Thursday, June 10, 2010

Weapons Missing in the Police Force

Weapons Missing in the Police Force

Weapons Missing in the Police Force

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 03:52 PM PDT

Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, the Home Minister reported to the Dewan Rakyat that the Royal Malaysian Police Force had since 2001 recorded losing 62 firearms. This is made up of 36 semi-automatic pistols, 51 revolvers and 2 sub-machine guns. He said this in his written reply to Tian Chua, the Member of Parliament of Batu where he added that of the total, only 28 have been recovered. Those that are recovered are 24 revolvers and 4 semi-automatic pistols while the rest were never found.

He added that "Logistic equipment under the police inventory consisted seven categories: watercraft, radio equipment, firearms and ammunition, vehicles, aircraft, technical assistance equipment and information technology systems. From the above categories, two categories which frequently face problems are vehicles and firearms,"
written by the man from the liquid world , 10 June, 2010



written by GoldenMan , 10 June, 2010
Mongolian missing.
What happen to TBH.... Missing.
Engine on Jet...missing.
Commission on purchase of submarine...missing
PKFTZ money...missing
AP money... missing
Now...guns missing.


Posted: 10 Jun 2010 03:00 PM PDT

Here's a list of fantastic facts that my sister-in-law sent me yesterday! I am sure you will enjoy going through this interesting list of quite unusual information. It's Friday so smile a lot and enjoy the weekend ahead!

1. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."

2. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "MT"

3. Almonds are members of the peach family.

4. The symbol on the "pound" key (#) is called an octothorpe.

5. The dot over the letter 'I is called a tittle.

6. Ingrown toenails are hereditary.

7. The word "set" has more definitions than any other word in the English language.

8. "Underground" is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters "und."

9. There are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

10. The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicros copicsilicovolca noconiosis.

11. The only other word with the same amount of letters is its plural: pneumonoultramicros copicsilicovolca noconiosesl.

12. The longest place-name still in use is Taumatawhakatangiha ngakoauauotamate aturipukakapikim aungahoronukup okaiwe-nuakit natahu, a New Zealand hill.

13. Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reinade Los Angeles de Porciuncula" and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size,L.A.

14. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

15. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

16. Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.

17. Telly Savalas and Louis Armstrong died on their birthdays.

18. Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.

19. The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint - no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers.

21. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

23. There is a seven-letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, "therein": the,there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.

24. Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

26. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

27. It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

28. Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.

30. The letters KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti

31. 'Stewardesses' is the longest English word that is typed with only the left hand.

33. The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways; the following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."

34. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

35. Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning "containing arsenic."

36. Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian seal for that reason.

37. Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten. (specially for Cat-in-Sydney)

38. The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

M'kini: Yet another blow for Altantuya's family

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 09:04 AM PDT

non quotable quotes by yours truly :)

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 10:54 AM PDT

so please don't quote me, huh?


* when people hate you, don't blame someone, blame yourself.

*  don't let an issue you are passionate with, clouded your judgement of people/situation

*  if you get pissed off, then you started shouting and cursing, then you are no gentleman/lady.

*  self-righteousness get you many enemies… but being self-righteousness, you won't be aware of that.

* the one who thinks highly of herself/himself, always like to put people down.

* some good friends are not really  good friends after all when they defended you without checking with the other side.

*  arrogance and sarcasm will get you nowhere but problem is you think you are smart being arrogant and sarcastic.

*  anger makes you spurt out 4 letter words? congratulations! it shows your true character. (because anger makes people do involuntary things)

more will be followed later.

Nasya Hilang?

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 08:57 AM PDT

Tiada gambar Nasha di muktamar PAS

Apakah Timbalan Presiden PAS Nasharuddin Mat Isa ditolak di Kelantan?

Itu antara persoalan yang timbul pada Muktamar Tahunan Dewan Ulama PAS ke-56 di Kota Bharu kali ini, apabila tidak ada gambar Nasharuddin dipamerkan pada poster atau kain pemidang sempena muktamar itu.

Persoalan tersebut dibangkitkan oleh perwakilan ketika membahaskan ucapan dasar Ketua Dewan Ulama PAS Pusat di muktamar itu hari ini.

Bagaimanapun Pengerusi Lajnah Penerbitan Dewan Ulama PAS Pusat, Abdullah Abdul Razak menafikan bahawa gambar Nasharuddin tidak diletakkan disebabkan beliau tidak diterima di Kelantan, sebaliknya memberi keutamaan hanya kepada gambar pimpinan tertinggi sahaja.

"Gambar Presiden Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang dan Mursyidul Am Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat sudah memadai untuk mewakili kesemua saf kepimpinan parti," katanya kepada pemberita ketika ditemui kemudiannya.

Latar belakang pentas Muktamar Dewan Ulama PAS Pusat hanya meletakkan gambar Abdul Hadi dan Nik Abdul Aziz serta tiga pemimpin Dewan Ulama iaitu ketuanya Datuk Harun Taib; timbalannya Datuk Ahmad Yakub dan naib ketua Datuk Dr Mahfodz Mohamed.

Sebelum ini, muncul desas desus yang menyatakan Nasharuddin ditolak di negeri ini setelah dibidas oleh Nik Abdul Aziz kerana cuba untuk menjalinkan hubungan dengan Umno bagi membentuk kerajaan perpaduan. - Bernama

Ulasan GB

Tiada persangkaan buruk. Samada sengaja, tak sengaja atau tersengaja gambar Ust Nasya tidak terpapar, ia seharusnya diterima, dan setiap sesuatu kejadian itu, sekalipun syariat itu dari kita, hakikatnya adalah af'al Dia. Dan sepastinya ada hikmah yang tersembunyi yang belum difahami oleh hamba-hambaNya, sehinggalah sampai waktu dan ketika, Dia jugalah yang akan menjelaskan segala-galanya.

