Thursday, July 29, 2010

0808 8.00 PM – mark your calendar!

0808 8.00 PM – mark your calendar!


0808 8.00 PM – mark your calendar!

Posted: 29 Jul 2010 10:14 AM PDT

8 august, 8.00pm – triple ceramah (talk/speech) at the triple 'B' places, in penang with anwar ibrahim!

at bayan baru, balik pulau and batu kawan

so, penangites, do make yourself free on 08/08 at 8pm, ok? come and listen to some hot issues by not only anwar but other PKR leaders like zaid ibrahim and chua jui meng.

BAYAN BARU

BALIK PULAU

BATU KAWAN

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Triple Ceramah oleh Parti KeADILan Rakyat!
Bongkar Isu panas! Semua Dijemput! Minta Sebarkan!

1. Majlis Makan Malam & Ceramah Cabang Bayan Baru

Tarikh: 8 Ogos 2010 (Ahad)
Masa: 8 mlm TEPAT
Tempat: Tapak Pesta, Sg Nibong
Ceramah Percuma! Beli Tiket Makan RM15 contact Sabri 013-4320207
Semua Dijemput!

Penceramah:
8.00pm YB Raveen Tharan (ADUN Batu Uban)
8.15pm YB Sim Tze Tzin (ADUN Pantai Jerejak)
8.30pm YB Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Ketua Pembangkang Parliament Malaysia)
9.15pm Dato Dr. Tan Kee Kwong (Bekas Timbalan Menteri Tanah dan Korporasi – Isu Felda)
9.45pm YB Dato Mansor bin Othman (Timbalan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang)
10.15pm Dato Chua Jui Meng (Bekas Menteri Kesihatan)
11.00pm Dato Zaid Ibrahim (Bekas Menteri Undang-undang)

2. Ceramah Perdana Cabang Balik Pulau

Tarikh: 8 Ogos 2010 (Ahad)
Masa: 8 mlm TEPAT
Tempat: Kompleks Sukan MPPP Balik Pulau
Semua Dijemput! Datang Ramai-ramai! Sebarkan!

Penceramah:
8.00pm YB Dato Halim (Speaker DUNPP)
8.30pm YB Yusmadi Yusoff
8.45pm Dato Chua Jui Meng (Bekas Menteri Kesihatan)
9.15pm Dato Zaid Ibrahim (Bekas Menteri Undang-undang)
9.45pm YB Dato Mansor bin Othman (Timbalan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang)
10.00pm YB Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Ketua Pembangkang Parliament Malaysia)
10.45pm YAB Lim Guan Eng (Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang)
11.15pm YB Mujahid (Ahli Parlimen Parit Buntar)

3. Ceramah Perdana Cabang Batu Kawan

Tarikh: 8 Ogos 2010 (Ahad)
Masa: 9 mlm TEPAT
Tempat: Stadium Mini Jalan Betek (Berhadapan Mahkamah Majistret Bkt Mertajam)
Semua Dijemput! Datang Ramai-ramai! Sebarkan!

Penceramah:
YB Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Ketua Pembangkang Parliament Malaysia)
YAB Lim Guan Eng (Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang)
YB Dato Mansor bin Othman (Timbalan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang)
YB Dr Dzulkifli Ahmad (Ahli Parlimen Kuala Selangor)
YB Saifuddin Nasution (Ahli Parlimen Machang)
Dato Dr. Tan Kee Kwong (Bekas Timbalan Menteri Tanah dan Korporasi – Isu Felda)
YB Law Choo Kiang (Exco Pertanian & Tebatan Banjir Pulau Pinang)
Siti Aishah Sheik Ismail (Ketua Sri Kandi Parti KeADILan Rakyat)

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Kes Ling Liong Sek : Real Atau Sandiwara?

Posted: 29 Jul 2010 10:05 AM PDT

Bekas menteri pengangkutan dan presiden MCA Tan Sri Dr Ling Liong Sik didakwa di mahkamah berhubung skandal Zon Bebas Pelabuhan Klang (PKFZ) hari ini.

Ling, 67, bekas doktor perubatan menjadi ahli politik tiba di Mahkamah Sesyen Kajang, dekat sini, jam 4.45 petang dan kelihatan tenang apabila dikerumuni oleh para wartawan dan jurugambar.

Beliau yang memakai baju belang, diiringi isteri Toh Puan Ena Ling dan dua anak lelaki Hee Leong dan Hee Keat yang hadir di mahkamah.

Ling mengaku tidak bersalah terhadap dua tuduhan di bawah Seksyen 417 Kanun Keseksaan kerana menipu. Jika didapati bersalah, Ling akan menghadapi hukuman penjara.

Ling didakwa di bawah Seksyen 418 Kanun Keseksaan kerana 'mengelirukan' kabinet di antara 25 September dan 6 November 2002 supaya bersetuju dengan pembelian 999.5 ekar tanah di Pulau Indah untuk sebuah projek, yang kini dikenali sebagai PKFZ.

Tanah itu dibeli dengan harga RM25 satu kaki persegi dengan kaedah bayaran tertangguh untuk tempuh selama 25 tahun pada kadar faedah 7.5%.

