Saturday, April 10, 2010

Meluat !

Meluat !


Meluat !

Posted: 10 Apr 2010 10:21 AM PDT

Semalam Dato' telah pergi ke Janda Baik untuk menghadiri satu high-powered kursus cyberwar yang dianjurkan oleh UMNO Malaysia.

Ringkasnya, kursus 3 hari ini mudah2an akan dapat mengasahkan lagi kepandaian blogger2 UMNO yang menulis hal2 politik sambil menangkis dakyah2 pembangkang dengan penjelasan yang lebih efektif.

Saya dengar ramai sopo blogger dan wartawan dipilih untuk menghadiri kursus ni.
Dari Pahang katanya ada 2 orang..Dato' dengan another so po blogger.

Antara sopo blogger yang hadir termasuk mereka yang suka maki hamun, yang suka cakap besar, yang suka mencarut dan juga mereka yang rasa mereka hebat sangat tetapi sebenarnya tin kosong!
Ada jugak yang boleh dianggap sebagai pompous windbags!

Bagi Dato', dia hanya seorang bekas Adun yang mempunyai latar belakang politik yang sangat berharga.
Darah politik tetap mengalir dalam tubuh badannya walaupun dia bukan lagi YB.
Cakap berdegar2 dan berlagak sombong diri memang bukan style dia.
DSN dan MB Pahang tetap hormatkan dia. Alhamdullillah.

Kursus ini pada amnya bertujuan menggilapkan lagi kepintaran sopo blogger UMNO untuk membantu kerajaan BN kita berkempen menghadapi pilihanraya2 kecil sehinggalah ke pilihanraya umum.
Kepentingan media cyber tidak lagi dipandang ringan.
Generasi muda kita yang cerdikpandai memang lebih berminat membaca di internet daripada suratkhabar.

Hanya soalannya sekarang..kenapa perlu kita panggil sopo bloggers yang suka mencarut dan memaki hamun?
Sudahkah kita terlalu terdesak atau ketandusan sopo bloggers yang boleh berkempen diblog dengan bahasa yang sopan?
Substance takder tapi cakap macam pandai sangat!

Harus kita ingat mereka ini akan menjadi 'penceramah2' UMNO dalam dunia blogging.
Kalau cakap merapu, suka mencarut dan suka terpekik2, adakah kita terpaksa jugak pakai 'kepakaran' mereka ini?
Are we that desperate??

Kalau nak berkempen diblog untuk UMNO, tolong lah..takpayahlah gunakan bahasa lucah atau mengata2 macam budak kutu berahak..gunakanlah bahasa yang sopan sikit.
Argue intelligently laa..

Nanti orang lagi menyampah parti UMNO kerana kita gunakan sopo bloggers yang mulut suka pakai bahasa jijik..lagi orang tidak respect parti kita.

Suruhlah mereka ini jaga bahasa sikit..jangan cakap kasar dan kotor!
Jangan gunakan sopobloggers yang asyik nak mencarut dan cakap tak senonoh tentang pihak pembangkang..kalau nak argue tu buatlah research sikit..baru boleh pujuk ramai lagi undi UMNO...mana2 UMNO bloggers yang bercakap dalam 'scum, foul language' must be thrown out!

Jangan buat orang meluat dan menyampah UMNO!
Nak tolong UMNO blog elok2..jangan menambah malu dengan dirty language and zero substance!


Anwar will be PM, ex-police interrogator says. Who cares!? For me, so long as not Umno-appointed PM!

