Monday, May 31, 2010

坦白解释过去种种丑闻,要不然不谈降低补贴

坦白解释过去种种丑闻,要不然不谈降低补贴


坦白解释过去种种丑闻,要不然不谈降低补贴

Posted: 31 May 2010 11:20 AM PDT

除非联邦政府能够坦白向人民解释过去数十年所发生的种种丑闻,并且致力降低干捞事件,要不然联邦政府又有什么道德制高点要求降低补贴?过去数周,国内媒体一直报道联邦政府欲降低各项补贴,并且把讨论焦点一直围绕在3000多亿令吉国债、9年之内会破产以及大马油价比索马里还要低等等。甚至也有经济学家告诉国人过高的补贴对马来西亚的经济造成负面影响。我觉得如果这些言论如果没有谈到过去数十年联邦政府挥霍无度的经济政策,那么这些呼吁降低补贴的言论是毫无意义的。我相信全体国人肯定为了国家前途着想而愿意减少补贴,可是国人也希望政府也能够以同样的态度来面对国人。既然马来西亚拥有这么多天然资源,为何联邦政府必须减少补贴?这些丰富的资源到底落入谁的口袋之中?首相纳吉在诗巫补选的座右铭是"你帮我,我帮你"。现在人民也应该针对减少补贴一事向首相先生说:"你要人民帮你,那么你也要帮人民一件事"。在还没有减少任何补贴之前,


HALUAN Malaysia kutuk 'pembunuhan terbuka di laut lepas'

Posted: 31 May 2010 07:00 AM PDT


Serangan Zionis ke atas konvoi bantuan: Pastikan puluhan ribu Jumaat ini

Posted: 31 May 2010 06:27 AM PDT


Jangan Sekadar Retorik

Posted: 31 May 2010 05:57 AM PDT

Salah satu sepanduk pada demonstrasi kecemasan berhadapan Colorado State Capitol pada awal Januari 2009.
Kredit gambar: Mohd Afiq Ishak


Tragedi kapal Mavi Marmarra, sebuah daripada kumpulan armada bantuan hayat kemanusiaan Freedom Flotilla ke Gaza, Palestin diserang soldadu Zionis awal pagi ini meruapkan marah segala macam pihak. Namun seperti kelaziman, acap pula luapan emosi mendominasi reaksi dan retaliasi.

Ya, baguslah kerana kita berkesedaran dengan masalah sosial dalam masyaraat dunia masa kini. Tetapi cukupkah hanya sekadar berkesedaran dan melaung-laung sehingga perit anak tekak menyumpah pihak itu dan ini sedangkan sepatah haram solusi pun tidak diutarakan?

Kita menyeranah Liga Arab, Amerika dan tentunya entiti HARAM bernama Israel yang ditegakkan oleh gerakan politik Zionisme nan licik, sedangkan pada masa yang sama, kitalah antara pihak yang mengecam sambil membungkam itu. Selalu juga seranahan kita itu tidak pun politically-correct seperti pemenang Hadiah Nobel Keamanan Mutakhir Barack Obama yang punya kepentingan di kedua-dua belah, sehingga menyiat perasaan sesetengah pihak (seperti penganut Yahudi yang anti-Zionis atau individu yang memilih untuk tidak mencanang-canang keprihatinannya sedangkan dia boleh jadi sejuta kali lebih prihatin daripada anda yang hanya lantang apabila berlaku insiden-insiden semacam ini).

Saya kira sudah tiba masanya kita membebaskan diri daripada reaksi dan retaliasi 'di angin lalu.' Kita tak mahu jadi Liga Arab (terutamanya Mesir), kan?

Masyarakat dunia kontemporari, terutamanya di pihak-pihak berkecuali, mendamba justifikasi dalam setiap tindakan sebelum memutuskan untuk menyokong kita atau tidak. Secara jujur, anda ingat si penganut Yahudi yang anti-Zionis itu nak dengar cakap anda yang masih BUTA membezakan antara Yahudi dengan Zionisme?

Reaksi dan retaliasi kita perlu 'terpelajar.' Apabila kita memekik bahawa Israel itu entiti HARAM, kita mesti punya jawapan untuk menyokong pernyataan kita itu. Kenapa Israel itu HARAM? Prinsip apa dalam perlembagaan negara HARAM yang terus-terusan menjarah wilayah Palestin secara HARAM itu membenarkan kata-kata kita bahawa ia sebuah entiti TIDAK SAH?

Malah, kalau dibentangkan fakta tentang prinsip kewarganegaraan Israel yang mengambil prinsip jus sanguinis (seperti yang dipraktiskan Jerman di bawah pemerintahan Hitler suatu masa dulu), saya yakin ramai warga dunia yang bisa dibalikkan hatinya menjadi pro-Palestin. Ini boleh dipolemikkan dengan lebih lanjut lagi - hah, bagaimana sebuah 'negara' etnokrasi boleh pula mengaku mengamalkan demokrasi (melalui pilihanraya yang menyekat rakyatnya sendiri yang berbangsa Arab dan beragama Islam bertanding)?

