- Director Goo Hye-sun on Sure (July 2010)
- A SNAP, CRACK AND POP ELECTION?
- UN’s Secretary General U Thant and Malaysia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Omar Ong Yoke Lin
- Tuntutan RM200 juta Felda: Keadilan Bo Layan, Jumpa Di Mahkamah
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows official HD trailer
- SOMETHING LIGHT, EASY AND CRAZY!
- Monk shoots hundreds of naked women
- Perbuatan Melampau Najib Dan Rosmah, Rampas Gelaran Permaisuri Agong
- Mild warning of civil servants browsing Facebook
- Video: Inside a school for suicide bombers -- how the Taliban convince children to become suicide bombers
- Chameleons, Frogs and Snakes
- Al-Fatiha for Tun Omar Ong Yoke Lin
- Role of Effective Disabled Councillor Vital in Local Government
- Coastal Road Sedili - Desaru, Johor
- SPRM Hanya Alat Untuk Kekalkan Golongan Penguasa Umno-BN
- Damn funny!
- IT Talk!
Posted: 01 Jul 2010 06:23 AM PDT
Korean actress Goo Hye-sun, who's making her full directorial debut with movie Magic, is featured in July issue of Sure magazine [Kr] with a fitting theme. Love the first pic, but the rest of the photos are just so so imo…
Posted: 01 Jul 2010 06:06 AM PDT
The 12th General Election was held in March 2008 and barely two years later, there are rumors about a possible snap election. Free Malaysia Today reported HERE that Opposition MPs are predicting snap elections soon judging by the way the Najib administration is dishing out money to BN-held parliamentary constituencies. Yesterday, The Malaysian Insider revealed that an additional RM500,000 in allocations have been given to BN MPs in all constituencies held by the ruling coalition for development purposes. The statement was attributed to BN Backbenchers Club deputy chairman Bung Mokhtar Radin.
A snap election is an election that is called earlier than scheduled. According to Wikipedia HERE, it refers to an election called when no one expects it, usually to capitalize on a unique electoral opportunity or to decide a pressing issue. Because the power to call snap elections usually lies with the incumbent, they frequently result in increased majorities for the party already in power, having been called at an advantageous time.
The request for a snap election must be called by the head of state and not the Prime Minister. In the Westminster parliamentary system a snap election is an early election called when the Prime Minister (or equivalent, as the Premier of a Canadian province or that of an Australian state) dissolves the legislature part way through a government's mandate.
The last time Malaysia had a snap election was in 1999 when former PM TDM secured his fifth term as Prime Minister. He was swept back into power with a resounding majority, but significant gains by the opposition took the shine off his election victory.
Then, the political scenario was quite different from what we have today. In 1999, the BN coalition had won 148 of the 193 seats in parliament. Obviously, it was a better result than it achieved in the 1995 election, and exceeded the two-thirds majority that permits the ruling coalition strong legislative power.
Don't forget that 1998 was a period of severe political and economic instability for Malaysia. As such, the victory then showed that Malaysians still believed in him. But why? What was the main theme of the BN campaign in 1999?
Then, they had the upper hand in campaigning and attacked its opponents by warning citizens that a vote for the opposition Alternative Front coalition was a vote for instability, economic decline and, even, the establishment of an Iranian-style Islamic state. Unfortunately, that line of attack scared many to vote for BN, especially since many already had misgivings about the alliance that DAP had formed with PAS.
Despite that, let us not forget that PAS emerged as the big winner from that election, almost quadrupling its presence in parliament to 27 seats, and seizing control of Trengganu. The pro-Anwar and anti-government wave did not give PKR much success in the elections.
The tumultuous (1997-98) East Asian financial crisis and the ensuing political upheaval which threatened the legitimacy of the Mahathir regime occurred prior to the 1999 general elections had a significant impact on the participation of the citizenry in the country's electoral process. It was later reported that the decision of the Election Commission not to allow more than 680,000 new voters (mostly young people) to vote were to have serious implications on the outcome of the 1999 general elections.
During the 1999 general elections, researchers detected an ambivalence among the electorate in their support for the two main coalition parties in Malaysia, the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) or National Front and the Opposition Barisan Alternatif (BA).
Previous by-elections results also seem to indicate that although the BN won in five of the seven by-elections, the BN has still not managed to retrieve overwhelming Malay support (Welsh, 2004). The Opposition remains a serious challenge to the ruling coalition party particularly in the urban non-Malay constituencies and rural Malay heartland.
