Monday, July 19, 2010

Anwar's sodomy case: Leave Karpal out laaa!

Anwar's sodomy case: Leave Karpal out laaa!


Anwar's sodomy case: Leave Karpal out laaa!

Posted: 19 Jul 2010 09:43 AM PDT

Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy trial drags again, this time it was postponed to August 2. Judge Datuk Zabidin Mohd Diah was left to choice but to allow the adjournment because one of Anwar's lawyers, Karpal Singh was on medical leave.

And we can expect more adjournments after this. Why? For Anwar to gather more political support locally and internationally. As for Saiful, he too got to wait whether he can 'really' win this case, which caused him no embarrassment at all... not just yet.

Whatever it is, why must the Court has to wait to Karpal to recover in order to proceed with the case? Anwar got other lawyers with him and they are, I believe, as good as the DAP strongman, whom Anwar managed to 'tame' since they became good friends in Pakatan Rakyat. It is the same guy Anwar blasted and hated most when he was still with the government.

Yes, Karpal is a good lawyer but his age is catching up. Let's 'enlighten' him a bit by allowing the others to defend Anwar. Perhaps Anwar is becoming too dependent on Karpal as he sees some 'chances' to win the legal battle with Saiful.

The case has been prolonged for too long already. The Court must be firm next time not to allow any more postponements and adjournments (read here). There is nothing special about this case anymore, except that to distinguish who is actually the liar.

Who got buggered doesnt matter anymore. What matters most now is to safe the Court's time as there are other important cases waiting to be settled.

Who knows, maybe we would listen to the submarine scandal and its 700 million euros sidekick given to a company which is connected to a minister's wife after this. That is more interesting, doesnt it?

So, with or without Karpal, let just sum it up! If you are really clean and 'berani' enough, leave Karpal out of the case!


Starbucks Is the First Brand to Reach 10 Million Facebook Likes - www.insidefacebook.com

Posted: 19 Jul 2010 09:29 AM PDT

Starbucks Is the First Brand to Reach 10 Million Facebook Likes

via Inside Facebook by Sara Inés Calderón on 7/14/10

Starbucks became the first brand on Facebook to collect a fan base of 10 million on Wednesday. This growth comes on the heels of Lady Gaga becoming the first person to gather the same number of fans.

Starbucks has undoubtedly been one of the most successful brands on Facebook, partly due to the store's popularity and ubiquitousness, but also because the company maintains a very active presence on Facebook.
The company's audience of 10 million people around the world has been hard won with marketing, promotions and advertising. Over the years Starbucks has given away free ice cream on Facebook, been recognized by Facebook and was also the most popular brand.

The Page is consistently one of the top 20 fastest growing Pages, as evidenced by our weekly posts showing the number of fans added to the Pages with the aid of our PageData tool. And Starbucks consistently has an update or promotion for every occasion.



Attending Hindu Temple Function at Jalan Satu, Air itam

Posted: 19 Jul 2010 09:07 AM PDT

Free Prosthesis Programme

Posted: 19 Jul 2010 09:04 AM PDT


逾250人登記裝義肢‧次輪活動反應熱烈
2010-05-25 11:48

德教會的義工看到工作人員辛勤地準備義肢,一點也沒有喊累,不由自主發出會心的笑容。(圖:星洲日報)

這次的安裝義肢活動也為3年前安裝的舊義肢提供修復服務。(圖:星洲日報)

這次的安裝義肢活動也為3年前安裝的舊義肢提供修復服務。(圖:星洲日報)

莊漢生表示紫雲閣考慮設立一個義肢修復中心,屆時就不必等到每3年才舉行一次的安裝義肢活動,窮困者也有機會得到免費義肢。(圖:星洲日報)
1 of 7(檳城)即日起至5月28日在檳城德教會紫雲閣舉行的裝置義肢活動,已經獲得超過250人登記,相信將超越3年前第一次主辦時,為近200名殘障人士重拾步行的"喜悅"。

紫雲閣是配合創閣56週年,經過近一年的悉心安排下,再次獲得泰國皇太後贊助義肢修復基金會提供技術支援,第二次舉辦"免費安裝義肢"活動。儘管這一次已有250人登記安裝義肢,但其中一部份是更換或維修3年前裝置的義肢。

黃漢偉:病魔嚴重影響
45%患糖尿病截肢者受惠

檳州行政議員黃漢偉在免費安裝義肢活動開幕儀式上致詞時說,在接受裝置義肢的受惠者當中,約45%是因罹患糖尿病的截肢者,證明病魔會嚴重影響人們的日常生活,甚至會對家人形成一種負擔。

他希望人們更照顧本身的飲食健康,攝取適當的營養和糖分,緊記預防勝於治療的道理,摒除不良的生活習慣,更關心自己和家人的健康。

檳政府撥款2.7萬令吉

檳州政府為了表示對免費安裝義肢活動的支持,總共撥出2萬7000令吉給主辦單位。

這一次共有110名工作人員包括10名醫生到檳城安裝義肢。黃漢偉相信這項活動將促進馬泰兩國的友好,以及基金會超越國際、種族、宗教的人文關懷,更令人激賞。

出席開幕儀式者尚有紫雲閣閣長拿督黃智緒、大會主席莊漢生、泰國駐檳領事沃拉德、泰國皇太後贊助義肢修復基金會副主席丹農拉特、檳州行政議員王國慧、馬來西亞德教聯合總會總會長拿督陳鈺標、閣務顧問拿督斯里周榮吉、拿督許春疇等人。

Thai team to examine 250 amputees for free prosthesis


A TEAM of doctors from Thailand will examine 250 amputees at the Chee Hoon Khor Moral Uplifting Society in Penang on May 23 to see if they can be fitted with artificial legs for free. I was invited to officiate the event.


