nazri.

Karpal Singh kini adalah peguam bela Anwar Ibrahim dalam kes liwat.

Oleh itu, Najib menganggap pembangkang tidak harus meringkaskan isu ini, menyamakan penggunaan APCO Worldwide dengan isu lain sewenang-wenangnya. Malah, beliau mendakwa bahawa beliau pernah menyemak senarai nama Zionis, dan akhirnya beliau mendapati lebih separuh daripadanya adalah kawan Anwar.

"Jadi, beliau (Anwar) boleh berkawan dengan orang ini, dan kami tak boleh," sindirnya.

Tian mempertikaikan Nazri

Sebelum ini, ahli parlimen Batu-PKR Tian Chua mengadakan sidang media di koridor parlimen, mempertikaikan kejujuran Nazri dengan menunjukkan jawapan bertulis daripada Jabatan Perdana Menteri. JPM memberi jawapan bahawa kontrak perkhidmatan APCO Worldwide bernilai RM76,820,563 setahun, jauh berbeza dengan jawapan yang diberikan Nazri sebelumnya ketika ditemuramah media, iaitu RM28 juta.

Namun, Nazri mendakwa bahawa kedua-dua pihak sebenarnya tidak pasti dengan angka RM28 juta itu, tetapi beliau berjanji kepada Tian Chua (gambar kanan) secara peribadi, bahawa beliau akan mengemukakan jawapan yang terperinci seandainya Tian Chua menulis secara rasmi kepada JPM.

"Jadi, inilah jawapan tepatnya," Nazri menegaskan bahawa beliau tidak menolak untuk memberi jawapan, "Anda boleh menyemak minit mesyuarat. Saya (pada ketika itu) berkata saya tidak mempunyai maklumat yang terperinci. Dan saya juga kata, seandainya saya ada maklumat terperinci, maka saya boleh mendedah kepada semua orang."

Dalam satu wawancara bersama Malaysian Insider pada 7 April 2010, Nazri memberi reaksinya terhadap tindakan ahli parlimen Pokok Sena-PAS, Mahfuz Omar yang melaungkan "UMNO-APCO" dalam dewan. Nazri berkata, "'UMNO-APCO' adalah tuduhan yang serius. Parti komponen Barisan Nasional, UMNO menggunakan RM28 juta untuk mengupah APCO. Tetapi, mengatakan UMNO itu APCO dan APCO itu UMNO, membawa makna bahawa kami memasukkan wang kerajaan dalam saku UMNO. Kenyataan sedemikian membawa maksud bahawa kerajaan jelas menyedari bahawa APCO dimiliki UMNO, dan kemudian membayar RM28 juta kepada APCO. Tuduhan ini serius sekali."

*Wong Shu Qi ialah wartawan MerdekaReview, edisi bahasa Cina. Diterjemah dan disunting oleh Lim Hong Siang. -MR

H1N1 Flu Vaccination now available in Malaysia

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 05:26 AM PDT

= Inluenza A (H1N1)



Stephen Tong's Evangelistic Rally In Sibu (唐崇栄萬人佈道會) - Part 6

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 06:54 AM PDT

Sibu Town Square shall be the venue where the gospel is to be preached to thousands of Sibuians during the upcoming evangelistic rally to be held from 10th to 12th of May.

Reputedly the largest town square in Malaysia, Sibu Town Square is ideal for the evangelistic rally event. Praise Lord that open-space evangelising in this manner and magnitude is still permissible in Sibu.

Thank you, God, for the opportunity freely available to us in Sibu to preach gospel in such large scale. Help us to learn to value and make full use of it to your glory. Amen

Photo: Wong Meng Lei

Calon PRK Hulu Selangor : PR Tenang, BN Borgolak Bagai Nak Rak

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 04:39 AM PDT

UMNO diramalkan akan tunduk kepada tekanan dan kehendak MIC supaya memilih Palanivel sebagai calon BN di Hulu Selangor.

Hal ini dikesani apabila Timbalan Presiden UMNO dan juga BN, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin, apabila beliau menolak dakwaan bahawa beliau menyokong timbalan ketua pemuda MIC, V Mugilan sebagai calon BN pada pilihan raya Hulu Selangor yang akan datang.

"Tiada perkara seumpama itu, Maksud saya tiada kenyataan yang dibuat dan saya rasa tiada apa yang telah didedahkan berhubung perkara itu," katanya.