In the 2004 elections, BN gained a popular vote of 63.9%, but would have gained a higher vote had all seats been contested. They won 198 parliamentary seats to the combined opposition parties' 20 seats, with one independent. This is the largest majority that Barisan Nasional has won since the 1978 elections.
The personality of the Abdullah Badawi then also propelled the popularity of the ruling coalition to unprecedented heights, as the BN won 91% of the parliamentary seats. Abdullah's image and reputation for being, "Mr. Clean" was carefully projected by the mainstream mass media and some believe this succeeded in swaying erstwhile undecided voters to support him and the new administration in the hope that badly needed institutional and systemic reforms from the Mahathir era could be implemented. It is also probable that Abdullah's electoral pledges and promise to institute far-reaching reforms to combat corruption and promote efficiency in the delivery system struck a chord at the "heartstring" of local issues. However, the years between 2004 to 2008 paved the way for the tsunami victory of the Opposition.
In the 2008 elections, Barisan Nasional was able to return to power and form the next government, with a simple majority but without the crucial two-thirds majority in parliament. It was BN's worst performance in Malaysia's general election since independence in 1957, winning only 63.5% (140 out of 222) of parliamentary seats that were contested; the only other time the 14-party coalition failed to win a two-thirds majority was in 1969 when it secured 66% of the seats.
With all the rumors rife about the snap election, statements in the Free Malaysia Today website is most worrying. When questioned about the increase in allocations, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nazri Abdul Aziz said, "We have money, that's why we gave out additional funds."
Well, it seems rather strange and unusual. We have heard of how the government is hoping to withdraw subsidies, implement GST and how we are warned of imminent bankruptcy in 2019 and yet we see so much public expenditure in recent months. What IS the true state of affairs?
If there is a snap election next year, it is just about three years after the last polls. Why waste the money and impose on the rakyat to vote? We need to see results of the 1Malaysia and many other projects that they have been talking about.
The electorate is not as clueless as those in the past. They do not subscribe to race politics and will not be enticed by $$ as can be seen in the recent Sibu elections. Also, they are more informed and have access to facts and figures. As such, no one can dream of pulling wool over their eyes as easily as they could in the past. At the same time, despite some internal problems in PKR, the Opposition appears to be in a stronger position than before. Whilst the MSM could spin whatever tunes selected by the status quo, more citizens turn to online news portals and cyberspace which are largely more supportive of the Opposition. Still, we cannot deny that the BN has a definite advantage in terms of funds and machinery, not forgetting its 'fixed deposit' which seems to be eroding slowly but surely with damning reports revealed by online sites.
A snap polls at such a pre-mature stage does not augur well for the status quo. It will only add fuel to the fire of discontent raging in the hearts of many citizens who are not happy with recent developments. Is the status quo ready to take a risk or are they creating cracks within their own camp, paving the way for a pop out victory for the Opposition?
What do you think, dear reader?
Posted: 01 Jul 2010 06:04 AM PDT
Omar Ong Yoke Lin (right), who passed away today, with the UN's Secretary General U Thant (of Burma).
Ong was Malaysia's Permanent Representative to the UN from 1962 to 1964.
Pic. Malaysian Insider
Tun Omar Ong Yoke Lin converted to Islam in 1961, and was bestowed the Seri Setia Mahkota that made him a 'Tun' in 1979. – Picture by Jack Ooi
KUALA LUMPUR, July 1 — With the death of Tun Omar Ong Yoke Lin, Malaysia mourned the loss of its last Independence fighter and the last member of the country's first Cabinet under Tunku Abdul Rahman.
Omar was a founding member of MCA and in 1952, together with Datuk Yahya Razak of Umno, paved the formation of the MCA-Umno Alliance that led to the birth of the multi-racial coalition and forerunner of the Barisan Nasional that continues to rule the country today.
"It was Ong Yoke Lin (now Tan Sri Omar Ong Yoke Lin) who got together with Datuk Yahya and decided to form an alliance to contest this election," Tunku wrote in his 1977 book, Looking Back, harking back to the 1952 Kuala Lumpur municipal elections while the country was still under British rule.
The Alliance captured nine of the 12 seats in the elections and it was joined by MIC later.
Omar was then Selangor MCA chief and went on to become MCA vice-president and Member of Parliament for Hulu Selangor.
The bespectacled Omar was also among the four-member Alliance party to finalise the then Malaya constitution in London in April 1957 ahead of independence in August the same year.
Tun Omar Ong Yoke Lin
In 1961, he headed the Malayan delegation to Sarawak to discuss the formation of a larger federation of Malaysia and was one of the signatories of the agreement on the establishment of Malaysia signed in London in September 1963.