Public transport revolution planned for Greater KL

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 08:14 AM PDT

Kuala Lumpur and its satellites will experience a public transport revolution if the government can successfully implement plans for a mass rapid transit system under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP). The ultimate goal of the upgrading blitz is to increase the use of public transport from 12 percent in 2009 to 30 percent by the end of the 10MP in 2015, and depending on the success of the Greater KL initiatives, the plan will also be rolled out to other cities and urban areas nationwide.
Will the plan be implemented after so many years of promises after promises?
How is the plan possible with more and more private vehicles on the road?

@ The Sun
KL under pressure
> Infrastructure might not be able to cope with growing number of vehicles
by Meena L. Ramadas

High intensity
should be
supported by
proper and
– Norliza
TOWN planners are concerned that the infrastructure in Kuala Lumpur will not be able to handle the heavy movement of privately owned vehicles in and out of the city, ultimately leading to even worse traffic congestion.

Norliza Hashim (pix), a Draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020 consultant, said this is due to the escalating number of commercial zones in the city which are replacing what were previously residential and mixed development areas.

Residential areas, meanwhile, are pushed to the city fringes as suburbs.

Norliza said as more people move to the suburbs, there is a growing amount of people who travel to the city centre every day for work.

This puts pressure on the current infrastructure and steps up the demand for better transportation and mobility to reduce congestion in Kuala Lumpur, she added.

Norliza said one of the core problems is that there is too much movement of private vehicles into and out of the inner city.

She said a total of 33 million sq m, an increase of 32% from the 2008 KL plan, has been allocated for commercial development. Most of these are slated on what previously used to be residential and mixed development areas.

"The number of private vehicles entering the city centre in 2005 was 1.26 million private car users (pcu) per day," she said during a presentation at a City Hall two-day workshop on public transport last Monday.

Norliza said this exceeded the forecast of the Strategies for Managing Urban Transport in Kuala Lumpur (Smurt-KL) study which estimated 1.18 million pcu entering the city per day in 2010.

"High intensity development should be supported by proper and adequate infrastructure," she said, adding the main concern now is the provision of excellent transport systems to support a growing commercial space.

"People are feeling the pinch; it is now hotter, infrastructure provision is delayed, and we are still taking care of yesterday's problems while approving projects for the future."

She said among areas receiving pressure from commercialisation and more intense development are KLCC, Kampung Baru, along Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Loke Yew, Tengkat Tong Shin and Jalan Davis.

The pressure and demands on the city's infrastructure is also compounded by the population boom.

"The projected population growth for the city in 2020 is 2.2 million, and even with the current population of approximately 1.7 million, people are already feeling the over crowding."

Norliza said currently, only 10% of Kuala Lumpur, or 2,662ha, is served by rail transit stations while 24%, or 5,894ha, falls within the transit corridor.

This means a wide area of 15,665ha is neither directly nor indirectly served by the rail network, which includes LRT and monorail.

Under the Draft KL City Plan 2020, the proposed extension of urban rail will increase the area covered by the rail network to 52%, she said. This includes a total 11 lines with 119 new stations covering areas such as Sri Petaling, Alam Damai, Sentul, Pasar Selayang, Sri Rampai, National Zoo and Bandar Tun Hussein Onn.

Updated: 09:07AM Mon, 24 May 2010

Sponsorship assessment: 1 done, 2 to go!

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 06:57 AM PDT

I finally managed to get a fellow volunteer who was able to join me for a sponsorship assessment visit on a weekday instead of a weekend. Of course, I had to ask one with flexi working hours, like myself.

So today, at 2 pm, the 2 of us headed off to north of Perak to visit Aza. As always, whenever heading to unfamiliar territory, I'd do my homework first. Last time I used to google for the place. Now that I have a GPS, I'd check on my GPS first. But the name of the kampong where I was heading today wasn't on my GPS, and not even on google. The next course of action was to call Aza yesterday, asking for landmarks and directions. I then set my GPS to the landmark nearest to her kampong, and from then on, to look out for the other landmarks that she gave.

Halfway at the NSE, the error message appeared on my GPS. Hmmm… must be due to the updated map which I downloaded just 2 days ago. I decided to stop at the next R&R to restart the GPS. Just as I slowed down at the R&R, suddenly I heard a screeching sound. Alamak, panic seround. Please, please not the car! The sound stopped when the car stopped. After restarting the GPS (which worked well after that), I continued the journey… this time no more scrfeeching sound. BUT I noticed the air from the aircond was getting less and less cooler. Ah, the screeching sound must have come from the aircond. The aircond had never given me problems before; but I did send the car for aircond servicing just last month! Aiya, like this baik tak payah service! But in a way I was relieved it was just the aircond – it would have been a problem if the car broke down at the highway!

As the journey continued, it got warmer. But the weather wasn't too bad, so the "free sauna" was tolerable. :-)

Anyway, after reaching the landmark I set on my GPS, I could no longer depend on the GPS for further instructions, so I had to look around for the other landmarks and instructions given by Aza earlier. I must commend Aza – her instructions were quite clear and accurate. After getting into the lorong she told us to get into, I understood why it was not in the GPS. It's not even called jalan or lorong, it's called parit xxx (sorry, cannot lah mention real address here kan?) And it's quite narrow, with padi fields on both sides.