Posted: 10 Apr 2010 08:42 AM PDT

By Clara Chooi
Kudus first met Anwar when tasked to interrogate the latter in 1974. — Picture by Choo Choy May
HULU SELANGOR, April 9 — At 70, Abdul Kudus Omar, even with his thinning shock of white hair, cuts a slim, trim and youthful figure. His eyes, now crinkled at the corners, tell of stories long past and experiences that, although sometimes bitter, have also become the potion of life that has kept him fuelled throughout the years.
To Abdul Kudus, it is not the number of years in one's life that matters — it is how much life one injects into those years that really counts. And for the grandfather of 11, the very essence of that life was his unfaltering faith and belief in the struggles of one man — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Ironically, Abdul Kudus' friendship with the fiery opposition leader, dating as far back as 1974, had sparked off from a rather bizarre setting — in the interrogation room of the Bukit Aman police headquarters.
Then a corporal with the force's Special Branch unit, Abdul Kudus who is today the division chairman for PKR Tanjung Karang, was tasked with interrogating the young student leader Anwar, who had been detained — for the first time — under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for rallying against rural poverty and hunger.
"It was a 60-day long interrogation. I was assigned to the duty with two others but I did most of the questioning for the others often found ways to get out of it," Abdul Kudus told The Malaysian Insider in an exclusive interview here this week.
The septuagenarian gestured energetically as he recalled the details of his early friendship with Anwar and looked right at home in the tiny coffee shop nestled at the fringes of Desa Maju, Kampung Sungai Tengi. Despite his advanced years, the pint-sized activist commutes at least one hour daily to the village, known to be an Umno stronghold, to spearhead activities for his party's campaign in the Hulu Selangor by-election on April 25.
"I had already known of Anwar before, as the leader of Abim (Malaysian Muslim Youth Movement), but we only met when he got arrested. It was too bad that he got arrested. At the time, the Home Ministry claimed that his actions had been under the influence and instigation of Parti Komunis Malaya — they were trying to implicate him with the communist party.
"Anwar was placed under solitary confinement for his involvement in the protests and my job was to speak with him every day for 60 days, to determine if he was indeed a threat to national security," said Abdul Kudus.
In the 60 days, he said, his admiration for the young Anwar grew.
"He was co-operative, there was no exchange of harsh words or violence. We discussed things; education policies, politics, everything," he said.
It was during that time, said Abdul Kudus, that he "fell in love" with Anwar's courage and powerful convictions.
"There was something inside this guy, something in his style that told me: this man will be the prime minister of Malaysia one day," he said.
Abdul Kudus said that although Anwar was sent to serve a 20-month sentence at the Kamunting detention camp, his friendship with him never wavered.
"We stayed in touch and when he was released, we would meet up, sometimes as often as once a week. We spoke extensively about the future of Islam, the wellbeing of the people and the future of the country," he said.
Abdul Kudus added that he had initially been opposed to the idea of Anwar joining Umno. "I do not know what it was, I just felt something was not good. At the time, it was (former prime minister Tun) Dr Mahathir (Mohamad) who invited him in. He called Anwar's father-in-law, Datuk Wan Ismail and said that he wanted Anwar to join his Cabinet," he said.
Anwar's powerful convictions have earned him a staunch supporter in Abdul Kudus. — file pic
Despite his uneasiness at the proposition, Abdul Kudus said his support for Anwar continued throughout the years, until the leader reached the pinnacle of his career in the Federal Government — he had become the country's second-in-line to the premiership as the deputy prime minister. Anwar's steady climb to the top came to an abrupt stop, however, when he was suddenly sacked in 1998 over allegations of sodomy and corruption, and subsequently sent to jail until 2004.
"In Sept 2, 1998, I was in Seremban visiting my children when I heard the news — Anwar had been removed. I knew immediately he had been framed. I knew it without a doubt.
"Since that day, I joined the reformasi (reformation) movement and never looked back," he said.
Abdul Kudus admitted that although his faith in Anwar had already become an impenetrable fortress, it had not been an easy transition to move from his cushy life as a pro-establishment supporter to the opposition camp.
"I had joined Umno in 1996 already. I was in the party as a member for almost two years when Anwar was removed. But it mattered little for I knew, and I strongly believed, that this man had been framed," he said.
In Sept 16, 1998, Abdul Kudus organised a mammoth rally for Anwar at his home in Tanjung Karang, giving the leader the platform to explain his predicament to the people.
"Thousands gathered to hear him. It was surreal," he said.
On Sept 20, Anwar was arrested. A few days later, Abdul Kudus, and many of his family members were sacked from Umno.
"Anyone with the 'bin Omar' name was sacked. But it was funny — we laughed until our stomachs exploded," he said.
Abdul Kudus went on to explain that even his contract for an excavator service business that he had just started at the time, was also taken away.
"They took everything from us, from me. Even my brother, who was not an Umno member, was apparently sacked from Umno. Do not ask me how, we received the letters and we just laughed," he said.
The losses, however, never once dampened Abdul Kudus' resolve to stand strong for the reformasi movement, and his blind faith in Anwar even withstood the test of whopping offers of gifts and monetary rewards.
"I am quite somebody in Selangor. And they (Umno) knew that. I am very valuable to them because the people of Selangor know me," he said.
He claimed that he had been approached with contract offers and cash rewards in exchange for his return to Umno and his departure from the reformasi movement.
"They asked me — how many million ringgit worth of contract do you want? I was asked also to hand over my membership form to Umno to a prominent politician onstage during one function and  when I descended from the stage, I was to receive RM5 million upfront," he said, smiling coyly.
Abdul Kudus claimed he politely declined the offers.
One day, Abdul Kudus believes, Anwar will lead the nation. — Picture by Choo Choy May
"After 34 years of clean service with the force... I never once accepted corrupt offers... and now, when I am old and decrepit, why should I sacrifice all those years?" he said. Instead, Abdul Kudus said he chose to follow his heart.
"And I had already, from years before, fallen in love with Anwar's fight. What Anwar is preaching is the very value I admire... I fall in love with people who preach the universal values of mankind — that mankind is equal, that we are all one people.
"I see that he is not only a leader to his family, to the people but also, he is a leader of the world. When Anwar speaks, everyone listens — the Muslims, the Christians, the Buddhists, everyone," he said.
Abdul Kudus expressed disgust at leaders who ruled only for the sake of holding on to power and not to use that power to improve society.
"They do not care, they would do anything to stay up on that pedestal," he said.
He noted that Anwar, however, had not only gone to the far corners of power but had also been dragged mercilessly from the throne and thrown into the dark recesses of incarceration.
Even then, he said, the now 62-year-old leader had still emerged upholding the very same principles he had admired in the young student leader whom he met in 1974.
It was this determination, concluded Abdul Kudus, that would make his prediction, made within the four walls of the dank interrogation room at Bukit Aman more than 30 years ago, come true.
"Anwar will become the prime minister of Malaysia one day."


Bakar Geran Tanah Sebab Marah JKR

Posted: 10 Apr 2010 08:16 AM PDT

Kecewa dengan projek pembesaran jalan yang didakwa menimbulkan banyak masalah, penduduk sebuah kampung di Port Dickson hari ini membakar geran tanah asli mereka sebagai tanda bantahan.
Dengan bantuan sebuah NGO pemantau prestasi jabatan kerajaan, mereka juga mendirikan sebuah papan tanda besar ala papan projek Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR) bertulis "Tapak cadangan tanah perkuburan baru" dan "Homestay mencari maut".

Menurut timbalan pengerusi Gerakan Memantau Perkhidmatan Agensi Kerajaan (GEMPAK) Rahimuddin Md Harun, penduduk dan NGO terbabit hari ini mengambil tindakan tersebut kerana kecewa dengan pemantauan JKR terhadap projek tersebut.

Sejak dimulakan pada 2004, tambahnya, projek pembesaran jalan Pasir Panjang-Port Dickson itu tidak dijalankan dengan baik sehingga menyebabkan rumah-rumah di sekitarnya terdedah kepada risiko dirempuh kereta dan banjir.

Katanya, jalan yang ditambak beberapa kaki itu, dengan saliran yang tidak sempurna menyebabkan air dan selut melimpah masuk ke rumah penduduk setiap kali hujan.

Jalan baru tersebut juga tidak mempunyai penghadang bagi mengelakkan kereta yang terbabas merempuh rumah mereka, tambahnya.

Sebanyak 72 keluarga - kira-kira 300 penduduk - terlibat dalam projek pembesaran jalan sejauh kira 5 kilometer itu.

Rahimuddin berkata, penduduk telah mengadukan perkara tersebut kepada pelbagai pihak, termasuk JKR, wakil rakyat, kerajaan negeri, pihak polis dan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah (SPRM) tetapi tiada sebarang tindakan diambil.