BN seringkali mendahului pembangkang dalam menamakan calonnya tetapi kali ini menjelang tempoh kurang 48 jam seperti yang dijanjikan, siapa yang bakal mewakili mereka terus menjadi tanda tanya.

UMNO dikatakan lebih selesa untuk menonjolkan Timbalan Ketua Pemuda MIC, V Mugilan sebagai calon di kerusi Hulu Selangor berbanding calon yang diketengahkan oleh MIC iaitu Timbalan Presidennya G Palanivel.

"Jika Mugilan dinamakan sebagai calon, kepemimpinan MIC akan memecat Mugilan kerana melobi bagi kerusi itu dan juga mensabotaj aktiviti parti serta mencemarkan nama Palanivel," kata satu sumber.

Menurut beliau lagi, ketika mesyuarat malam kelmarin di Parlimen, presiden MIC, Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu dilaporkan bertikam lidah dengan Muhyiddin berhubung pemilihan calon BN itu.

Sumber itu berkata Muhyiddin berkata Mugilan adalah pilihan pemimpin BN tetapi pemimpin MIC yang hadir kurang menyenangi keputusan itu.

"Samy Vellu mempertahankan pemilihan MIC yang mahukan Palanivel dan ini menyebabkan mesyuarat menjadi hangat,"

Calon BN itu hanya akan diumumkan oleh Muhyiddin pada hari esok, jam 4 petang bertempat di markas BN, Bukit Sentosa di Bukit Beruntung.

Missing Persons

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 04:31 AM PDT

Just to check whether you are familiar with the missing persons whose posters I put here.

He/She had been elected to act on the best interest of the rakyat. Seem to be missing from the constituency.
Why the photofit? Simple, I just seem to not remember exactly how the MP look like.

Too busy politicking I bet at the same time busy enriching themselves and their cronies. Or as people who are visionary, they might be holed up somewhere planning for the 13th general election.

This is the other person missing, since the same period. People are saying this person is seen around town but elusive, just like the Yeti or Bigfoot or Loch Ness monster.

These 2 may or may not be related, should you not be able to contact me when you find them, please contact the nearest zoos or SPCAs or national park administration.

visit my scribd - rutz.zainal

Happy New year to all the Myanmars

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 04:26 AM PDT

Original picture from National Deographic. Com. Photo by James L. Stanfield

Final Fantasy – Would you be there

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 03:44 AM PDT

If I were blue, would you be there for me,
And whisper in my ears that's ok.
Would you stand by me, let me hold you tight,
And say you love me one more time.

If I feel good, would you slow dance with me?
And touch my lips with tender loving care?
Would you die for me?
Would you run with me?

And never look back..

Would you be there to love, to be with me?
Would you swear that your love is always true?
Would you say that you'll always be the one,
to take my breath away?

Would you be there to love, to be with me?
Would you swear that your love is always true?
Would you say that you'll always be the one,
to take my breath away?

Would you be there..

If I am away, would you still think of me?
And wish that you could hold me now?
Would you die for me?
Would you run with me, all the way?

Would you be there to love, to be with me?
Would you swear that your love is always true?
Would you say that you'll always be the one,
to take my breath away?

Would you be there to save my soul tonight?
Would you swear that your love is always true?
Would you say that you'll always be there to kiss my pain away?
Would you be there to love, to be with me?
Would you swear that your love is always true?
Would you say that you'll always be the one,
to take my breath away?

Would you be there to save my soul tonight?
Would you swear that your love is always true?
Would you say that you'll always be there to kiss my pain away?

Would you be there..
for me?

Song: Redwan Ali (Mars VS Venus Theme Song)

Kula Buat Laporan Polis Terhadap Tajuddin

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 03:43 AM PDT

Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Barat, M Kulasegaran berkata beliau akan membuat laporan polis terhadap ugutan yang dibuat oleh Ahli Parlimen Pasir Salak, Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman minggu lalu.

Tajuddin didakwa mengugut untuk menghantar orang memukul Kulasegaran kerana mengkritik beliau di luar Parlimen.

Di dalam Dewan Rakyat hari ini Tajuddin bangun mempersoalkan keputusan Speaker, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia memberi amaran keras kepada beliau pada isnin lalu berhubung insiden tersebut.

Kulasegaran ketika di lobi Parlimen berkata beliau terkejut dengan tindakan Tajuddin yang mempertikaikan amaran Speaker kerana ia dibuat berasaskan kepada Peraturan Mesyuarat 99(a).