Bukanlah saya mengatakan tidak boleh berkata-kata, atau berdemonstrasi. Malahan dialu-alukan. Cuma jangan sampai hanyut oleh emosi sehingga reaksi dan retaliasi kita - bakar-bakar, panjat-panjat pagar kedutaan, maki-hamun Yahudi (sehingga dipukulrata semua Yahudi itu Zionis, hey saya ada kawan Yahudi tahu, malah pernah makan malam Passover di rumahnya!) - hanya sekadar retorik. Sudah tiba masanya kita menyelesaikan masalah dan tidak hanya mengeluh tentangnya!


Kekejaman Israel:Ahli PAS Diarah Solat hajat

Posted: 31 May 2010 06:07 AM PDT

Naib Presiden PAS, Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man mengecam keras tindakan rejim haram Israel menyerang konvoi tersebut.

Menurutnya, tindakan biadap dan kejam itu diharap membuka mata pemimpin dunia khususnya Amerika dan sekutunya di Barat.

PAS, tegasnya melihat tindakan tidak bermoral itu mencerminkan sikap angkuh rejim Yahudi kerana adanya Amerika dan negara Barat yang sentiasa melindunginya.

Sehubungan itu, beliau menggesa seluruh negara Islam memutuskan hubungan diplomatik dan perdagangan dengan rejim tersebut.

Katanya, tindakan kerajaan menggunakan APCO juga mesti ditentang dan PAS mendesak Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak membatalkan segera perjanjian itu.

"PAS memohon seluruh ahli mengadakan solat hajat seluruh negara dan membaca qunut nazilah agar Allah menghancurkan Yahudi laknatullah dan memelihara semua anggota konvoi.

"PAS juga merakamkan ucapan takziah kepada keluarga mangsa kekejaman Yahudi, semoga gugurnya para pejuang ini menyemarakkan usaha membebaskan saudara kita di Gaza," ujarnya.


Dr Rani selamat, Jamuliddin dan wartawan Awani tidak diketahui

Posted: 31 May 2010 06:05 AM PDT


Rakyat makin susah ambil lesen memandu

Posted: 31 May 2010 06:09 AM PDT


Saya mengambil lesen memandu semasa di Amerika Syarikat dulu. Begitu mudah dan murah sekali, walaupun saya rakyat asing di sana. Tak perlu hadir kuliah berjam-jam, tak perlu buat temu janji untuk ujian memandu. Walaupun mudah dan murah ambil lesen di sana, rata-rata pemandu di sana lebih berhemah dari kita di Malaysia.

Nak ambil lesen L di sana cukup mudah dan murah. Pergi ke pejabat DOT atau JPJ di sana. Ambil ujian objektif 25 soalan. Tak silap saya kalau betul 20 soalan dah lulus lesen L. Boleh terus dapat lesen L dan terus memandu, dengan syarat ada orang yang berlesen di sebelah. Dan bayaran lesen L ni hanya USD 20.

Kalau gagal ujian objektif. Boleh datang keesokan hari. Dia akan beri set soalan yang lain. Ada 3 set soalan tak silap saya, A , B dan C. Setiap set lebih kurang sama je soalannya. Kalau gagal lagi boleh ulang lagi keesokan hari.


Nak ambil lesen memandu pula, lepas dapat lesen L, terus juga pergi pejabat DOT. Untuk ujian memandu. Kalau lulus, bayar USD 20 dan terus boleh memandu. Kalau gagal datang keesokan harinya, sampailah lulus. USD 20 sah untuk tiga tahun.

Mudah dan murah kan dapat lesen memandu di sana.

Kemudian saya tengok sekali lagi laman web DOT terkini, tak banyak perubahan, masih sama sistemnya dan kosnya http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/ods/types.htm
( C (Non-commercial-Operator) 16 2 Years , 5 Years, Knowledge, Vision, Driving $8 $20 )

TAPI PELIK di Malaysia ni. Makin lama makin mahal dan makin susah nak ambil lesen memandu.

Kerajaan, Menteri Pengangkutan dan Pengarah JPJ cik abang oi, pemandu kita makin beradab ke di jalanraya bila makin susah ambil lesen ni ? Remaja bawah umur tanpa lesen akan berkurangan ke dengan sistem semakin susah dan mahal ini ? Orang dewasa tanpa lesen akan berkurangan ke ?

Apa nak di kata, kita rakyat ni umpama mentimun je. Di gelek ke , menggelek ke, kita terpaksa terima sajalah apa sahaja keputusan yang dibuat. Mahal mahal-lah apa nak buat. Kalau tak mampu tak payahlah ambil lesen, pandu sahajalah, kalau kena tangkap sendirilah tanggung.

Rasuah akan berkurangan atau bertambah ke kalau makin susah rakyat nak ambil lesen memandu ni ?

Artikel sebelum ini :

Semakin ramai remaja bawah umur memandu tanpa lesen di http://waghih.blogspot.com/2010/05/remaja-johor-14-tahun-nasib-baik-tak.html

Kehidupan rakyat 1Malaysia makin susah http://waghih.blogspot.com/2010/03/kehidupan-rakyat-1malaysia-makin-susah.html

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KOS BELAJAR MEMANDU DINAIKKAN ?

Utusan Malaysia TAPAH 30 Mei – Kos belajar memandu mungkin akan dinaikkan apabila Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) memperkenalkan kurikulum pembelajaran yang baru pada hujung tahun ini.