Ex-airman N Tharmendran rather go to jail than being abducted by RMAF!!

Posted: 19 Jul 2010 08:35 AM PDT


In yet another dramatic twist in the trial of former RMAF sergeant N Tharmendran, the accused retracted his bail after the PJ Sessions Court refused his application for a protection order from the air force. Lead defence counsel N Surendran said Tharmendran feared he would be picked up by RMAF officers who were waiting outside the courtroom, thus he retracted his bail.

Judge Hayatul Akmal Abd Aziz ruled that the court had no jurisdiction to grant such an order, and could not admit a police report on alleged harassment by the RMAF as evidence, as it was still under investigation. Earlier this morning, Tharmendran filed a police report claiming that four armed forces personnel had gone to his parents' home in Seremban to pick him up. In the police report, he also claimed that at least 10 officers from the air force's intelligence division, all in plainclothes, were waiting around at the courthouse this morning to take him away.

Surendran decried the court's decision not to grant Tharmendran a protection order, accusing the judicial system of failing the cause of justice, saying, "Today is one of the darkest days in this country, when a Malaysian citizen is forced to go to prison to protect himself from the authorities themselves."

O Thamendran, where else can you run to?
Can we trust the police to protect you?
May God protect the innocent one!


With the Police at Kampung Melayu, Air Itam

Posted: 19 Jul 2010 08:12 AM PDT



檳州總警長拿督威拉阿育雅谷帶領檳州警官和警員到甘榜馬來由參加大掃除及防範罪案活動。亞依淡區州議員黃漢偉也受邀出席活動。

Saya bersama Ketua Polis Negeri Dato Wira Ayob menghadiri kempen pembersihan dan pencegahan jenayah di Kampung Melayu, Air Itam, Pulau Pinang.


No Absolute Immunity for YB in the State Assembly

Posted: 19 Jul 2010 07:47 AM PDT

Sinchew Jit Poh reported that elected reps enjoy absolute immunity in the state assembly. I made a statement by referring to the case of Mark Koding. There is no absolute immunity. Statements made with seditious tendency in the State Assembly could be charged in Court as in the case of MP Mark Koding in the late 70s.

黄汉伟:煽动言论不受保障 议员未享绝对免控权
二零一零年五月十日 凌晨十二时一分

(槟城9日讯)槟州行政议员兼亚依淡区州议员黄汉伟指出,议员未享有绝对的免控权,若所发表的言论被视为煽动种族情绪,严重破坏社会和谐,就必须受到法律制裁。

本身也是一名律师的黄汉伟说,虽然议员在议会厅内享有免控权,可是若挑拨种族情绪、发表煽动性言论者,则不受这项免控权的保障。

他是针对《星洲日报》一篇新闻报导,指"反对党领袖拿督阿查哈只是在州议会里发表具煽动性的谈话,因此享有议会免控权"的说法,向媒体发表其专业见解。

他表示,有关报导并不确实,据他了解,无论是州议员或国会议员,皆没享有绝对的免控权,若他们在议会厅内辩论时发表煽动性言论,还是会遭受法律对付。

他引述1978年沙巴国阵国会议员麦格丁(Mark Koding)因发表煽动性言论而被判罪一案,加以说明议员确实无绝对的免控权。他说,麦格丁当年曾在国会内呼吁关闭华淡小,虽然他拥有国会议员免控权,但依然在煽动法令下,被吉隆坡高庭宣判罪成,须以2000令吉保证金守行2年。

他指出,根据联邦宪法第63(4)条款,任何涉及马来统治者主权、宗教及种族的煽动性言论,都可在1948年煽动法令下被提控。"即使议员享有议会免控权,不过,若他们所发表的言论抵触煽动法令,则不会受到免控权保障。"

对于阿查哈早前在槟州立法议会发表煽动性言论行为,他认为,州议会可把他提交给特权委员会惩处,至于是否将他提控上庭,则交由总检察长决定。


Borneo Cultural Festival 2010 - Part 1

Posted: 19 Jul 2010 07:44 AM PDT

Chinese Cultural Stage - It is almost the centre of attraction with non-stop shows going on to entertain the visitors.

Colouring Contest - It provides the young talents a chance to show off.

Hakka Food Stall - Never miss it if you drop by!

Kebab - This is a must for visitors.

BCF kicked off last Friday on July 16 and it is going to last for ten days to close on July 25. This cultural extravaganza is an attraction to Sibu folks for a simple reason that it provides all the local touch and feeling. I like it also.