Ahli Parlimen Ipoh Timur, Lim Kit Siang berkata sikap Tajuddin dianggap keterlaluan dan mencemarkan imej Parlimen serta mencadangkan agar Ahli Parlimen Barisan Nasional itu dihadapkan kepada Jawatankuasa Hak dan Kebebasan P arlimen.

"Selain kes Kula, beliau membuat pelbagai tuduhan terhadap pemimpin DAP di Pulau Pinang umpamanya lawatan ke Singapura dan Hong Kong untuk menjual rahsia kerajaan kepada bekas Perdana Menteri, Lee Kuan Yew. Nizar pula dituduh sebagai Menteri Besar yang menjual tanah secara haram kepada Singapura," kata Kit Siang.

‘Leaving Myanmar or Burma a necessity’

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 03:34 AM PDT

I hereby present the Malaysiakini letters of Malaysians who decided to migrate.

I felt from my heart that most of us, Myanmar or Burmese felt the same. I never wish to insult Malaysia or agree with their comments about Malaysia but I felt that I too feel about my country of origin as these migrants felt about theirs'.

As we thought that as Muslims, there may be more chances for us here, but slowly I learnt that I am an inferior Muslim when compare to others in the eyes of authorities. Nevermind I am old to migrate again and anyway Malaysia is actually place than my homeland, I have to satisfy with what Allah have granted.

In response to the Malaysiakini report 'Why I left Malaysia' – emigrants tell their tale, readers write in on the various push and pulls factors that influenced their decision to leave the country for good.

Aswad Abdul

My name is Aswad Abdul, female, 32 years old, living in Perth, Western Australia and working for the Red Cross Australia. This is not my real name because I used to represent Malaysia in junior tennis and also for the privacy of my family.

I left Malaysia in 1996 and have taken up Australian citizenship three years ago. My family is still in Malaysia. My heart is always with them but I left because I think I could help my family more and give better opportunities to them if one day they decided to join me here.

And by that I mean not to make my family unnecessarily rich because I lead a very simple life and I just want to see my family's social standard in the community improve by allowing them the ability to buy good food or even get better healthcare with the money I send back home.

I also believe that by being here, I can help more people in Malaysia as we know that there are still those who are very, very poor and I send all my zakat money to them through the help of friends who will divide the money back home. I think that my proudest achievement is that I have also sold my terrace home in Section 7, Shah Alam, to raise money to help those in need such as orphans, single parents, the elderly, those with disabilities and others.

I pay for my siblings' education so they do not have the rely on government loans or scholarships although they qualify. I believe they should give up their rights to others who really can't afford it and need such opportunities more. Although I am now 'homeless'; I feel calm and peaceful for the lives I have helped and changed.

I miss my parents everyday. However, I believe that my sacrifice will bring changes to those who have crossed paths with me – by them doing the same as I did or even better. I'm here not to get rich or for the laid back lifestyle but to share what I have earned with others and give them a better chance in life.


Leaving Malaysia was a necessity more than a desire for me. Having been involved in the infrastructural development of the country from the 80s through to 2000, I am proud to have seen Malaysia at its best.

However, the refusal of the powers-that-be at that time to face the reality of the day, ie, the financial crisis and the propping up of failed and unsustainable enterprises while all the neighbouring countries 'bit the bullet' and restructured their economy showed the lack of honesty in looking for a holistic solution.

Instead, self-interest took over in what seemed like a frenzied desperation for survival. All the efforts to build a more equitable society went out the window.

Then the obvious departure of hundreds of well-qualified and experienced productive young and old Malaysians and the stagnant if not failing economy and half-witted policies, the race and religious issues, the lack of freedom of speech and the deterioration of a beautiful, peaceful and prosperous country into a quasi-banana republic (almost).

The rise of Islamic fundamentalist, the biased justice system and the treatment by the various arms of the legislative, judiciary, police, etc, have all contributed to our decision to move out of our lovely country.

Citizenship is not an issue for the millions of illegals from (SELECTIVE) neighbouring countries (EXCEPT MUSLIMS FROM BURMA) but only for those who stood shoulder-to-shoulder to make the country what it is today. At a time when we should be reaping the fruits of our labour having contributed constructively to the growth of the country, we are shunned as outsiders.

Well, we know our self-worth and so do the countries that welcome us as we continue to contribute to the growth and well-being of the societies we live in – for that is what we do best and all we need is a little bit of appreciation for a job well done.