Bayaran kumulatif faedah berjumlah RM720 juta pada akhir tempuh bayaran balik.

Beliau juga ditawarkan dengan pendakwaan alternatif di bawah Seksyen 417 Kanun Keseksaan untuk kesalahan yang sama.

Menurut kertas dakwaan, Kementerian Kewangan telah pun membuat penilaian terhadap tanah tersebut pada harga RM25 satu kaki persegi termasuk faedah terkumpul (compounded) dan fakta ini disimpan dari pengetahuan kabinet oleh tertuduh.

Ikat jamin RM1 juta

Terdahulu Peguam Negara Abdul Gani Patail berkata, beliau mahu kes ini ditangguhkan kerana waktu sudah 4.30 petang.

"Sudah 4.30 petang dan saya memohon penangguhan selepas ikat jamin dibuat dan ditetapkan tarikh perbicaraan," katanya.

Hakim Mahkamah Sesyen, Suzana Hussin kemudian menetapkan ikat jamin sebanyak RM1 juta dan pendengaran ditetapkan pada 3 September depan.

Ling yang memerlukan masa untuk ikat jamin, telah dibebaskan atas bon peribadi. Beliau akan membayar sejumlah itu di Mahkamah Sesyen esok.

Ditanya sama ada beliau yakin untuk memenangi kes beliau menjawab, "Dalam Mahkamah Keadilan, anda mesti merasa yakin."

Ling juga diwakili oleh peguam bela RR Sethu.

Terdahulu, Peguam Negara Abdul Gani Patail dan tiga Timbalan Pendakwaraya (DPP) termasuk ketua pendakwaan Tun Majid Hamzah tiba di mahkamah pada jam 4.00 petang tetapi enggan bercakap kepada beberapa wartawan yang berkemah sejak awal pagi setelah mendapat isyarat seorang VIP akan didakwa.

Dua DPP lain ialah Manoj Kurup dan Dzulkifli Ahmad.

Ling, menteri kabinet yang telah lama berkhidmat, merupakan kawan rapat bekas perdana menteri Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Beliau dilantik sebagai ahli parlimen Mata Kuching pada 1974. Beliau berjaya mempertahankan jawatannya pada 1978 dan 1982.

Pada 1986, beliau dilantik sebagai ahli parlimen Labis dan berjaya mempertahankan kerusi itu dalam tiga pilihan raya umum berikutnya.

Ling menjawat Presiden MCA selama 17 tahun sehingga beliau bersara pada 2003.

Pada 1986, beliau dilantik sebagai menteri pengangkutan. Sebelum itu, beliau memegang jawatan setiausaha parlimen kepada Kementerian Kerajaan Tempatan dan Wilayah Persekutuan, timbalan menteri penerangan, timbalan menteri kewangan dan timbalan menteri pelajaran.

Ling merupakan seorang tokoh berprofil tinggi dihadapkan ke mahkamah dalam tempuh beberapa tahun. -FMT

Ulasan GB

Ada beberapa perkara yang meragukan.

1) Segala-galanya di tangan Peguam Negara sehinggakan permohonan penangguhan kes pun dilakukan oleh Peguam Negara kerana waktu sudah 4.30 petang selepas ikat jamin dibuat dan ditetapkan tarikh perbicaraan.

Persoalan : Apakah sengaja pendakwaan dilakukan pada waktu tersebut supaya kes terus saja ditangguhkan?

2) Wang ikatjamin RM1 juta.

Persoalan: Hakim seperti telah diberikan skrip untuk menentukan wang ikat jamin berkenaan dan ia tidak dibantah oleh peguambela. Boleh diganti dengan bon peribadi dan wang dibayar esok.

3) Kes berprofail tinggi ini telah tersebar luas terlebih awal. Ramai wartawan dalam dan luar negara telah berkumpul.

Persoalan : Dari mana berita tersebut diperolehi dan siapa penyebarnya? Apakah ianya disebarkan terlebih awal untuk meningkatkan integriti pejabat Peguam Negara yang kini telah banyak dipersoalkan?

4) Kes Ling Liong Sik ini hanya secebis dari keseluruhan kes rasuah PKFZ.

Persoalan: Bagaimana yang lain? Terutama pemimpin UMNO yang turut terlibat?


"(Antaranya) membabitkan Dato' Abdul Rahman Palil (bekas exco Selangor/Umno) iaitu Pengerusi Koperasi Pembangunan Pulau Lumut (KPPL) menjual tanah hanya RM3 sekaki persegi kepada Kuala Dimensi Sdn. Bhd. (KDSB). Kemudian, beliau (Rahman) juga selaku Lembaga Pelabuhan Klang (PKA) bersetuju untuk membeli (semula) tanah tersebut daripada KDSB dengan harga RM25 sekaki persegi."

"Ini bermakna dia (Rahman) dapat keuntungan 8 kali ganda (lebih kurang RM1.8 billion, termasuk faedah) dari skandal pembelian tanah tersebut."