Just to be sure I was on the right track, when we passed by a makcik on a bicycle who stopped by the roadside (erm, I mean 'parit'side) I asked her where "parit xxx" was, and my, my, her instructions were good too! Yes, we were on the right path, but most of the time,  based on my own experience, the instructions I'd usually get under such circumstances would be, "Jalan teruuuus jer…" This makcik's instructions however were complete with, "sampai hujung tu, ikut titi, lepas titi ada surau.." Waaah, caya lah makcik! If I didn't stop to ask her, I probably wouldn't be too confident continuing taking the same route. You see, I had to drive quite far in just to reach the titi (small bridge) the makcik mentioned.

After the titi and upon reaching the surau, I called Aza for further instructions. You see, it wasn't easy to see the house numbers in the kampong. Some are visible while some aren't. And Aza told us to drive further until we reach a primary school. Yes, there's a primary school in the middle of all those padi fields! No secondary school though.

A few hundred meters after the school, I stopped where I thought the house would logically be based on the house number given, and called Aza asking her to come out of her house. And whaddaya know, I had actually stopped right in front of her house! We've never met before but it wasn't difficult for Aza to figure out 2 strangers looking like rusa masuk kampong. Oh ok, in our case it was Kenari masuk kampong (I was driving a Kenari meh…).  Yayy!! We made it without making any wrong turnings whatsoever! Woo hoo!

Anyway, Aza is in her early 40's. Her husband died about 9 years ago. Aza herself was diagnosed HIV+ when she was pregnant with her youngest child, who is now 10 (and free from the virus). Her husband had refused to go for check-ups until he was too weak. He died just 2 weeks after he went for blood tests.

So Aza was diagnosed HIV+ quite some time ago. But her case was never referred to us because we don't have volunteers doing support services at Taiping Hospital where Aza goes for her appointments. Her case was referred to us this time by the doctor (the same specialist handles HIV cases in Ipoh and Taiping) because she felt Aza needed the help.

Aza's 4 children are all schooling – 14, 13, 12 and 10. She stopped working last year after she started taking medication which caused her to feel drowsy and sleepy. Now she is much better and should be able to work again (provided she's able to find one) BUT her mother, whom she's staying with, is unwell and needs looking after. So for the moment, Aza is totally dependent on welfare aid of RM400/month and Baitulmal aid of RM150/month. The good thing is that she doesn't have to pay house rental. But with the amount that she gets it's not easy to support 6 people (including herself) staying in the household. What more during the beginning of each schooling year.

We can definitely cover the yearly schooling expenses with our Children Education Fund. Whether or not her children will be covered by our sponsorship, that will depend on whether I can get any sponsors!

OK, so one house visit done. 2 more to go… and the plan is, the one in Ipoh this Saturday, and the other one (almost reaching the East-West highway) on Sunday.

But tomorrow I'd better go to where I got my car aircond serviced last month – the guy better fix my aircond as I don't intend to go through another free sauna…


Posted: 10 Jun 2010 06:32 AM PDT

According to Wikipedia HERE, the First Malaysia Plan (1966–1970) was an economic development plan implemented by the government of Malaysia. It was the first economic plan for the whole of Malaysia — Sabah and Sarawak included — as opposed to just Malaya, which previous economic plans (such as the Second Malayan Five Year Plan) had confined themselves to. The Plan's objectives were to promote the welfare of all citizens, and improve the living conditions in rural areas, particularly among low-income groups. You can CLICK HERE to read more about its background and success.

Fast forward to 2010. This morning , PM Najib unveiled his first, and the nation's 10th economic blueprint in Parliament. Here's a brief summary of the plans extracted from HERE:

  1. The 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) will maintain the 30 percent Bumiputera corporate equity target. We can interpret this as a move to pacify Malay voters in view of the stiff opposition (especially from Perkasa) towards his NEM.
  2. Price controls and subsidies will to be reduced in stages to eliminate market distortions and abuses.
  3. Any reduction will only be undertaken after taking into consideration the people's feedback. (How are we to give our feedback? Is there a deadline and will there be a forum for discussion somehow?)
  4. The lower-income group and those who are most vulnerable will continue to be given assistance to mitigate the impact of any subsidy reduction on their cost of living.
  5. The 10MP will develop a Bumiputera commercial and industrial community and create stronger and more competitive industry champions.
  6. The focus will also be on broadening wealth ownership to ensure sustainability and promoting Bumiputera representation in high-paying jobs through enhanced capability building and demand-side incentives.
  7. To make Malaysia a developed nation by 2020, the PM aims to cut fiscal deficit to 2.8% of the GDP by 2015 through the unpopular subsidy removals.
  8. An innovative and productivity-oriented economy, through augmented human capital development, will be one of the main thrusts of the new framework.
  9. The country's worsening brain drain crisis will be tackled by beefing up efforts to retain local talents through high-wage appeal while simplifying hiring methods to attract foreign talents.
  10. The plan intends to raise the nation's per capita income to RM38,845 (US$12,139) by 2015 through an annual 6 percent growth.
  11. These objectives have been listed under the 10MP's 10-point strategy, which has recognised 12 key economic areas to achieve its targets.
  12. The 10MP will have measures to transform the nation into a high-income economy through a development expenditure allocation of RM230 billion for the next five years.
  13. From the total, 55 percent was allocated for the economic sector, 30 percent for the social sector, 10 percent for security and 5 per cent for administration.
  14. Three more pillars have been erected to drive the plan through, namely with the introduction of the 1Malaysia concept of "People First, Performance Now"; Government Transformation Plan (GTP) and New Economic Model (NEM), he said.
  15. "Therefore, to succeed, we must form a 1Malaysia team, that is united and aligned in purpose and vision, to achieve the best for Malaysia, through our collective best efforts," he added.

Well, I am no financial, accounting or economics expert but I do hope that readers out there with the relevant business/financial/accounting background can share their views about the 10th Malaysian Plan as unveiled by our PM.