He was made posts and telecommunications minister by Tunku in his first 10-man Cabinet in 1955 that included luminaries like Tun Abdul Razak, V.T. Sambathan, Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman and H.S. Lee.
Between 1956 and 1957, he was transport minister, and in the country's post-Independence first Cabinet, Omar was given the portfolio of labour and social welfare.
He served as health and social welfare minister (1959-1962) and minister without portfolio (1962-1973).
In May 1962, Omar left for the United States to serve concurrently as a Cabinet minister and Permanent Representative to the United Nations for a decade until 1972.
From 1964 to 1966, he was a senator, and was assigned abroad again in 1967 as Malaysia's first ambassador to Brazil until 1972, before returning to be reappointed senator.
He served as Senate president from 1973 and retired in 1980.
Tun Omar Ong (right) with Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman.
Omar then held several top posts in the private sector that included chairman of Esso Malaysia Bhd, Malaysian Oxygen Bhd and OYL Industries Bhd.
Born in Kuala Lumpur on July 23, 1917, Omar had his early schooling at the Pudu Girls' English School before he attended Victoria Institution where be became friends with his Alliance partner, Yahya.
He passed the matriculation examination for London University in 1934.
Omar converted to Islam in 1961.
He was awarded the federal honour, Pingat Mangku Negara, in 1959 which gave him the "Tan Sri" title and in 1979, he was bestowed the Seri Setia Mahkota that made him "Tun".
He was actively involved in social work as chairman of both the Malaysian Red Cross Society and St John's Ambulance Brigade between 1959 and 1962, Malaysian Heart Foundation president (1991), Malaysian Muslim Welfare Organisation (Perkim) vice-president (1990).
During the Emergency in the 60s, he was the chief officer for the Home Guard in Kuala Lumpur. — Bernama, Omar Ong Yoke Lin: the passing of an era
Posted: 01 Jul 2010 05:27 AM PDT
Keadilan hari ini menegaskan parti tidak akan melayan tuntutan RM200 juta dan tidak akan memohon maaf seperti yang dituntut oleh Lembaga Kemajuan Tanah Persekutuan (Felda) berhubung laporan 'Felda Bankrap' yang isiarkan dalam lidah rasmi, Suara Keadilan lebih seminggi lalu.
Naib Presiden KEADILAN, Sivarasa Rasiah berkata pihaknya bersedia ke mahkamah bagi mengemukakan segala bukti terhadap pendedahan yang dilakukan itu.
"Pendirian kita jelas, memang kita tidak akan layan dan kita akan jawab di mahkamah. Tindakan tersebut sangat kita alu-alukan dan inilah peluang untuk kita lakukan pendedahan terhadap penyelewengan yang berlaku di dalam Felda.
"Berhubung perkataan bankrap maksud kita jelas bahawa penyelewengan berlaku sehingga menjejaskan kewangan Felda, selain fakta yang diberikan oleh menteri terbabit boleh membawa Felda ke arah bankrap.
"Pelaburan dilakukan terhadap pembinaan bagunan baru Felda yang membabit kos yang tinggi itu juga satu pembaziran yang besar dan tidak akan dapat dimanfaatkan oleh peneroka begitu juga pelaburan di luar negara terutamanya di Amerika Syarikat.
"Tujuan kita jelas ingin membawa Felda kepada satu perubahan terhadap pentadbiran yang dilihat mempunyai kepentingan sesetengah pihak, sepatutnya Felda mengambil keputusan menjelaskan perkara tersebut bukan kepada tindakan tuntutan saman," kata Sivarasa kepada Suara Keadilan di parlimen petang tadi.
Beliau mengulas mengenai tuntutan ganti rugi Felda terhadap KEADILAN, penerbit Pelita Koridor Sdn Bhd serta Percetakan NPK Sdn Bhd.
Sebelum ini Timbalan Menteri Di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Ahmad Maslan berkata pada sidang media di parlimen bahawa peguam Felda telah menghantar notis tuntutan saman fitnah kepada ketiga-tiga penama tersebut.
Kata Ahmad sekiranya tuntutan itu gagal ditunaikan dalam masa tujuh hari bermula hari ini, Felda akan membawa kes tersebut ke mahkamah.- SK
Posted: 01 Jul 2010 05:14 AM PDT
Official trailer from Warner Bros for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, two parts finale for the Harry Potter movie franchise.
