Saturday, May 22, 2010

Last Day of Foyi Children Camp 2009

Last Day of Foyi Children Camp 2009

Last Day of Foyi Children Camp 2009

Posted: 22 May 2010 09:00 AM PDT

3 days 2 nights had finally came to an end. I didn't overnight at there because I wanted to go home to study Chinese for my SPM 2009 examination and for that two night of studies, I got C for Chinese. Sucks man. But I don't care already, life move on.

So it's last day and I again, woke up early in the morning and drove to the camp site at Kheng Tian Primary School. Kids were happy to see me, they really like to bully me because I looked very easy to be bullied. OMG. They were having mini activities and making little art work. I saw a lot of helpers were asleep or stim stim or blur blur or like not yet wake up, guess they were not sleeping the night before.

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They made a calendar with their group photo printed on it  and do some simple artwork. That's the last activity of the camp. Then it's closing ceremony and finally it ended. Feel sad because so fast ended and feel sad because the next day is Chinese exam already. Haha.

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This kid was naughty, always bully me. Haha

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Very nice that my team did win something. We got 3rd for the dance on the performance night. Woo, seems like what I choreographed was not bad. LOL. It's lame, but I feel satisfaction.

Bid good bye, autograph session, photograph session then bye bye and went home to read Chinese. So fast 3 days had passed.

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Autograph session.

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Bye bye cute girls.

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Big group photos, OMG, I was not in red.

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Jie Bei was there too!

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Pei Chia.

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My autograph with Yi Jun.

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This year don't know still have chance to join or not, hopefully have! I will be back.

=========WORLD CUP FEVER=========

EPL has finished, UEFA also just finished and next would be the FIFA World Cup! Oh yeah. I bet everyone is getting excited about it and I like it because everywhere is going to be happening especially at night at the mamak stalls and McDonald's or kopitiam with TV. Everyone will be sitting down and watch the World Cup together.

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Shame On You Mr District Officer For Slamming A Quadriplegic!

Posted: 22 May 2010 10:09 AM PDT

aNt's aNgle: So it appears as if the Gombak district land office is fighting back now.

According to StarMetro, the district land officer is finding faults with Independent Living and Training Centre (ILTC) president Francis Siva over his so-called "aggressive approach" when he dropped by the building last week. 

He is quoted by the newspapers as not only "wanted to show his power" but "

BN have no idea why they lost - blur as ever

Posted: 22 May 2010 10:08 AM PDT

WHAT is the biggest significance of the Sibu by-election outcome? I now believe it is not that Sarawak Pakatan Rakyat (PR) won its first seat since the recent establishment of its Sarawak chapter or that Barisan Nasional (BN) remains five seats away from retaining its parliamentary two-thirds majority.

Najib glaring at Sarawak on map, Sarawak saying 'HAH!'

It is the outright rejection of clientelism in the face of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's infamous and indecent "you help me, I help you" proposal. Among other things, he offered Rejang Park residents RM5 million to mitigate floods in return for them supporting BN candidate Robert Lau Hui Yew in the by-election.

The outcome? A drop in support for the BN by nine percentage points, and an increase in DAP's margin by some 400 votes in the Chinese Malaysian-majority polling district.

Earlier, Najib had pledged RM18 million for 67 Chinese-language secondary and primary schools in Sibu and asked Chinese educationists to reciprocate favourably. Now, overall, in Sibu, Chinese Malaysian support for the BN is estimated to have dropped from 38% to 31%.

No one knows if the BN would have done better if they had not made those conditional offers. But many voters were probably angered by such cheapskate campaigning offers which made the prime minister sound more like a traffic police officer asking for bribes.

It is telling that Rejang Park — incidentally where DAP also held rallies almost every night — has registered the highest rise in support for DAP of all the polling districts in the Sibu parliamentary constituency.

This is not the first time that a by-election has backfired on the BN. Less than a month ago, Najib made another conditional offer of RM3 million to the Rasa community for an 81-year-old dilapidated Chinese-language primary school in the Hulu Selangor parliamentary by-election.

The outcome? The Rasa polling district gave PR a support level of 82%, the highest for PR in the entire constituency. After a two-day delay, Najib eventually presented the cheque as BN did win the seat after all.

About a year ago, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin gave RM1 million to a Chinese-language school in Simpang during the Bukit Gantang parliamentary by-election.

Does the BN understand the Chinese Malaysian voters?

What did the BN get? Again, lower Chinese Malaysian support for the BN to the extent that Muhyiddin complained about Chinese Malaysians being ungrateful.

What did the Chinese Malaysian voters want in all these cases? This is an old question that probably started being asked as early as 1990 when 70% of Chinese Malaysian voters supported the opposition coalitions led by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

Umno's Chinese Malaysian dilemma?

