Saturday, June 26, 2010

Crazy In The Lift 2

Crazy In The Lift 2

Crazy In The Lift 2

Posted: 26 Jun 2010 10:39 AM PDT

IMG_5432 by nicholaschan.
Last year.

Last year, December, there's Crazy In The Lift. We were just making fun and a fool around, kidding kidding and yesterday, it's Crazy In The Lift, Part 2. The same person, same place.

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This year, yesterday.

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Just playing people. Chien Chern is my good friend and he is a good person. ^.^

My Aunty’s Gallstone Specimen

Posted: 26 Jun 2010 10:13 AM PDT

Explicit content. =D Some may find the following image disgusting.

IMG_4803 by nicholaschan

My aunty were admitted into the hospital lately and hope that she's doing well right now. She thought of having stomach problem but actually it's the gallstone that's troubling her and bringing her pain. Now she has no gall bladder, which is no good for the body. Anyway, get well soon and stay healthy, Aunt Patsy!

IMG_4805 by nicholaschan.

Imagine something really hard grow inside your body. It's so OMG. Size of almost a golf ball and hard like a rock. WTF? How can something so hard grow in the body. It's scary a big.

Eat more fruits and exercise more to be healthy. Closer look after the break.

Cartoon ban is 'unsuitable'

Posted: 26 Jun 2010 08:59 AM PDT

I just dont understand it. What is there for Malaysians to revolt against the government? Over a cartoon? Its only a political cartoon la, bro! If Malaysians want to revolt, there are many things and reasons they can use and ride to launch one.

But to share the humor of a political cartoon does not incite any sentiment for a revolt. Nonsense. Malaysians are not that stupid.

Or perhaps the government doesnt take any joke... and no sense of humor (here). Means that everybody in the government dont smile and laugh. Are our leaders as such too? If not, they wouldnt have imposed a ban on Zunar's political cartoon and books by Malaysiakini.

These are the colors of life, the colors of light. No joke, no fun, sir. After all, I dont think Zunar's cartoon meant any harm to Najib or whoever he has depicted. And I dont think readers and those who read it would want to revolt against the government over such a sketch.

If the Home Minister thinks the cartoon is' unsuitable', there are more unsuitable things the rakyat have been monitoring over the last few years or months, which in fact are more 'unsuitable' than Zunar's banned cartoons.

Dont you know that there are unsuitable ministers, unsuitable policies, unsuitable leaders and other 'unsuitables' in the country today? Dont you think the ban is an unsuitable action too?

Futhermore, Malaysians are not like the Filipinos or the Thais or the Koreans who love 'revolting' against the government. Yes, our government is managing the country good enough but without some of its 'unsuitables', it would be more satisfactory.

Why must we pick an issue out of a political cartoon? In many countries, their political cartoons are more 'damaging' to the leaders. In Zunar's case, he was just 'mengusik' (teasing).

Takkan tak boleh sakat sikit kot?


Posted: 26 Jun 2010 07:47 AM PDT

Do you know about the return of the once-upon-a-time famous missing jets? Apparently, the Royal Malaysian Air Force's (RMAF) F-5E jet engines reported stolen two years ago have been brought back to the country from Uruguay.

Berita Harian reported HERE that Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the engines were in Uruguay and were brought back to Malaysia after their return was secured by attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail.

He said that he could not give the actual date on which the engines were brought back to the country, but it was by the efforts of the attorney-general, who went to Uruguay in February to arrange the return of the engines.

On February 5th, The Star reported :

The two missing F5E jet engines have been found in Uruguay with the help of the government there, Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said on Friday.

Thanking the Uruguay government for its cooperation in recovering the engines, he said that the Malaysian government is "aggressively pursuing the matter" and is proceeding with the "necessary procedures for the return of the two engines."

The discovery was due to the efforts and close collaboration of the two governments, he said in a statement.

Abdul Gani also thanked the Uruguayan ambassador to Malaysia Pablo Sader for the assistance his embassy rendered.

The F-5E jet engines which were purchased in 1975 cost RM303,570 and were reported missing in 2008. It was reported that two J85-GE-21 jet engines, which power the F5 fighters, had been stolen from two RMAF facilities while some components from the same planes were also unaccounted for.