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Posted: 01 Jul 2010 01:35 AM PDT
The rain has stopped. The leaves on the frangipani tree outside are swaying in the gentle breeze. The evening sun has peeked out from behind the clouds, replacing gloom that came with the shower just now. The ground is drying up. This is the perfect weather for running. I wish I could put on my running shoes. It would be great to do a few slow laps around the neighbourhood, pump up the heart and work out a sweat.
I especially like the freshness after a rainstorm on a humid afternoon. The cool air afterwards is sure to rejuvenate my weary mind. Leaves appear greener, the sky bluer and everything else clearer. It is like the beginning of the day all over again; like God pressing the "Reset" button to make everything nice and proper again. I could do with some resetting for the numerous yet unresolved issues my in life. Dear God, are You listening?
Posted: 01 Jul 2010 04:12 AM PDT
It has been a dreary rainy day today. Before I do my next post, I thought I'd post a few funny videos that I watched. Er...I had no choice. My younger boy who had a long day at school and an extra BM class needed to unwind so he asked me to download the following videos for both of us to enjoy.
Here it is...Nick's prescription for a long stressful day:
Please click on the links.
THE ANNOYING ORANGE (over 23 million views!!!!! No kidding)
MARSHMALLOW MURDER (over 9.2 million views)
LEGO MAN PRANK CALL (almost 3 million views)
I AM COW (pay attention to the witty lyrics - my favorite, no offense to Hindus)
Have a lovely dinner. Please swing back later for the next sopo post. Thanks!
Posted: 01 Jul 2010 02:46 AM PDT
Phnom Penh - Cambodia is a Buddhist monk, go for the filming of nude women. The 37- year-old Just Khai was secretly recorded while the women in a temple bathed in holy water, then shared the clips with others.
The case came to light when a victim alerted police on such video images in recent weeks were exchanged on mobile phones.
The monk risks to one years imprisonment for making and distributing pornographic images , and is no longer spiritual . Since 2008 he filmed hundreds of women .
ADNL-30/06/1910 4:25 p.m.
Posted: 01 Jul 2010 02:08 AM PDT
Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak enggan mendedahkan kos yang dibelanjakan bagi membawa isterinya, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor ke New York, April lalu meskipun disdesak supaya berbuat demikian di Dewan Rakyat.
Dalam jawapan bertulisnya kepada N Gobalakrishnan (PKR-Padang Serai), Najib mengelakkan daripada memberikan sebarang jumlah.
"Kos penginapan dan perjalanan Rosmah dimasukkan dalam perbelanjaan yang diperuntukkan untuk perdana menteri, berdasarkan kedudukannya sebagai isteri perdana menteri," kata Najib dalam jawapan satu perenggannya.
Gobalakrishnan yang tidak berpuas hati dengan jawapan yang kurang tepat itu, cuba menimbulkan perkara berkenaan dengan speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.
Bagaimanapun, Pandikar menjawap Aturan Dewan tidak memberikannya kuasa untuk menilai 'kualiti' jawapan menteri dan sehubungan itu, beliau tidak boleh bertindak.
Selepas menghadiri Persidangan Keselamatan Nuklear di Washington DC, Najib dan Rosmah menghadiri sebuah majlis gilang-gemilang di hotel lima bintang St Regis di New York pada 16 April.
Majlis itu juga dihadiri oleh bintang filem antarabangsa seperti pelakon pemenang Oscar, Robert De Niro, Charlize Theron dan Emmy Rossum, serta diacarakan oleh Jamie Foxx.
Ketika mahlis itu, Rosmah diberikan anugerah Keamanan dan Keharmonian Antarabangsa daripada US Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU).
Meskipun tidak dapat disahkan, beberapa laporan Internet mendakwa kemuncak majlis itu ialah apabila Rosmah berduet dengan Foxx.
Majlis berkenaan tidak mendapat liputan akhbar tempatan tetapi menjadi perdebatan berikutan penyiaran dua halaman iklan berwarna di New York Times yang mengucapkan tahniah kepada Rosmah daripada "keluarga dan sahabatnya di Amerika dan Malaysia".
Tidak kurang juga rakyat marah apabila Rosmah dirujuk sebagai 'wanita pertama Malaysia' - gelaran yang sepatutnya dikhaskan untuk Raja Permaisuri agong.
Menurut laporan The Nut Graph, New York Times pada mulanya berkata iklan berkenaan dibiayai oleh kerajaan Malaysia tetapi kemudian menarik semula kenyataan berkenaan.
Berikutan itu, Najib memberitahu Dewan Rakyat bahawa BCIU yang meletakkan iklan berkenaan. Bagaimanapun majlis berkenaan belum mengesahkan perkara tersebut.