"Bekas Bendahari Umno (Tan Sri) Abdul Azim Mohamad Zabidi merupakan orang kepercayaan kepada (Pengerusi Kelab Anggota Parlimen BN) Dato' Seri Tiong King Sing yang juga merupakan Ketua Pengarah Eksekutif (CEO) pada KDSB. Azim Zabidi ini sebenarnya Pengarah syarikat Wiramaju Sdn. Bhd, (iaitu) anak syarikat pada KDSB."

"Timbalan CEO pada KDSB ini (iaitu) Tuan Hj. Faizal Abdullah dahulunya merupakan Ketua Pemuda Umno; dan sekarang ini merupaka Timbalan Pengerusi Umno Bahagian Kapar. Saya difahamkan sekarang ini Faizal menjawat jawatan Bendahari Barisan Nasional Selangor."


Dan yang terakhir..... ending kes ini seperti sudah dapat diramalkan. Ia satu perulangan kes bekas pengarah urusan Perwaja Steel Sdn Bhd, Tan Sri Eric Chia Eng Hock, dibebas dan dilepaskan daripada tuduhan pecah amanah melibatkan RM76.4 juta.



Hamas bans women's underwear from shop windows

Posted: 29 Jul 2010 09:34 AM PDT


I was reading JerusalemPost on-line when I came across this headline, Hamas bans women's underwear from shop windows...

It reads, 'The Hamas Islamic movement that controls the Gaza Strip has banned shops from displaying women's underwear in their windows, saying it offends public morality'.

The prohibition is intended to "restore public morals in Palestinian society," according to an e-mailed statement sent Thursday by Hamas police spokesman to the newspaper. "The police will also launch investigations into the conduct of the store owners to avoid any suspicious behavior with female customers," the statement said.


I personally think it was a wise move, especially in a country where Islamic Law is fully observed. I dont know about Malaysia - some may object to it while many would agree.

However, let us hope PAS would not get an idea to politicise this issue and ask the government to follow suit. How about women's rights campaigners?


First Chinese Tun to be charged! What a shame! Now no more name! Ling!

Posted: 29 Jul 2010 07:34 AM PDT


Rice, Fizzy Drinks & Junk Food

Posted: 29 Jul 2010 06:41 AM PDT

It's been more than three months since I last consumed any fast food or drank any fizzy drinks. It's been more than three months since I last ate rice or snacked on any kind of junk food other than fruits or a power bar. And to be honest I'm just loving it :D

Yes, it has been more than three months since wifey and me decided to totally and drastically change our unhealthy lifestyle. I never thought I could give up eating rice or sacrifice my junk food. I couldn't do without a packet of chips or salted peanuts whenever I watched TV or read a book. And I HAD to have rice with all my meals. I would eat mountains of rice.

Which was probably the reason why wifey used to call me 'bulat' ... LOL! It was quite, no, it was extremely difficult at first to forsake all the things I'm so used to. I mean, I was salivating when I saw the boys feasting on some huge burger from Carls Junior or Wendy's. It was a long uphill road not to give up but having wifey along with me on this new lifestyle change was a great help.

We kept each other motivated and when one of us wanted to wolf down a Big Mac or a Pizza, the other would drag each other away from temptation. After a while though, we both adapted to eating differently and stopped craving for stuff like that. We started watching out calorie intake. We only ate stuff that was good for us. And the results were quite evident. Our clothes are all now loose fitting that we look like two bag people whenever we go out ... LOL!

But of course, we didn't deprive ourselves completely from the things we want to eat. From time to time we would 'treat' ourselves with something as a reward for the week of hard training we do every morning. My sinful pleasure right now is treating myself to a nice not so huge cone of Gelato ice-cream. And I get my 'fix' from the Empire Shopping Gallery branch on a regular basis that the staff there probably know me already ... LOL!

Talking about Empire Shopping Gallery, it just so happens to be our favourite hang out these days. I don't know why, maybe its cos you can buy phentermine there, but we both love the place. With all that said and done, I'm happy that I took this decision to head on the road to healthier lifestyle. I feel so much better these days. I feel at least 5 years younger which still puts me in the senior citizen category ... LOL!

Oh and we haven't even gone for this Saturday's race yet but we went and signed up for another 7km race in September! It's really great to have a wife who also now loves running :D Soon she'll be running faster than me ... LOL!
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Phew!

Posted: 29 Jul 2010 06:34 AM PDT

It is 9.30pm and I am at home. Miki is as always in front of the Tv but I don't know if he is watching it or not. Every once in a while he will ran as fast as he could to the kitchen passing me in dining room while shouting on top of his lungs

"ADA DUA! ADA DUA! ADA DUA!!!" with two of his fingers raised high on both hands.

Five minutes later it's "ADA BANYAK… ADA BANYAKK… ADA BANYAKKK.." and he was waving his hands with ten fingers spread apart above his head.

I do not know what he has been counting. I hope it is not little green boys his size or something.

I have been really busy and will update more later. If you crave blogging entertainment you can read the comments at my TM Point entry. They are very nice.

Later~~


SO WHAT'S THE CATCH?

Posted: 29 Jul 2010 06:00 AM PDT

Shortly after I finished writing my previous post on The Power of the New Media,
my husband came back from work and told me that former transport minister and MCA president Dr Ling Liong Sik has been charged in connection with the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal.