Personally, I am very concerned about the amount to be spent. I do recall that millions were spent in the stimulus packages last year and to date, I have yet to see a report on the results. The expenditure allocation of RM 230 BILLION for the next five years is a lot of money and I wonder how this will be allocated - hopefully not for the new Parliament, not for more submarines and NOT for any buildings whose roof can collapse or for bridges that can collapse or for tanks or advertisements or for any nonsensical items big or small, tangible or intangible. Other MPs such as Tony Pua etc have expressed their views about the 10th MP.

According to Free Malaysia Today:

Pakatan Rakyat leaders were not impressed with the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) unveiled by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in Parliament today.

Many of them felt that the economic blueprint was merely a rehash of previous plans, while some panned the objectives as being too far-fetched.

DAP's chief economist Tony Pua said maintaining the 30 percent Bumiputera equity target was an extension of the race-based affirmative action under the New Economic Policy (NEP).

This, he pointed out, contradicted Najib's pledge to open up the market.

"Whether on the micro or macro levels, 30 percent of private and corporate wealth are allocated for the Bumiputera; and all the policies put in place are trying to achieve this target.

"To me, this is just an extension of the NEP and there's no difference in what the 10MP tries to achieve compared to the 9MP," he told reporters......

Meanwhile, PAS central working committee member and Kuala Selangor MP Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said maintaining the quota system contradicted of the 10MP's main thrusts, creation of a more inclusive economy.

"He had contradicted himself when he talked about the Bumiputra Commercial and Industrialised Committee, he must have been thinking of Perkasa and other ultra-Umno leaders.

"Those things are virtually exclusive. You can still adopt affirmative action, but only when you're dealing with the poor," he said.......

Also uimpressed with Najib's first economic plan, DAP's Klang MP Charles Santiago said the premier had set unrealistic goals, such as the 6 percent annual growth target and slashing deficit to 2.8 percent by 2015.

Santiago, an economics graduate, argued that poor foreign direct investments and the braindrain crisis will not help Malaysia achieve these targets.

"So how do we achieve them? The answer to that is, cut subsidies and implement the goods and services tax," he said.

Santiago also pointed out that the education policy under the 10MP- which will see public-private cooperation- will only widen the gap between the social classes.

"This is to bring private money into the school system..,when you do that, you will create a hierarchy in the school structure.

"So you have the richer students going to these schools and the national schools will become ghetto schools," he said, adding that this issue must be addressed. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

I hope that readers can voice their views/concerns and let's have an open forum for discussion here to enlighten one another.

Do leave a comment to share your views/thoughts. Thanks! Have a lovely evening.

Ramai Kak Pidah Dalam Dewan Muslimat

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 06:28 AM PDT

Perwakilan tolak usul tubuh muslimat muda

Dewan Muslimat PAS hari ini menolak usul menubuhkan sayap baru muslimat muda biarpun Mursyidul Am PAS Datuk Nik Abdul Nik Mat menyarankan agar sayap baru itu ditubuhkan bagi menarik golongan muda.

Penolakan usul itu, yang dibawa perwakilan Pengkalan Chepa, Zaharah Mohd itu, dibuat secara sebulat suara oleh perwakilan di muktamar di Kota Bharu.

Zaharah mencadangkan usul muslimat muda itu supaya disertai wanita muda berusia bawah 40 tahun sebagai menampung pertambahan ahli membabitkan generasi muda dan langkah menarik golongan muda.

Bagaimanapun, ketika membahaskan usul berkenaan perwakilan Ipoh Timur, Diana Mohd Sani membantah usul itu.

Beliau berkata masanya belum tiba bagi Dewan Muslimat PAS menubuhkan sayap baru itu meskipun sudah menjangkau 50 tahun penubuhannya. - Bernama

Ulasan GB

Dewan Muslimat dah garang kerana dah tuntut kerusi Naib Presiden? Sudah tak perlu dengar nasihat dan saranan Mursyidul Am PAS, TGNA yang mencadangkan sendiri agar ditubuhkan sayap baru iaitu Muslimat Muda?

UMNO sudah ada Puteri UMNO, PKR sudah ada Srikandi, jadi saranan TGNA itu adalah tepat pada masanya bahawa Dewan Muslimat perlu ada sayap Muslimat Muda untuk menarik golongan muda menyertai aktiviti dan program parti.

Kita masih ingat sewaktu Puteri UMNO hendak ditubuhkan dulu, yang menentangnya ialah Ketua Wanita, Rafidah Aziz kerana bimbang Pergerakan Wanita UMNO akan lemah apatah lagi menggugat peranan dan status quo wanita UMNO yang sememangnya sudah kerepot di mata para pemuda dan pimpinan UMNO sendiri.

Kini nampaknya perwatakan Kak Pidah itu berulang di dalam Dewan Muslimat. Ditolaknya usul penubuhan sayap Muslimat Muda cadangan TGNA.

Yang rugi ialah wanita sendiri, terutama mahasiswi-mahasiswi di ipt tempatan tiada pilihan selain dari memenuhi borang Puteri UMNO yang diedarkan kepada mereka secara berleluasa, berputih mata dan berdosalah muslimat PAS kerana gagal menyediakan alternatif kepada mereka dan sekadar menjadi pemerhati apabila tenaga muda dari kalangan mereka sudah berada di pihak lain.

Ubah-ubahlah perangai supaya cerdik sikit demi keutuhan parti. TGNA tidak mencadangkan sesuatu untuk meruntuhkan parti seperti pemimpin lain. Yakinlah!

Home sweet Home...