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad implies that the recurrent phenomenon is Umno's Chinese Malaysian dilemma.

According to Mahathir, "In trying to win over Chinese [Malaysians] with allocations and abolishing New Economic Policy (NEP) provisions, the BN will lose Malay [Malaysian] support as indeed it did in 2008."

"On the other hand, no matter how the government tries to satisfy Chinese [Malaysian] demands, Chinese [Malaysians] have clearly rejected the BN," he said.

Now, I doubt that many Malay Malaysians would punish the BN if they could be assured that all poor Malay Malaysians will be taken care of alongside the poor of other races. Similarly, I doubt that Malay Malaysians would revolt if all competitive Malay Malaysians, alongside competitive non-Malay Malaysians, enjoyed adequate support to thrive in international and domestic competition.

Mahathir got it wrong in thinking the majority of Malay Malaysians who deserted the BN in 2008 did so in protest to keep the NEP. The fact is a significant number of Malay Malaysians supported Parti Keadilan Rakyat, PAS and DAP for a fairer deal for all.

Only uncompetitive Malay Malaysians wanting to continue enjoying protection stand to lose, should bumiputeraism be done away with and replaced by "market-friendly affirmative action" or some sort of pro-competition "welfare state".

In other words, if Umno has a problem transforming itself beyond its 1Malaysia campaign, the problem does not lie with the majority of Malay Malaysians, as Mahathir implied in the first part of his theory. Of course, Mahathir would have organisations such as Perkasa and Gerakan Kebangkitan Rakyat rallying behind him, a bit like Mao Zedong's Red Guards but in a different historical context.

I would agree, however, with the second part of Mahathir's Umno's Chinese Malaysian dilemma theory — Umno has no idea of how to win back Chinese Malaysian voters.

The majority of Chinese Malaysian voters will not enter into any short-term deal with Umno until Umno truly understands who they are now. They are neither grateful for Umno's offers nor are they afraid of Umno's threats.

More dilemmas

What's wrong with Chinese Malaysians? For starters, they are citizens now, no longer clientele of some modern feudal patrons.

Chinese Malaysian voters know that the government
should serve the peopleNeither the carrot nor the stick works for them now. For they know the carrot belongs to the nation and the stick cannot be effectively used against them without hurting Umno first. They know that the people are the boss, and governments their servants.

What needs to be stressed here is that the problem is not "Chinese" in character. The "declientelisation" process has happened to most urban Malaysians now. For example, most urban Malay Malaysians no longer buy into the notion that they need ketuanan Melayu to protect them.

Ten out of 11 parliamentary constituencies in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and 10 out of 13 state capital parliamentary constituencies, including Kota Baru, Kuala Terengganu and Shah Alam, are represented by the opposition. Could this have happened without the support of Malay Malaysian voters?

After all, wasn't the NEP meant to help Malay Malaysians become urbanised? And so, why would Malay Malaysians abandon Umno after being urbanised? Is it that "Melayu mudah lupa" or "Melayu sudah sedar"?

To label it Umno's Chinese Malaysia dilemma would therefore be inaccurate — it is really an urban Dilemma. Umno could still refuse to transform itself and find a life beyond patronage politics. But in that case, it should be prepared to shrink into a rural party that reigns only where "instant noodle" projects and handouts can still buy votes because there is no wi-fi coverage to spread democratic values.

Yet, to be even more precise, this staunch ungratefulness and irresponsiveness to Umno is not even limited to urban areas. How much has Umno put in to buy Kelantanese voters over throughout the years? Why haven't they reciprocated?

And so, how would one ultimately explain Umno's disappearing clientele? One could attribute it to either the voters' own dignity or democracy. In either case, the citizens don't thank Umno for what they rightly deserve. Rather, they shun Umno for withholding their rights.

In Sibu, unfortunately, many rural voters are still trapped in clientelism because of poverty. But how long can the internal colonisation made possible by Umno's indirect rule via Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud last?

Samy Vellu - should get out now before being kicked out

Posted: 22 May 2010 09:52 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: Sacked MIC Youth deputy chief V Mugilan today announced the formation of the Gerakan Anti-Samy Vellu (GAS) movement to topple the party president.

Addressing a packed press conference at a restaurant in Petaling Jaya, Mugilan said he will be the coordinator of the movement, which will launch a campaign to force Samy Vellu to quit.

He will launch the campaign -- known by its acronym as GAS -- on May 30 in Kuala Lumpur with several MIC top guns.

Mugilan expects more than 7,000 people to participate on the first day of the campaign, which will subsequently be held nationwide.

"GAS will not only be for the Indians but also the Malays and Chinese," he said.

Observers, however, were left disappointed as expectations were high that Mugilan will be announcing something more "explosive" as reported by the media.

