- Anwar's sodomy case: Leave Karpal out laaa!
- Starbucks Is the First Brand to Reach 10 Million Facebook Likes - www.insidefacebook.com
- Attending Hindu Temple Function at Jalan Satu, Air itam
- Free Prosthesis Programme
- Ex-airman N Tharmendran rather go to jail than being abducted by RMAF!!
- With the Police at Kampung Melayu, Air Itam
- No Absolute Immunity for YB in the State Assembly
- Borneo Cultural Festival 2010 - Part 1
- Putrajaya Ho!
- In loving memory of an inspirational woman
- The British become stupid in the conduct of war
- Attending arts related activities
- Justice for Teoh Beng Hock
- George Town Festival 2010
- Book Donation To George Town Library
- Voter Registration
- Petronas Digunakan Untuk Terus Membuncitkan Keluarga Najib
- Min Hyo-rin goes sexy for Arena Homme
- INTERNET GUARANTEE
- Datuk Paul Low on Corruption in Malaysia
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!
Posted: 19 Jul 2010 09:29 AM PDT
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.
Posted: 19 Jul 2010 09:07 AM PDT
Posted: 19 Jul 2010 09:04 AM PDT
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"。
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.
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!
Posted: 19 Jul 2010 08:12 AM PDT
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.
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.
Posted: 19 Jul 2010 07:11 AM PDT
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.
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.
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
Posted: 19 Jul 2010 05:54 AM PDT
Penang Sogetsu Ikebana demo charity dinner
Philatelic Exhibition on 200th Anniversary of Chopin
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".
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。
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.
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
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。
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
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
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..
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…
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.
Posted: 19 Jul 2010 02:30 AM PDT
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