Bercakap kepada wartawan, Gobalakrishnan berkata kerajaan harus telus dan mendedahkan kos sebenar perbelanjaan Rosmah.
"Sebelum ini, mereka dakwa ada NGO yang membiayai lawatan isteri perdana menteri. Tetapi sekarang mereka berkata pejabat PM pula yang membayar," katanya.
"Saya akan terus menulis meminta jawapan. Saya minta perangkaan, tetapi mereka tidak memberikan jumlahnya. Rakyat seharusnya tahu berapa yang dibelanjakan oleh isteri PM." -mk
Berkemungkinan Najib bakal terima nasib Idris Jusoh...
Posted: 01 Jul 2010 01:53 AM PDT
In fact, some of the bosses have complained to the Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) that some civil employees were spending too much time online and were distracted from work.
"We don't want to see a circular being issued by the Chief Secretary to the Government. Therefore, I am giving pre-emptive advice to civil servant to minimise the time spent on Facebook when at work," said Cuepacs president Omar Osman.
He added that there had also been complaints that the time spent on Facebook and other online content during office hours had escalated since the FIFA World Cup began.
Omar said some heads of department were also monitoring content posted on Facebook by their subordinates, ranging from politics to office gossip.
"This may lead to a negative perception of the said employees, and could even lead to disciplinary actions," he said after opening the Cuepacs's Terengganu chapter delegates triennial conference here on Tuesday night.
On another matter, Omar took to task some heads of department for punishing subordinates just to "show power."
He said Cuepacs had received complaints from members that the heads of department had transferred them outstation without giving reasonable grounds for the action.
Other actions included piling on extreme workload on the targeted employees.
Omar said Cuepacs had received an appeal from 12 staff from the Perak Fishery Department, who claimed they had been transferred out without valid reasons.
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 07:06 AM PDT
Posted: 01 Jul 2010 12:53 AM PDT
It is funny how politicians are compared to reptiles and amphibians. Due to the infamous Perak debacle, some have been called frogs when they had no qualms about resigning from their political parties to become independent lawmakers. So deep is the fixation of a greener pasture on the other side that more frogs leapt into action. I was also quite swept away with this trend and wrote many satirical stories on frogs :-) such as The Frog and the Genie, The Hopping Frogs and the Princess and The Frog that Met His Lady.
Like in the animal kingdom, political frogs come in all shapes, sizes and gender with varying degrees of loudness in the way they croak. I am sure you can think of ONE BOSSY FROG who makes a lot of demands, even to the most powerful man in this country. Wow! That is one cantankerous frog indeed!
And today, we are told that we have chameleons in our midst! The Malaysian Insider carried a report HERE where Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin continued his attacks against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today, calling him a "chameleon extraordinaire" for apparently apologising for a recent Pakatan Rakyat (PR) anti-Zionist protest outside the US embassy here. Why must there be so many instances of name-calling? Again, I am concerned about the example that some are setting to the younger set.
Well, apart from frogs and chameleons, snakes have also surfaced in the arena so to speak, hissing away for all to know their presence. Symbolically, the snake/serpent is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols, some which are positive and some which are negative.
According to Wikipedia HERE:
In the Abrahamic religions, serpents are connected with deceit, and are used to symbolize deceitfulness. An example is the serpent in the Garden of Eden, who tricks Adam and Eve into partaking of the Fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.Does it not surprise you then that some frogs are also snakes in the things they say? I am sure you know who I am talking about. Allegation after allegation...*yawn* and he forgets that he spent some time in US too telling tales! I oft wonder how and why anyone could have the courage to make such statements in the light of their own 'history'. But then again, we are talking about snake-like frogs unlike some frogs who are hiding under the tempurung shell - from guilt or enjoying their lifestyle?
Only God knows!
Life can be unpredictable. Malaysia Boleh. Snakes can morph into frogs which could then be eaten by snakes!
On a lighter note to escape from all the political madness raging around, unwind with THIS RENDITION of Karma Chameleon by Culture Club. Take care and have a lovely evening!
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 11:44 PM PDT
Sarah/Thida and I offer our deepest heart felt condolence to the wife, TOH PUAN DATO 'SERI Hjh. DR. AISHAH ONG AISHAH ONG (University of Malaya Pro-Chancellor and former Chairman, University Hospital Board of Directors) and family.
KUALA LUMPUR, July 1 (Bernama) — Tun Omar Ong Yoke Lin, who was among those who played a pivotal role in the country's independence and the formation of Malaysia, died Thursday due to old age. He was 92.