But BCF has some more way to go before it can reach out to the outsiders, particularly the foreign tourists. Since tourism has been identified as one aspect that Sibu may go for, BCF has to work a lot harder in promoting the Little Foochow.

I popped in tonight for a tour of the venue where BCF is being held. Probably I need more than one post to blog about BCF. If you have not been here yet, don't let it slip by.


Putrajaya Ho!

Posted: 19 Jul 2010 07:11 AM PDT

Jambatan Seri Wawasan, Masjid Putra and Perdana Putra
Jambatan Seri Wawasan with Masjid Putra and Bangunan Perdana Putra in the background.

The many times that I went to Putrajaya, I thought of it as a boring place. It still is. The roads are wide and traffic relatively light. There are very few people out and about, except at the government complexes, where the civil servants work, and civilians who are there on official business. Other than that, there are few reasons for people who do not reside or work there to be there. That was what I thought.

Unbeknownest to me, there are gems all over Putrajaya that is waiting to be discovered if I had just bothered to look harder. While looking for directions to Putrajaya Floria 2010, I discovered that there are a number of parks and gardens that Wuan and I would find interesting. I am eagerly looking forward to visiting the Taman Botani (Botanical Gardens) that is acclaimed as "a national sanctuary for the Malaysian living collection of plant taxonomy as well as a centre for education and research."

There is also the Taman Warisan Pertanian or The Agriculture Heritage Park which showcases Malaysia's commercial agriculture like the rubber tree, oil palm, coffee, tea, cocoa, fruits, herbs and spices. We would love to learn more about the local flora and I believe Taman Botani and the Agricultural Heritage Park are the two best places to enrich our knowledge on this subject.

I am sure there are more attractions in Putrajaya that would be of interest to us and the shutterbugs that we are. We plan to be making frequent trips there on weekends, which will do us a world of good, instead of spending most of our leisure time in shopping complexes wandering aimlessly because we do not know of others places to go that is interesting as well as accessible. Putrajaya is going to see more of us from now on.

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In loving memory of an inspirational woman

Posted: 19 Jul 2010 06:56 AM PDT


Our friendship started 3 years ago in 2007 when I first started my blog. She had started her blog earlier, using the blogname Raden Galoh… telling about her fight against breast cancer. I blogged about the lives of people living with HIV whom I've been dealing with in the course of my voluntary work.

I visited her blog, leaving comments. She visited my blog, leaving comments. We became regular visitors to each other's blogs. Even though we had not met in person then, we still became good friends.

After a while, we met, in reality. And yes, we clicked straight away. Every time we met after that, we're just like 2 long lost friends trying to catch up with each other. I'd provide all the selamba jokes, and she'd provide the laughter!

I've been following her blog postings, her ups and downs, her joys and sorrows. When her conditioned worsened lately, and her blog updates were not as frequent as before, I followed her updates on facebook. When Elviza SMSed me last month telling me that her condition had worsened, I was itching to go visit her. The opportunity came when I attended the TKCOGA AGM at Putrajaya on 26th June. Banting was not that far off, so yes, I managed to visit her at home just a few days before she left for umrah. I didn't stay long though, she already had so many visitors, and it was clear to me that she looked tired; and so I figured it was best if I let her rest.

That was the last I met and talked to her. On the day she came back from umrah, I did send her a text message, asking if she was back. She replied, "Salam kak. Baru sampai. Letih sangat. Tak sihat." Again, I didn't want to bother her.

Yesterday morning, Elviza forwarded me a text message: This sms is from blogger Dalilah's husband: "Salam semua. Dalilah Tamrin sedang nazak. Mohon dari semua keampunan. Maafkan kesalahannya dunia akhirat."

After that every time I heard the SMS tone on my handphone, I quickly checked… in case there was any update. All I could offer was just my doa for her.

This morning, there weren't any updates on Dalilah on facebook yet, neither was there any SMS updates from Elviza (whom I had depended on for updates on our dear friend). But I noticed there was an incoming message on my facebook, from a facebook friend/blog reader. She told me she received news from her lunch buddy who was Dalilah's UIA mate, saying that Dalilah had passed away this morning. A few minutes later, she also sent me a text message, telling me the same thing.

At that time, I did not see any updates whatsoever on facebook or anywhere else. I needed to get more info, I needed to be sure. I tried calling Elviza but there was no answer. Who else could I call to get more info? I finally decided to call Dalilah's handphone number, hoping one of the family members would answer her phone. And yes, someone did answer the phone… I heard a sobbing female voice answering the phone. After getting the confirmation and the address of Dalilah's parents' home, where her body was to be brought to, I immediately updated my facebook page with the news. And sent text messages to blog friends whose numbers are stored in my handphone.

It was then about 9.30 am. Dalilah passed away at about 8.50 am. There was ample time for me to drive over to Banting to pay her my last respects. And so I did, by about 10.15 am or so, I headed over to Banting.

It was almost 1 pm by the time I got to Dalilah's parents home. Her jenazah reached home not long after I arrived. I took the opportunity to kiss her for one last time.