Ketua Pengarahnya, Datuk Solah Mat Hassan (gambar) berkata, kenaikan harga itu tidak dapat dielakkan kerana ia bertujuan meningkatkan kualiti pemanduan bakal pemandu baru di negara ini.

Katanya, walaupun kenaikan kos itu akan menimbulkan perdebatan di kalangan masyarakat namun negara masih mengenakan bayaran paling rendah bagi mendapatkan lesen memandu.

"Apabila kita perkenalkan kurikulum baru ini, saya jangkakan pasti ada kenaikan kos. Kenaikan harga untuk mendapatkan lesen ini memang akan berlaku kerana kita pentingkan kualiti cara pemanduan.

"Kita perlu membelanjakan lebih sedikit untuk mendapatkan sesuatu yang baik dan berkualiti," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada sidang akhbar selepas majlis penutupan Program Satu Komuniti satu JPJ Bersama Masyarakat Orang Asli kawasan Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Chenderiang di sini hari ini.

Hadir sama, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Chenderiang, Datuk Dr. Mah Hang Soon; Timbalan Ketua Pengarah JPJ, Salim Parlan dan Pengarah JPJ Perak, Jaafar Mohamed.

Solah menambah, kurikulum baru itu selaras dengan hasrat Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak untuk mendidik dan membentuk pemandu berhemah di negara ini.

Katanya, ia melibatkan jumlah masa belajar memandu, pemilihan spesifik kenderaan, elemen ujian memandu serta kelas lesen memandu dan cara mendapatkan lesen memandu.

Beliau memberitahu, kurikulum baru yang diberi perubahan untuk kali ketiga itu kini dalam peringkat akhir pelaksanaan.

Jelas Solah, ia melibatkan kajian dan kerjasama dengan Institut Penyelidikan Keselamatan Jalan Raya Malaysia (Miros), Jabatan Keselamatan Jalan Raya (JKJR) dan beberapa ahli akademik.

"Kita akan laksanakan kurikulum baru ini secepat yang mungkin. Perubahan yang akan dibuat melibatkan perubahan dalam aspek latihan dan ujian.

"Kali ini kita ada kumpulan penyelidik yang menjalankan kajian bagi merangka draf. Perubahan bukan dibuat dengan sewenang-wenangnya, tetapi melibatkan pelbagai kajian," katanya.

Pada majlis tersebut, seramai 585 peserta Orang Asli menerima Lesen Memandu Percubaan Motosikal B2 secara sah.

Di bawah program Satu Komuniti Satu JPJ, semua masyarakat Orang Asli berumur 21 tahun dan ke atas hanya dikenakan RM100 untuk mendapatkan lesen memandu percubaan tersebut.

Program tersebut bermula 27 Mac lalu dan semua kursus, latihan serta ujian dijalankan oleh anggota serta kakitangan JPJ.

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2010&dt=0531&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Dalam_Negeri&pg=dn_08.htm


review of the sibu by-election

Posted: 31 May 2010 09:59 AM PDT

attended the sibu forum yesterday. there were about 50 people in attendance and several media people, including my friend, susan loone. she had written about the forum in malaysiakini and you can read about it below as i CnP from malaysiakini.

ong boon keong, one of the speaker, had also wrote about it in the sarawak news blog. well as there are already 2 persons writing about it, i'm not going to write about it anymore but just put up the photos of the speakers while they were giving the talk (taken by yours truly). these photos will be along side susan's article. please click on 'read more' to read.

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Malaysiakini

Guan Eng's blooper in Sibu
Susan Loone
May 31, 10
12:33pm

An independent observer revealed a blooper by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng while visiting longhouses during the Sibu by-election in Sarawak earlier this month.
Lim, who is also Penang chief minister, is claimed to have asked the residents if Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud had ever given them RM100 as part of an appreciation programme for senior citizens (as implemented in Penang).
"What do you think the response was?" asked Ong Boon Keong, representing the Malaysian Election Observers Network at the 'Multi-perspective review of the Sibu by-election' forum in Penang last night.
"Everyone kept quiet and dared not tell (him) that (at) every election, they receive RM600 per door! If the DAP helpers (had known) this, they wouldn't (have gone) around asking every house if they had received RM100, as they would (have known) this rate does not sell (in longhouses)."
Abdul Taib had (left) – on the last leg of the by-election campaign – announced a grant totalling RM147,600 for the 12 longhouses in Tanjong Penasu, with each of the 246 'doors' to receive RM600.

PAS representative Zamry Ibrahim, also a Kedah municipal councillor, pointed out that Pakatan Rakyat's presence was

sorely lacking in Sibu, especially among the Malay/Muslim community.
"Many among the Malay/Melanau and Dayak community have supported the opposition even before (the) March 8 (general election in 2008), but they are not organised. This group will vote anyone as long as it is not BN," he claimed.