At THIS LINK, Abdul Gani was reported to have said that engines were taken out of the RMAF base on Dec 20, 2007 and Jan 1, 2008, and sent to a godown in Subang Jaya. Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the engines were discovered missing from the Sungai Besi RMAF airbase during routine maintenance service. Also missing were its maintenance and service records.

Well, how can one be very sure that the two jets that were returned are the same ones that went missing? Since its maintenance and service records are missing, can any one confirm the serial numbers of the engines that were brought back to Malaysia are the same ones that went missing? How come there is no firm confirmation about this fact? Who helped Abdul Gani to confirm that these are the same jets? How come this news only appeared in Berita Harian and then quoted in Malaysiakini HERE?

If they cannot even confirm the dates when the jets went missing, how it went missing and many other unanswered questions, are we expected to believe this news? What happened in Uruguay and how will this mystery be solved???? Who can give us the answers to these questions and put the pieces of the puzzle together so that we can see a clearer picture?

Waving Flag...

Posted: 26 Jun 2010 07:14 AM PDT

Enjoy World Cup, everyone! :)

... they'll call me freedom, just like a wavin' flag...

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Back :)

Posted: 26 Jun 2010 07:08 AM PDT

What's new in Dubai? Apart from all the mega sales? Hihhi....

Well, a lot of sandstorms nowadays. You can hardly see the Burj Khalifa sometimes.

It's pretty hot, too! The day I arrived (which was at 3 am in the morning), it was 35 degrees! Can you imagine the temperature of a regular afternoon here... yes, about 40 easily. You don't wanna be walking around under the scorching hot sun.

UiTM Jengka

Posted: 26 Jun 2010 08:10 AM PDT

Hannan registered herself at UiTM this afternoon. We are so happy for her.
As usual she was her cool and confident self.
Mara offered her a place to do a diploma in civil engineering for 3 years.

Hannan told me she can't wait to get back to her books after a long holiday.
We'll miss our 'housekeeper'.
Love you and Alhamdullillah syukur you secured a good place to continue your studie

Britain to announce interim cap on non-EU migrants

Posted: 26 Jun 2010 06:06 AM PDT

Britain to announce interim cap on non-EU migrants

LONDON, June 26 — Britain plans to put a temporary limit on the number of non-European Union migrants to prevent a surge of foreign workers arriving before a permanent cap is introduced next April.

Government sources today said just 4,100 workers from outside Europe would be allowed into the country before April 2011, a fall of 5 per cent on last year.

"It's an interim measure to avoid a last-minute rush," said one government source.

Home Secretary Theresa May will announce the move on Monday when she launches a consultation process for deciding the level of the permanent cap.

The announcement is the first step in the government's pledge to cut the number of foreign workers coming to Britain.

Prime Minister David Cameron took a tough line of immigration in the run-up to last month's election, promising to bring annual net migration down from "hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands". It currently stands at about 170,000 a year.

Cameron's tough line on immigration proved popular with voters, but has drawn criticism from business groups who claim a rigid cap could harm the recovery by making it harder for firms to hire the talent they need.

The move could also test the cohesion of Britain's seven week-old coalition government.

The Liberal Democrats, the junior partner, attacked Cameron's proposals to cap immigration in the run up to last month's election, but reluctantly agreed to back the policy as part of the coalition deal. — Reuters


MPI - The 17Th Graduation Ceremony

Posted: 26 Jun 2010 06:00 AM PDT

I felt honoured to have been invited to partake of the grand 17th Graduation Ceremony of Methodist Pilley Institute (MPI) at Regalia Ballroom, Kingwood Hotel this morning at 9:00 am.

MPI is a locally renowned institution of higher learning. It has over the years built up strength in the courses it offers, especially in accounting. My son Allen is doing CAT in the institute and I have confidence in it giving quality education.

When I arrived this morning, I was ushered to the front row to take my seat. The whole setting of the ballroom was impressive, showing meticulous care having been taken into in organising the ceremony. Mdm. Wong Duang Ding seated next to me and we had had some interesting sharing on the recent plunge in AUD whilst waiting for the function to kick off.

From procession of platform party to benediction, the whole proceeding was a smooth run with excellent timing to keep it according to the programme. I give a thumb up to function co-ordinator for that.

Mr. Wilson Jih Ren Chang, Chairman of Board of Management, in his welcoming speech said that we must embrace change in education in the new challenging era.

Judy Wong, CEO/Principal of MPI, stressed the importance of life-long learning. In her speech, she disclosed that MPI will launch Centre of Life-long Learning in July.