According to Free Malaysia Today, he pleaded not guilty to two charges under Sections 417 and 418 of the Penal Code for cheating. If found guilty, Ling could face a jail term. Sessions Court Judge Suzana Hussin then set bail at RM1 million and mention was fixed for Sept 3.

Ling, who requested time to post bail, was released on a personal bond. The former MCA president, who is being represented by counsel RR Sethu, would pay the amount at the Sessions Court tomorrow.

According to the report:

Ling was charged under Section 418 for allegedly "misleading the Cabinet between Sept 25 and Nov 6, 2002 into agreeing to purchase 999.5 acres of land on Pulau Indah for a project, that is now known as PKFZ, at a price of RM25psf on a deferred payment method for a 15-year period, at an interest rate of 7.5 percent".

The cumulative interest paid would total RM720 million at the end of the repayment period.

He was also charged under Section 417 for the same offence.According to the charge sheet, the Finance Ministry had already valued the land at RM25psf inclusive of compounded interest - and this fact was withheld by the accused from the Cabinet.


The Malaysian Insider reported HERE that MCA's usually calm and collected president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek himself appeared shaken by the news and admitted that it was unexpected and that MCA leaders are shocked by that development.

Free Malaysia Today reported HERE that Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Azmi Khalid said they never identified him (as a perpetrator) and just called him for clarification.

In sharp contrast, The Malaysian Insider reported HERE that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders remained unconvinced by the government's move to charge Tun Dr Ling Ling Siok today citing a case involving former minister Tan Sri Kasitah Gaddam who was charged for corruption but subsequently acquitted.

According to the report:

DAP publicity secretary Tony Pua told The Malaysian Insider that the charge against the former transport minister indicated that more senior public officials should be brought to court.

"The nature of the charge appears to involve conspiracy, cheating the government. That would mean that there are other big fishes who could be charged, hopefully in the upcoming few days," said Pua.

"At this point we can only hope that the prosecution will carry out a thorough and competent case. I hope that they will ensure that the guilty will be brought to book," he added.


Initially estimated at less than RM2 billion, the PKFZ project which was mooted during Dr Ling's tenure as Transport Minister and the cost of the project more than doubled to RM4.6 billion by 2007.

If the trans-shipment hub fails to perform, some expect the cost of the project to swell further to as much as RM12.5 billion due to interest costs from deferred payments.

Personally, I am shocked that MCA leaders can be shocked over this development. Isn't the timing quite suspicious?

Just yesterday, TheSun reported that Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha today used his ministerial power to override yesterday's decision by the Port Klang Authority (PKA) to refuse to make the final payment of RM222.58 million to a special purpose vehicle (SPV) set up by Port Klang Free Zone turnkey contractor Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB) to raise funds from the market. Both Tony Pua and Dr. Dzulkefly spoke against this move OVER HERE.

So why is the wheel of events suddenly turning so quickly? Are the elections round the corner? Is this another thespian act? Our PM is now on leave. Why did this happen when he is on leave?

The pieces of the puzzle just don't fit...or do they? So what's the catch?

Food for thought.


Health: Is gov’t abandoning justice?

Posted: 29 Jul 2010 06:01 AM PDT

A quarter century of privatisation in Malaysia may result in the government abandoning justice and equity in healthcare in pursuit of profits that benefit the connected and the political elite, not the people.

Recently, Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai announced that the government plans to implement the National Health Financing Scheme (NHFS) in stages over a ten year period. The funds would be managed, according to the minister, by the National Health Financing Authority, a statutory body under the Health Ministry. The minister said this body will manage the funds from fees paid by all Malaysians.

But very little information on the fund is available to us, ordinary Malaysians.

 No access to studies

Despite the many studies and millions of ringgit spent on consultants and experts in the last 25 years on privatisation of the public health sector, we have no access to these studies and the recommendations of the experts. Many questions on the NHFS have been raised by activists, academics and the opposition parties.

For example, will funds from this proposed scheme replace the government health budget? Will employers stop providing health insurance coverage to employees and instead contribute to the NHFS? Do individual employees make additional contributions? Is it compulsory for every Malaysian to contribute to this scheme? Are the 1-Care Clinics a hint of what is in store for the future of healthcare in the country?

Has there been a stakeholders consultation before the health minister announced the tentative scheme? If so, what was the process? Who were the stakeholders invited to the consultation? I understand the Health Ministry has made presentations to the cabinet on a NHFS for Malaysia. These presentations should be made public to encourage wider public debate on government plans to replace the current equitable healthcare system.

Who will manage the NHFS as a statutory body? Will we see cronyism which has blighted other privatisation ventures of social goods like public utilities? Studies on privatisation of public enterprises by Jomo KS and Terence Gomez have concluded that privatisation has benefitted those who have connections to the political elite.
More recently, Barry Wain in his book 'Malaysian Maverick: Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times' states those who receive lucrative privatisation contracts are actually proxies acting for powerful politicians.

As long as money politics dominates the political landscape in the country, privatisation is likely to be used as a source for political funding.