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 05:36 AM PDT

I reached KLIA on 2:15pm, so soo soooooo tired. Din sleep for 24 hours... Need to sleep early tonight :p

Still not in Malaysia timezone yet... :(


Posted: 10 Jun 2010 05:17 AM PDT

I WAS in Parliament when the Prime Minister read the gist of the 10MP. It sounds impressive. It takes into account what the country had gone through, looks into the future based on the present setting and experience. Then a little bird whispered to me: Whats the use of a comprehensive plan if it remains a plan? .... Well, that's part of what politicians like me can help monitor and ensure. Performance now.... (which is easier, much easier said, than done :-)

KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Thursday outlined five key strategic thrusts under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) to enable Malaysia become a high-income and developed nation by 2020.

The prime minister said that to move in that direction, Malaysia had to draw up a new approach which emphasised quality human capital, innovation and creativity, and the government had to operate as a competitive corporation.

When tabling the 10MP in the Dewan Rakyat, Najib said Malaysia could no longer depend on a low-cost structure to remain competitive internationally because globalisation, liberalisation and the emergence of countries, such as China, India, Brazil, Russia, the Middle East and countries in the region, had intensified the competition for trade and investment.

Elaborating on the thrusts, he said the first was to design government philosophy and approach to transform Malaysia using the methodology of the National Key Results Area (NKRA) and the Key Performance Index (KPI).

The second thrust was to create a conducive environment for unleashing economic growth, while the third was to move towards inclusive socio-economic development, he added.

He said the fourth thrust was to develop and retain a first-world talent base and the fifth was to build an environment that enhances quality of life.

The 10MP, which carries the theme "Towards Economic Prosperity and Social Justice", allocates RM230 billion for development expenditure during the five-year period from 2011 to 2015.

In his speech tabling the plan, which took about one hour 40 minutes, Najib said that to transform the nation towards achieving Vision 2020 of becoming a developed nation, the plan was based on 10 ideas which had been translated into 10 main premises.

He said these were internally driven, externally aware; leveraging on the country's diversity internationally; transforming to a high-income nation through specialisation; unleashing productivity-led growth and innovation; nurturing, attracting and retaining top talent; ensuring equality of opportunities and safeguarding the vulnerable.

Concentrated growth, inclusive development; supporting effective and smart partnerships; valuing the country's environmental endowments; and government as a competitive corporation.

Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said the 10MP had been formulated with various new approaches towards enabling Malaysia to become a high-income and high-productivity economy, in line with the New Economic Model (NEM).

He said that during the 10MP period, the gross national income per capita was targeted to increase to RM38,850 or US$12,140 in 2015.

"This requires achieving real GDP growth of six per cent per annum. Growth will be led by the services and manufacturing sectors, in addition to revitalising the agriculture sector towards higher value added as well as the adoption of ICT, biotechnology and other relevant technologies," he said.

Najib said that under the 10MP, the government would focus on efforts to develop non-physical infrastructure, including human capital development such as skills development and strong innovation capabilities.

Meanwhile, he added, the 10MP allocation for non-physical infrastructure would be increased to 40 per cent, compared with 21.8 per cent under the ninth plan.

"Focus will be given to skills development programmes, R&D activities and venture capital funding geared towards promoting a higher level of innovation in the country," he said.

Najib said the approach was also in line with efforts to encourage the private sector to invest in physical infrastructure and provide services such as skills training.

"To support this objective, the government will shift its focus to the private sector for procurement of services. This means that the private sector will compete to offer skills training services at competitive costs," he said.

The prime minister said the 10MP would also focus on raising the income and quality of life of the bottom 40 per cent household income group, where bumiputeras form the largest number - 73 per cent of the 2.4 million households in the group.

He said that in order to enhance competitiveness and market efficiency, as well as ensure more optimal utilisation of resources, it was necessary to reduce price controls and subsidies in stages to eliminate market distortions and abuses.

"However, any subsidy reduction will only be undertaken after taking into consideration the feedback from the people.

"I wish to give the assurance that the lower income group and those who are most vulnerable will continue to be given assistance to mitigate the impact of any subsidy reduction on their cost of living," he said.

Najib also said that in line with the "Greater Kuala Lumpur" NKEA (National Key Economic Area), the government would further enhance the public transportation network in Kuala Lumpur with the implementation of the high-capacity Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system.

He said this was an iconic project in the capital city which would be highly beneficial to commuters and have large spillovers to the economy.

"When completed, the system is expected to cover a radius of 20km from the city centre with a total length of about 150km, and when fully operational, will serve up to two million passenger trips per day from the 480,000 trips on current urban rail systems," he said.

The prime minister said focus would continue to be given to the bumiputera development agenda in line with the concept of growth with distribution under the plan.

He also said that beginning with the 10MP, the implementation of programmes and projects on a rolling plan basis would be introduced.

With this approach, he said, allocation for programmes and projects would be provided on a two-year basis beginning 2011-2012.

He said this allowed commitment to be made based on the financial position of the government and provided flexibility to respond to new priorities and changes in the global and domestic economic environment.

"The detailed list of the programmes and projects for the first rolling plan will be ready by the end of August 2010. To carry out the 10MP development programmes, the government will make available an allocation of RM230 billion for development expenditure.

"This will comprise 55 per cent for the economic sector, 30 per cent for the social sector, 10 per cent for the security sector and five per cent for general administration," he said.

Referring to the World Cup soccer tournament, which begins tomorrow, the prime minister said the people could use the analogy of a successful football team to relate to the successful realisation of Malaysia's aspiration to become a developed nation and high-income economy.

"For a football team to succeed, all players in the team, irrespective of their position, need to work together and play as a team.

"If they don't, they are unlikely to win; worse, they may lose badly. Each player, whether it is the goalkeeper, defender, midfielder or striker, is equally important.