Rev. Dr. Dato' Su Chii Ann, President of SCAC, called on the audience to live a rich life. "Enrichment comes from God," Rev. Su said.

The MC requested the audience to refrain from photoshooting when the proceeding was in progress. As such, I have no photos to share with you. However, I have something in mind for the readers. A short while ago, Terrence Tan of MPI promised to e-mail some of his shots to me for blogging purposes. They would be uploaded as soon as I receive them.

Siling Kompleks Mahkamah Runtuh Lagi. Bencana Yang Tak Henti Menimpa Negara

Posted: 26 Jun 2010 05:24 AM PDT

Siling Kompleks Mahkamah Jalan Duta Runtuh Lagi

KUALA LUMPUR: Siling Kompleks Mahkamah, Jalan Duta di sini sekali lagi runtuh dalam tempoh tiga tahun yang berpunca dari paip air pecah.

Pengarah kompleks berkenaan, Azizah Mahamud berkata, paip itu pecah ekoran tekanan air yang tinggi sehingga mengakibatkan sebahagian siling kafetaria dekat pejabat pos mini itu runtuh.

"Siling yang runtuh ialah di bahagian dalam dan luar pejabat pos yang terletak di aras bawah kompleks," katanya di sini hari ini.

Difahamkan siling itu telah runtuh kelmarin dan dibaiki, bagaimanapun ia rosak sekali lagi pagi kelmarin.

Pada Mei 2007, dua siling mahkamah berukuran 1.48 meter persegi runtuh di sebuah bilik Mahkamah Sivil di kompleks itu yang baru sahaja dibuka pada ketika itu.

Kejadian itu berlaku selepas kejadian paip bocor dari siling sehingga kafetaria yang sama dibanjiri air di kompleks yang bernilai RM270 juta itu. -MSTAR

Ulasan GB

Petanda bencana menimpa negara tak kunjung sudah selagi BN memerintah.


Posted: 26 Jun 2010 04:40 AM PDT

Have you heard of Steven Callahan? He is an American author, naval architect, inventor, and sailor most famous for surviving for 76 days adrift on the Atlantic Ocean in a life raft. He wrote about his ordeal in the best-selling book "Adrift: 76 days lost at sea", which was on the New York Times best-seller list for more than thirty-six weeks.

In 1982, Steven Callahan was crossing the Atlantic alone in his sailboat when it struck something and sank. He was out of the shipping lanes and floating in a life raft, alone. His supplies were few. His chances were small. Yet when three fishermen found him 76 days later (the longest anyone has survived a shipwreck on a life raft alone), he was alive albeit skinnier.

His book, which documents how he managed to catch fish, how he fixed his solar still (evaporates sea water to make fresh water), is a very riveting seafaring classic.

Why am I writing about it this evening? Well, it seems as though PR is adrift at sea too with all the uncertainties that have been reported. For an Opposition coalition that won unprecedented victory, cracks are beginning to show and I am sure many of us are very concerned. We have to plant hope in our hearts that things will get better and Steve Callahan's story is indeed a much needed inspiring story.

Steve Callahan managed to keep himself going despite very challenging circumstances. He persevered when all hope seemed lost. He carried on when there seemed no point in continuing the struggle. Even though he was suffering greatly, especially when his life raft was punctured he struggled for a week to try to fix it. During the 76 days adrift, he was starved, desperately dehydrated and thoroughly exhausted. Honestly, how many of us would have carried on doggedly in such a situation? Giving up would be the easiest way out but he did not do that.

What made him survive? What was his perspective and attitude that gave him the courage to carry on?

In his book, Steven Callahan wrote, "I tell myself I can handle it ...Compared to what others have been through, I'm fortunate. I tell myself these things over and over, building up fortitude...."

Now, when our political landscape seems so overwhelming, I've read enough history to know that things have to get worse before they get better. There is so much negative news about PKR and even DAP has called on PKR to get their act together. Hopefully, this shaking will leave behind strong, steady and honorable members who can together with other PR component parties, steer the country in the right direction.

There are many things that are wrong in our country. You see it, I do too. Many of us are crying out in our hearts. It almost seems as though some do not bother that we are in a downward spiral but we have to care. We have to hope. Pakatan leaders MUST survive and they have to see the many signs that are becoming clearer and clearer.