'Rising healthcare costs' argument

The justification to reduce government involvement in the health sector has been the claims by the government that public sector health costs are rising. But the statistics tell a different story. The "rising healthcare costs" argument has been used in the last 25 years to move ahead with corporatisation and privatisation of various facilities.

However, an examination of health financing costs borne by the government and the impact of 25 years of privatisation clearly shows that a just healthcare system, once praised by the World Health Organisation, is being taken over by profits and politics.

When Mahathir became prime minister, he was smitten by Margaret Thatcher's drive for privatisation of public services. So a central plank of the fourth Malaysia Plan (1981-1985) was the privatisation of the healthcare system. In the Seventh Malaysia Plan (1996), the government introduced plans to corporatise and privatise public hospitals and medical services.

The figures speak for themselves. Government annual expenditure on health care has decreased. Malaysia spends only 4.4 % of Gross Domestic Product while Argentina spends 10% and Chile (6.2%).

'Unintended' consequences

In his recent paper on 'A Strange Thing Happened on the Way to the Market: A Quarter Century of Privatisation in Malaysia and its Effects on the Healthcare System', Dr Kai-Lit Phua of Monash University underscores some of the "unintended" consequences of the privatisation drive:

• Astronomical increase in drug prices for the Health Ministry (MOH) after the privatisation of the Government Medical Store. A private company – Pharmaniaga – is currently the main supplier of drugs and medical products to the MOH.

• The emergence of a two-class healthcare system – A public sector system that lack specialists and an expensive private sector staffed by specialists who will treat even minor ailments.

• The promotion of medical tourism will worsen the situation of healthcare in the country when experienced specialists leave public sector hospitals for the lucrative private sector.

• Quality of services will be affected in public hospitals.

• Proliferation of private medical schools in Malaysia. In 2009, there were about 10 public and 13 private medical schools. But are there sufficiently qualified professors in these schools?

The healthcare situation in the country is worrying. Withdrawals of pension funds like the EPF for medical treatment was raised in Parliament this week. Seventy-one percent of the applications for the EPF withdrawals for medical treatment come from those earning less than RM 2,500. Withdrawing funds from the EPF for medical treatment is a risky remedy as it will increase the rate of poverty among pensioners in the future.

The government must not abandon a just healthcare system which has guaranteed access to health for all.

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SOURCE:MKini's, "Health: Is gov't abandoning justice?" by Josie M Fernandez
JOSIE M FERNANDEZ is currently an Asian Public Intellectual Fellow, director of Philanthropy Asia, researcher and engages with Transparency International Malaysia in anti-corruption measures. She holds a master's degree in development management from the Asian Institute of Management, Philippines. Josie has been an active participant in citizens advocacy, leading national and international organisations.



Anxiety…

Posted: 29 Jul 2010 05:53 AM PDT

I got a text message this morning from an unfamiliar number. Upon checking it out, I found out that it came from Maria. I had been trying to get hold of her to ask if she'd like to come for our Family Day, but my calls, whether to her mobile or house number, simply didn't get through. So I gave up.

Well, just yesterday Maria was at the hospital for her appointment, and she bumped into Asiah, who then told her about the Family Day at LWOT this Sunday. Maria had actually lost her handphone, and as a result, my number as well, so she couldn't contact me earlier. So yesterday she got my number from Asiah, and today she texted me.

Maria was asking if she could still join the Family Day, and if yes, if she'd have to go on her own to LWOT. Her husband wouldn't want to join, she herself doesn't drive, and as such, if she has to go on her own, she wouldn't know how to get there. She only knows how to get to the bus station, and the hospital.

I told her that a few of us volunteers will be waiting at the bus station for a few other families as well so it shouldn't be a problem. But Maria is the very reserved type. She has never opened up to anyone but me, and so she begged that she follows in my car and not anybody else's. Considering the fact that this will be her first time ever joining our activity, I kasi chan la.

Before she confirmed that she will indeed be joining, she asked if we'd mention anything about the illness during the event. You see, she plans to bring her son along, and none of her children know about her HIV and she doesn't want any of them to find out during our event. As a matter of fact, she even asked if we'd be giving any talks on HIV during the day. So overly anxious! I told her we're going there to enjoy, we wouldn't want to bore anyone with talks and the likes!

She finally agreed to join us. This will at least be a step forward for her… hopefully after meeting the rest of the gang, she will open up a bit more.

About half an hour later, Asiah called me up. She wanted to confirm that the Family Day is on. Since she hasn't got any reminders about it from me, she was concerned if it was cancelled. I told her that I intend to send reminders to all my clients within this next 2 days.

Although she had already confirmed attendance earlier, Asiah's anxiety was rather obvious. She sought my reassurance that we wouldn't be mentioning anything about the illness during the day. All her children will be coming and none of them knows she has HIV. I told her that if anyone brings up the issue, it wouldn't be from us volunteers, but maybe just amongst the PLHIVs themselves especially when the mothers sit together and chit chat. By then the children would probably already be too busy in the pools or at the slides.

Well, since these 2 are both newcomers, I can understand their concern. But there is at least one newcomer who's not bothered at all if we'd be talking about HIV – and that's Sofie! She openly talks about her HIV in front of her children. So even though this is her first time joining (last year she was too weak to even walk), no questions were asked. She was just happy enough that she gets to bring all her children out to have some fun.