"This looks like a bombshell which failed to explode," quipped one senior MIC leader.

'Work of Subra'

In an immediate reaction, MIC Youth adviser and Samy Vellu's son Vell Paari termed GAS as nothing more than "hot gas" from Mugilan and those aligned to him.

He also accused former MIC deputy president S Subramaniam of being the force behind this campaign, saying that GAS should stand for "Group Aligned to Subramaniam" instead.

"This is nothing new. Subramaniam has been trying to do this for 30 years, and now and then he finds someone to do the work for him. Now, Mugilan is the new puppet," he told FMT.

"Let me make one thing clear: my father will vacate his post, and others will succeed him. But Subramaniam will never become president of MIC and he has to live with this fact," he added.

Vell Paari also took a swipe at Mugilan, saying that it is in the latter's "genetic make-up" to do such things.

"When he was in Bell Club, he did the same to the president there, he then did the same to (MIC deputy president (G Palanivel) in Hulu Selangor and he was doing the same in MIC Youth by undermining the wing's chief T Mohan," he said.

Palani: Let Samy decide

In a related development, Palanivel said since the MIC president has set his retirement date, all quarters should work together to ensure a smooth transition.

"In the past, I have said that Samy Vellu has to be the one to decide when he wants to leave. Now that he has set the time, let us work together.

"As for me, I have said in the past that I am a leader in my own right and I will like to work with everyone," he added.

On the question as to whether he is ready to take over, the deputy president said: "The answer is simple. When the delegates voted for me in 2006 and 2009 as deputy president, I am sure they were voting for someone who is capable and experienced."

He added that Samy Vellu has always said that he has the capability of taking over the leadership reins.

Wain: Dr M is the cause of Malaysia's problems

Posted: 22 May 2010 09:46 AM PDT

The author of a hot-selling political biography on Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said many issues hampering Malaysia had come from the ex-prime minister's tenure.

Former Asian Wall Street Journal editor, Barry Wain, whose book "Malaysian Maverick: Mahathir Mohamad in turbulent times", sold 4,000 copies in just two weeks added that he does not see any broad changes being brought about by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

"I argue that a lot of problems in Malaysia stem from Dr Mahathir's rule," said Wain in an interview yesterday, during a reception to celebrate the launch of the book. "Issues like corruption did stem from when he was in power. Lack of leadership, abuse of the NEP (New Economic Policy), problems that exist today."

Wain, who was a Malaysia correspondent from 1977 to 1979 and has been in Asia for 38 years, said it was "quite obvious" that Malaysia has fallen behind other countries because of abuse of the controversial race-based NEP and that he was still waiting to see substantial reforms.

"I don't see any broad changes at all," said Wain of Najib, who is the country's sixth prime minister and son of the second premier, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein.

Wain noted, however, that during the middle of Dr Mahathir's tenure, Malaysia was one of the fastest-growing developing economies. And with 10 years of GDP growth above nine per cent, there was not a sense of concern at that time over where the country was heading under Dr Mahathir.

The reason why Malaysia was still lagging behind advanced Asian economies such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea and Japan even after all the rapid growth, according to Wain, was that the fast economic growth masked problems such as cronyism and the merging of politics with business.

"The great influx of cash hid that Malaysia was becoming uncompetitive," he noted.

The book is a result of two-and-a-half years of research and interviews spread out over three years.

Wain also refuted reports that Dr Mahathir had seen a draft of the book before it went to print.

"That's not the case," said Wain. "I would never agree to an interview (with Dr Mahathir) if he imposed a condition to see the book before it goes to print."

The book was launched in Asia in December last year but the Home Ministry only approved it for sale in Malaysia last month, which led to many Malaysians buying the book in Singapore or downloading pirated copies from the internet.

Due to the success of the book, another 5,000 copies are being printed for Malaysia and the book's distributor, UBSD Distribution Sdn Bhd, expects sales to hit 10,000 by the end of the month, a high figure given the non-fiction nature of the book and its price.

"This is the first time that bookshops lined up at the warehouse to get the book," said UBSD executive director Christopher Toh.

It is learnt that Malaysians had previously crossed the Causeway to Singapore to buy the book at bookshops in the island republic. – The Malaysian Insider

ADUN Kerdau Kembali Kritikal, UMNO Pahang Sesak Nafas

Posted: 22 May 2010 09:28 AM PDT

Anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri Kerdau Datuk Zaharuddin Abu Kassim yang dimasukkan ke Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) pada 9 Mei lepas kini kembali kritikal.

Anggota Parlimen Kuala Krau Datuk Ismail Mohamed Said berkata Zaharuddin, 63, tidak sedarkan diri ketika dikejutkan oleh jururawat kira-kira pukul 6 pagi semalam.