"Many want change but are afraid to express it because BN has managed to control most of them through their longhouse leaders, by either threatening them or bribing them."
He was referring to the RM450 allowance paid by the government to the leaders.
EC criticised
Political analyst Cheah Kah Seng reviewed the Election Commission's performance.
While noting that there was no proof of fraud during this by-election, the commission's 'sloppy work' presented an opportunity for 'phantom' voters, he claimed.
"Negligence creates the opportunity for 'phantom' voters. For example, a lot of longhouses have no numbers, so large addresses were created," he said.
"There are also massive voter movement, which created confusion. How many people would have missed voting because they could not find their polling station?"
Malaysiakini journalist Joseph Sipalan Jr, who covered the polls, spoke about media bias and how coverage differed between the mainstream and alternative media.
He related stories about how the local press had obtained orders from the top to block out news about the opposition, but said the alternative media had tried to give as much coverage to BN as possible


"Due to lack of staff (Malaysiakini had sent three reporters to Sibu), we had to narrow our perspective. We had to pick and

choose, and we covered Pakatan because they are not covered by the mainstream media," he said.
DAP's Wong Ho Leng (left) unexpectedly grabbed the Sibu parliamentary seat from BN with a majority of 398 votes, in the polls concluded on May 16.



The Draw of Daiso…

Posted: 31 May 2010 09:08 AM PDT

Had a tiring but totally fun weekend in PJ, meeting up with old friends, checking out the food and of course, shopping at my two favourite places – Daiso (at The Curve) and IKEA.

Daiso was one of those lovely discoveries because CC bought me some excellent and practical household items from this shop where everything goes for RM5. Which is cheap but then again, one always blows one's budget because one loses count of the number of items! Our brain is wired to think, aiyah, it's only RM5. But when the basket is full of items, errrrrgh!

When I was in HK, I ended up at Jusco's version of Daiso too (HK$10 store). And to think we only found this section in Jusco HK on our LAST day! Still we grabbed quite a bit of items which I still can't find here. That includes lugging home a chopping board holder!

Anyway, after that I got terribly hooked on Daiso. So when I was in PJ, I visited Daiso at The Curve 3 times in 3 days. And each time, embarrassingly I bought something and even introduced my best friend to Daiso! She's now as addicted as I am, as she found some hard to find toys for her children. CC told me there's a new Daiso at One Utama but she concluded that branch was too small to be of interest to me. This Daiso was bigger and better and had lots more interesting items.

Example, how about a ladle holder? I always don't know where to put my soup ladles but this gadget solves the issue. The ladle stands happily with this holder.

Or how about a silicone pastry brush? Easy to clean and you don't lose hair over losing bristles from your pastry brush.

Or a very clever way of disposing cooking oil? There's this substance which you stir into your used cooking oil and it hardens the oil, allowing you to lift it out of your pot and dispose of it. This beats pouring the oil down your sink. (Actually you can re-use your cooking oil to make soap. I learnt it's very easy. I am going to learn it from a friend soon!)

And finally on our last day in PJ, I managed to get my friends (the ones who drove us down to KL) to visit Daiso.

And how could one go to The Curve without going to IKEA?

Ya, we even bought the IKEA bag to cart home our buys!

Oh yes, what a lot of stuff we bought. I keep wishing IKEA comes to Penang but I last heard that we in the Northern region don't have buying clout. Which is strange because almost all Penangites I talk to are happy to drive down to PJ and cart home boot-loads of flat-packed furniture!

Kvart lamp for my work table - finally!

I think I love IKEA because the solutions are so smart and practical. They make decorating one's home so easy and so convenient and so well-thought out!

IKEA is also about food – I sometimes think they make pots of money from their food too (beside the furniture). Their 99 sen breakfast specials are always a big draw (with free coffee from 9am to 9.30am). When we were there yesterday, they served fried spring rolls and char kueh teow. CC told me the breakfast specials are always changing so it's quite fun to try different offerings each time.

For lunch, I always enjoy the Swedish meatballs with lingonberry sauce and french fries. Somehow I cannot be tempted to try other dishes. I fall back on this over and over!

But the best has to be their curry puffs. Best eaten when they're fresh and hot!

Managed to snap photos of the characters from Star Wars who were at The Curve doing some promo work for the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back


Im now at Indonesia again - Motor Polisi - Bhg 3

Posted: 31 May 2010 09:31 AM PDT

Salam to all & good day,
Dibahagian 3, aku nak bercerita tentang motor polis traffik di indonesia, dan pada mulanya aku melihat motor pak polisi ni, aku cuba mendekatnya, dan motor pak polisi ni tidak la terlalu besar seperti motor polis traffik di negara kita yg cangih dan berkuasa besar, tapi motor mereka simple saja, kecil dan tidak la laju sangat, selama aku di indon ni, tak pernah sekali aku nampak ada polis traffik yg dok kejar mat-mat motor ni, diorg rileks je, takda apa yg nak di kejarnya, semua bawak motor takda la mcm gila-gila, seperti mana mat2 rempit kat malaysia ni.

p/s - tak nampak ada accident kat sini, diorg bawak motor dan kereta sopan santun, boleh tolak ansur bila diorg memandu, tu yg bagusnya kat sini yg aku melihatnya dari kaca mata aku...