So many people attended her funeral today. I'm sure many of her school friends were there, but I didn't know them. There were many fellow bloggers as well… Elviza, Eleena (Acciacatura), Kak Ton (Tok Mommy), Kak Ena, Rocky, Bigdog, Kerp, Mat Salo… and some other bloggers whom I met for the first time today… Kak Ezza, Silversarina, and there were a few others who had to be introduced by their blog names to be able to be recognised.

The many people who attended her funeral just showed how much she was loved.

She may be gone from our lives, but she remains in our hearts. We still have her blog to refer to. And I have her book, "Kanser Payudara Ku, Perjuangan & Kesedaran"… specially autographed…

And don't forget to listen to the song, "Kembaliku Padamu Ilahi", the lyrics of which she penned herself. I have embedded the video on the sidebar of my blog. Do listen to the beautiful and touching song.

Dalilah, your courage, your strength, your patience had been truly inspirational. To me, you are an inspiration. I consider myself one of the lucky people to have had the opportunity to know you.

May Allah bless your soul. Innalillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un. Alfatihah.


The British become stupid in the conduct of war

Posted: 19 Jul 2010 06:48 AM PDT

Gurkha soldier removed from duty for beheading dead Taliban commander during battle. Like the Taliban do not saw off heads of living beings.

A Gurkha soldier in the British Army has been removed from duty in Afghanistan after he beheaded a dead Taliban commander with his ceremonial kukri knife. The Nepalese private decapitated the dead man with the intention of returning to base with the head so the Taliban fighter could be identified by senior officers as a 'high value target'. The soldier's 1st Battalion, Royal Guards unit had intended to removed the target's entire body from the battle-ground, near Babaji in central Helmand. But the soldiers came under heavy machine gunfire while trying to so - prompting the soldier to take his extreme action.

It was announced today that the Gurkha private, who is believed to be in his twenties, has been suspended from duty and flown back to the UK. He is understood to be confined to barracks in Shorncliffe Garrison near Folkestone in Kent. He could face a court martial and could even be jailed if he is found guilty of beheading the fighter. In full..... Personally he deserves a medal and whoever complains deserves beheading for not using their brains.

A serving British soldier says, "This Gurkha soldier should be praised for his actions. The patrol appear to have been tasked with capturing or obtaining proof that the Taliban Commander was dead, he has carried out his mission and in cutting off the head of the Taliban Commander he has:

1. Carried out his orders and obtained proof that the commander is dead for the command.

2. In cutting his head off he has probably saved the lives of the other patrol members, allowing them to extract from a dangerous situation alive.

The young gurkha soldier should be given a medal and his actions taught in the military staff college as an example of how to carry out your orders and save lives of your colleagues.

As for the comments of Colonel Kemp, he is so obviously out of touch with the men in the army, to say that the Gurkha soldiers behaviour would be strongly condemned by other members of his regiment is wrong". Hat tip: Eye On The World


Attending arts related activities

Posted: 19 Jul 2010 05:54 AM PDT


Penang Sogetsu Ikebana demo charity dinner



Philatelic Exhibition on 200th Anniversary of Chopin




黃漢偉:鋼骨水泥中展現生命力‧城市建設須注入文藝
2010-07-12 15:21

檳城)檳州城市鄉村規劃及文化藝術委員會主席黃漢偉說,檳城的城市建設不僅單靠高聳入雲的鋼骨水泥大廈,也須注入文化藝術的細胞,方展現城市的生命力及靈魂。

他說,韓江配合母校的校慶周而舉行藝映韓江的校友繪畫書法攝影展,在校內推廣文化藝術,培養年輕一代對文化藝術的愛好,有助於塑造檳城為文化藝術的城市。

黃漢偉週日(7月11日)為藝映韓江的繪畫書法攝影展,主持開幕儀式上致詞時發表上述談話,出席埋有韓江副董事長湯建華、總務拿督謝詩堅、副總務黃永順及籌委會主席雷宗堂。

他說,當前教育制度是重視考試成績,由於學生過於追求全科A,無暇參加課外活動,失去了創意,而參與文化藝術正可激發學生的創意,它須從小學開始接觸文化藝術,在耳濡目染之下培養對文化藝術的愛好。

雷宗堂:設美術館等資助藝術活動
檳應提升年輕人鑑賞力

雷宗堂致詞時說,檳州獲得世界文化遺產地位後,期望檳州政府落力維護古蹟、設立有品味的街頭雕塑、建立具有規模的美術館、圖書館、音樂廳,舉辦國際性的美術展和音樂會、獎勵和資助民間藝術文化活動,也通過教育提昇年輕一代對的欣賞能力。

他指出,藝術價值不止是美,而是能夠升華到引人懂得謙遜、容忍、智慧、寬宏大量等美德,正符合大馬多元民族文化的需求。此展出獲得25名校友參加,展出逾百幅作品。

星洲日報/大北馬‧2010.07.11


Justice for Teoh Beng Hock

Posted: 19 Jul 2010 08:34 AM PDT





I delivered a short speech at Speakers Corner to mark the 1 year anniversary of the death of Teoh Beng Hock. Here is the link http://cj.my/video/19722/justice-for-teoh-beng-hock-continues.html

As reported in Malaysiakini http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/137580

Kematian Teoh Beng Hock dianggap "perkara terburuk pernah berlaku kepada DAP."