I just went to their house today, to deliver groceries. I brought along the bundle of donated clothes as well to let them choose whichever they liked. Well, the 2 older sons were not around, but the 2 younger ones had a good time choosing! They were the first amongst my many clients to be given the chance to choose, so they went rambang mata – jeans… tracktop… gowns… baju kurung… baju Melayu…  Even Sofie got herself a pair of jeans that fits her just fine!

Tomorrow I will be doing another round of grocery delivery – to Lin's house. And I will need to bring another stack of clothes as her children are older than Sofie's. Lin had joined our Family Day at Taiping Zoo 2 years back. Last year although she wanted to join, she couldn't because she had to go to KL to fetch her daughter who just got back for her summer holidays (the daughter is studying overseas under scholarship). This year, Lin and all her children will be joining. Like Sofie, Lin's children too already know about her illness, so Lin doesn't worry about having any secrets exposed during the Family Day.

Hopefully for Maria and Asiah, they will overcome their anxiety once they get to meet the other ladies. It is time they let their hair down and forget their problems at least for a day…


Dialog bersama Persatuan Penduduk dan JMB Mentari Court

Posted: 29 Jul 2010 05:27 AM PDT

29 Julai 2010
9.15 malam
Mentari Court, PJS 8


St Anne's feast, 2010

Posted: 28 Jul 2010 05:00 PM PDT

I thought that I wouldn't be visiting the St Anne's church this year but I did. Got pulled into visiting the place by my wife. It's actually more of a photography opportunity for me than anything else. So here are my interpretations of the festival. By the way, the climax of the St Anne's feat will be this weekend. I had thought wrongly that it would be last weekend. The best time to visit the church grounds will be now, before the weekend brings the visitors, devotees and small traders from all over the country. You'll be avoiding the jam on the roads everywhere near the church and of course, avoiding the inevitable rubbish strewn everywhere.





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Walkaround Kuala Lumpur Before College Started

Posted: 29 Jul 2010 05:07 AM PDT

Hello people, I am taking Diploma In Interior Design at Taylor's University College, Lakeside Campus. Orientation is this week and class will officially starts on next Monday. I came last Friday to check in to my hostel which is pretty cool place located right in the campus. Small room but quite comfy. Will show you about it next time. I'll talk about what I did here on last weekend which I spent it here with my family.

We spent 3 days going here and there and I went quite a lot of places. I'll name some of the places I went, Pavilion, Lot 10, Sungei Wang, Low Yat Plaza, Corus Hotel, Carrefour Subang Jaya, Sunway Pyramid, Taylor's University College, Jalan Alor, Mid Valley City, and basically that's all the places I went. Haha.


Road to Taylor's University College.

Dad drove us down. We started our journey at about 10am in Penang and reached like at 3pm. First place to go was my school, Taylor's University College to do the check-in stuff and move all my electronics, gadgets and stuff into my hostel room. Only then I went to buy some personal stuff at Carrefour, Subang Jaya.

Waited quite long at the school and actually I was not allow to check in on that day because Friday was for International Student only. But then what's the problem for local student? I called and asked and the person told me I could check in on that day and no saying on anything related to International Student, anyhow, I manage to convince the person to let me check in. I can't leave there without checking in because I just have too many stuff in the car boot.

After settle everything at Subang area, we went to check in our hotel at Corus Hotel, Jalan Ampang. An incident happened and that was our booking made online was canceled because we came to check in late. Internet price was not entitled and we have to paid for walk-in price, worst is that our booking made surcharged us for one night room charge as if we canceled our booking because late check-in. Not yet finish rambling, we were given a room on the smoking floor. Sucks. Bad luck har?

Still continue, during our stay in the midnight, the aircon broke down for like 2 hours, the heat woke us up in the middle of the night and we had to call the hotel man to come and repair it. He screw and unscrew some stuff only then it started working again. Bad staying experience and after some complain made at the reception during check out, we get refund and extra free night for other time. Rocks. Haha.

Going back to what happened after checkin into hotel, we went to fetch my brother at Times Square and then went for supper. The KL City is really a place that's very happening at night. Traffic jam happened in the middle of the night like at 1am. Looking for parking around Jalan Alor was pretty difficult. We did find a space though. Why Jalan Alor? It's because we didn't know other place that has food at midnight. Any idea or recommendation?

Another thing is that the arrival of my brother in Kuala Lumpur was also the arrival of my mighty Apple iPad. He bought it on the launch date which is that afternoon, and delivered to Kuala Lumpur to my hands. =D

Red Lens!


Branded camera bag!

Brother also brought his camera gear and right now he's pretty a photog freak and he has a better gear than me!

Since we had an unpleasant stay, second day, check out! And move to other hotel. KL hotel is getting more and more expensive. Good hotel all starts from at least RM275. Hard to find cheaper than that already.