"Saya dimaklumkan oleh salah seorang anaknya yang beliau tidak sedarkan diri ketika dikejutkan oleh jururawat untuk diberi ubat pagi tadi. Saya difahamkan, kemungkinan beliau mengalami strok dan dia kini dimasukkan ke Unit Rawatan Jantung (CCU)," katanya ketika dihubungi Bernama di sini.

Beliau berkata, anggota keluarga Zaharuddin diminta datang ke hospital oleh doktor yang merawatnya kerana beliau berada dalam keadaan koma, dan doktor turut memaklumkan bahawa keadaan jantung serta paru-paru Zaharuddin dalam keadaan lemah, dan beliau memerlukan perhatian serius.

Zaharuddin dimasukkan ke Hospital Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah (Hoshas), Temerloh pada 3 April lalu untuk menjalani pembedahan ulser usus setelah mengadu sakit di bahagian perut sebelum dirujuk ke IJN selepas berlaku masalah pada buah pinggang dan jantungnya. - BERNAMA

Zaharudin, 63, menang kerusi DUN Kerdau dalam pilihan raya umum 2008 dengan majoriti 1,615 undi, menewaskan calon PAS, Hassanudin Salim. Kawasan tersebut mempunyai pengundi yang terdiri daripada 89 peratus Melayu, 6 peratus Cina, 3.7 peratus India dan 2.5 peratus lain-lain kaum.

The president has become the latest Western liberal to try to hammer Daniel Pearl’s box into a round hole.

Posted: 22 May 2010 08:53 AM PDT

Barack Obama's remarkable powers of oratory are well known: In support of Chicago's Olympic bid, he flew into Copenhagen to give a heartwarming speech about himself, and they gave the games to Rio. He flew into Boston to support Martha Coakley's bid for the U.S. Senate, and Massachusetts voters gave Ted Kennedy's seat to a Republican. In the first year of his presidency, he gave a gazillion speeches on health-care "reform" and drove support for his proposals to basement level, leaving Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to ram it down the throats of the American people through sheer parliamentary muscle. Like a lot of guys who've been told they're brilliant one time too often, President Obama gets a little lazy, and doesn't always choose his words with care. And so it was that he came to say a few words about Daniel Pearl, upon signing the "Daniel Pearl Press Freedom Act."

Pearl was decapitated on video by jihadist Muslims in Karachi on Feb. 1, 2002. That's how I'd put it. This is what the president of the United States said: "Obviously, the loss of Daniel Pearl was one of those moments that captured the world's imagination because it reminded us of how valuable a free press is."

Now Obama's off the prompter, when his silver-tongued rhetoric invariably turns to sludge. But he's talking about a dead man here, a guy murdered in public for all the world to see. Furthermore, the deceased's family is standing all around him. And, even for a busy president, it's the work of moments to come up with a sentence that would be respectful, moving, and true. Indeed, for Obama, it's the work of seconds, because he has a taxpayer-funded staff sitting around all day with nothing to do but provide him with that sentence.

Instead, he delivered the one above. Which, in its clumsiness and insipidness, is most revealing. First of all, note the passivity: "The loss of Daniel Pearl." He wasn't "lost." He was kidnapped and beheaded. He was murdered on a snuff video. He was specifically targeted, seized as a trophy, a high-value scalp. And the circumstances of his "loss" merit some vigor in the prose. Yet Obama can muster none.

Even if Americans don't get the message, the rest of the world does. This week's pictures of the leaders of Brazil and Turkey clasping hands with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are also monuments to American passivity. But what did the "loss" of Daniel Pearl mean? Well, says the president, it was "one of those moments that captured the world's imagination." Really? Evidently it never captured Obama's imagination, because, if it had, he could never have uttered anything so fatuous. He seems literally unable to imagine Pearl's fate, and so, cruising on autopilot, he reaches for the all-purpose bromides of therapeutic sedation: "one of those moments" — you know, like Princess Di's wedding, Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction, whatever — "that captured the world's imagination."

Notice how reflexively Obama lapses into sentimental one-worldism: Despite our many zip codes, we are one people, with a single imagination. In fact, the murder of Daniel Pearl teaches just the opposite — that we are many worlds, and worlds within worlds. Some of them don't even need an "imagination." Across the planet, the video of an American getting his head sawed off did brisk business in the bazaars and madrassas and Internet downloads. Excited young men e-mailed it to friends, from cell phone to cell phone, from Karachi to Jakarta to Khartoum to London to Toronto to Falls Church, Va. In the old days, you needed an "imagination" to conjure the juicy bits of a distant victory over the Great Satan. But in an age of high-tech barbarism, the sight of Pearl's severed head is a mere click away. Continue to Mark Steyn's article in page 2 of the National Review...