"Kalau hendak kumpul semua aduan, sudah satu rim kertas. Janganlah pandai menabur janji dalam pilihan raya kecil di Hulu Selangor sahaja, tetapi dengarlah juga rintihan penduduk di sini," katanya ketika dihubungi Malaysiakini selepas bantahan tersebut.
Rahimuddin juga berkata, penduduk Pasir Panjang tidak membantah pembangunan "tetapi janganlah kerana pembangunan, keselesaan dan hak penduduk diabaikan".

Menurut Rahimuddin, projek tersebut diusahakan oleh Perbadanan Menteri Besar Negeri Sembilan, sebuah anak syarikat milik kerajaan (GLC) negeri.

Kira-kira 70 penduduk setempat hadir menyatakan bantahan itu kira-kira jam 11 pagi tadi.


A bit of cherry blossom in Yeouido, Seoul

Posted: 10 Apr 2010 07:38 AM PDT

One of the most anticipated things that I hope to see during my Korea stay is the cherry blossoms, but the blooming is arriving late this year… I'm going to miss out the full bloom for sure. Well, things don't always happen in our favour, that's life.

There's still a bit of consolation though… managed to sight a bit of cherry blossom in Yeouido. The area is one of Seoul's most famous cherry blossom sites with 1400 cherry trees along a 5.7 km avenue. There's only 40-50 trees which are blooming; but I'll take that anyway, it's better than nothing at all…

Cherry blossom in Yeouido, Seoul, South Korea

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A bit of cherry blossom in Yeouido, Seoul from YeinJee's Asian Journal


Coward Starprobe blocking my e-mails

Posted: 10 Apr 2010 07:05 AM PDT

failure notice

The Star newspaper's starprobe@thestar.com.my and letters column recently wrote a lot of nasty things about Myanmars but they cowardly even block my e-mail. They dare not face the comments we wrote back.

Home Ministry should probe why they wrote the Xenophobic, Racist, Bigot letters and artcles about Myanmar.

If bilateral relation between two countries go downhill because of those hate letters and if Petronas suffers, the persons behind those articles must take responsibility.

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Sibu Has Lost An Outstanding Plitical Leader

Posted: 10 Apr 2010 07:01 AM PDT

YB Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew's demise was a shock in Sibu.

Although Robert Lau was controversial at times in his political career, he was admittedly a charismatic leader. His contributions to Sibu during his tenure as MP of Sibu are noteworthy.

My salute to an outstanding Sibu leader!


Sorry folks, I have no friends (on Facebook). ‘South Park’: Facebook, “You’ve Got 0 Friends”

Posted: 10 Apr 2010 06:56 AM PDT

Sorry folks, I have no friends (on Facebook)

'South Park': Facebook, "You've Got 0 Friends"

LOS ANGELES, April 9 — An episode of the animated American sitcom, South Park, is spreading virally across the web as viewers take pleasure in the show's bitingly truthful depiction of the "more annoying" side of social networking site Facebook.

The episode called "You've Got 0 Friends", which aired on American TV on April 7, shows how social networks are infiltrating our everyday lives — influencing our reactions to social situations and changing how we relate with other people in our lives after having (or not having) an online relationship with them.

The South Park episode aired in light of Facebook's recently proposed privacy changes — changes that would enable the social network site to share (what most users consider) private information with third-party sites.

According to a recent survey conducted by security firm Sophos, around 95 per cent of Facebook users are opposed to the changes.

Media blog Gawker has put together a video recap of the episode online showing "every ridiculous thing about what the social network has become." — AFP/ Relaxnews



Malaysian Insider: British Films poke fun at Muslims, suicide bombers and Jews

Posted: 10 Apr 2010 05:36 AM PDT

Malaysian Insider: British Films poke fun at Muslims, suicide bombers and Jews

LONDON, April 9 — Nothing, it seems, is off limits to British comedy, with two films hitting theatres in the next month that poke fun at Muslims, Jews and, perhaps most controversially, suicide bombers.

"Four Lions", which received mixed reviews when it premiered at the Sundance film festival earlier this year, hits cinemas on May 7 and satirises a group of hapless Muslims who decide to blow themselves, and others up during the London Marathon.

Given the similarities to the real-life attacks on the city's transport system in 2005 that killed 52 people, some reviewers found watching the comedy an uncomfortable experience.

And "The Infidel", which opens today, follows Muslim family man Mahmud Nasir, played by comedian Omid Djalili, who discovers he was in fact born a Jew called Solly Shimsillewitz.

In a light-hearted, low-budget movie, Mahmud strives to learn more about his real roots from an alcoholic Jewish cabbie called Lenny while at the same time trying to impress his son's prospective father-in-law who is a firebrand Muslim preacher.

Writer David Baddiel, a British television personality, seeks to expose prejudices in both communities by making fun of them, but believes that comparisons between "The Infidel" and "Four Lions" are not entirely fair.

"I think there's a slight weirdness in them being lumped together," he told Reuters in an interview.

"People are going to lump them together because they are about religion, and particularly Muslims, but one of the key things about my film is that it's not about suicide bombers."

Baddiel argues that by focusing on a normal protagonist — a "relaxed" Muslim who swears and enjoys the odd drink — his film is more radical by not setting out to shock or offend.

"I am interested in trying to talk about subjects in a comic way that I feel people are too frightened to talk about, but I'm not interested in what I feel is a slightly more adolescent project which is desperately trying to offend," he said.

"I think it's more subversive and more radical to try and do a film about Muslims and Jews, particularly Muslims I guess, that puts them in the mainstream. For me the radicalism in it, the taboo breaking in it, is in trying to make it normal."

People's reluctance to talk about prejudices among Muslims or Jews has filtered into the British media, Baddiel said.

The BBC had originally been a co-producer of "The Infidel", but, according to Baddiel, backed out.

"The BBC changed character," he said. "The BBC became much more wary about doing anything that might be considered to be offensive, trouble making or whatever."

The inspiration for the story came partly from his own experience growing up in a society where his appearance meant many people assumed he was a Muslim. In fact he is from a Jewish background, although he describes himself as an atheist.