Instead of fighting amongst themselves, please, come together and reason and find a solution. Instead of criticizing, give suggestions after identifying the root of the problem. Whatever it is, we are like a boat adrift at sea...much like Steven Callahan.

Whereas he fought his battle alone, we have to do it together. Pakatan Rakyat component parties MUST recognize that they have to fortify themselves and build the strength, resilience and be power-packed for a sweeping victory in the next GE. Please say goodbye to all those things that divide and find within yourselves elements which will bind ties....Do not be adrift at sea any more. We are counting on you!

*This post is dedicated to all my readers who have in one way or another inspired hope in me that things will get better. Take care and thank you so much.

Penang Botanic Garden arches will go!

Posted: 26 Jun 2010 03:40 AM PDT

Yes, I am glad that those concrete arches at the Penang Botanic Garden will be demolished. According to the Star Online this afternoon, the Ministry of Tourism announced that the tilting arch and its companion will both be demolished.

The two silly structures had cost RM150,000 of the taxpayers' money but in my opinion, they were totally incompatible with the environment. An environmental disaster. Nevertheless, the damage has already been done. The land outside the Garden's gate has already been flattened and I fear that it will never recover. At least, not till its original state.

However, in making this announcement today, I could still detect a tinge of sour grapes in the Minister, Dr Ng Yen Yen, when she said: "The beautification project was meant for the people and if they are not happy, we should not force them to accept it." It did not sound like a total recapitulation in good faith but one done grudgingly because the tilting arch had also become unstable.

But in the first place, she shouldn't have forced this project down the throats of the people, regardless of whether this was done in Penang or elsewhere. It's just not right. Does she mean that the Federal Government can do anything at its own whims and fancies without consulting the stakeholders who are the most affected by any project? Well, that's the impression that I still have, that the federal government can jolly well do that.

She is dead wrong. We are not mindless simpletons who are swayed by federal largesse. We can think for ourselves and criticise and object and oppose whoever we see having made mistakes. It's not about politics. It's about our unalienable place in society. We are here because we exist; we exist because we are here. That, the federal government has got to understand.

Jaguh kampung, balik kampung, tanam jagung! s*#^

Posted: 26 Jun 2010 02:47 AM PDT

Excerpts from The Malaysian Insider - 'Ibrahim Ali says proud to be 'jaguh kampung'': Yesterday, Khairy likened Ibrahim to a "village champion politician" who had no right to demand that he, the Rembau MP, quit his post for defending Wee. Khairy, who is also Barisan Nasional (BN) Youth chief, said Ibrahim was not qualified to call for his resignation as he was not a voter in the Rembau constituency or even an Umno member. Ibrahim had said that Khairy should step down as MP for "sacrificing his race's dignity" to defend the MCA Youth chief for allegedly questioning the granting of scholarships to Malays through Mara. Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali defended Ibrahim, saying the Perkasa president was a village champion who was not only respected locally but known internationally as well. Lol! Oh yes, I won't dispute the fact that IA is certainly 'respected' locally and internationally. Locally, he is 'respected' only by his own kind - internationally respected for spewing s*#^ (Read Ibrahim Ali's s*#^ @ broadband speed - STILL ON IBRAHIM ALI'S S*#^ 3x)

Al-Jazeera's 'SHIT CONVERSATION' with 'TAHI' Ibrahim Ali

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Pimpinan Tan Sri Khalid Masih Diperlukan Di Selangor

Posted: 26 Jun 2010 02:03 AM PDT

AMK Selangor Sokong Penuh Kepimpinan Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim

SHAH ALAM 26 Jun - Dakwaan wujudnya gerakan untuk menjatuhkan Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim adalah sesuatu yang tidak memeranjatkan kerana itulah agenda utama musuh politik untuk mengganggu kestabilan Pakatan Rakyat khususnya KEADILAN dan seterusnya merampas kembali negeri itu.

Ketua Angkatan Muda KEADILAN Selangor, Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainudin berkata AMK Selangor berdiri teguh bersama kepimpinan beliau

"AMK Selangor mengingatkan semua pendukung KEADILAN untuk terus berusaha mempertahankan dan menjunjung tinggi "mandat perubahan" yang diberikan rakyat 2 tahun yang lalu.

"Apakah beliau perlu digantikan kerana kekurangan dalam politik sedangkan beliau mempunyai kepimpinan dan pengurusan yang cekap?