Will the party (read: Umno) that approved the betting licence ever listen to the people?

Posted: 22 May 2010 08:33 AM PDT

KEPALA BATAS, May 22 (Bernama) -- The government should listen to the views of the people regarding the decision to issue football betting licences to legalise football betting in view of the 2010 World Cup next month, former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said on Saturday.

Abdullah, who is chairman the Malaysian Institute of Islamic Understanding (Ikim), said the people had the right to speak their minds and the government should listen to them.

"The party that approved the licence should consider the views carefully. In Islam, and probably in other religions, betting is unacceptable," he said after opening the "Mai...Riuh!" programme here.

Prior to this, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung was reported as saying that the ministry had issued the licence to a local company to start football betting operations for the 2010 World Cup.

However, many parties want the government to revoke the licence for fear that it would invite social problems among the people.


Remember That Anything is Possible! (poem by Dena Dilaconi)

Posted: 22 May 2010 07:08 AM PDT

Remember That Anything is Possible!

Believe in what makes you feel good.
Believe in what makes you happy.
Believe in the dreams
you've always wanted to come true,
and give them every chance to.

Life holds no promises
as to what will come your way.
You must search for your own ideals
and work towards reaching them.

Life makes no guarantees
as to what you'lll have.
It just gives you time to make choices
and to take chances
and to discover whatever secrets
that might come your way.

If you are willing to take
the opportunities
you are given
and utilize the abilities you have.
You will constantly fill your life
with special moments
and unforgettable times.

No one knows the mysteries of life
or its ultimate meaning,
but for those who are willing
to believe in their dreams
and in themselves,
life is a precious gift
in which anything is possible.

-Dena Dilaconi

"ဘယ္အရာမဆို ျဖစ္ႏိုင္တယ္ဆိုတာ အမွတ္ရပါ"

- သင့္ကို စိတ္ခ်မ္းသာေစတဲ့အရာအေပၚ ယံုၾကည္ပါ။
သင့္ကို ေပ်ာ္႐ႊင္ေစတဲ့အရာအေပၚ ယံုၾကည္ပါ။
သင္အျမဲတမ္း ျဖစ္လာေစခ်င္တဲ့၊
အိပ္မက္မ်ားအေပၚမွာ ယံုၾကည္ပါ။

- သင့္ဘ၀လမ္းခရီးမွာ ဘာေတြ ျဖစ္လာလိမ့္မယ္လို႔
ဘ၀က ပဋိဥာဥ္ျပဳထားတာ မ႐ွိဘူး၊
သင္လိုခ်င္တာကို သင္ကိုယ္တိုင္ ႐ွာေဖြေ႐ြးခ်ယ္ၿပီး၊

- သင္ဘာေတြရလာလိမ့္မယ္လို႔
ဘ၀က အာမခံခ်က္ေပးထားတာ မ႐ွိဘူး၊
သင္ေ႐ြးခ်ယ္ႏိုင္ဖို႔နဲ႔ အခါအခြင့္ႀကံဳႀကိဳက္ဖို႔၊
အခ်ိန္ဆိုတာကိုပဲ ေပးထားတယ္၊
ဘ၀ခရီးလမ္းတေလွ်ာက္႐ွိ လိွ်ဳ႔၀ွက္ခ်က္ေတြကို
႐ွာေဖြေတြ႔႐ွိဖို႔ပဲ လိုတယ္။

- ေပးတဲ့အခြင္အေရးမ်ားကို
သင့္မွာ႐ွိတဲ့ အစြမ္းအစမ်ားကို အသံုးခ်ရင္
ထူးျခားတဲ့ အခိုက္အတန္႔ေတြ၊
မေမ့ႏိုင္ေလာက္တဲ့ အခ်ိန္ေတြ၊
သင့္ဘ၀မွာ အျမဲထာ၀ရျပည့္၀ေနလိမ့္မယ္။

- ဘ၀ရဲ႔ လွ်ိဳ႔၀ွက္ခ်က္ေတြနဲ႔
ဘယ္သူမွ မသိ႐ွိၾကဘူး။
ဒါေပမယ့္ ကိုယ့္အိပ္မက္ေတြကို ယံုၾကည္တဲ့၊
ကိုယ့္ကိုယ္ကို ယံုၾကည္တဲ့သူမ်ားအတြက္
ဘ၀ဆိုတာ ဘာမဆိုျဖစ္ႏိုင္တဲ့


၂၁၊ ၁၁၊ ၂၀၀၅
[ခ်င္းတြင္းမဂၢဇင္း၊ အမွတ္ (၂)၊ ေဖေဖာ္၀ါရီလ၊ ၂၀၀၆ မွ ကူးယူေဖာ္ျပပါတယ္။]

Source: Maya Magazine

MACC to meet Bala in London, lawyer await details

Posted: 22 May 2010 06:34 AM PDT

Private eye Bala's lawyers plan to leave for London soon to arrange a venue for the meeting.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is ready to record a statement from private investigator P Balasubramaniam in London. 