"Sebelum ini, yang terburuk dikenakan pada kita ialah ISA, atau ditahan di pusat tahanan Kamunting atau Kajang," kata ADUN DAP daripada Ayer Hitam Wong Hon Wai (kiri) dalam sambutan ulang tahun pertama kematian Teog di Speakers Square Pulau Pinang malam tadi.

"Tetapi kematian, seperti apa yang berlaku pada Teoh Beng Hock, anggota DAP dan kawan yang baik, tidak dapat dibayangkan, ia melampau dan sesuatu yang tidak boleh kita terima," kata pengarah pendidikan politik DAP itu.

"Masih belum ada keadilan untuk Teoh. Masih banyak double standard (pilih bulu) diamalkan oleh pemimpin dan institusi," tambah Wong yang juga exco kerajaan negeri yang bertanggungjawab terhadap perancangan bandar dan negeri.

"Jadi marilah kita berikrar. Kita mahu lihat pihak yang bersalah dihukum."

Selepas berucap, Wong meminta orang ramai mengangkat lilin dan menangisi supaya keadilan diberikan kepada Teoh, seorang pembantu politik semasa hayatnya.

Kata-kata itu menyentuh perasaan kira-kira 100 orang yang hadir di majlis yang berlangsung tenang kira-kira sejam.

Suasana diselebungi cahaya lilin dan semangat persaudaraan orang ramai untuk Teoh dan keluarganya.'

Mereka melaungkan slogan seperti "keadilan untuk Teoh Beng Hock", "hentikan kekejaman" dan "reformasi".

檳社青團發動‧聚集言論廣場‧200黑衣人秉燭祭奠明福
2010-07-18 14:16


燭光晚會裡,一般民眾都手持小根白蠟燭靜靜追思,但記者卻發現有人帶來了2大支的紅蠟燭,像是在祭天一樣。(圖:星洲日報)
1 of 4(檳城)在檳州社青團的發動下,舊關仔角言論廣場前晚出現了200人身穿黑衣秉燭奠明福。

民眾在晚上8時30分開始湧來,不管是熟悉的或陌生的臉孔,大家皆心照地握手、拍拍肩膀,不用多言彼此就明白。趙明福的意外,即便已經時過一年,但仍使大家的心緊緊地貼在一起。

主持人鄧曉璇在開場白中,悲情地朗誦了緬懷他的文章。儘管這場為時半小時的燭光晚會中,"伸張正義"、"還趙明福一個公道"、"停止殘害"、"烈火莫息"的呼聲不斷地傳出,現場的配樂卻是不搭調的滑稽喜劇音樂……

雷爾:反貪會選擇性執法

首個向群眾喊話的是雷爾,他質疑反貪污委員會為何選擇性執法,只對趙明福採取行動,國陣屬下面對指控卻不動如山?

黃漢偉:被打壓付出生命

黃漢偉則呼吁行動黨以前遭遇執政黨最坏的打壓,是被各种惡法對付及關在甘文丁扣留營,現竟要面對丟失生命的遭遇,實在讓人情何以堪。

"趙明福是我們行動黨創黨以來,所面對最沉重一擊。這一晚我們除了要紀念他以外,也請民眾和有關當局深思,我們的國家到底發生了甚麼事情,可以讓一條人命如此輕易消失?"

曹觀友:海嘯喚不醒國陣

至於曹觀友方面,他指政治海嘯似乎仍不足以喚醒國陣。

"國陣執政50多年,國家的民主、司法逐漸的侵蝕,看來,我們若不加以制止,後果肯定不堪設想!"

警方和政治部派出多員出席,但並沒有干擾群眾的聚會和阻止民聯領袖發言,僅在一旁默默記錄和拍照,還有人手持蠟燭,一起哀悼明福。


George Town Festival 2010

Posted: 19 Jul 2010 05:13 AM PDT





I am the Organising Chairman of George Town Festival 2010. The festival was first mooted in Dec 2009 when a group of artists met me at the office. It was initially meant to be one day function and extended to a month after numerous input from the NGOs. I am proud that we have a good team who make this festival a meaningful one.

Some of the photos of George Town Festival.

讓師生參與707節慶‧黃漢偉盼教部批特假
2010-07-01 11:24
(檳城)掌管檳州藝術、房屋、城市及鄉村規劃委員會的黃漢偉,呼吁教育部應儘快批准放假,好讓家長、教師及學生可以及早安排行程,參與落在7月7日的"喬治市節慶"開幕禮。

學生可感受文化魅力

"學生放假不一定都是窩在家裡的。如果教育部肯放人,那家長或教師,將能攜帶孩子到古蹟區走一趟,讓學生親身體驗及感受喬治市的歷史、文化魅力,這也是教育的一環!"