"Apakah perlu beliau digantikan kerana meletakkan kepentingan rakyat berbanding ahli-ahli parti sendiri?." soal beliau dalam satu kenyataan media semalam.

Menurut Khairul Anuar, sepanjang 50 tahun Umno-Barisan Nasional memerintah Selangor telah banyak harta rakyat dikaut oleh pimpinan politik parti tersebut sedangkan rakyat terus dibiarkan merana dan susah.

"Sepanjang 2 tahun kepimpinan Khalid, beliau tidak mengambil kesempatan untuk mengkayakan isteri, anak, menantu dan suku-sakatnya melainkan kesungguhan beliau untuk merakyatkan ekonomi Selangor.

"Tiada seinci pun tanah yang diambil untuk diri dan keluarga melainkan berusaha untuk merakyatkan tanah Selangor.

"Tiada lawatan sambil belajar ke Disneyland melainkan menyusun kembali anak-anak syarikat ini agar hasilnya dapat dinikmati rakyat berhak. Tak pernah terfikir oleh Menteri Besar Selangor sebelum ini untuk beri air percuma kepada rakyat seperti yang dilakukan Khalid.

"Sekali pun jauh kalau nak dibandingkan dengan Khalifah Umar Abdul Aziz namun kesungguhan dan ketegasan Khalid dalam menjaga amanah rakyat dapat dilihat jelas.

"Ini menunjukkan begitu tingginya integriti Menteri Besar Pakatan Rakyat ini.

"Walaupun beliau tidak terlepas dari melakukan kesilapan, sebagai parti yang sentiasa menyubur benih demokrasi, Kongres KEADILAN di Kota Bharu telah mendengar dengan jelas teguran dan kritikan perwakilan terhadap Khalid dan kami yakin beliau menerimanya dengan penuh terbuka," tegas beliau lagi.

Dalam pada itu, AMK Selangor juga menyeru kepada semua para pendukung KEADILAN untuk terus menghayati semangat reformasi yang menjadi laungan keramat perjuangan rakyat ini.

Pemimpin PKR S'gor ikrar sokong Khalid

Pemimpin PKR Selangor, malam semalam berikrar akan berdiri teguh menyokong kepimpinan Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim sebagai menteri besar besar yang dipercayai akan menghadai pemberontakan oleh sesetengan ahli parlimen parti itu.

Tujuh belas daripada 22 pemimpin bahagian PKR Selangor hadir pada mesyuarat tergempar bagi menyatakan sokongan mereka ke atas Khalid.

Khalid mengambil keputusan untuk tidak bersama pada mesyuarat dua jam yang diadakan di kediaman menteri besar itu.

Hanya lima pemimpin bahagian, termasuk Azmin Ali yang mengetuai bahagian Gombak tidak hadir.

Dua daripada ketua bahagian itu memberitahu mereka tidak dapat hadir kerana masalah kesihatan dan juga mempunyai tugasan lain tetapi berikrar menyokong Khalid.

Hanya dua yang tidak memberikan sebarang alasan dan mereka itu dipercayai penyokong Azmin.

Mesyuarat tergempar ini diadakan oleh ketua bahagian PKR Selangor berikutan desas desus bahawa 15 ahli parlimen cuba menggulingkan Khalid semasa permukiman parti itu di Shah Alam yang bermula hari ini.

Khamis lalu, Azmin yang juga naib presiden PKR mengesahkan perletakkan jawatannya sebagai ahli lembaga pengarah Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS) tetapi menafikan tindakannya ada kaitan dengan pergeseran antaranya dengan Khalid.

"Dalam surat itu, saya tidak menyatakan apakah sebab saya meletak jawatan dan ia juga tidak berkaitan dengan pemilihan PKR pada hujung tahun ini," katanya.

Pada sidang media itu Azmin yang diasak oleh wartawan berhubung khabar angin pergeserannya dengan Khalid mengakui sesetengah pihak di parti itu mempunyai beberapa isu dengan menteri besar berkenaan.

Namun katanya, beliau bukan seorang daripada mereka.

"Ini bukan isu saya. Ia luahan ahli dalam parti. Anda lihat pada kongres lalu... kebanyakan perwakilan melahirkan kebimbangan mereka dengan kerajaan negeri, khususnya Selangor yang mesti bergandingan tangan dengan ahli parti dan pemimpin lain kerana mereka mesti melaksankan polisi yang dilulus dan ditauliahkan oleh PKR," katanya.