Scapegoats in MBPJ? NST Streets Story

Posted: 31 May 2010 09:00 AM PDT

Letter shows low-cost flats offered to council staff2010/05/27
By Sheila Sri Priya
streets@nstp.com.my
PETALING JAYA: More evidence has surfaced in the purchase of low- and medium-cost flats units by Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) staff who do not qualify to own these units. This time, an offer letter dated March 29, 2002, from the developer, Mutiara Rini Sdn Bhd, to MBPJ was made


Sports betting: Arrest the Muslims in Malaysia but in Singapore, cannot lah!

Posted: 31 May 2010 08:02 AM PDT

eMay 31, 2010 21:47 PM


PUTRAJAYA, May 31 (Bernama) -- Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government should increase enforcement to prevent Muslims from involving in gambling activities.

"Any Muslim caught gambling like betting will get arrested," he said when asked to comment on the granting of a licence to the Berjaya Group to manage sports betting in conjunction with the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

"We have many different races in this country. So, we cannot stop people from doing what to them is not 'haram' (forbidden) but for us Muslims, it is 'haram'," he told reporters, here Monday.

He said there was already enforcement on Muslims with regard to gambling, "but if they go to Singapore to gamble, there's nothing we can do about it".

The Finance Ministry had early this month issued the license to allow for legalised sports betting to curb the illegal operations.

Its deputy minister Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussein had said that if the government had not given the license, illegal betting would still take place, without proper control and monitoring by the authorities.

-- BERNAMA



Selamat Hari Gawai Dayak, Gayu Guru, Gerai Nyamai

Posted: 31 May 2010 07:32 AM PDT

To all my Sarawakian friends and blog readers, here's wishing you and your family Da ta'ei agei bak cuti Gawai.. Selamat Hari Gawai, Gayu Guru Gerai Nyamai.

I hope that one day I can meet you in person and thank you for reading my blog and sharing your comments. May you have good times as you ngirup with your family and friends. May you have safe journeys travelling to and fro wherever you may be. God bless you and please stay in touch.



According to Wikipedia:

Gawai Day or Gawai Dayak is a festival celebrated in Sarawak on 1 June every year. It is both a religious and social occasion. The word Gawai means a ritual or festival whereas Dayak is a collective name for the native ethnic groups of Sarawak: the Iban, also known as Sea Dayak and the Bidayuh people, also known as Land Dayak. Thus, Gawai Dayak literally means "Dayak Festival". Dayak would visit their friends and relatives on this day. Such visit is more commonly known as "ngabang" in the Iban language. Those too far away to visit would receive greeting cards.

It started back in 1957 in a radio forum held by Mr Ian Kingsley, a radio programme organiser. This generated a lot of interest among the Dayak community.

The mode of celebration varies from place to place. Preparation starts early. Tuak (rice wine) is brewed (at least one month before the celebration) and traditional delicacies like penganan (cakes from rice flour, sugar and coconut milk) are prepared. As the big day approaches, everyone will be busy with general cleaning and preparing food and cakes. On Gawai Eve, glutinous rice is steamed in bamboo (ngelulun pulut). In the longhouse, new mats will be laid out on the ruai (an open gallery which runs through the entire length of the longhouse). The walls of most bilik (rooms) and the ruai are decorated with Pua Kumbu (traditional blankets). A visit to clean the graveyard is also conducted and offerings offered to the dead. After the visit it is important to bathe before entering the longhouse to ward off bad luck.

The celebration starts on the evening of 31 May. In most Iban longhouses, it starts with a ceremony called Muai Antu Rua (to cast away the spirit of greed), signifying the non-interference of the spirit of bad luck in the celebration. Two children or men each dragging a chapan (winnowing basket) will pass each family's room. Every family will throw some unwanted article into the basket. The unwanted articles will be tossed to the ground from the end of the longhouse for the spirit of bad luck.

Around 6 pm or as the sun sets, miring (offering ceremony) will take place. Before the ceremony, gendang rayah (ritual music) is performed. The Feast Chief thanks the gods for the good harvest, and asks for guidance, blessings and long life as he waves a cockerel over the offerings. He then sacrifices the cockerel and a little blood is used together with the offerings.

Once the offering ceremony is done, dinner is then served at the ruai. Just before midnight, a procession up and down the ruai seven times called Ngalu Petara (welcoming the spirit gods) is performed. During this procession, a beauty pageant to choose the festival's queen and king (Kumang & Keling Gawai) is sometimes conducted. Meanwhile, drinks, traditional cakes and delicacies are served.

At midnight, the gong is beaten to call the celebrants to attention. The longhouse Chief (tuai rumah) or Festival Chief will lead everyone to drink the Ai Pengayu (normally tuak for long life) and at the same time wish each other "gayu-guru, gerai-nyamai" (long life, health and prosperity). The celebration now turns merrier and less formal. Some will dance to the traditional music played, others will sing the pantun (poems). In urban areas, Dayaks will organise gatherings at community centres or restaurants to celebrate the evening.

Other activities that may follow the next few days include: cock-fighting matches, and blowpipe and ngajat competitions. On this day, 1 June, homes of the Dayaks are opened to visitors and guests.

Traditionally, when guests arrive at a longhouse, they are given the ai tiki as a welcome. From time to time, guests are served tuak. This would be called nyibur temuai which literally means "watering of guests".

Christian Dayaks normally attend a church mass service to thank God for the good harvest.