他說,帶學生好好地走一趟喬治市,就宛如上一堂戶外課程,能夠幫助他們深刻瞭解本土的歷史、文化。以古蹟保護的角度來看,則有助於提昇學生的醒覺意識,實屬美事一樁。

"我知道在批准學校假期一事上,教育部擁有絕對的權力,但,我希望他們可以認知到放假不是等同於讓孩子無所事事,而是讓他們有機會學習關懷這片他們生長的土地。"

黃漢偉也提及,7月7日當天的活動,主要都集中在早上和晚上,已經儘量避開了上班上課的時間,他期許一家大小都能在當天同歡共樂,給喬治市注入一股活力。

星洲日報/大北馬‧2010.06.30


Book Donation To George Town Library

Posted: 19 Jul 2010 05:43 AM PDT






I visited George Town library in my capacity as air itam assemblyman. 2 donors - Mr Teh from bandar baru air itam and Mr Quah from paya terubong donated a few hundred books to chinese section of George Town Library. The sharing spirit is commendable



As reported in Sinchew Jit Poh

黃漢偉移交首批中文書分享
昨天 22:26
在民眾熱烈迴響下,首批近1千本中文書,已於昨日(18日)下午由檳州行政議員黃漢偉正式移交喬治市圖書館!

由《大北馬》發起的捐書活動,在短短的半個月內獲得了極為踴躍的響應,一批又一批新舊參雜的中文書,不斷地送入星洲日報各地辦事處以及黃漢偉服務中心,讓這些別人的"舊愛",有機會成為新讀者的"心歡",更讓知識在流轉的過程中創造陽光的希望!

除了發動捐書豐富檳州政府圖書館中文和淡文藏書運動後,《大北馬》也推展"一人一新書"計劃,協助加快打造政府圖書館的中、淡文部成為名符其實的"黃金屋"!

《大北馬》期望通過這2項運動,雙管齊下協助政府圖書館擁有豐富的藏書,進而打造書香社會。

首批由黃漢偉移交的書籍,大部分出自鄭德泉及柯姓讀者的捐書。前者捐出16年來所收藏的309本書,主要是文教、小說、心靈激勵和儒學之類的,較出名的有高行健的《靈山》、郭寶昌的《大宅門》、金庸的《笑傲江湖》、冰心的《寄小讀者》和徐志摩的《我所知道的康橋》等等。

為了讓自己以後也有機會和這些"舊朋友"見面,鄭德泉要求檳州圖書館把這批書都置放在喬治市分館內,好讓他時不時可以見見"舊朋友",不用走太遠,亦可以"敘舊"一番。

至於柯姓讀者所捐出的,則大部分為佛教或儒家讀物,諸如《了凡四訓》、《念佛感應見聞錄》、《弟子規》等等。

★檳州團書館主任蘇克麗亞在接收這些書後,表示十分感激,並期許日後能夠吸引更多的華裔愛書人開心地在喬治市圖書館中挖寶,找到自己想閱讀的理想好書。

"我們會在這些書上註明由'某某人'捐出,以感謝他們的慷慨分享。"

她也說,檳州圖書館目前共有近4萬名活躍會員,其中,75%為華裔會員,是所有會員中的主流。

"有鑑於此,館內的華文藏書常常都被借走,導致很多時候會員走進圖書館時,看到的華文書架上,都是空的。這次能夠如此多的捐書,相信將會帶來更多的選擇。"

她表示,這批收到的贈書,會先運往威省的圖書總館做整理,在鍵入所有資料後,就會運回喬治市分館。

"我們只有一個懂中文的圖書管理員,所以過程可能會耗上一些時間,希望大家耐心等候。"

蘇克麗亞亦呼籲檳城人勤跑圖書館,和書本做交流,不要浪費這裡如此豐富的資源。

"整個檳州共有102間分館,其中有50間是可以互相連線的,即你在A館借書,可以在B館還書。我們的會員費每年才2令吉,小孩則1令吉,只要出示身份證立刻就能處理。圖書館裡面除了書籍,同時還備有無線上網、音樂、電影光碟等等,豐富的館藏絕對值得你來探索。"

"另外,我們也徵求懂得華語,並擁有圖書館裡學位的朋友,希望你們可以成為檳州圖書館的一員。有興趣者,可聯繫019-471 4247,或電郵至shukriah@penang.gov.my。"

★黃漢偉補充,根據大馬法令,所有本地出版商或作者在出版新書時,都需繳交5本予國家圖書館收藏,他希望,檳城的作者或出版社也能比照這法令,交出另外5本予檳州的圖書館收藏,好讓本地圖書館也能藏有本地作家的作品。

"舉例來說,像檳城作家杜忠全寫了好幾本有關老檳城的書籍,假如檳州圖書館也擁有他的著作,那才算是更加完整。"


檳圖書館華淡藏書將增倍‧《大北馬》粉絲立功
2010-07-03 14:01

黃漢偉面前這一排書柜,除了他手中的《孔學論文集》,還有《李光耀傳》和學校畢業刊,沒有分門別類排列。(圖:星洲日報)

喬治市圖書館有最新的華文雜誌,包括中文版《讀者文摘》。(圖:星洲日報)

圖書館收藏的光碟,也包括了華文光碟。(圖:星洲日報)

淡米爾文書沒有缺席,只是太少了,書架留下許多空位。(圖:星洲日報)