Azmin juga menafikan bahawa beliau dalang yang cuba mengulingkan Khalid daripada kerusi menteri besar dan berkata jika beliau berhasrat berbuat demikian ia akan dilakukannya sejak tahun 2008 dan bukan ketika penggal sekarang hampir berakhir. -mk


Posted: 26 Jun 2010 12:43 AM PDT

Recently, a friend from Singapore sent me THIS LINK which stated that the TOP 30 highest paid politicians in the world are all from Singapore. He went on to explain that these salary scales are supposedly tagged to rates of salaries that they would have earned if they had been employed in industry. When I looked at it, I realized why corruption is not a major problem in Singapore.

Excerpt from THE SITE:

1. Elected President SR Nathan - S$3.9 million.

2. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong - S$3.8 million.

3. Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew - S$3.5 million.

4. Senior Minister Goh Chok Thong - S$3.5 million.

5. Senior Minister Prof Jayakumar - S$3.2 million.

6. DPM & Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng - S$2.9 million.

7. DPM & Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean - $2.9 million

8. Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo - S$2.8 million.

9. National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan - S$2.7 million.

10. PMO Miniser Lim Boon Heng - S$2.7 million.

11. Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang - S$2.7 million.

12. PMO Minister Lim Swee Say - S$2.6 million.

13. Environment Minister & Muslim Affairs Minister Dr Yaccob Ibrahim - S$2.6 million.

14. Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan - S$2.6 million.

15. Finance Minister S Tharman - S$2.6 million.

16. Education Minister & 2nd Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen - S$2.6 million.

17. Community Development Youth and Sports Minister - Dr Vivian Balakrishnan - S$2.5 million.

18. Transport Minister & 2nd Minister for Foreign Affairs Raymond Lim Siang Kiat - S$2.5 million.

19. Law Minister & 2nd Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam - S$2.4 million.

20. Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong - S$2.2 million.

21. PMO Minister Lim Hwee Hwa - S$2.2 million.

22. Acting ICA Minister - Lui Tuck Yew - S$2.0 million.

23 to 30 = Senior Ministers of State and Ministers of State - each getting between S$1.8 million to S$1.5 million.

Note: 1. The above pay does not include MP allowances, pensions and other sources of income such as Directorship, Chairmnship, Advisory, Consultancy, etc to Gov-linked and gov-related organisations or foreign MNCs such as Citigroup (for Lee Kuan Yew), etc.

The official website of the Malaysian Parliament HERE lists the allowances and privileges of Malaysian Members of Parliament. These include meeting allowance, entertainment allowance and a whole long list of other perks. However, even when we add up all these items, our MPs and others politicians definitely earn less than their Singaporean counterparts.

According to Rasah MP's blog HERE, the following is the breakdown of what the MB of Negeri Sembilan earns:

MB's allowance : RM14,175.15
ADUN's allowance: RM 4112.80
Entertainment : RM5,500
Chairman of EXCO: RM4,400

Fixed allowance every month : RM28,187.95

Other perks:

Appointment allowance : RM10,000 (one-off)
Official residence
Furniture allowance : RM5,000 (yearly)
Household staff : real expenses or RM3000 monthly
Free water and electricity
Free telephone services in official residence
2 official cars
Driver's expenses all paid for

On top of that, the MB can enjoy a yearly paid holiday:

2 first class air tickets (no limitation to which destination)
(a first class ticket using MAS for KL-LONDON-KL cost RM30,400)
Economy class ticket for 1 officer and 3 children
Living allowance while overseas RM500 daily
Meal allowance RM300 daily or real expenses
Hotel (no limit, according to receipt)
Winter clothing RM3000 (once every 3 years)

For an EXCO, the monthly fixed allowance are around RM15,222. The exco member also enjoy a free holiday once in a term. The maximum is equal to 2 first class ticket for KL-LONDON-KL or RM30,000 cash.

The rationale for paying Singaporean politicians such high salaries is to increase commitment, efficiency etc and of course to reduce corruption. With such high salaries, they have no need to practise the "I help you, you help me" maxim.

Interestingly, I cannot find the salary scale of our politicians apart from the list of allowances. As such, I truly wonder, how much do they really earn?

How To Get In Touch With Petpositive

Posted: 26 Jun 2010 12:28 AM PDT

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Najib vs Sultan Johor: Straight bridge? Crooked bridge?