MACC welcomed Balasubramaniam's willingness to give the statement in connection with the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu and wanted to record the statement in July.

MACC said in a statement yesterday that they would be in touch with his lawyers to discuss the matter. However, one of his lawyers, Manjeet Singh Dhillon told Malaysiakini that he had yet to hear from MACC about the meeting.

Pakatan Rakyat Kedah Dedahkan Pembohongan Umno-BN Malam Ini

Posted: 22 May 2010 05:31 AM PDT

Satu himpunan besar-besaran dan ceramah anjuran Pakatan Rakyat akan diadakan di Kompleks PAS Kedah malam ini bagi membongkar kejahatan Umno-Barian Nasional yang cuba menyebarkan fitnah tidak berasas kononnya Dewan Undangan Negeri Kedah akan dibubarkan.

Ceramah tersebut yang dianjurkan PAS Kedah turut menampilkan tiga Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri daripada KEADILAN dan DAP yang kononnya bakal keluar parti dan menjadi wakil rakyat bebas.

Pengerusi KEADILAN Kedah, Ahmad Kassim ketika dihubungi Suara keadilan berkata ceramah tersebut merupakan satu pendekatan bagi menangkis segala serangan yang dilakukan Umno-BN yang menyebarkan dakwaan berkenaan.

"Ada desas-desus tak menyenangkan pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat di peringkat negeri dan rakyat jelata. Jadi kita akan buat sesuatu antaranya tampilkan individu dari KEADILAN dan DAP yang disebut-sebut akan melompat parti dan buktikan malam ini segala serangan Umno sebenarnya tidak berkesan dan berasas," ujar beliau.

Menurut Ahmad berkata, Menteri Besar Kedah, Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak akan memberikan penjelasan mengenai isu itu di kompleks berkenaan yang boleh memuatkan lebih 5,000 orang.

Ketika ditanya bagaimana spekulasi tersebut boleh tersebar, Ahmad yang juga Ahli Parlimen Kuala Kedah mendakwa ia adalah propaganda Umno-BN sendiri.

"Spekulasi ini timbul bermula dengan tulisan daripada blog yang ditaja Umno-BN. Mereka inilah yang memulakan cerita dan kemudian berita angin ini diambil oleh wartawan dan rakyat pun mula percaya," katanya.

Beliau menyifatkan spekulasi itu sebagai niat jahat Umno-BN yang cuba menipu rakyat setelah kehilangan kuasa di negeri itu pada pilihan raya umum 2008 lalu.

Propaganda Umno-BN juga berusaha keras untuk mengelirukan pemikiran rakyat dengan menyebarkan khabar angin melalui SMS dengan mengatakan Ahli Parlimen Kapar, S Manikavasagam akan mengadakan sidang media bersama dua ADUN Pakatan Rakyat Kedah pada pukul 2 petang tadi di sebuah hotel di Shah Alam.

Manikavasagam berkata desas-desus itu tidak benar dan menganggap ia satu provokasi Umno-BN untuk menggugat kestabilan Pakatan Rakyat.

"Tak ada la, ini semua tak betul. Saya baru balik dari pergi pancing bersama Dr Hamka (AJK Cabang Kapar) di Puncak Alam. Satu jam saya bersama dengan dia. Saya juga ke pusat khidmat dan malam ini akan ke Ampang ceramah bersama Zuraida (Ahli Parlimen Ampang).

"Saya nafikan sekerasnya perkara ini. Saya tetap akan lawan Umno BN. Biar mereka mimpi saya akan keluar parti, saya tetap setia dengan Pakatan Rakyat. Ini ada pihak yang 'provoke' dan bagi saya marah. BN akan dapat banyak kelebihan jika saya buat keputusan keluar Keadilan. -SK

MP Kapar masih bersama PKR

Ahli parlimen Kapar S Manikavasagam menafikan khabar angin bahawa beliau akan keluar daripada PKR hari ini.

"Ini semua cakap-cakap yang dicipta oleh si licik yang cuba merenggangkan hubungan saya dengan pemimpin parti.

"Semua mereka boleh terus bermimpi ahli parlimen Kapar akan melompat," katanya dalam blog.

Manikavasagam berkata, beliau menerima banyak panggilan telefon sejak pagi tadi bertanyakan tentang satu sidang media pada jam 2 petang di Shah Alam, di mana beliau dikatakan akan hadir bersama dua wakil rakyat Pakatan Rakyat daripada Kedah.