"However great the footballers are as individual players, victory can only be achieved as a team. Each individual team member is a valuable asset and everyone's potential must be optimised to achieve success," he said. -- BERNAMA

Ujian Bermula Sebelum Muslimat Menjadi Naib Presiden. Laporan Polis Terhadap YB Siti Zailah

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 04:50 AM PDT

Pegawai MP PAS buat laporan polis terhadap majikannya

KOTA BAHARU, 10 Jun – Seorang kerani hari ini membuat aduan polis mendakwa majikannya Anggota Parlimen Rantau Panjang, Siti Zailah Mohd Yusof (gambar), mengugutnya kerana cuba mengemukakan laporan tentang prestasi majikannya kepada PAS pusat.

Lelaki berkenaan, Ahmad Syauqey Abdul Ghani, 35, yang mengaku sebagai pegawai khas kepada Anggota Parlimen tersebut, membuat laporan itu di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Kota Baharu, pada pukul 10.30 pagi ini.

Bercakap kepada pemberita selepas laporan selama 1 jam 15 minit itu dibuat, beliau mendakwa majikannya mengugutnya melalui perbualan telefon dengan isterinya, Salwati Mohd Ariffin, 34, pada 5 Jun lalu.

Katanya, beliau mula berkhidmat dengan Siti Zailah awal Januari lalu.

Sementara itu ketika ditemui pemberita di muktamar ke-50 Dewan Muslimat PAS, Siti Zailah berkata Ahmad Syauqey bukan pegawai khasnya tetapi kerani di pusat khidmat rakyat Parlimen Rantau Panjang.

Katanya tugas kerani itu dipegang oleh isteri lelaki itu yang mengambil alih tugas tersebut tanpa memaklumkan kepadanya terlebih dahulu.

Ahmad Syauqey berkata satu salinan laporan "pemerhatian" ke atas majikannya juga diserahkan kepada Ketua Dewan Muslimat PAS Nuridah Mohd Salleh pada 1.40 tengah hari selepas Muktamar Muslimat berhenti bersidang untuk makan tengah hari. – Bernama

Muslimat PAS lulus usul wanita jadi naib presiden

Muktamar Tahunan Dewan Muslimat PAS pusat hari ini meluluskan usul agar diwujudkan satu jawatan naib presiden untuk disandang anggota wanita parti itu.

Usul berkenaan, yang turut mencadangkan diwujudkan jawatan Pesuruhjaya IV peringkat negeri untuk disandang oleh wanita, telah dibentangkan oleh wakil Kubang Kerian, Nurliza Yahya, yang berpendapat jawatan-jawatan itu sebagai satu pengiktirafan kepada sumbangan muslimat terhadap parti.

Semasa perbahasan wakil Selangor, Noraini Hussin, bagaimanapun membantah usul itu kerana berpendapat bahawa selama inipun PAS tidak pernah meminggirkan muslimat dalam urusan parti.

"Saya bantah usul ini untuk diterima kerana selama ini PAS telah iktiraf kekuatan muslimat sama dengan naib presiden," katanya.

Noraini berkata kini terdapat 30 peratus penglibatan anggota wanita dalam urusan Pas termasuk dalam soal menggubal dasar parti.

"Malahan muslimat PAS juga terpilih untuk bertanding dalam pilihan raya sehingga menang dan dilantik sebagai ADUN dan juga ahli parlimen," katanya.

Wakil Padang Rengas, Husna Saidon, pula menyokong usul itu dan berkata jawatan naib presiden untuk muslimat penting bagi mendapatkan pemimpin wanita yang mampu membuat dasar khususnya dalam isu berkaitan wanita.

"Naib presiden muslimat juga penting dalam berperanan menghubungkan kepimpinan wanita dari parti komponen DAP dan PKR (dalam pakatan pembangkang)," katanya.

- Bernama

Ulasan GB

Sunnatullah- Allah dalam melaksanakan ketetapanNya sebagai Rabb yang terlaksana di alam semesta atau dalam bahasa akademis disebut hukum alam.

Setiap sesuatu yang dipohon akan diikuti dengan ujian terhadap kemampuan dan kebolehan muslimat menanganinya dengan baik dan sempurna.

Selepas ini mungkin akan ada lagi siri ujian dariNya terhadap pemimpin muslimat sebagai mengasah ketrampilan dan kebolehan kepimpinan muslimat sendiri jika benar-benar tegar dan tegas di dalam tuntutannya untuk jawatan Naib Presiden.

Kepada YB Siti Zailah, hadapinya dengan yakin dan semuga berjaya.

The Internationale

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 04:56 AM PDT


RMK-10 - Restoran Tom Yam Yang Dipenuhi Tikus, Lipas

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 04:33 AM PDT

Rancangan Malaysia Ke 10 ibarat restoran tom yam yang dipenuhi tikus dan lipas yang langsung tidak menunjukkan perubahan konkrit dalam pengumuman Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak pagi tadi.

Ahli Parlimen Pokok Sena, Datuk Mahfuz Omar beranggapan ucapan pembenatangan RMK-10 oleh Najib tidak ada perkara baru dan sama dengan pembentangan RMK-9 sebelum ini.

"Kita ibarat pembentangan hari ini umpama restoran tom yam yang dengan tukang masak yang sama, kedai masih kotor dan dipenuhi dengan tikus dan lipas sahaja dan tidak ada pembaharuan yang konkrit.

"Walau pun Najib mengumumkan pelbagai projek, apa jaminan kerajaan Umno-Barisan Nasional berkaitan dengan ketelusan dan integriti bagaimana hasil perolehan daripada projek tersebut.