Alas Malaysia, thou art a flower in a monkey's hand. Until and unless the youth of today see the actualisation of a free and fair society, the laws of nature (such as water finds its own level) will force Malaysia to correct itself unceremoniously, and finally attain a steady state of social (and other) justices.

Usla Abdullah

I live and work in the United States. Alhamdulillah, my salary is in the six figures. I was a senior executive at public-listed company (listed on Amex) for two and a half years. My wife is from the US and we moved back to the US in 1998 because her father had a stroke and he was in coma for two years. We lived in Malaysia for five years – 1993 to 1998. My first child was born in Malaysia.

I am staying in the US because my family has developed roots here. We are becoming part of community here. Even though I like it here, but deep down I still prefer to go back to Malaysia (my tanah air). I always think about Malaysia (almost daily) and plan to retire there.


I spent 22 years of my life in Malaysia, most of it in East Malaysia and I find Malaysia a beautiful country with amazing culture, food and people. When I left for Australia to pursue my engineering degree, I didn't expect that I would leave Malaysia indefinitely. Just a few months of living in Australia changed my mind. Though the food they serve here is not even near to Malaysia's hawker standard, but one cannot deny that Australia is much more multi-cultural than Malaysia.

Australia being an immigrant country, you will find every house along the street you live in comes from all over the world. You don't see one race congregating in one area. People mix, people mingle, people socialise. The people have a say on the city's infrastructure and development. Everything is designed and built for a reason, and not for the politician's pocket.

I don't get a second-level treatment here in Australia, compared to Malaysia where I'm a second-tier citizen. I'm far better off here in this so-called 'foreign country' even though I am not a citizen. (We all SOMETIMES felt like this but not always.)

With equal opportunity being the primary driver, the good remuneration paid by the companies and great working conditions here seal the deal for me. I got my permanent residency soon after graduation, worked for the government in their power station as an electrical engineer. Paid off my car within a few months – no way a fresh graduate can do that in Malaysia.

Upon approval of my permanent resident status, I immediately receive a registration form from their electoral commission to register as a voter. Hey, Australia actually values me as a voter! (NOT IN MALAYSIA MAN, I am jealous about you)

Even though voting rights are only for citizens, at least they have the courtesy to invite me to register. Malaysia? Never even bothered about my existence. I'm not surprised if they preferred that I didn't vote.

Looking back at all my peers who started working earlier than me back in Malaysia, they are still no where near me. What does Malaysia hold for its people? An ever-depreciating value of the currency only makes the conditions worse – pulling the dream of travelling around the world further and further away from those making a living in Malaysia.

Malaysia, once the tiger economy of Asia in the 60s, now overtaken by Indonesia and Thailand. What a shame for the country's 'leaders'.

Suresh Simson

My name is Suresh Simson, currently working as a mining consultant in Brisbane, Australia.

When I fist arrived in Australia in 2007, the job recruitment agent told me that I am are highly skilled and a lot of people will be lining up to hire me.

This was just the opposite of what I was told in Malaysia, where people only looked at my weakness and looked for ways to put me down and exploit me the maximum that they could.

Fed up with all the racism I felt as an Indian in Malaysia, (IN MYANMAR WE ALL MUSLIMS ARE CALLED AS INDIANS although we were not) this motivated me to move to Australia, which I now proudly call home.

I can see great future for my children in Australia and have no worries about racism. I was very surprised when I found out that the former Australian rugby captain was of African descent while the vice-captain of the women's cricket team was of Indian origin.

As for coming back to Malaysia, unless Malaysia is hit by a real tsunami which in turn makes Malaysians think that God created all human equal, then I don't want to be part of a racist country called Malaysia.

Shahrul Abdul Latip

Saya, Shahrul Abdul Latip. Berhijrah kerja ke negara-negara Teluk di Timur Tengah sejak dari empat tahun yang lepas. Bertugas sebagai Pegawai Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan di aliran minyak dan gas.

Berhijrah bukan kerana wang semata-mata tetapi kerana karenah birokrasi kerajaan dan juga kerenah majikan. Sukar untuk seseorang seperti saya yang hanya berbekalkan sijil dari Angkatan Tentera Malaysia mendapat posisi yang baik di tempat kerja walaupun mempunyai kredibiliti bekerja.

Majikan memandang kepada 'kertas' manakala kerajaan memberi kelebihan kepada siswazah – walaupun siswazah tidak ingin jawatan tersebut.