Gawai Dayak celebrations may last for several days. It is also during this time of year that many Dayak weddings take place, as it is one of the rare occasions when all the members of the community return home to their ancestral longhouse.

gawai Pictures, Images and Photos

Up till 1962, the British colonial government refused to recognise Dayak Day. Gawai Dayak was formally gazetted on 25 September 1964 as a public holiday in place of Sarawak Day. It was first celebrated on 1 June 1965 and became a symbol of unity, aspiration and hope for the Dayak community. Today, it is an integral part of Dayak social life. It is a thanksgiving day marking good harvest and a time to plan for the new farming season or activities ahead.

SELAMAT ARI GAWAI! GAYU GURU NGERAI NYAMAI, LANTANG SENANG NGUAN MENUA to all those Celebrating Gawai.


Enjoying My Family Time

Posted: 31 May 2010 09:50 AM PDT

We went to see Seth at his college last Sunday.
As usual, we took him out for lunch at the Garden Seafood restaurant for an hour or so.

Seth told us how the evening before it was raining so heavily and while they were waiting for a cab, a Chinese guy drove his van into a big pothole on the road.
Feeling sorry for the person, both him and his friend helped the guy lift the van under the heavy rain.
The driver reversed his car while Seth and his friend did their best to get the van dislodged from the front. They succeeded.

The poor fella wanted to pay Seth and his friend 20 bucks each but these boys did not want the money..they just wanted to help.

And with their very drenched clothes, they proceeded to having lunch with another couple of friends.

No wonder he sounded as though he had a cold..

"Seth...lain kali no need to help lah bila hujan lebat sangat..you're having your exams..kalau demam nanti menyusahkan you.." I said.."lagipun dangerous..what if that guy tersilap gear..you and your friend would have risked your safety!"

"Okay Ma.."

"Lain kali tak payah tolong2 orang okay..don't forget to take 2 panadols after this!"

Now can you blame me for being worried and giving my son such advice?
I am and will always be over-frantically protective of my children..we all are.
We just don't want our children to sacrifice their safety unnecessarily right..

Glad to see Hakim at his office today even though for a short while.
We haven't seen him since the Kuantan wedding reception.
We know hes blessed with a doting wife and Alhamdullillah loving parents-in-law.

Since my 'boss' was in a hurry, I didn't manage to see BangMin and family..hopefully next week?
Another long overdue visit.

I was supposed to take a bus back this evening to Kuantan.
Dato' has a few important meetings to clear until Wednesday but I can't wait that long.
My 3 musketeers are on their own in Kuantan.
They can't rely too much on the taxi man for transport.
Sometimes hes unavailable (taxi rosak) and also I dread paying the expensive taxi fare.

Anyway..its my duty to be the home minister..domestic duty calls.
So its tomorrow's bus then.

Fateen is lucky to have the father fetched her today from Taylor's.
Otherwise it would not have been easy for her to grab a cab under such a torrential KL rain just now. As usual jam teruk.

While waiting for them at 1-Utama, I nearly slept at the table at Daves.
I had finished reading almost every page of the Hello magazine and Readers Digest.

Jannah just got back from office..I bought her some roast chicken from Daves Deli just now.

And finally, the new style of me in Kuantan and Dato' in KL thingy can sometimes make me get quite depressed.
I have never thought that the day would come when he'll spent most of his time in KL while I stay in Kuantan.
I don't want to move to KL if possible.
Kuantan is a lovely peaceful place..no traffic jams!

Hannan will be off to UiTM Jengka soon..Alhamdullillah, she has received an offer to do a diploma in civil engineering.
I'll miss her very much because she was so very helpful with the housework. Excellent assistant!

Harris will be having his SPM this year..I have to teach him how to iron his clothes..he doesn't know how to.
I can't be following him to college next year..really so babyish at times.
But hes warak and a bookworm.
Somebody stole his specs recently when he was in the school's surau..
I bet it was a prankster's job.
Harris is big-size but gets easily bullied because of his nerdishness..have got to transform him a bit.

And Banun whos in Form 4 now has become my karaoke partner..boy, she can sing lah!
Can karaoke till 1 am!

Well then, I'll get used to this new timetable by and by.
And cherish whatever precious moments I can sap from my love ones.


ISRAEL THE ROGUE STATE

Posted: 31 May 2010 02:20 AM PDT

1. I am horrified at the violence employed by Israel to stop the ships from carrying humanitarian supplies to Gaza (read here). The ships are in international waters, yet the arrogant Israelis do not care to respect international laws and convention.

2. The claim that the people on the ships are carrying sharp objects is ridiculous. Are they going to fight the well armed Israeli soldiers with sharp objects?

3. Do Israeli soldiers shoot to kill people carrying sharp objects? The act is most cowardly and deserving only of brutes, not civilised people.

4. What kind of world are we living in when it allows a rogue state to use violence and killings against unarmed people on a mission of charity.

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KENA LAGI

Posted: 31 May 2010 03:11 AM PDT

Tiada lapisan
Tiada benteng
Tiada tembok
Mampu tegak
Menerima serangan ini
Serangan bertubi
Kena lagi

Tiada jawapan
Tiada kekuatan
Menangkis
Serangan bertalu
Pedih pilu
Amat malu

Apakah tiada orang
Yang ada akal
Yang ada kesungguhan
Yang penuh muslihat
Bijak membantu
Bukan membatu
Menyusun langkah
Penuh terserlah
Gerak strategi
Pelbagai segi
Hebat terbukti
Tiada kena lagi


Schooling opportunity

Posted: 31 May 2010 07:10 AM PDT

After a three day break from my voluntary work, today I went over to Lin's house to send this month's supply of groceries.