It's still early after checkout of hotel and we went to Pavilion at Bukit Bintang for shopping. It's a better place to shop when compare to KLCC, more spacious, more shops, colder AC, cleaner, and newer. Haha. But stuff at there are expensive. I bought something at there though. XD

I was walking around with brother. Dad was with mom. We were separated into our own groups. We more like to look at gadget and was looking for case for iPad. Went to all the Apple shop around this area and eventually, we went to Lot 10, Sungei Wang and Lowyat Plaza but found nothing. Went back to Epicenter at Pavilion to buy the iPad case. Not cheap!

You know what. Epicentre is also where my iPad was from, not Kuala Lumpur's outlet but was the outlet in ION@Orchard. Rocks.

After Pavilion, we then went to checkin to another hotel at Mid Valley, Boulevard and that's a better one, but the price was not nice. Haha. RM3hundred something. I've forgotten. Didn't take much photo at Mid Valley and I bought nothing there. No idea why I have no shopping feel or I am broke. =( Mom bought those comforter and bed stuff for me at there.

One thing, Mid Valley is crazy on the weekend. Jam at the carpark, round the mall and people jam in the mall! Super duper crowded and feel not nice to walk. Gurney Plaza in Penang is better? Hahaha. Bye bye.

By the way, I am blogging from the Mac room in my school's library. There's like 25 27″ iMac in this room and they rocks! Internet speed is freaking fast too, just sad that cannot PPS or P2P.


The Comforting Isaiah 40

Posted: 29 Jul 2010 04:08 AM PDT

ISAIAH 40

Comfort for God's People

1 "Comfort, comfort my people,"
says your God.

8 The grass withers and the flowers fade,
but the word of our God stands forever."

18 To whom can you compare God?
What image can you find to resemble him?

31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.

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Those are some of my favourite verses from the passage of Isaiah 40 and how this passage relate to us.

We can say life is like a continuous documentary showing the hollow actions of people trying to live without a biblical hope, as one looks onto God as the only defense and refuge. We unquestionably live in a strife-ridden world, one torn by wars, by earthquakes, by diseases and incurable illnesses, by injustices and corrupt governments run by money-is-never-enough-in-accounts' politicians.

How much despair and injustice life can be? How much can one handle thorns and weeds in life? But the truth is biblical comfort through the Word does not simply chop down the thorns and the weeds that cause us pain. It digs around in the soil of our lives to loosen soil around the roots, and then we have to pull out the roots instead.

Where is God? In times like this, we kept questioning with our face tilted up, facing the heavens and questioned repeatedly "GOD, Where are you?".

The good news is God cares about our hearts. That is no doubt. Nevertheless, man is responsible to come to God by faith and to choose the right path (read: His path). Whatever problems and discomforts you have, keep on pouring to Him. He listens and He cares. He surely cares for you and me.

Eagle 1

I remind myself daily about to emphasize on finding comfort by keeping our focus on the Lord. FOCUS! Yes, the word is Focus.

Regardless of the difficulties and storms ahead of our days, God definitely cares. Regardless of how much we could not comprehend His ways, God definitely cares.

Isaiah 40's ending stresses about God's care and desire for His people to experience His comfort. As it says for those who trust in Him will find new strength and they will soar like eagles!

Eagle 2

Are you ready to soar like an eagle today?


Kempen Antisaman Ekor Bermula Isnin

Posted: 29 Jul 2010 04:29 AM PDT

PAS lancar Kempen Antisaman Ekor Isnin ini

PAS akan melancarkan Kempen Antisaman Ekor Isnin ini bagi membela pemandu dan pemilik kenderaan yang disenarai hitam oleh Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) kerana mendakwa tindakan pihak berkuasa itu bertentangan dengan perlembagaan negara.

Jawatankuasa kempen itu yang diketuai oleh Naib Presiden PAS Datuk Mahfuz Omar berharap dalam membantu mereka yang teraniaya kerana sistem saman ekor.

Ketika dihubungi The Malaysian Insider, Mahfuz berkata jawatankuasa itu ditubuhan untuk memastikan halangan pemilik yang disenarai hitam itu boleh diselesaikan mengikut undang-undang yang sah.

"Ini kerana kita melihat tindakan menghalang pemilik kenderaan memperbaharui cukai jalan kerana mempunyai saman ekor amat bertentangan, malah kita akan kemukakan bukti bersama nanti," katanya.

Beliau berkata kesalahan-kesalahan mengatakan pemilik kenderaan bersalah tidak wajar kerana tiada bukti yang kukuh.

"Tidak semestinya pemilik kenderaan bersalah apabila kenderaannya disaman oleh polis atau JPJ, mungkin orang lain yang menaiki kenderaan tersebut.

"Jadi ia tidak ada bukti jelas dan JPJ juga sebenarnya tidak mempunyai hak untuk menghalang pemilik kenderaan memperbaharui cukai jalan mereka.

"Ingin saya tegaskan bahawa kita tidak sokong pemandu yang memandu tanpa etika, cuma kita mahu JPJ bertindak adil kepada pemilik kenderaan," katanya.

Difahamkan sejak September 2009, lebih 2.5 juta notis saman dikeluarkan kepada pesalah trafik dan daripada jumlah itu, sebanyak 1.07 juta pesalah trafik telah disenaraihitamkan oleh Polis Diraja Malaysia.