Chris Morris, who wrote and directed "Four Lions", has generally shied away from interviews, but he said recently that his new film, and much of his previous work, is only considered controversial because the media decides to call it that.

He embarked on "Four Lions" "as a reaction to the war of words around the whole issue of terrorism and conflicting ideologies," he told the Times.

"I wanted to make something that would communicate outside that arena. To communicate jokes, some ideas and maybe some insight in a totally different way."

The same newspaper calls "Four Lions" a "risky strategy", noting artists' ability to provoke and trigger violent reactions from communities who feel offended.

Dutch film maker Theo Van Gogh was killed by an Islamic militant over a film that accused Islam of condoning violence against women, and Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad led to rioting in which at least 50 people died.

Most famously in Britain, Salman Rushdie was forced into hiding after Iran's supreme religious leader called on Muslims to kill the author because "The Satanic Verses" was perceived to be blasphemous against Islam. — Reuters



PETPOSITIVE BRIEFS: Leopold Doing Fine And Is Well On The Road To Recovery

Posted: 10 Apr 2010 05:26 AM PDT

PETPOSITIVE BREAKING NEWS!

WE ARE THRILLED TO REPORT that Our Committee Member Mr Antony Leopold is doing well after his spine surgery at the Pantai Medical Centre in Ipoh, Perak, earlier today.

Leopold was operated by a spine specialist from Tanjung Bunga Medical Centre in Penang by the name of Dr Sim Chaw Shian.

He was also attended by orthopaedic surgeon Dato Dr Vasan Sinnadurai from Pantai


Gi Jahanam UMNO-APCO

Posted: 10 Apr 2010 04:38 AM PDT

Perdana Menteri, Najib Razak terus tertekan berhubung isu Apco apabila Ahli Parlimen Padang Terap, Mohd Nasir Zakaria membuat laporan polis ketiga berhubung pembabitan Apco Worldwide dengan kerajaan Malaysia hari ini.

Laporan polis itu susulan daripada laporan sama yang dibuat oleh selepas Ketua Angkatan Muda KEADILAN Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin dan Ahli Parlimen Titiwangsa Dr Lo' Lo' Ghazali.

Dr Lo' Lo' yang juga ahli jawatankuasa pusat PAS membuat laporan tersebut semalam di Balai Polis Jalan Dang Wangi manakala Shamsul Iskandar pula tampil mengadu pada Selasa di ibu pejabat polis daerah (IPD) Dang Wangi.

Menurut berita yang dipetik daripada portal Malaysiakini Nasir membuat laporan tersebut di Balai Polis Kuala Nerang, Kedah kira-kira jam 1.00 petang tadi.

Dalam aduannya, Nasir sebagai berkata Apco Worldwide mempunyai kaitan dengan kerajaan haram Zionis Israel berdasarkan rekod perjanjiannya dengan negara tersebut sebelum ini.

"Kerajaan Malaysia tidak mempunyai hubungan diplomatik dengan negara haram Israel.

"Sudah tentu berurusan dengan syarikat tersebut, yang lembaga pengarahnya terdiri daripada tokoh-tokoh besar negara Israel akan mendedahkan banyak rahsia negara kepada akses pihak luar," memetik kandungan laporan polis yang dibuat Nasir.

Dalam laporannya juga, Nasir yang juga Ketua Penerangan PAS Kedah menggunakan teks aduan yang sama digunakan oleh Dr Lo' Lo'.

Beliau ditemani beberapa pemimpin parti itu di peringkat PAS kawasan dan KEADILAN Cabang Padang Terap.

Nasir juga memberitahu, pihaknya telah mengedarkan risalah menjelaskan isu Apco di pekan sehari Kuala Nerang sebelum ini. -SK


The recycled funny e-mail I got, but nice to read again

Posted: 10 Apr 2010 03:47 AM PDT

I was barely sitting down when I heard a voice from the other toilet saying:
'Hi, how are you?'

I'm not the type to start a conversation in the restroom but I don't know what got into me, so I answered, somewhat embarrassed,
'Doin' just fine!'

And the other person says:
'So what are you up to?'

What kind of question is that? At that point, I'm thinking this is too bizarre so I say:
'Uhhh, I'm like you, just traveling!'

At this point I am just trying to get out as fast as I can when I hear another question.
'Can I come over?'

Ok, this question is just too weird for me but I figured I could just be polite and end the conversation. I tell him
'No..I'm a little busy right now!!!'

Then I hear the person say nervously…

'Listen, I'll have to call you back. There's an idiot in the other toilet who keeps answering all my questions.'

Mobile phones, don't you just love them??



Muhammad Ali’s wife appointed to Obama job

Posted: 10 Apr 2010 03:43 AM PDT

From Wiki: Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.; January 17, 1942) is a retired American boxer and three-time World Heavyweight Champion, who is widely considered one of the greatest heavyweight championship boxers of all time.

Originally known as Cassius Clay, Ali changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam in 1964, subsequently converting to Sunni Islam in 1975.

In 1967, Ali refused to be inducted into the U.S. military based on his religious beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam War. He was arrested and found guilty on draft evasion charges, stripped of his boxing title, and his boxing license was suspended. He was not imprisoned, but did not fight again for nearly four years while his appeal worked its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it was successful.

Nicknamed "The Greatest", Ali was involved in several historic boxing matches.

Mohd Ali was my idol and I refused to ask any DOA (prayers asking from God)  for about a year during my high school year. Actually our Greatest pride of Muslims lost and my pride of very big Arab army lost shamefully to small Israel.

I still remember the early morning radio news while I was waiting, queuing for Nan roti (Nan Pyar) at the Kah Kah (Mamak in Malaysia) shop in Mandalay. I heard the radio news of defeat of Arabs in the The Six-Day War of June 5-10, 1967 with Israel.

And I failed to get the best student award given by the Minister of Education. This was the last straw; I lost faith in asking from Allah for many months. Later only I realized my fault and asked forgiveness from Allah. Since then I had a fair share of loss and success but I never give up. Thank You Allah for giving me the fighting spirit.

Wife of Muhammad Ali appointed to Obama job, Walesonline

President Barack Obama announced he will appoint the wife of boxer Muhammad Ali to a panel that will advise him on bioethical issues.