According to an aide of his wife, Toh Puan Datin Paduka Hajah Dr Aishah, Omar Ong breathed his last at his home in No. 44, Persiaran Duta, here, at 8.15am.
His remains will be buried at the Warrior's Mausoleum, next to the National Mosque, here at 4.30pm.
He was among the country's leaders who played an important role in the country's political arena before and after the independence.
Omar Ong had a hand in the formation of the Umno-MCA alliance and was part of a delegation headed by Tunku Abdul Rahman to negotiate the country's independence in London in 1957.
He had also held various cabinet posts and was one of the signatories when the Malaysia agreement was signed in London in 1963.
– BERNAMA, "Tun Omar Ong passed away"
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 11:31 PM PDT
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 11:32 PM PDT
Latest from ILTC Malaysia Blogspot (Click on title to be transported there)Looking Forward as To Who The Next New Councillors All of us at the Independent Living and Training Centre are eagerly looking forward as to who the next new councillors will be, especially those representing people with disabilities. The names are scheduled to be announced at any time now. All councillors lose
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 11:31 PM PDT
We continue our way, after a short break at Jason Bay, Sedili, Johor, we drive towards Kota Tinggi through the coastal road. Very rarely we encounter cars from the opposite direction. I don't think I would want to drive here at night..... very creepy and quiet without any settlements.
And I was a bit worried as my petrol is diminishing fast....
Anyway while at it, we still enjoy the sceneries.... (Taken by my children while I'm driving)
At Sedili Kechil
To be continued...
Next: Telok Sengat, Kota Tinggi
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 10:57 PM PDT
Keputusan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia membatalkan rancangan untuk mengambil keterangan P Balasubramaniam di London atas alasan kenyataan saksi yang dirakam di luar negeri tidak diterima sebagai bahan bukti adalah penuh dengan percanggahan, andaian tidak berasas dan alasan tidak munasabah guna untuk mengelak mewawancara beliau.
Americk Sidhu (gambar), peguam kepada penyiasat persendirian itu berkata tatkala SPRM bersungguh-sungguh untuk mengambil keterangan Bala, keputusan mengejutkan ini tidak boleh diterima akal.
"Merekodkan keterangan daripada saksi boleh dilakukan dimana-mana sahaja di dunia ini kerana kenyataan itu akan menjadi sebahagian daripada siasatan SPRM bagi kemungkinan membuat pendakwaan dan ianya bukan bagi tujuan bukti untuk digunakan dalam mahkamah kelak.
"Kalau alasan SPRM diterima maka kenyataan yang direkodkan daripada Saiful berhubung kes liwat II yang didakwa ke atas Anwar Ibrahim sudah tentu telah dikemukakan oleh pihak pendakwaraya sebagai sebahagian bahan kes dan bukannya disembunyi seperti yang berlaku sekarang.
"Kenyataan yang diambil tidak akan dikemukakan di mahkamah kecuali untuk menidakkan penyataan lisan saksi jika ia bercanggah dengan apa yang telah direkodkan. Proses in dipanggil 'impeachment' dan sebab itu keterangan harus diambil dahulu.
Americk menyatakan alasan yang diberikan SPRM seolah-olah mengandaikan bahawa Bala tidak akan memberi keterangan di mahkamah.
"Mengapa SPRM membuat andaian demikian? Bala sejak awal sudah bersedia untuk memberi keterangan terhadap individu yang telah menyebabkan kesengsaraan kepada Bala dan keluarganya sejak dua tahun lalu
"Bukankah Bala yang tampil untuk menceritakan perkara yang sebenar? Pernahkah beliau mengabaikan peranannya sebagai warganegara yang bertanggungjawab untuk membantu pihak berkuasa dalam apa jua kapasiti tanpa menjejaskan keselamatannya? Apa yang dipinta Bala ialah supaya pihak berkuasa memastikan keselamatannya sekiranya beliau perlu memberi keterangan. Tidak lebih tidak kurang.
"Bala dengan mudah mampu tinggal dalam buangan dengan RM5 juta dalam poketnya dan tidaklah hidupnya sengsara sebegini. Sebaliknya beliau tampil untuk mendedahkan salahlaku yang dilakukan oleh sekumpulan individu yang bermoral rendah hinggalah kepada penjawat tertinggi dalam kerajaan serta anggota keluarga mereka," tegas Americk dalam emel yang dihantar kepada Suara Keadilan semalam.
Tambah peguam itu jika pihak SPRM inginkan salinan akuan bersumpah Bala ia dengan mudah boleh diperolehi daripada laman siber yang banyak memuatkan dokumen berkenaan dalam bentuk akuan bersumpah pertama bertarikh Julai 2008 dan tiga bahagian soal jawab beliau yang dikeluarkan pada November 2009.