Posted: 26 Jun 2010 12:17 AM PDT

The Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar has called on the government to reconsider reviving the bridge project to replace the Johor Causeway. The proposal to build an S-shaped bridge, widely dubbed the 'crooked bridge', was mooted by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad but was scrapped by his successor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2006. (Source: Bernama)

Then, Malaysiakini reported on May 22, 2010, that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak proposed a new 'straight' bridge linking Johor and Singapore in his first official visit to the island state. In less than a month, Malaysiakini reported - 'Sultan torches Najib's '3rd bridge'.

Guess what?! Latest report by Bernama - 'Bridge To Replace Causeway: We'll Look Into It - Najib'. What's the big deal anyway? After all, Pak Lah scrapped it! So, why need to look into it? ;)

Isu Lesen Judi Dedahkan Pemimpin UMNO Jahil Hukum-hakam Ugama

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 09:19 PM PDT

Umno tolak judi sukan, kelulusan ditarik balik

Kerajaan tidak akan mengeluarkan lesen judi sukan atas pertimbangan agama dan juga kesan politik, kata Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak malam ini.

Katanya, perkara itu dibincangkan dalam mesyuarat Majlis Tertinggi Umno malam ini, dan keputusan tersebut disokong sebulat suara.

Menurut Najib, di peringkat awalnya, terdapat perbezaan pendapat mengenai perkara itu, tetapi selepas itu, semuanya akur dengan keputusan berkenaan.

Ditanya mengenai parti-parti komponen BN yang menyokong pemberian lesen judi sukan itu, Najib berkata:

"Saya percaya mereka terima kerana ini keputusan kerajaan. Kerajaan memikirkan sebaik-baiknya kepentingan masyarakat pada keseluruhannya."

Menjawab soalan, perdana menteri berkata, Ascot Sports Sdn Bhd telah dimaklumkan mengenai keputusan tersebut.

Perdana menteri turut ditanya sama ada kerajaan perlu membayar sebarang pampasan ekoran keputusannya untuk tidak mengeluarkan lesen berkenaan.

Menurutnya, kerajaan tidak perlu berbuat demikian kerana mengikut akta, menteri kewangan ada kuasa untuk menarik balik pada bila-bila masa.

Ditanya sama ada keputusan itu dibuat kerana kesan sosial dan pertimbangan ekonomi, perdana menteri berkata ia dibuat atas pertimbangan dari segi agama dan kesan politik.

Perdana menteri mengumumkan keputusan tersebut dalam satu sidang akhbar selepas mempengerusi mesyuarat MT di Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra (PWTC) malam ini.

Najib berkata, sebenarnya lesen tersebut telahpun bermula pada tahun 1989 tetapi syarikat berkenaan mengalami kerugiaan besar pada tahun 1990.

Sejak tarikh tersebut, katanya, syarikat berkenaan beberapa kali cuba untuk memperbaharui lesen itu.

Baru-baru ini, katanya, kerajaan telah mengeluarkan kelulusan pada dasarnya kepada Ascot Sports dengan syarat-syarat tertentu yang perlu dipenuhi oleh syarikat berkenaan.

Selain itu, tegasnya lagi, kerajaan pada masa yang sama, turut mendapatkan pandangan umum sebelum lesen tersebut dikeluarkan.

"Ini kerana memandangkan masyarakat Malaysia berbilang kaum dan mempunyai pandangan mereka tersendiri dalam melihat kewajaran pemberian lesen tersebut dari sudut agama, ekonomi dan sosial," tambahnya.

Katanya, daripada tinjaun yang dilakukan, ada pihak yang menyokong dan menentangnya dan "kita ambil kira semua pandangan ini".

"Jelas pada kerajaan bahawa sebilangan besar mereka tidak bersetuju dengan pemberian lesen judi sukan kepada Ascot Sports.

"Oleh itu, kerajaan mengambil keputusan bahawa lesen berkenaan tidak akan dikeluarkan kepada syarikat tersebut," tegas perdana menteri.

Menurut beliau, keputusan tersebut disokong penuh oleh MT dalam perbahasan dan perbincangan dalam mesyuarat malam ini kerana masing-masing telah mengambil kira pandangan masyarakat.

Selain pembangkang dan NGO, pemberian lesen judi sukan tersebut turut dibantah oleh Umno Johor, Kedah, Perak dan Pemuda Umno.