The White House said Lonnie Ali will be one of 10 people Mr Obama will appoint to the Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

The panel will advise the president on issues related to advances in biomedicine and similar areas of science and technology.

Lonnie Ali is an advocate to raise awareness of Parkinson's disease, which her husband battles.

In 2009, they opened the Lonnie and Muhammad Ali Pavilion, which houses the Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Centre. It's located on the campus of Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.



Hulu Selangor 'Anak Tangga' Ke Putrajaya

Posted: 10 Apr 2010 02:38 AM PDT

Pakatan Rakyat semalam melancarkan secara rasmi jentera pilihan raya bagi Parlimen P094 Hulu Selangor dengan menganggap kemenangan pada 25 April depan sebagai "anak tangga" terpenting merealisasikan impian menawan Putrajaya pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 kelak.

Pelancaran yang dirasmikan oleh Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim di Kuala Kubu Baharu disaksikan lebih 3,000 penyokong dan petugas Pakatan Rakyat dari KEADILAN, PAS dan DAP dari seluruh negara.

Khalid yang juga Pengarah Jentera Pilihan Raya Kecil Hulu Selangor menegaskan perjuangan Pakatan Rakyat pada PRK ini bukan setakat membela nasib rakyat Selangor tetapi juga untuk selkuruh rakyat Malaysia yang memerlukan pembelaan.

"Kita berjuang sekarang bukan hanya untuk rakyat negeri Selangor tetapi untuk negara kita Malaysia yang memerlukan pembelaan dari terus diperintah oleh pemimpin yang zalim, pemimpin yang membenarkan campur tangan luar dalam urusan keselamatan negara seperti Apco yang terang-terang terlibat dengan Zionis-Israel.

"Saya telah bekerja lebih 750 hari dan setiap hari saya bertanya adakah sudah cukup tenaga saya untuk rakyat yang mengundi Pakatan Rakyat sebelum ini sehingga saya berada kedudukan sekarang. Saya perlu bekerja keras untuk rakyat Selangor kerana tanpa mereka saya tidak akan berada disini.

"Kita tidak boleh tipu rakyat dan juga mengambil hak rakyat, hak mereka kita perlu pulangkan kepada mereka bukannya menjadi milik kita. Perjuangan kita bukan senang banyak lagi yang kita perlu lalui, disebabkan amanah rakyat perjuang Pakatan Rakyat tidak boleh lari dari landasan yang sebenar.

"Kemenangan di Hulu Selangor adalah isyarat kita untuk menang di Sibu dan juga tangga kita ke Putrajaya sudah semakin hampir," kata beliau di Dewan Kuala Kubu Baharu.

Ahli Parlimen Gombak Mohd Azmin Ali yang juga turut hadir menjelaskan bahawa rakyat perlu sedar apa yang telah Barisan Nasional lakukan kepada negara ini yang membiarkan campur tangan asing.

"Kita mahu rakyat sedar apa yang telah kerajaan lakukan, kita tidak perlu campur tangan Apco dalam pentadbiran negara ini dan BN perlu belajar dari Pakatan Rakyat bagaimana ingin mentadbir negara tanpa campur tangan luar. Lihat bagaimana kita mentadbir negeri Selangor.

"Kita lihat bagaimana perpaduan dalam Pakatan yang mana PAS dan DAP telah memberi persetujuan agar KEADILAN yang membuat keputusan bagi calon pilihan raya kecil ini, kita tidak seperti BN yang berebut hendak meletakkan calon masing-masing.

"Calon yang kita pilih benar-benar komited dan mantap, calon yang boleh bekerja untuk segenap lapisan masyarakat dan kaum. Kemenangan kita pada pilihan raya ini akan membawa kemenangan kita di Sibu nanti dan ini menandakan kita semakin hampir ke Putrajaya," tegasnya.

Timbalan Presiden PAS Nasharudin Mat Isa menjelaskan kemenangan di Hulu Selangor sebagai tanda untuk Pakatan merampas negeri Melaka.

"Kekuatan jentera yang ada ini dalam mengekalkan kemenangan kita adalah isyarat kepada kita bahawa dengan kekuatan seramai ini kita akan dapat menawan negeri Melaka kerana saya difahamkan saiz Hulu Selangor sebesar negeri Melaka.

"Kemenangan ini juga untuk kita menghalang kezaliman BN dari terus menindas rakyat. Jentera PAS sudah bersedia dari awal lagi untuk membantu kemenangan calon dari KEADILAN dan kita bergerak atas landasan yang sama," jelas beliau.

Ahli Parlimen Kepong yang juga Naib Presiden DAP, Dr Tan Seng Giaw percaya dengan jentera seramai 3,000 petugas mampu menembusi kubu kuat Umno di setiap ceruk Hulu Selangor.

"Dengan kekuatan ini saya percaya tempat-tempat yang menjadi kubu kuat Umno dapat kita tempuh dan serang, dan kemenangan pada 25 April nanti membuktikan bahawa Umno tidak lagi menjadi pilihan kepada rakyat.

"Kita tidak perlu menjadi macam Najib yang hanya tahu cakap sahaja, janji setiap kali pilihan raya tetapi tidak ditunaikan. Apa yang kita perlu buat adalah tunaikan apa yang kita cakap kerana itu yang rakyat nak," tegas beliau.

Majlis tersebut yang juga turut dihadiri beberapa Exco kerajaan negeri dan juga ahli-ahli Parlimen telah menguatkan semangat jentera yang tidak sabar untuk memulakan tugas berjuang bagi memastikan BN terus berkubur di Hulu Selangor. -SK


My very first night out with my colleagues

Posted: 10 Apr 2010 12:38 AM PDT

Last night was the night i was having my very first night out with my colleagues. We went Neway Karaoke @ One U. I wrapped up my work @ about 7ish after i sent the last mail of the week to my client oversea. I packed up and drove over to One U to meet the rest.