Kesemua dokumen ini kata Americk sudah terdedah sekian lama dan membutirkan segala isu berkaitan konspirasi kematian Altantuya Shaariibuu.
"Kalau inilah yang diperlukan SPRM, kenapa memberi alasan bahawa siasatan tidak boleh diteruskan tanpa kerjasama Bala?
"Kenapa Nazri memberitahu Parlimen bahawa SPRM tertekan dalam siasatan mereka kerana Bala tidak boleh dikesan?
"Bala sentiasa sedia hadir dan SPRM mengetahui hakikat ini. Kita ada bukti dokumen yang memaklumkan demikian seawal Disember tahun lalu. Mengapa tiba-tiba ia jadi kaku pada saat-saat akhir.
Americk menegaskan adalah memeranjatkan sebuah badan awam seperti SPRM yang dijangka akan menggunakan segala kuasa yang ada untuk menyiasat secara serius dakwaan terhadap Perdana Menteri, isterinya dan adik beliau kini dilihat melepaskan peluang keemasan ini atas alasan dangkal. SPRM mengetahui betapa teliti persediaan telah dibuat untuk menganjurkan sesi mengambil keterangan Bala dan sekarang dengan mudah menarik diri yang selama ini semua telah tertipu dengan persepsi serius dan bersungguh-sungguh yang dipamerkan sebelum ini.
"Apa yang berlaku telah memusnahkan apa sedikit kredibiliti yang masih ada pada SPRM dan seterusnya mengesahkan sangkaan oleh anggota masyarakat negara ini yang mempunyai kaliber dan pemikiran yang tinggi bahawa SPRM adalah hanya sebuah badan yang wujud untuk melindungi kepentingan golongan yang memegang kuasa dan sebarang bantahan rakyat hendaklah diambil tindakan yang keras dan tidak berperikemanusiaan. Ini bagi menekan segala pembongkaran terhadap kebejatan rejim yang memerintah supaya kuasa terus berada ditangan mereka," tambah beliau.
Americk berkata beliau serta peguam lain akan tetap berada di Holiday Villas, Bayswater di London pada 5 Julai pukul 10.00 pagi menunggu ketibaan tiga pegawai penyiasat SPRM seperti mana yang telah diatur dan dijanjikan.
"Nasihat daripada pejabat Peguam Negara kepada SPRM adalah tanpa asas undang-undang. Ini dibuat secara tergesa-gesa dengan tujuan mengelak situasi yang amat memalukan bagi golongan berkuasa yang berjaya menyeleweng dan menyalah guna aparatus kerajaan bagi memenuhi agenda haram mereka.
"Kalaulah masih ada sangkaan bahawa SPRM akan meneruskan rancangan untuk mewawancara Bala anggapan ini terhapus keran sehingga kini SPRM tidak ambil pusing untuk membuat tempahan bilik mesyuarat di Holiday Villas.
"Hakikatnya SPRM tidak pernah mempunyai niat untuk mengambil keterangan Bala dan sejak beberapa minggu lalu kelam kabut untuk mencari alasan untuk tidak berbuat demikian. Masalahnya alasan yang diberi adalah bodoh dan tidak diterima akal dan rakyat semua mengetahuinya," kata Americk. -SK
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 10:41 PM PDT
One day I met a sweet gentleman and fell in love. When it became apparent that we would marry, I made the supreme sacrifice and gave up eating beans.
Some months later, on my birthday, my car broke down on the way home from work. Since I lived in the countryside I called my husband and told him that I would be late because I had to walk home. On my way, I passed by a small diner and the odour of baked beans was more than I could stand. With miles to walk, I figured that I would walk off any ill effects by the time I reached home, so I stopped at the diner and before I knew it, I had consumed three large orders of baked beans.
All the way home, I made sure that I released all the gas. Upon my arrival, my husband seemed excited to see me and exclaimed delightedly: "Darling I have a surprise for dinner tonight." He then blindfolded me and led me to my chair at the dinner table. I took a seat and just as he was about to remove my blindfold, the telephone rang. He made me promise not to touch the blindfold until he returned and went to answer the call. The baked beans I had consumed were still affecting me and the pressure was becoming most unbearable, so while my husband was out of the room I seized the opportunity, shifted my weight to one leg and let one go. It was not only loud, but it smelled like a fertilizer truck running over a skunk in front of a pulpwood mill.