Malah, Gabungan Mansuhkan Judi (GMJ) akan mengadakan perhimpunan membantah pemberian lesen tersebut pada 3 Julai ini.

Ulasan GB

Najib menarik balik lesen judi antaranya kerana pertimbangan politik katanya. Takut UMNO kalah besar dalam mana-mana PRK dn PRU.

Ternyata keputusan mengeluarkan lesen judi sebelum ini telah mendedahkan mengenai kejahilan pemimpin UMNO, Najib dan Awang Adik terhadap hukum-hakam agama yang tersangat jelas.

Najib tidak pernah mahu mengulas mengenai lesen judi yang telah dikeluarkannya sebelum ini dan sehingga dilihat gelombang rakyat menentang kelulusan itu, ia ditarik balik. Pun malam tadi Najib menyatakan beliau tidak akan membuat ulasan lagi selepas ini mengenai lesen judi berkenaan.

Watak-watak yang jahil agama ini yang sedang memerintah negara, disahkan oleh JAKIM yang menjadi tonggak hal-ehwal agama di dalam kerajaan, menjadi lembu yang dicucuk hidung, membisu tanpa sebarang kenyataan rasmi menentang keputusan kerajaan mengeluarkan lesen berkenaan. Ditambahkan pula dengan 40 ustaz muda yang rela menjadi lembu-lembu baru.

Malaysia Ban Sport Betting

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 09:12 PM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has decided not to issue the sports betting licence to Ascott Sports Sdn Bhd.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said the decision was made after taking into consideration the views of various quarters which clearly showed that the majority did not agree to the issuing of the licence.

Najib, who is also Umno president, said the decision was also agreed upon unanimously by members of the Umno supreme council which met last night.

"Since the approval was decided in principle and a survey was carried out, although there were groups who supported as well those who did not support or opposed the decision, it was clear to the government that a majority of the people did not agree that the licence be issued to Ascot Sports.

"As such, I hereby wish to announce that the government has decided that the licence will not be issued," he told reporters after chairing the meeting.

Najib said the licence was issued in 1989 but the company had returned it to the government in 1990 after suffering huge losses.

Since then the company had tried to renew the licence a number of times but only recently the government had approved the issuance of such a licence in principle, based on a number of terms.

Social problems

Najib said the government's aim was to control illegal betting that was said to be in the region of RM10 billion, as well prevent other social problems.

At the same time, the prime minister said the government had also decided that Muslims were totally prohibited from being involved in any sports betting whether buying, working or becoming a member of the board of directors in a betting company.

"This condition was firmly specified by the government," he added.

When asked whether the decision was agreed upon by other Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties, he said they all accepted the decision in the interest of the nation.

Najib, who is also Finance Minister, emphasised that Ascott would not be paid any compensation because the Finance Ministry had the right to revoke any gambling licences issued.

He said Ascott had also been informed of the decision and it understood why the government did not issue the licence.

Oon Yeoh: Has the Internet made us shallow?

Posted: 25 Jun 2010 08:32 PM PDT

In an opinion piece published in the New York Times, Pinker denounces media critics who argue that the brain takes on the qualities of whatever it consumes.

"As with primitive peoples who believe that eating fierce animals will make them fierce, they assume that watching quick cuts in rock videos turns your mental life into quick cuts or that reading bullet points and Twitter postings turns your thoughts into bullet points and Twitter postings," Pinker says.

He adds: "Fortunately, the Internet and information technologies are helping us manage, search and retrieve our collective intellectual output at different scales, from Twitter and previews to e-books and online encyclopaedias. Far from making us stupid, these technologies are the only things that will keep us smart."

Pinker acknowledges that the Internet can indeed be distracting and addictive but argues that distraction is not a new phenomenon and that the solution is not to bemoan technology but to develop strategies of self-control.

"Turn off e-mail or Twitter when you work, put away your Blackberry at dinner time, ask your spouse to call you to bed at a designated hour," he says.

The Internet has certainly allowed me to acquire knowledge, gain experiences and achieve things that would not have been possible otherwise.

Yet, I can't disagree with Carr's central point that my constant exposure to the Internet has fundamentally changed the way I consume content. I don't really have the patience to read books for long periods of time anymore.

SOURCE: OON YEOH is a new media consultant. His upcoming book on social media will be published by MPH in July.

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