Anyway, most of my colleagues likes to sing... my boss too is a great singer. Almost every song he could sing them well. Boss, you really a great singer... :p

Errrr... for TZ... he was a great eater last night. My colleagues was amazed that i could eat so much of shrimps, mussels and oysters. (hahaha... they din know my record of shrimps intake that I had in YUEN). Since there was so much variety of food and i was not singing, I was focusing their all you can eat buffet dinner. Food wasn't that good but i wouldn't complaint much as i was a fan of seafood. Yummy~

Again, Karaoke is not my cup of tea.. usually i don't really sing, i went there for food and listening to other people sing. As usual, i was sitting there and enjoy myself with my colleague's singing... Luckily my colleagues sang well, not like some of my friends, they sang like cow mooing... Blek~ All of the sudden, my boss was requesting me to sing at least one song. Hmmm... do i have a choice? Nope, so i sang along with my boss one of the Chinese song. Anyone wanna to know what song i sang?

Sometime it's true, you need some warm up to perform... I started to warm up and sang a couples of song with my engineers after the first song. hehehe... I could sing too :p The singing session continues until 11pm... when they announced that they were closing... We left the place after that...

BTW, i got my confirmation letter yesterday and my boss appreciates my contribution to the company. Same goes to my engineers, they are happy to work with me. I felt so glad to join this new family... It's fun to work with them.

To my fellow colleagues, thanks for giving me the support to get me up to speed to handle the situation.


Malaysiakini: ‘Why I chose to return to Malaysia’

Posted: 10 Apr 2010 01:22 AM PDT

Malaysiakini: 'Why I chose to return to Malaysia'

Aidila Razak

The queue to leave the country may not be getting shorter, but against all odds, some are making their way back home.

The reasons for returning to the homeland are varied. For some, homesickness does not fade with time, while others return out of filial duty.

One thing for sure is that those coming home are not making the journey for a sake of better quality of life, better education for their children, higher levels of personal security or higher wages.

Ironically, while some leave for lack of hope, it is hope that is carrying others back home.

Despite scepticism, the country is at a crossroads, and many have returned to ensure whatever the changes, they will occur for the better.

In response to the New Economic Model (NEM)'s focus on attracting Malaysian talent back, Malaysiakini spoke to several former emigrants to find out why they bucked the trend.

Below are their stories. We would love to hear yours. Email us at editor@malaysiakini.com

Wan Saiful Wan Jan, 35, Institute of Democracy and Economics Affairs (Ideas) chief executive. Lived in Britain for 17 years, and returned last year.

NONEI came back because there is this opportunity to start something, Ideas. Also, Malaysia is changing and the fact that documents like the NEM report are coming out now shows that this is the time to influence change.

It shows the country is charting its path towards change. That attracted me home.

Someone who is doing his final year of studies in New Zealand asked me whether he should come back as soon as he finishes.

I said he should stay, become an expert in his field and return as someone.

Don't come back wanting to work for someone but come back as someone who would create jobs, employ others and provide expertise for the country.

If I remind myself of the conversations I've had with friends when I was living in London, I recall them saying, "Why should we come back to a country like Malaysia where you can't trust the police because they ask for bribes, where you are at risk as soon as you say something that is considered wrong?"

If you had asked me in April last year I would've said that I had no intention of returning, at least until retirement. It had to do with the political system.

I was involved with the Conservative Party in the UK, which is an opposition party.

Despite everyone knowing (this) people still respected(it). The people at the work place were asking me if I wanted time off work to campaign properly.

I cannot imagine that happening here. As soon as you say that you are with Pakatan Rakyat, that is the end of your life, more or less. (Laughs).

The political culture is deep with this feeling that you need to victimize people who don't support you.

That needs to change urgently to encourage people to come home.

Or if you want to attract people (including non-Malaysians) to contribute their skills, we should allow people permanent residence-ship.

I question why we are so hung up on not allowing people multiple citizenship.

Many countries practice this. Why are we not allowing that?

Akhramsyah Sanusi, 37, oil and gas professional. Studied and worked for 15 years in Australia, the Netherlands and Singapore.

I came back to Malaysia after studying and working overseas from 1991 to 2003.

NONEI came back because my mother called and said, "(Fourth Prime Minister) Dr Mahathir (Mohamad) is leaving, so if you remember that he has helped you in any way, you must come back and serve the country while he is still PM".

I came back in the last month that he was PM, and served Malaysia. I can say that it was his rule that helped put me where I was.

So for a while I thought I would stay in Malaysia and be happy, but then the rent seeking shot up and by 2005, I was looking around and left for Singapore. For Singapore for God's sake! (Laughs).

What drove me to return was the fact that I thought, 'Hey, it's going to change back to something better.' I came back with this second hope. It is hope that drives you back, but to a certain extent duty.

I have worked in Australia and the Netherlands. I have also worked in Singapore but I think their issues are similar to ours, only masked better.

Let's look at Australia. They are still a very resource-based economy, and it's not hung up over it's not industrial, it's not hung up over the fact that it's still agrarian to some extent.

But it's a developed not because it's currency is strong and people can live in relative wealth but because it's culture is developed.

Now I'm going to get in trouble because people would say 'You call Australians culturally developed?' (Laughs).

But I would say so because when they talk about development they don't talk about money or material wealth.

They don't talk about everyone having a car or a television. We are still hung up on that.

Okay, it's because some people here still can't afford TVs, but it comes to a point where development has to be more than this.

It has to be inside, intellectual, where society moves not just for material wants but other wants which are, for lack of a better word, civilized. (Laughs)

Richard Yeoh, 57, director of Research for Social Advancement. Relocated from the United States in 1981.

I worked in the international department of a bank in Philadelphia USA in 1979/81.

I decided to return home around the time that Hussein Onn retired and Dr Mahathir Mohamad became PM as I was hopeful that Mahathir would transform government and its policies, especially his initial emphasis on a clean, efficient and trustworthy administration as embodied in his "Bersih, Cekap, Amanah" slogan.

NONEHe appeared very dynamic and in a hurry to bring the nation forward.

The main reason that motivated me to return to Malaysia was my strong bond with the country of my birth and the belief that I had a stake in the future of the nation.

I was also very hopeful that the government would uphold its pledge of a fair deal for all and that every Malaysian had a place in the Malaysian sun.

Thirty years later, I must confess that I am not sure I made the right move but certainly for me, there is no turning back and I will swim or sink with this nation.