Mendengar khabar angin itu, kira-kira 30 wartawan sudah sedia menunggu pengumuman yang tak kunjung tiba itu di sebuah hotel.

Sehingga jam 2.30 petang, tiada sebarang kelibat pihak terbabit kelihatan.

Manikavasagam dipercayai dikaitkan dengan khabar angin itu apabila beliau dilihat 'bertegang' dengan Menteri Besar Selangor dan pemimpin Pakatan berhubung dakwaan penyelewengan dalam syarikat kerajaan negeri Kumpulan Semesta Sdn Bhd (KSSB).

Kes itu kini dirujuk ke Jawatankuasa Pilihan Khas Mengenai Keupayaan, Kebertanggungjawaban dan Ketelusan (Selcat), bawah DUN Selangor. -mk

Allah revisited... at BUM 2010

Posted: 22 May 2010 10:31 AM PDT

I thought its all over or at least things have cooled down. Now I understand why some politicians and even bloggers love riding on sentiments, very sensitive sentiments.

At bloggers BUM 2101 Forum today, the Allah issue took center stage again (here). Panelists, both from Umno and the Opposition exchanged views and words about Allah.

When one said Allah is a universal word and can be used by all religions, the other contested it. Although different opinions didn't lead to breakup among friends (both from pro and anti-govt), I personally believe such a topic could have been avoided.

Speakers like PKR's Zaid Ibrahim, lawyer Harris Ibrahim and Khalid Samad of PAS spoke different aspects of Allah and on individual tone. So was blogger Akramshah Sanusi.

The bottom line is, let us not relive and add fuel to the issue. Although the government, especially Umno has yet to come up with a solid proposal as to how the issue should be resolved, let's everybody - irrespective of political parties and religions - put it to rest and live as Malaysians!

ILTC President Taken To Task - StarMetro

Posted: 22 May 2010 04:13 AM PDT

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Mangalore International Airport: Survivors tell of miracle escape from crash

Posted: 22 May 2010 03:32 AM PDT

Survivors tell of miracle escape from Indian air crash

2010-05-22 17:45

BANGALORE, May 22 (AFP) - Some of the seven survivors who crawled or were carried from the burning remains of a plane that crashed in India on Saturday told of their escape amid scenes of horror and death.
At least 159 people died after the plane overshot the runaway and plunged down a steep slope when coming in to land near the southern city of Mangalore on a flight from Dubai.
"The plane veered off toward some trees on the side and then the cabin filled with smoke," Umer Farooq, his face covered in burn cream, told the NDTV news channel at a local hospital.
"The plane overshot the runway only to stop inside a forest area... it burst into flames," he said. "I got caught in some cables but managed to scramble out.
"My hands, face and legs are all burnt. There was an announcement that the plane would land in 15 minutes. There was lot of smoke fire inside, there was no way to get out. I think the plane hit something."
Another survivor, K.P. Manikutty, said he had managed to escape as the plane's fuselage smashed open.
"There was no warning to passengers about any trouble and it appeared a smooth landing," Manikutty told the Press Trust of India.
"Immediately on touching the ground, the aircraft jerked and in a few moments hit something. Then it split in the middle and caught fire. I just jumped from the gap," he said.
A police official said one of the survivors, a seven-year-old boy, later died from injuries.
"I thought the flight would come to a stop soon and prepared myself to get down," Putturismail Abdulla, who works in the Gulf, told the UNI press agency.
"But there was a big burst sound. Soon I saw the aircraft breaking into two near me. Out of sheer desperation I jumped out and ran to safety.
"Looking back I saw the aircraft breaking down into pieces and caught fire. God saved my life. Despite injuries in the leg, I went to a nearby village and called my friend who picked me up and took me to a hospital."
Television pictures showed rescue teams struggling down mud slopes to the the wreckage site, where many bodies remained inside the plane.
"One of my co-passengers fell into the fire while one escaped with me through the opening that was made after the plane broke into two," Abdul Puthur, a shop manager in Dubai who was returning home after five months, said.
"It all happened within a few seconds. I found another person. Together we walked for about 20 minutes through the jungle before locals came and helped us."
Families waiting at the airport for their relatives and friends wept uncontrollably as emergency workers rushed to the disaster scene.
"I can't believe I survived the crash," said G.K. Pradeep reliving the moments before the tragedy.
"There were vibrations before the plane crashed... as soon as it hit the ground, I managed to get out and jump into a pit. There was smoke all over as the plane caught fire. After ten minutes, there was an explosion," he said.
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Ulamak UMNO Takut Kepada Bapa Judi

Posted: 22 May 2010 02:50 AM PDT

Umno-Barisan Nasional mahu menerapkan amalan serta aktiviti judi sebagai sebahagian daripada budaya masyarakat Malaysia tanpa menghiraukan kesan ke atas umat Islam dan rakyat negara ini.