And since I wasn't rushing to go anywhere else after that, today I had ample time to chat with Lin. And so we were chatting about herself and her past.

You know, all the while I thought Lin had at least completed her SPM. She's quite a smart lady, I must say. The way she handles situations had been quite commendable.

Today I found out that Lin had only completed primary school. Well, she did go to form one for a short while despite her family's financial difficulties. They couldn't afford to buy her school uniform, so she used a pinafore handed to her by a neighbour. The pinafore was rather big for her, but having no other choice, she wore it anyway. As for the white blouse underneath the pinafore, Lin wore the same white (but no so white anymore) blouse she had been using in primary school. So there she was, wearing a blouse a few sizes too small and a pinafore a few sized too big.

That wasn't a problem for Lin. Her problem started when her teacher started asking for the students to pay up their fees. After a while Lin became embarrassed to go to school as she had not paid her fees, and so she stopped schooling ever since. Yep, as simple as that.

She was too young to get herself a job, and so she just stayed home helping her mother. At 17 she started working at a small private soy sauce factory nearby, and at 18 she got married to none other than Mr Darling. And she was an obedient stay-at-home wife, seldom going out anywhere.

So it really amazed me that after her divorce she didn't just wait for people to come and help her. She went out to find ways and means to earn an income for her family. She wanted her children to go to school despite she herself not having the opportunity to be in secondary school. She saw the importance of education for her children's future.

Her 3 elder daughters I must say, had been very supportive. Even though they are all still studying in higher learning institutions and cannot afford to help out financially yet, they had always been Lin's pillars of strength.

Now only her 2 younger children (15 & 11) are at school. And they are both being covered by our sponsorship program and so at least Lin doesn't have to worry about her children's schooling needs.

I just hope the children will not waste the opportunity given to them.

The opportunity of going to school is something we tend to take for granted. Let's not forget that there are people out there who were never given the same opportunity. Let's make sure people like Lin's children are not deprived of their rights to go to school. Let's not just allow them to inherit the poverty their mother inherited from her parents.

Let's make sure these children go to school and complete at least form 5.


Nike Football Write The Future: 'Leaked' ad gone viral!

Posted: 31 May 2010 06:59 AM PDT

'Leaked' Nike World Cup Ad Goes Viral Before It Even Launches

The "unlisted" YouTube video is closing in on 1 million views already 

These days, advertising, especially online, is about going viral, having people share the ads with their friends getting as much exposure as possible, organically. Well, Nike sure does seem to have [i]scored a goal with its latest ad campaign, 'Write the Future,' ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The campaign hasn't even been launched officially yet and it's already raking up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.
Nike has been drumming up anticipation for the ads with some teaser clips and tidbits of information. The plan is to launch it on Sunday on TV in 32 countries. All the while, the full video ad was tucked hidden away in the YouTube vaults ready for its official debut. Or was it? Well, obviously not, or you wouldn't be reading this.

The video was marked as 'unlisted,' a new privacy option YouTube introduced, which means that you couldn't find it unless you had the direct link to it. But someone did find it and, by the looks of it, eventually, so did the rest of the world. At this point, it has well over 800,000 views on YouTube and will likely hit one million in a few hours.

The ad itself is pretty great, not that it could have been anything else considering its obvious enormous budget and star-studded cast. Football stars that is, fans will spot Rooney, Ronaldo, Ribery, Didier Drogba, Patrice Evra and Ronaldinho, some of the best, or at least the most popular football players in the world.

Non-football fans may also spot a few cameo appearances from tennis phenomenon Roger Federer, Los Angles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (for the US viewers no doubt) and one, decidedly un-athletic, Homer J. Simpson. Directed by Alejandro G Inarritu, also known for films like 21 Grams and Babel, the spot doesn't fail to impress.

Still, it seems like somewhat of a mishap on the part of Nike to leave the YouTube clip 'in the open' like that. What's more, once it noticed that people were watching it, in the thousands, why didn't it just set the clip to 'private?' Regardless, the clip is there, embeddable no less, for football fans and non-fans alike to enjoy.

 



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Intifada Diistiharkan. UMNO Masih Berpelukan Dengan APCO

Posted: 31 May 2010 06:19 AM PDT

Serang Konvoi Bantuan Kemanusiaan, KEADILAN Desak Kerajaan Batal Kontrak APCO

KEADILAN hari ini mengutuk sekeras-kerasnya tindakan rejim zionis Israel yang menyerang konvoi bantuan kemanusiaan antarabangsa (Freedom Flotilla) ke Gaza yang mengakibatkan 16 orang terbunuh manakala puluhan lagi cedera.

Ketua Penerangan Latheefa Koya berkata serangan kejam itu terhadap sebuah daripada enam kapal yang membawa bekalan perubatan, makanan, bahan binaan dan lain-lain keperluan asas menuju Gaza.