"Selama ini, kita menghadapi masalah pengurusan kewangan negara yang tidak telus dan tidak cekap.

Menurut Mahfuz, beliau yakin budaya kebocoran dan ketirisan ekonomi akan tetap di laporkan Ketua Audit Negara seperti mana yang dilakukan tahun demi tahun kerana tidak ada kemahuan politik untuk membanteras rasuah dan penyelewengan.

"Masalah sekarang ini adalah apa yang diumumkan adalah kelangsungan daripada pentadbiran terdahulu dan masih lagi dalam kerangka yang sama.

"Walau pun ada disebutkan projek yang berjumlah berbilion-bilion tetapi tidak ada garis panduan dalam pengurusan perjalanan ekonomi negara berjalan dengan telus seperti mana yang diumumkan Ketua Audit Negara berlakunya ketirisan dan kebocoran," tambah beliau. -SK

Keris UMNO Digunakan Untuk Menikam Bangsa Sendiri Yang Tak Sehaluan Dengan Mereka

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 03:00 AM PDT

Mursyidul Am PAS menyatakan keris yang dijulang oleh pemimpin Umno bukanlah untuk memperjuangkan Melayu tetapi digunakan untuk menghancurkan perpaduan kaum disamping menikam bangsa sendiri yang tidak mengikut mereka.

"Orang-orang Melayu perlu diingatkan bahawa keris yang dijulang oleh pemimpin Umno itubukannya untuk memperjuangkan Melayu tetapi hanyalah untuk merobek perpaduan kaum dan menikam bangsa sendiri yang tidak sehaluan dengan mereka," katanya.

Nik Aziz menyifatkan kerjasama mereka dalam Pakatan Rakyat bersama rakan sekutunya daripada Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) dan DAP bertujuan untuk menyebarkan dakwah di kalangan orang bukan Islam.

Beliau berkata, ia berikutan golongan ulama terdahulu hanya menyebarkan dakwah Islam di kalangan masyarakat Melayu semata-mata.

"Ini kerana setelah beberapa lama alim ulama kita termasuk tok-tok guru di pondok-pondok tidak melaksanakan tugas dakwah menyebarkan Islam kepada kumpulan bukan Muslim hingga menyebabkan sebaran dakwah hanya berkisar di kalangan sesama Islam sahaja. Melayu ajar melayu sahaja.

"Maka saya melihat kehadiran DAP dan PKR dalam Pakatan Rakyat ini semacam satu kifarah Allah kepada kita semua pejuang PAS," katanya semasa menyampaikan ucapan perasmian serentak Dewan Ulama, Dewan Pemuda dan Dewan Muslimat di Pusat Tarbiyah Islamiah Kelantan (Putik), Pengkalan Chepa di sini.

Selain itu Nik Abdul Aziz yang juga Menteri Besar Kelantan berkata, pakatan politik yang dijalinkan bersama PKR dan DAP perlu disertakan dengan tugas dakwah untuk menegakkan Islam seperti yang diperjuangkan PAS.

"Secara politiknya kita berpakat, namun pakatan itu hendaklah bersama tugas dakwah.... sekarang rakan kita adalah mad'u kita.

"Strategi sebegini amat penting kerana nilai perjuangan suci kita adalah tidak boleh lagi bersekongkol dengan pihak yang menyuburkan maksiat," katanya.

Tambah beliau lagi, PAS perlu berani menawarkan alternatif terutamanya kepada masyarakat bukan Islam sebagai persediaan menghadapi pilihan raya umum ke-13.

"Kita mahu eratkan hubungan dengan DAP dan PKR dan kita mahu rakyat memberikan mandat kepada kita.

"Justeru itu, kita hendaklah berani menawarkan alternatif ini dan sedia berikrar kepada semua rakyat termasuk Cina, India, Siam dan seumpamanya bahawa kita akan membuang semua unsur-unsur keroasakan yang ada di dalam kerajaan Umno pada hari ini.

"Memang begitu ajaran Islam, itulah kelebihan kita bergerak di atas landasan Islam," katanya.

Nik Abdul Aziz juga mengingatkan agar PAS memberi fokus kepada pengundi Melayu dalam usaha untuk meraih sokongan mereka pada pilihan raya akan datang.

"Hari ini, tidak dinafikan bahawa yang menjadi tongkat Barisan Nasional (BN) ialah pengundi Melayu.

"PAS sebagai alternatif kepada Umno perlu bergerak dengan lebih cergas di dalam meraih sokongan pengundi Melayu.

Menurut beliau lagi, PAS perlu mendapatkan sokongan padu sama ada di kalangan pengundi Melayu Islam mahupun bukan Islam bagi memastikan parti itu bergerak sebagai peneraju politik negara.

"Bertolak daripada gagasan menghadapi pilihan raya umum ke-13, ke arah menjadikan PAS sebagai peneraju politik negara, maka PAS hendaklah menguasai politik Melayu Muslim dan sekaligus mendapat kepercayaan pengundi bukan Melayu ataupun bukan Muslim," katanya.


Posted: 10 Jun 2010 02:15 AM PDT

It is reported that PM Najib has announced the formation of a High Level Committee for Bumiputra Affairs, during the tabling of the 10th Malaysia Plan this morning (June 10th). This committee will be chaired by the PM himself whose purpose is to 'plan, co-ordinate and monitor the implementation of the Bumiputra development agenda'.

I am of the view that this committee is redundant as it will duplicate UMNO's role as the 'custodian and protector of the Malay rights' which the party have so vehemently defended. Or I am to believe that because the word Bumiputra is used, this then cannot be UMNO's role; hence the establishment of the committee.