喬治市圖書館提供愛書人良好的硬體設備,可惜華文和淡米爾書籍太少了。(圖:星洲日報)
1 of 5(檳城)這是《大北馬》面子書粉絲的功勞!虛擬世界的言論引起實質的迴響,往後被認為匱乏的檳州政府圖書館華文和淡米爾文藏書,每年的新書將增加一倍以上。

檳政府額外撥6萬購書

《大北馬》面子書粉絲PG TEOH發動要求州政府重視圖書館藏書運動,引起廣大《大北馬》面子書粉絲,包括行政議員黃漢偉的共鳴,他在週五(7月2日)召開的檳州行動黨國、州議員會議提出這項訴求。

結果,立刻獲得主持會議的檳州首席部長林冠英的重視,經過一番討論,決定在原來中央政府今年撥給檳州購買華文及淡米爾書籍的6萬令吉之外,檳州政府撥出額外的6萬令吉充作同一用途。

館方將獲12萬購書費

兼任檳州圖書館理事會主席的第二副首席部長拉瑪沙米於會議之後,立刻發表文告捎來佳音,檳州圖書館將獲得來自中央政府和州政府總共12萬令吉作為每年購買華文,和淡米爾文書籍經費。

他說,這意味著每年為州內政府圖書館增添華文書籍,和淡米爾書籍的經費各佔6萬令吉。

他說,州政府的目的是要確保政府圖書館更能吸引這兩種語文的讀者,提供他們更多、更新及更優質的精神糧食。

華淡書籍不到藏書5%
黃漢偉:民眾可捐書增數量

黃漢偉特於會議之後到喬治市圖書館視察,發現華文和淡米爾書籍匱乏的情況嚴重,這兩種語文書籍的數量,不到它逾10萬本藏書的5%。

他認為情況的確很嚴重,為了進一步提高華淡藏書量,他建議發起捐書運動,民眾可以把他們家中的藏書轉交給民聯國州議員,由議員轉交圖書館。

經過他的觀察,政府圖書館提供了愛書人良好的硬體設備,和閱讀環境,可惜華淡藏書不但少,種類也很有限,不能滿足華文和淡米爾文讀者的精神糧食的需求。

書本量少不能分門別類

由於書本數量少,不能像大眾書局那樣分門別類的把各種華文書籍擺在書架上,方便人們選書。

黃漢偉從書架上抽出一本《孔學論文集》,同一排的書籍尚有《李光耀傳》,和一本學校畢業刊,顯示書種之雜,完全沒有秩序可言。

他希望私人機構可以在這方面協助政府圖書館,豐富政府圖書館的華淡藏書量。

他感慨,本地人不重視閱讀,在州立法議會上沒有聽過州議員詢問政府圖書館有多少藏書。

圖書館13職員全不懂中文

另一項華印書籍不受重視的原因,可能是政府圖書館管理員之中,諳中文和淡米爾文的職員少得很。喬治市圖書館有13名職員,沒有任何職員懂得中文,雖然其中有華裔職員。

黃漢偉說,除了發動民眾捐書,也請求有識之士提供寶貴的意見,以提昇檳州社會的讀書風氣。

星洲日報/大北馬‧2010.07.02

捐獻5書本
黃漢偉留字條讚揚

另一方面,檳州行政議員黃漢偉也身體力行支持"一人一新書"運動,透過助理把剛剛閱讀完畢的5本書籍送來《星洲日報》辦事處,同時留了字條給《大北馬》,表示對於捐書運動以及民眾的積極響應深表敬佩。

在《大北馬》捐書運動一事上,黃漢偉予以相當的支持,同時也主動把州政府圖書館的中文與淡米爾文藏書量嚴缺一事轉告州政府以及負責檳州圖書館事務的檳州第二副首長拉瑪沙米。

值得一提的是,一些民眾,包括了居住在亞依淡選區(黃漢偉的選區)的居民,也積極響應捐書運動,他們甚至把藏書交給了黃漢偉,以代轉交給州政府圖書館。

也因為如此,黃漢偉的官車以及助理的車子,都載滿了藏書,這些書籍近期內將會移交給圖書館。


Voter Registration

Posted: 19 Jul 2010 04:41 AM PDT


DAP Penang has registered over 20,000 new voters in Penang for the month of January 2010 to June 2010. DAP Air Itam has been spearheading the effort and we have conducted over 25 times of voter registration campaign in Air Itam and neighbouring area.

Details and other photos are located at http://airitamdap.blogspot.com/2010/07/celebrating-25th-vr-operation.html


Petronas Digunakan Untuk Terus Membuncitkan Keluarga Najib

Posted: 19 Jul 2010 04:35 AM PDT

Auto debit: PAS pertikai Petronas lantik CIMB bank tunggal

Naib Presiden PAS Salahuddin Ayub mempersoalkan tindakan Petronas yang memutuskan untuk mewajibkan pengusaha stesen minyaknya di seluruh negara menggunakan sistem auto debit disediakan oleh CIMB sebagai bank tunggal.

Salahuddin berkata, berdasarkan pekeliling dikeluarkan baru-baru ini pengusaha stesen minyak dikehendaki menggunakan sistem itu mulai 1 September ini.

Pertronas mempunyai 920 stesen di seluruh negara.