"Kita akan merangka tindakan yang akan diambil ke atas kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN).

"Saya tidak boleh beritahu sekarang, kena tunggu sidang media minggu depan," kata Mahfuz. -TMI


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THE POWER OF THE NEW MEDIA

Posted: 29 Jul 2010 02:50 AM PDT

I was so tickled when I read THIS ARTICLE in The Malaysian Insider that I was prompted to write this post. In that article, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek urged party members to fully use the new media to counter allegations by the opposition and acknowledged that MCA was weak in publicity strategy, especially in using the new media to disseminate information, as the party was too dependent on the mainstream media.


"We are weak in publicity not because we are lazy. But because we are in power for so long that we do not know how to play the role of opposition anymore," he said.

He added that lack of blogging and twitting among party members had made the opposition better equipped during the publicity war.

Perhaps he is unaware that his son, Chua Tee Yong, MP of Labis and now Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister, has his own blog HERE which was last updated on July 11th, 2010. Most of his posts are cut and paste jobs from MSM. In 2010, Chua Tee Yong only posted 15 articles!! Dr. Chua's own blog HERE was last updated today and is also filled with cut and paste jobs from various MSM.

Since he urged party members to use the Internet and Twitter to inform the public about the truth at the launch of the 'Twitter Session with the MCA President' at the party headquarters, perhaps he and his son should set the example of writing their own posts in their own blogs and provide true information instead of relying on MSM.

One thing is for sure - the new media is here to stay and has revolutionized communication.in unexpected and unprecedented ways. The situation is such that more and more Malaysians are NOT relying on mainstream media but on the new media that it has truly become a force to be reckoned with. Even my newspaper vendor has given up trying to persuade me to resume my subscription to TheStar which we terminated in February 2008.

It is obvious that cyberspace is an ideal place to strategize and to disseminate information speedily, effectively and cheaply. MSM is controlled by the government via the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 so this is the best alternative source of information available. Besides, blogs and online portals allow two-way communication in that readers can post their comments so in that way, esprit de corps is developed as concerned Malaysians not only express their outrage and concerns but identify with each other while fostering a sense of belonging to the same purpose and agenda.

This is unavailable in MSM as it takes time to send the comments which are then vetted by editors whereas in portals such as in many sites, readers can voice their feelings with just the click of a mouse making it possible to express and share their opinions instantly. Regular comments by readers foster ties and solidarity. In this way, readers return to the website like a community and continue to comment thereby elevating the social discourse and increasing their influence in cyberspace.

In Malaysia Today, one can see regular commenters and how five main topics are the source of heated discussion - the Altantuya case, corruption, TDM, Rosmah and of course famous politicians embroiled in certain issues.

It is time Pakatan realizes that the Internet and blogs are more than just websites but as the powerful alternative media, they provide social settings that set the agenda for discussions. For instance RPK is a very powerful opinion leader as can be seen in how just ONE of his recent postings on July 22nd about Deputy Public Prosecutor Farah Azlina Latif's alleged relationship involved with Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan led to her being dropped from the prosecution team in the sodomy trial of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Clearly, we can see that bloggers/blogs such as RPK, Sarawak Report, Thomas Lee (of MySinchew), Vijay Kumar Murugavell, Art Harun and other blogs/bloggers dictate the topic for the day via their writings and then disseminate the information to others via their websites. Due to the lack of trust in MSM, such writings are then passed on to others by readers via emails.

In this manner, vital information such as alleged cases of corruption could be announced in websites and then picked up by the MSM who may or may not do follow-up stories depending on their threshold of fear thanks to the PPPA. I can see that once there a scoop is exposed in cyberspace and generates enough public interest and debate, the MSM will keep the ball rolling via follow up stories as they would have no fear that they started the fire!

In blogs, the readers could be mobilized to share the same aim, agenda and strengthen their solidarity and stand on issues by garnering support as they provide data, facts and logical arguments that voice what readers feel. Similarly, other readers could actually speak out the unspoken words in the blogger's heart :-). As a blogger, I try to personalize the story in such a way that readers feel part of the post and can identify with what I am writing. I do this with the hope that it can generate more discussion on the topic and to allow the blog to be a platform of discussion.

Microblogging is the next development of the new media in Malaysia. Many politicians have yet to realize the power of Twitter. If you recall, Twitter had a major role in the Iranian elections last year. Please click HERE to read an excellent post by The Washington Post which tells us in no uncertain terms that in the next GE, we had better be twittering instead of blogging or sms'ing!!! This post also has an excellent discussion on the topic. Businessweek HERE also provides a good article on the topic.

Traditionally, technology played a very important role in fanning protests. Years ago, Xerox machines helped anti-communist protests in Poland. Today, technology is still playing a crucial role in helping people gather information and, most importantly, get heard. If you have yet to get a twitter account, do so asap. Remember our PM is on leave till Aug 10th. Remember there is always a calm before the storm and things were somewhat similar before the elections in 2008.

So, maximize the power of the new media. Be involved and be in the know lest we get deceived by spins, myths, lies and distortions of truth or reality.

Do leave a comment to share your thoughts and suggestions. Thanks! Have a lovely evening.


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