Ahli Majlis Pimpinan KEAILAN Pusat, Dr Badrulamin Bahron yang ditemui pada program pidato untuk rakyat di Dewan kampung Belimbing Kuala Selangor menegaskan kejahilan Umno dalam soal agama semakin terserlah sekarang.

"Saya melihat kejahilan Umno dalam soal agama sudah semakin terserlah sekarang daripada hal kes qazaf hingga sekarang pasal kelulusan lesen judi pula, mana ustaz dalam Umno yang selama ini bersuara lantang pasal isu Allah tetapi bila bab lesen judi yang diluluskan oleh ketua mereka tidak ada seorang pun yang bersuara.

"Kita memandang serius kelulusan lesen tersebut kerana ini akan menyebabkan masalah sosial negara ini terus meningkat selain yang paling utama ia bertentangan dengan hukum agama yang mengharamkan judi.

"Umno telah menghalalkan yang haram, ini sudah jelas Allah mengharamkan judi dikalangan umatNya apatah lagi meluluskan lesen tersebut. Kalau begini sikap pemimpin yang tidak kenal halal dan haram, negara ini tidak akan mendapat keberkatan untuk selama-lamanya," tegasnya.

Beliau juga mahukan kerajaan pimpinan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak mengambil tindakan segera kerana rakyat akan terus bangkit untuk menentang sesuatu yang haram tetapi di halalkan Umno.

"Saya mendesak Najib untuk membatalkan terus kelulusan yang telah diberikan itu dengan segera, perasaan seluruh umat Islam dan juga kaum lain perlu dijaga sepenuhnya bukannya menjaga kroni untuk kepentingan sendiri.

"Najib kena ingat rakyat akan terus bangkit untuk mendesak kerajaan batalkan lesen judu tersebut, rakyat tidak mahu negara ini berada dalam keadaan yang tidak mendapat keberkatan.

"Saya juga kesal kerana yang bersuara membantah kelulusan tersebut hanya dari Pakatan Rakyat dan juga rakyat tetapi dari pihak Barisan Nasional mahupun Umno termasuk ustaz mereka tidak bersuara langsung. Najib kena ingat sikap berdiam yang beliau lakukan sekarang akan membuat rakyat menghukum mereka pada pilihan raya nanti," kata beliau ketika ditemui pada majlis penerangan di Dewan Kg Belimbing, Kuala Selangor Khamis lalu. -SK

Lesen judi bola: Dengar suara rakyat, kata Abdullah

KEPALA BATAS, 22 Mei — Kerajaan perlu mendengar pandangan rakyat berhubung keputusan meluluskan lesen perjudian bola untuk membenarkan pertaruhan dilakukan semasa kejohanan bola sepak Piala Dunia 2010 yang akan berlangsung awal bulan depan.

Bekas Perdana Menteri Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yang juga Pengerusi Institut Kefahaman Islam Malaysia (IKIM) berkata rakyat berhak menyuarakan pandangan dan kerajaan juga perlu mendengar pandangan mereka.

"Pihak yang telah meluluskan lesen itu perlu mempertimbangkan sebaik-baiknya pandangan yang telah disuarakan.

"Bagi orang Islam, judi tak dapat diterima dan bukan sahaja orang Islam agama lain tak suka juga," katanya kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan Program Mai...Riuh di sini, hari ini.

Timbalan Menteri Kewangan Datuk Chor Chee Heung sebelum ini dilaporkan berkata Kementerian Kewangan telah memberi lesen kepada sebuah syarikat tempatan untuk menjalankan kegiatan pertaruhan bola sepak pada kejohanan bola sepak Piala Dunia 2010.

Bagaimanapun, pelbagai pihak mahu kerajaan menarik balik kelulusan itu yang dikhuatiri mengundang gejala negatif di kalangan masyarakat.

Sementara itu, diminta mengulas mengenai cubaan menghidupkan semula kumpulan Al-Arqam, Abdullah berkata perkara itu perlu dibendung.

"Saya harap tak ada orang yang ikut dan percaya dengan kata-kata bekas pengikut kumpulan itu," katanya.

Sebelum ini, terdapat laporan yang menyatakan bekas pengikut kumpulan itu mendakwa pemimpin mereka, Ashaari Muhammad atau Abuya, yang meninggal dunia pada 13 Mei lepas, kononnya cuma ghaib dan akan pulang semula dalam masa terdekat. -TMI

WEEKEND VIEW: Horror At Government Building

Posted: 22 May 2010 02:00 AM PDT

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i must go back blogging

Posted: 22 May 2010 12:57 AM PDT

i must go back blogging, i must go back blogging, i must go back blogging!

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