Di Timur Tengah, setelah memenuhi segala keperluan, saya diberikan taraf pegawai berdaftar dalam tempoh seminggu. Jika di Malaysia, saya akan dibolak balik ke sana dan kemari selama setahun sekurang-kurangnya.

Untuk mendapat posisi di Malaysia, soalan yang diajukan antaranya; 'Siapa yang anda kenal'?

Di sini, setelah memenuhi kriteria dan selepas tempoh percubaan, maka pekerja itu di 'confirm' kan. Saya dihormati sebagai 'army veteran' walaupun saya dari 'rank-and-file'.


This is first of a four-part series where Malaysiakini invited the Malaysian diaspora to write about why they left the country. More tomorrow.

Animal Lover and Animals Attacked By Humans - NST

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 03:00 AM PDT

JOHOR BARU: Stray dogs and cats have a hard time but some people want to make it worse, even after the animals have been adopted by a shelter.

On Saturday, five men armed with sticks allegedly attacked several cats and dogs at the Johor Baru Humane Touch Animal Welfare Society in Taman Delima here at 10pm.

The founder of the shelter, 48-year-old Josphine Mary Dass Paul, was also


Posted: 14 Apr 2010 02:46 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 — Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has instructed the police force to act fairly when it provides security for what is expected to be a highly-charged Hulu Selangor by-election.

Pakatan Rakyat (PR) politicians have previously accused the police of being biased when dealing with them, while showing leniency towards Barisan Nasional.

"[The] police will be professional when performing their duties. I have told the police to fair to everybody.

"We want everyone to move freely and campaign in a healthy manner. But we know the ways of PKR and we can guess the issues that they will try to bring up and relate to the police, but I told the police to be patient, strong and professional in their actions

Hishammuddin added that the police should not be goaded by such statements and needed to exercise discipline when faced with provocation.

"The police have been slapped and bitten, but even in that situation, they have performed their duty with integrity. It is something that we have to go through," he added.

Commenting on the security build-up for the eleventh by-election since 2008, Hishammuddin said that the police were prepared and ready.

He confirmed that over 1,000 police personnel will be deployed during nomination day on April 17.

He also hoped that the political parties will co-operate with the police and ensure a smooth polling process.

"Now is up to the party machinery to be responsible and enable the democratic process by allowing the voters to vote," he told reporters during a press conference in parliament.

He also warned PKR not to cause any ruckus during the election.

"When we face ... PAS or DAP candidates, the incident of clashes, I can say that it does not exist. But when it comes to PKR, I can say that there must be unwanted incidents from the nomination date. I hope everybody and party members are disciplined," he said.

Conversely, Hishammuddin was confident that BN will be ethical in its campaigns.

"We are more careful and disciplined in Umno and Barisan Nasional. We must be proactive in our strategies by not playing [up] sensitive issues such race, religion and not resort to personal attacks. On our side, we are confident," he said.

The Hulu Selangor by-election was called following the death of PKR MP Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad late last month.

In Election 2008, Zainal, a former Selangor deputy mentri besar, defeated MIC deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel by a slim majority of 198 votes.

There are 64,500 voters in Hulu Selangor, with the Malays making up 52.7 per cent of the total while the Chinese constitute 26.3 per cent, Indians approximately 19 per cent and other races at 1.7 per cent.

Last night, PKR and PR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced Zaid Ibrahim as the PKR candidate.

Malaysian Insider : Desk-bound men target of new male wonder clothes

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 01:47 AM PDT

Malaysian Insider : Desk-bound men target of new male wonder clothes

CANBERRA, April 14 — Businessmen who vowed to hit the gym daily in 2010 but are yet to leave the desk are the target of a new, fast-growing line of high-tech underwear which boasts to trim the torso while also benefitting your health.

Just ask Gavin Jones, co-founder of Australia-based company Equmen which has pioneered "fitwear" for men who spend the week hunched over desks in high-stress jobs and weekends chasing their children.

Jones said compression wear was well researched and accepted among elite athletes as was shapewear for women that trims and smoothes those stubborn bulges, but when he stood in front of the mirror he had one question — what about me?

"I was just beginning to show the signs of wear and tear. I had a pretty active 20s and 30s and maintained a great social life and played sport but I was just starting to turn the corner into middle age," Jones, 43, a former journalist, told Reuters.