"Pembunuhan terhadap aktivis konvoi bantuan itu merupakan satu tindakan yang kejam dan salah sama sekali.

"Tiada justifikasi di bawah undang-undang antarabangsa yang membolehkan rejim zionis itu bertindak sedemikian," kesalnya.

Tambahnya, konvoi kapal tersebut turut membawa Ahli Parlimen dari Eropah, pemegang Nobel Peace Prize, wanita dan beratus-ratus aktivis keamanan.

"KEADILAN menyeru dunia mengutuk dan mengambil tindakan terhadap rejim zionis itu dan mendesak kerajaan membatalkan kontrak APCO dengan segera," tegas Latheefa lagi.


Mesyuarat tergempar, Hamas isytihar 'intifada'

Setiausaha Agung Liga Arab, Amr Moussa, memanggil mesyuarat tergempar bagi membincangkan tindakan perkumpulan 22 negara Arab terhadap apa yang disifatkan "tindakan keganasan" Israel terhadap kapal misi bantuan antarabangsa ke Gaza.

"Setiausaha Agung Liga Arab sudah memanggil mesyuarat tergempar peringkat wakil bagi membincangkan jenayah kejam tentera Israel terhadap orang awam tidak bersenjata yang menyebabkan ramai terbunuh dan cedera.

"Liga Arab mengutuk tindakan keganasan itu," menurut kenyataan pertubuhan itu yang dipetik oleh Reuters.

Sementara itu, AFP pula melaporkan Hamas hari ini menyeru rakyat Arab dan umat Islam supaya 'berhimpun' di kedutaan-kedutaan Israel di seluruh dunia bagi membantah serangan maut rejim itu terhadap kapal-kapal yang membawa bekalan bantuan ke Semenanjung Gaza.

"Kami menyeru semua rakyat Arab dan umat Islam supaya berkumpul di kedutaan-kedutaan rejim Zionis itu di seluruh dunia," kata jurucakap Hamas Sami Abu Zuhri sambil menggunakan perkataan Arab 'intifada'.

Perdana Menteri Hamas Ismail Haniya di Gaza mengecam 'serangan' berkenaan dan turut meminta Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu melindungi aktivis yang mengikuti misi penghantaran bekalan bantuan itu.



Israeli attack on Gaza aid ship, they asked for it

Posted: 31 May 2010 06:04 AM PDT

As in their invasion of Gaza a year and a half ago, and previous conflicts, Israeli forces are provoked. There can be no doubt that as they landed on the Mavi Marmara, the Turkish flagship of the activist flotilla, their commandoes were met by a mob carrying sticks, if not knives and guns, as their military spokeswoman claimed.

But their reaction, as before, will be hard for many but their most devoted backers to view as proportionate. Their troops used the unwavering force for which they have become celebrated at home, admired in some other militaries and condemned almost everywhere else. Six of their men were wounded, one seriously, but at least ten, and possibly as many as 16 of their opponents died.

The Israeli spokeswoman, Avital Liebovitch, told the scores of reporters who had gathered at Ashdod, the Israeli port to which the impounded ships were being sailed, that the protesters were out to "lynch" the boarding party. She claimed that little else could be expected from a bunch of supporters of Hamas, words that will be popular among many Israelis but will almost certainly be used against them. Those "Hamas supporters" include activists from round the world, including politicians and academics from Israeli allies.

One is Mairead Corrigan Maguire, founder of the Northern Ireland "peace people", awarded a Nobel Prize in 1976. How successfully Israel defends itself today will now be of crucial importance, including to its own future. Its relations with President Barack Obama are aleady rocky, but the administration this month finally managed to persuade both Israelis and Palestinians back to "proximity talks".

Mr Netanyahu was rewarded with a fresh invitation to the White House, after his last visit ended in a personal snub by the president, who left him alone while he went off to dine with "Michelle and the kids". A key stage of those proximity talks may once again have been sabotaged by Israeli action, as it was when a visit to Israel by Vice-President Joseph Biden was overshadowed by a new announcement on settlement building in March.

Mr Netanyahu will once again have to explain how this has happened - and give assurances of Israeli sincerity. He is in the right place: the White House visit was due to take place tomorrow. Assuming it goes ahead, it will be interesting to see if he maintains his usual self-confident posture. Source...

What do you expect of this so called "peace flotilla" Not that it comes as any surprise. Israel's] Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon criticized the 'Freedom Flotilla' headed for Gaza on Sunday, saying the anti-Semitic chants voiced by the activists on board earlier in the day showed the "real motivation" for the campaign, which he termed an "armada of hate." In the morning, participants on the flotilla were recorded shouting "Khaybar Khaybar ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad saya'ud", which means 'Jews, remember Khyabar, the army of Mohammed is returning.'This cry relates to an event in the seventh century when Muslims massacred and expelled Jews from the town of Khaybar, in modern-day Saudi Arabia. Source

The Turkish foreign minister, in Venezuela, was calling the United Nations Security Council to an emergency meeting, Arinc said. "This operation will leave a bloody stain on the history of humanity," Arinc said. That is rich coming from the Turks, whose hands are stained with the blood of millions of Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks. Until today the hypocritical Turks do not admit conducting tha Genocide.


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