Deep down within me, I have faith that Malaysians will collectively do the right thing and steer the nation in the right direction despite the resourcess and time we have lost as a result of corrupt and misguided policies.

In this global age, we are free to seek our fortunes worldwide and I do not begrudge our people, especially the younger generation for doing so.

However, I find the most Malaysians regardless of ethnicity do hold a very strong bond with the nation and long to return when conditions are better and when they feel that all Malaysians can have an equal stake and citizenship.

Part 1: M'sian talent in high demand overseas
Part 2: 'Why I left Malaysia' – emigrants tell their tale

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Malaysian Insider: Stressed by slow computers? You are not alone

Posted: 10 Apr 2010 01:18 AM PDT

Malaysian Insider: Stressed by slow computers? You are not alone

NEW YORK, April 9 — Stressed by waiting for your computer to update information or download photos, music or videos? You could be suffering from Hourglass Syndrome.

A survey commissioned by Intel shows that 66 per cent of computer users are at least somewhat stressed by slow-poke technology and 23 per cent described themselves as very or extremely stressed.

"We found that 41 per cent of adults said they are waiting for the computer to catch up with them and they are stressing out while waiting," said Agnes Kwan, of Intel which develops processor technology, said referring to survey results.

Kwan added that so-called Hourglass Syndrome is a collective term for the frustration that stressed computer users are facing as they watch the little hourglass spin while waiting for the program to open or a website to load.

"In an extreme case, four per cent of users said they had to wait one to three hours for the computer to catch up with them. During that wait it would create stress for them if they have limited time to do the task," she added.

With the advent of Facebook and Twitter, as well as video and music websites, consumers are using computers for many more applications than they did just a few years ago. Some ageing computers cannot keep pace as quickly as their owners would like, leading to stress and frustration.

The findings are based on a Harris poll for Intel of 2,315 people in the United States. The average computer user spends about 13 minutes per day waiting for their technology to catch up to them, which equates to up to three days a year just waiting, according to Intel. — Reuters

 



From the Man Tasked to Interrogate DSAI in 1974

Posted: 10 Apr 2010 01:28 AM PDT

An enlightening read...

ANWAR WILL BE PM - EX-POLICE INTERROGATOR

Ironically, Abdul Kudus' friendship with the fiery opposition leader, dating as far back as 1974, had sparked off from a rather bizarre setting — in the interrogation room of the Bukit Aman police headquarters.

"I had already known of Anwar before, as the leader of Abim (Malaysian Muslim Youth Movement), but we only met when he got arrested. It was too bad that he got arrested. At the time, the Home Ministry claimed that his actions had been under the influence and instigation of Parti Komunis Malaya — they were trying to implicate him with the communist party." "Anwar was placed under solitary confinement for his involvement in the protests and my job was to speak with him every day for 60 days, to determine if he was indeed a threat to national security," said Abdul Kudus.
In the 60 days, he said, his admiration for the young Anwar grew. "He was co-operative, there was no exchange of harsh words or violence. We discussed things; education policies, politics, everything," he said. It was during that time, said Abdul Kudus, that he "fell in love" with Anwar's courage and powerful convictions. "There was something inside this guy, something in his style that told me: this man will be the prime minister of Malaysia one day," he said.

Anwar's steady climb to the top came to an abrupt stop, however, when he was suddenly sacked in 1998 over allegations of sodomy and corruption, and subsequently sent to jail until 2004.

"In Sept 2, 1998, I was in Seremban visiting my children when I heard the news — Anwar had been removed. I knew immediately he had been framed. I knew it without a doubt."

"Since that day, I joined the reformasi (reformation) movement and never looked back," he said.


Birth Day today :)

Posted: 10 Apr 2010 09:23 AM PDT

Today, 55 years ago... my dad was born.

Unexpectedly, Ben's new Chindian cousin came out today too! He says that she's cute! Hehe. I'm sure she is (: Gotta love babies and their cuteness. Her name is Suri.. macam anak Tom Cruise, Suri, who is super duper cute!

I want her SHOES!!!

Happy Birth-Day! LOL

p.s. Happy Belated Birthday to you too, Afif..


Ant Deterrent Tips @ www.GreenLivingTips.com - ANTS HATE VINEGAR!

Posted: 09 Apr 2010 11:22 PM PDT

1. Pour lemon juice around areas that ants frequent.
2. Sprinkle cinnamon or place it in cheesecloth bags in affected areas.
3. Baking soda can deter ants. Pour a solid line in areas of activity and they won't cross it.
4. A ring of coffee grounds around sensitive plants can discourage ants
5. Apply a puree blend of orange peel and water to an area to discourage ants from corssing.
6. Ants hate vinegar, so spray it around doorways and other areas they frequent to repel them. A small container of vinegar mixed with honey placed in affected areas appears to do the trick too.

For more Ant Deterrent Tips just click on the following link:
http://www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/217/1/Ant-deterrent-tips.html

I did not know that ants hated vinegar until I read this article that was reproduced in The Epoch Times Malaysia Special Edition April 2010 newspaper. I picked it up for FREE last Sunday @ Esquire Kitchen Subang Parade.


The Star: Stories of Foreign workers in Singapore, including Malaysians

Posted: 09 Apr 2010 10:56 PM PDT

The Star: Stories of Foreign workers in Singapore,

including Malaysians

Read this story of what Malaysian Foreigners are doing in other country e.g. Singapore before discriminating foreigners in your country.

In Burma there are about 3 million pure Chinese and about 9 million mixed blooded Burmese-Chinese.  So 90% of them or more than 10 million of them are descended from Malaysian Migrants.

Now altogether legal and illegal Myanmars are less than ONE million only here. Why you Malaysian Chinese did making a fuss?

"We are here because you were there" was a famous slogan of the people of Indian descendents in UK during the protest the British discriminating Immigration law.