While women have quickly snapped into the increasing lines of shapewear, trebling sales in the past decade according to the market research NPD Group, Jones realised men wanted more than a male girdle or "mirdle" to trim the beer gut if they were to upgrade from their boxers or cotton briefs with fancy waistband.

In partnership with an American friend and former investment banker Corie Chung, Jones spent about a year and about US$1.4 million (RM4.48 million) of his own money researching and developing a new product line that was more mainstream than the compression wear around and came with health benefits.

They found a manufacturer in Israel who could produce a high-elasticity blend of fabrics which was seamless and flexible.

This led to Equmen's range of undershirts and underpants hitting the market a year ago, boasting to help back support, better posture, and improved blood circulation as well as a better shape — and maybe even a lower golf score.

The line is sold in Australia, Britain, the United States, Canada, Spain, South Africa, and Taiwan with plans to move this year into Scandinavia, South Korea, Japan and New Zealand. The company is introducing socks to its collection.

"Sales have outstripped our expectations and we are in very good shape," said Jones, forecasting sales for 2010/11 rising to about US$12 million and turnover of 200,000 units from about US$7 million and 95,000 units in 2009/10.

Chung, 30, said they were even working on a range of women's fit wear, Equfem, which they hoped to hit the market early 2012.

Other companies are now also starting to produce fashionable, shapewear for men such as Calvin Klein's X line and Marks & Spencer's Bodymax range but Chung said men will remain Equmen's key focus, with professional men the main target.

"Our primary consumer is between 30 and 55. It is the slightly middle to older demographic because those health benefits become more powerful the older you get," said Chung, whose experience also includes working as a product and marketing manager at Revlon and L'Oreal.

"We are focusing mainly on metropolitan and urban areas where people are under the most pressure and stress." — Reuters

The Signs

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 08:31 AM PDT

God has probably given me enough signs…

He gives me an alternative work. He gives me an alternative country. He gives me a once in a life time opportunity I cannot afford to resist. He gives me a chance. This chance. He has opened me a new path for me to walk through. He has provided me good companies as support system.

Yet, I am still standing at the crossroad. Tempted to continue walking the old path regardless of the cruel sharp thorns, blazing fire.. owh… you know what I mean! The worse thing is... the grass IS greener on the other side.

Sigh. Here I am, getting all emotional again. Oh well, Dubai… here I come again..!

April 2010

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 01:19 AM PDT

April has been a slow month so far. I have been catching up with lost sleep last weekend and the past two days. More time in bed also means reducing the swelling of my feet. At one stage, the odema was so bad that I had difficulty putting on shoes. Wuan, though, has been working through the weekend and has been coming back late for the past week. Hopefully, her hectic routine will wind down by this week for her to get a well-deserved rest.

I was just browsing my photo album. It has been weeks since we last went out shooting. My shutter finger is itching for some action. We have not been back to the Secret Garden of 1 Utama for a while now. I wonder what flowers are in bloom now. Watching them in their fully glory never fail to make me happy. I would love to be there when the dwarf magnolias are flowering. Their fragrance is simply heavenly.

The weather is becoming humid. I have turned on the air conditioner in the bedroom. Cheeky is napping in there. I should be too. I just hope he will not bug me to open the door for him when I am nicely tucked in the bed. He has a penchant for doing that. I can feel the energy being sapped out of my body. A glass of chilled Coke or A&W root beer with will do wonders now. I better go read a book now. This entry is going nowhere.

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Wakil Rakyat Terus Dihalang ke Sekolah

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 12:45 AM PDT

Hujung minggu ini saya ada mendapat jemputan merasmikan acara sukan sebuah sekolah rendah di DUN Seri Setia.

Memandangkan saya menyedari wujud sekatan dari Kerajaan Persekutuan untuk wakil rakyat Pakatan Rakyat masuk ke premis-premis sekolah, saya cuba mendapat pengesahan dengan pihak PIBG yang menjemput saya. Mereka dinasihati agar jemputan tersebut dibuat di atas nama PIBG dan bukannya sekolah. Justeru saya terus mengesahkan kehadiran saya.

Tiba-tiba tengahari ini saya dimaklumkan Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah Petaling telah memaklumkan kepada PIBG untuk membatalkan jemputan terhadap saya.

Agak lucu bagaimana hak penduduk Seri Setia yang telah memilih saya sebagai wakil rakyat mereka terus dinafikan atas politik sempit pihak tertentu.

1Malaysia tetapi layanan untuk masuk ke sekolah lain-lain.

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