Whatever be the stated reason for the establishment of the committee, I do not see any usefulness of the committee. It is going to be another outfit like PERKASA, who is still unable to settle itself for what they precisely intend to do. There has been so much of talk that has not seen fruition to their demands. This committee will be the same, as PM Najib already has too many things in his hand, and by adding this one, I am afraid he will not have enough sleep, and will end up like the previous PM.

Now PERKASA's boss Ibrahim Ali has suggested that the committee should comprised of TRUE MALAYS who understand Malay and Bumiputra issues. I cannot understand what and who are the TRUE MALAYS. Is this a new race that has just popped out from the sky? At least, what Ibrahim Ali can do to ease the confusion is to define what and who is a TRUE MALAY. And to let Ibrahim Ali know early, I certainly disqualify because I am the grandson of an immigrant from Padang, Sumatra. I am therefore a Minangkabau, not a TRUE MALAY. Certainly, this race called TRUE MALAY cannot be found in our constitution.

Now, let us not create more confusion over the issue of race and religion. Just stick to the word that we are Malaysian ……..1 Malaysia as PM Najib has propagated. And let us not hear that there is also TRUE CHINESE and TRUE INDIANS.


Chinese Guan Yu Transformers

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 02:11 AM PDT

Bi Heng, a student from China Central Academy of Fine Arts, has created a 9.1 metre sculpture for his final year thesis, which combines elements from popular Transformers franchise with deified ancient Chinese General Guan Yu.

China Guan Yu Transformers

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The day of tree planting, sharks, and snakes

Posted: 04 Jun 2010 09:21 PM PDT

After the service center launch, we rushed to plant trees in conjunction with World Environment Day ( WED ) together with The Green Connection, and Wong Tak from the Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA) on June 5th. We went to The Green Connection's Discovery Center right after.

THE GREEN CONNECTION Aquarium and Discovery Center is located in Likas, Kota Kinabalu.

At the center, Dr. Steve Oakley explained about Bamboo Sharks, and later, we held pythons with our bare hands, and even wrote on the "Green Wall"

Nazmi wrote "Selamatkan Sabah!" while my green message was "Green+Political will= save Sabah"

To learn more about The Green Connection, click here

More on SEPA, click here

Toy therapy helped 2-yo boy cut down to 15 cigs a day

Posted: 10 Jun 2010 01:28 AM PDT

I first read about the smoking 2-year-old, Ardi Rizal @ The Sun yesterday.
At the time of writing this post, there are at least 130 news articles in Google News under the Health section.
Ardi got his first taste for tobacco when his father Mohammed, a 30-year-old fishmonger, gave him a cigarette when he was only 18 months old.

Here's a video of Ardi puffing away:

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Posted: 10 Jun 2010 01:04 AM PDT

The old adage says that man looks at the outward appearances but God looks at the heart. Similarly, where leaders are concerned, we look at the heart of the leader and not at the title. Does it make any difference if PKR Supreme Council leader Chua Jui Meng has lost his "Datuk Seri" and "Datuk" titles conferred upon him by the late Johor Sultan Mahmud Iskandar?

According to Malaysiakini HERE, Johor Royal Council secretary Abdul Rahim Ramli had called Chua Jui Meng twice asking for him to return all his medals today as his two datukships had been revoked. Chua was health minister from 1995 to 2004. The two titles bestowed on him then were the 'Dato Paduka Makhota Johor' and the 'Seri Paduka Mahkota Johor". Chua said Abdul Rahim refused to tell him the reason for the revocation stating that the palace was not obliged to reveal its reasons. He, however, will still retain his 'Datuk' honorific as he had also been conferred state awards in 2002 and 2003 by both Pahang and Selangor respectively which carry the title.

It is the prerogative of the Sultan to give and to withdraw titles at his pleasure. That is a fact. Well we know that in many cases, titles are given in recognition of one's contribution to society, I strongly believe that Chua Jui Meng is not any less of a leader without the titles. Besides, he was a very good Health Minister even though he is a lawyer by training, knew the needs of the health care industry and tried his level best to meet the needs of the rakyat in his deliberations. The fact that he is the longest serving Health Minister (1990 to 2004) is evidence of his commitment, dedication and work in that department. You can read more about his background, political achievements and history at THIS SITE.

I have a very high regard for Chua Jui Meng because of two reasons. Years ago, my cousin's 20 year old daughter was in a coma and a very critical condition because of lupus. The two week medical bill was almost 50 000RM and we were all very worried for her condition and also the mental state of the family. My cousin, a housewife, was going to take a mortgage on her house to foot the medical bill. Her husband, a retired headmaster, suffers from diabetes and cancer and her other son has serious sinusitis and allergy problems. Then, I advised her to switch her daughter to the General Hospital in Penang. Fortunately, Chua Jui Meng was in town and I believe someone spoke to him about her and he helped to expedite her daughter's transfer from a private hospital to the ICU in Penang GH. Today, my cousin's daughter is still alive although bedridden and completely immobile, thanks to Chua Jui Meng.

Secondly, a few years ago, Chua Jui Meng visited my church and spoke very charismatically about his faith and hopes for the country. His fervent testimony and passionate speech touched many people that morning and we can still remember the way his eyes shone when he spoke. True leaders radiate their convictions from their hearts and these can be seen in the way they speak, look at others, shake the hands of those whom they meet and the way they live their lives.

You can return the medals with your head held high because you did nothing to bring shame to anyone. May you continue to serve the rakyat and to try your best to be a wonderful living testimony of your living God.

To me, it matters not whether he is Datuk Seri, Datuk or just plain Mr. Chua Jui Meng. I look at his heart and I know this is a man with the heart to serve the rakyat, a man after God's heart. God bless you, Mr. Chua Jui Meng.

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