Just for your information- 90% of Burmese-Chinese migrated to Burma during British rule was from MALAYSIA and SINGAPORE! Because Upper Burma was still under Burmese Kings, British ruled only the Lower Burma and coastal areas only, they allowed Chinese to migrate. (Because Malaysia and Singapore were also under them) Even Tiger Balm brothers were Burmese Chinese after their uncle and father migrated from China through Singapore and Penang. Read here, here and here. (Wikipedia)

 Aw Boon Par. Aw also founded several newspapers, including Sin Chew Jit Poh (星洲日報) and Guang Ming Daily (光明日報), which are both based in Malaysia today. Sing Tao Daily (星島日報) dates back to 1938 and is currently based in Hong Kong. Aw moved to Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation of Singapore and managed the business from there, while his brother stayed in Singapore until he closed down the factory and went to Rangoon.

Tiger brothers' father wrote in his autobiography that Penang was same as Singapore were full of dust, prostitutes and pickpockets; he did not like to stay. He just worked there to earn money for the trip to the Paradise, Rangoon.

Now it is reversed. Congratulations, Malaysians and Singaporeans for successfully transforming your countries to become better places but we lost our Paradise.

Now read this Star's article: Foreigner first practice rankles Insight Down South by SEAH CHIANG NEE

The latest furore was sparked off by an unemployed Singaporean who alleged he was told off by a manager – a Malaysian PR – when he was interviewed for a job.

"We don't want to hire Singaporeans. We look after our own first," the manager was quoted as saying.

S'pore has slowed down its intake of workers from abroad as it mulls over a possible general election in the face of controversies on the practice of local companies hiring cheap labour.

SEVERAL months ago, I wrote about the growing concern of some Malaysian friends that the Singaporean backlash against foreign workers might bounce on them.

They were mainly permanent residents or aspiring PRs who feared being caught in the crossfire between irked Singaporeans and an unpopular policy that lets in so many foreigners.

They were not worried about being specially targeted since they were convinced that traditional ties would continue to make them more acceptable than most others.

Since the article's publication on Dec 5, more controversies have flared over the practice of Singaporean companies advertising for foreign professionals, bypassing Singaporeans.

The trend could not have come at a worse time for the government as it prepares the ground for possible elections. To placate the public, it has announced a slowdown in the foreign intake.

These firms, including a government-linked corporation, are facing an angry backlash from Singapo-reans who are losing their jobs to "cheaper" foreigners.

The Internet, an increasingly influential channel of communication, has many calls for a boycott of their businesses.

The latest furore was sparked off by an unemployed Singaporean who alleged he was told off by a manager – a Malaysian PR – when he was interviewed for a job.

"We don't want to hire Singaporeans. We look after our own first," the manager was quoted as saying.

It happened in one of the 24 retail outlets of the bakery-and-restaurant chain Bread Talk, according to Shin Min newspaper. Slighted and angry, the Singaporean walked away.

The company has outlets in 15 countries, including Malaysia and a global staff of 2,000.

In response, Bread Talk said it was taking the matter seriously and would investigate. Denying that the company practised discrimination, the spokesman said it had hired more locals than foreigners.

With the economy improving, companies are recruiting more staff – frequently from abroad, either because there are not enough Singaporeans or that foreigners are more likely to accept lower wages.

Bread Talk is staffed by many foreigners, including graduates from China, to serve customers and could be vulnerable to any organised protest. Other companies involved recently in large-scale hiring of foreign workers include:

> Furniture retail mart Courts, which put up a full-page advertisement in Johor to recruit Malaysians to work in various positions in Singapore.

The company told the new media that it had earlier advertised three times here but drew poor response from Singaporeans.

> A Singapore-based multinational firm dealing in agricultural chemicals that placed job ads seeking to recruit "Malaysians ONLY (Singaporeans need not apply)."

> Food supplies company Wang Foong, which put up a job ad that said "PRs and Malaysians are welcomed".

> A government-linked company, Keppel Offshore and Marine, that recruited Malaysians to work as managers and engineers, prompting a blogger to ask: "We produce over 1,000 engineers yearly, is there still a shortage?"

A few ads are blatantly discriminatory which would have gained them a class action suit in other advanced cities.

The mood is growing sour among young Singaporeans who are worried about what they consider unequal competition.

Last year, the government allowed service companies to employ more foreigners as long as they do not exceed the number of Singaporean workers.

However, its definition of "Singaporean" includes foreigners who are PRs, which sometimes put local-born workers in the minority.

Another critic's complaint is that some foreigner-executives who are put in charge of recruitment are hiring their "own kind".

Commenting on the Bread Talk incident, a Singaporean commented: "If the report is true, then our country has a serious problem: lack of loyalty and belonging."

He said Singaporeans could lose feelings for their country if it becomes "the property of anyone who is admitted on a PR or even a contract basis".

Singapore is an open economy, and with 57% of Singaporean companies having hired foreign workers, the dependency on alien manpower will continue.

All this has spawned a lively business among 1,100 employment agencies in the city which place jobs for foreigners. Needless to say, some are operated by foreigners.

One agency advertised its service online complete with imperfect English – Headlined "Foreigner Workers Company, based in Singapore," it said:

"We are agent with license specilise with Foreigner Workers (sic).

"We have Myanmar/Indian/Malaysian workers waiting to be employ in Singapore (full-time) – Engineers, Chefs, Welders, Electricians, just name it.

"We will provide you with excellent choice. For all companies, there is no fees require. We are looking forward to serve the companies our best and future needs … Thank you."

Filipina Margarette Elaine Castillo replied: "I badly need a job. I am an engineer. I'm a flexible type of person. I also had experience in sales."

Another applicant, Aris de Rama said: "I am electronics engineer."

And Myanmar's Zaw Zaw Htun wrote in: "I want a suitable job. I have experience in manufacturing factory as production executive, and I'm a flexible type of person."

These are positions Singaporeans are keen to fill. A blogger commented: "We have plenty of Singapo-reans who are out of a job who are very keen to get the post of human resources manager, so why are we recruiting foreigners?"

A general answer from Singaporeans: Cheaper wages that Singaporeans, with families and housing loans to pay, cannot agree to.

This is, however, not always the case. Foreigners are leaner and hungrier, and many customers admit they give friendlier service (maybe not the language).

One clothes retailer wrote of his failure to employ young Singaporean salespersons; repeated advertisements produced only two replies.

"It's not even the pay. They left before the subject was raised," he said.

 



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