"Kami ada menerima aduan daripada wakil penjual Petronas, semua pengedar kini dipaksa untuk menggunakan khidmat sistem auto debit yang disediakan oleh CIMB berbanding masa sekarang di mana mereka bebas untuk menggunakan mana-mana bank mengikut keperluan dan keselesaan mereka," kata beliau pada sidang media di sini hari ini.

Sehubungan itu Salahuddin mempersoalkan motif keputusan Petronas Dagangan Berhad yang memutuskan untuk menggunakan hanya CIMB sebagai bank tunggal.

"Apakah rasional Pertronas untuk melantik CIMB sebagai bank tunggal... mengapa CIMB diberikan monopoli dalam urusan ini," kata beliau.

Salahuddin yang juga Ahli Parlimen Kubang Kerian berkata, pihaknya juga hairan kerana meskipun Maybank sebagai syarikat dimiliki oleh Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), Petronas memutuskan untuk memberikan khidmat auto debit urusan transaksi stesen minyak kepada satu bank tunggal.

"Adakah Petronas memutuskan kerana ketua eksekutif kumpulan CIMB adalah adik perdana menteri?" katanya. -TMI

Ulasan GB

Kesian sungguh ahli UMNO totok di kampung-kampung. Pemimpin UMNO kebas berbilion ringgit, ahli UMNO yang lain masih menjulang pemimpin yang menipu mereka.

CIMB, yang dipengerusikan oleh adik Najib bernama Nazir Razak adalah diantara rakyat Malaysia yang terkaya di negara ini.

Dua media rasmi Korea berbahasa Inggeris melaporkan Obama pernah memberi amaran kepada Najib, yang dipercayai ada kaitan secara tidak langsung dengan CiMB sendiri.

Kedua-dua media terbabit mendedahkan bagaimana Obama meminta Najib menjelaskan soal keterlibatan bank tertentu Malaysia dalam transaksi senjata dengan Kerajaan Komunis Korea Utara dan Kerajaan Junta Myanmar.

Nazir dilaporkan memiliki 28,253,261 unit saham berdasarkan Laporan Audit CiMB 2008, halaman 69.

Manakala isterinya Azalina pula memiliki 400,000 unit saham berdasarkan laporan yang sama, di halaman 71.

Kini, Petronas digunakan untuk terus membesarkan tembolok harta keluarga Najib..



Min Hyo-rin goes sexy for Arena Homme

Posted: 19 Jul 2010 04:01 AM PDT

After charming her fans in Ceci last month, Korean actress-singer Min Hyo-rin is featuring on latest issue of Arena magazine [Kr] in sizzling fashion too. Seems like she's ditching the cute-sweety image altogether with her new sexy style…

Min Hyo-rin on Arena magazine

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Min Hyo-rin goes sexy for Arena Homme from YeinJee's Asian Blog


INTERNET GUARANTEE

Posted: 18 Jul 2010 07:11 PM PDT

1. When we appointed an International Advisory Panel of prominent IT personalities from around the world, we gave a guarantee that Malaysia would not censor the Internet.

2. We thought at that time that even if we wanted to, we couldn't. The technology was not available for us to do this. And so Malaysiakini and other sites flourished.

3. Now that I have retired I feel glad that we made the decision not to censor. I have benefited much from the blogs as have very many bloggers. There may be a few who have abused this blogging privilege but by and large it has served the public well. The mainstream media in Malaysia need no censoring as they censor themselves. So the blogs can report what really happens. It can be the alternative source of news. And there is a need for this other source for the mainstream media will always be guarding their behind.

4. I had always assumed that the Western press is free. Certainly they have never been in any way constrained when writing about the third world including Malaysia.

5. Now, I know better. Robert Fisk, one of the great Western journalists has revealed that when writing about their own countries and about the West in general they adhere to official sources and use clichés which masked the truth. They too indulge in self-censoring. I recommend that everyone interested in the so-called freedom of the press should read his book - The Age of The Warrior.

6. Press freedom is supposed to be an essential part of the practice of Western Democracy. The assumption is that with press freedom truth will prevail. But the freedom is also about telling lies, about promoting evil agendas, demonizing individuals, twisting facts, hounding people to death and all other kinds of evil.

7. The Internet has now given not just journalists but given just about anyone the same capacities to tell the truth, to lie and twist facts and do all the good and evil things. There is no censoring the Internet.

8. But I am concerned about the dissemination of pornographic material. I am concerned because there can be no doubt that sex related crimes are more common today due to the easily excitable young having access to filthy pornographic material. Sexual immorality among youths is more common today than ever before.

9. Something has to be done to the Internet's promotion of immorality. The world community should agree that the promotion of pornography via the Internet should be stopped. Failing this Malaysia should censor all pornographic material on the Internet, guarantees notwithstanding.

10. It is possible to do this now and it should be done. It will not be 100% successful but it will prevent easy access at least. Moral decay should not be allowed to be promoted. Certainly moral decay should not be speeded up via the Internet.


Datuk Paul Low on Corruption in Malaysia

Posted: 19 Jul 2010 02:30 AM PDT

Interesting, if you have missed this earlier this morning....

Interview on BFM Radio






 


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