I took my napkin from my lap and fanned the air around me vigorously. Then, shifting to the other cheek, I ripped off three more. The stink was worse than stinking cabbage. Keeping my ears carefully tuned to the conversation in the other room, I went on like this for another few minutes.
The pleasure was indescribable. When eventually the telephone farewells signalled the end of my freedom, I quickly fanned the air a few more times with my napkin, placed it on my lap and folded my hands back on it feeling very relieved and pleased with myself. My face must have been the picture of innocence when my husband returned, apologizing for taking so long.
He asked me if I had peeked through the blindfold, and I assured him I had not. At this point, he removed the blindfold, and twelve dinner guests seated around the table chorused: "Happy Birthday!"!! I nearly died!!!
Source - Idle Hours
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 10:39 PM PDT
Dear Tech Support Team:
Last year I upgraded from Girlfriend 5.0 to Wife 1.0 .
I soon noticed that the new program, Wife 1.0 installed itself into all other programs and now monitors all other system activities.
Applications such as BachelorNights 10.3, Cricket 5.0, BeerWithBuddies 7.5, and Outings 3.6 no longer runs, crashing the system whenever selected. I can't seem to keep Wife 1.0 in the background while attempting to run my favorite applications.
I'm thinking about going back to Girlfriend 5.0 , but the 'uninstall' doesn't work on Wife 1.0.
"A Troubled User"
Dear Troubled User:
This is a very common problem that people complain about.
Many people upgrade from Girlfriend 5.0 to Wife 1.0 , thinking that it is just a Utilities and Entertainment program.
Wife 1.0 is an OPERATING SYSTEM and is designed by its Creator to run EVERYTHING!!!
It is also impossible to delete Wife 1.0 and to return to Girlfriend 5.0.
It is impossible to uninstall, or purge the program files from the system once installed.
You cannot go back to Girlfriend 5.0 because Wife 1.0 is designed not to allow this.
I recommend that you keep Wife1.0 and work on improving the environment.
I suggest installing the background application "Yes Dear" to alleviate software augmentation.
The best course of action is to enter the command C:\APOLOGIZE because ultimately you will have to give the APOLOGIZE command before the system will return to normal anyway.
Wife 1.0 is a great program, but it tends to be very high maintenance. Wife 1.0 comes with several support programs, such as Clean 2.5, Sweep 3.0, Cook 1.5 and DoLaundry 4.2. However, be very careful how you use these programs. Improper use will cause the system to launch the program NagNag 9.5 . Once this happens, the only way to improve the performance of Wife 1.0 is to purchase additional software. I recommend Cosmetics 2.1 and Jewellery 5.0
STATUTORY WARNING : DO NOT, under any circumstances, install SecretaryWithShortSkirt 3.3. This application is not supported by Wife 1.0 and will cause irreversible damage to the operating system.
Source - Idle Hours Blog
Posted: 30 Jun 2010 10:06 PM PDT
The last few days, the newspapers have been covering a lot about ragging, especially due to the death of a Form 4 student in the Royal Military College due to alleged ragging by his seniors. I was very sad to learn about this case - a case of ragging going way too far, way too extreme.
Ragging is actually a form of initiation. I remember when I entered PPP-ITM to do my A-Levels. Boy, were we ragged by our seniors! Who can forget about "Tabik Spring" then. Everytime a senior walks by, regardless of what were we doing, we must drop everything and give a "Tabik Spring"! Then at nights, seniors will barge into our room and the next 30 minutes or so, turned the room into what they called " living hell". Singing whilst each person had to hold the table up, getting questioned on so many "things" private or otherwise. And all sorts of other things!
But it never got physical ie getting whacked or slapped or such. Never. Things were always conducted with a sporting mood and laughter. Of course, we were not laughing, the seniors / raggers did.
Even the 'lembik' ones took it in their stride though with more complaints and as what it used to be called " banyak songeh".
But at the end of the orientation, we became good friends with the seniors. The "Tabik Spring" we had to do at each and everytime we met the seniors, which looked more like a frozen dead chicken with a salute - the seniors lined up and gave us one at the end of the orientation in the spirit of fun.
When I was a senior, it was my turn on the juniors. I have to admit I did my fair share of ragging, but in the same spirit when I was ragged then. Never anything physical, never meaning any harm.
And things turned out well enough.
In all fairness, ragging done right, is actually good fun. And it gets us closer to the seniors and amongst our own colleagues.
One of most "memorable" times getting ragged - when I first joined the BLUES, Form 5 in VI . Now that's a different story. Good, hellish and a good learning experience. Victorians you generally know what I mean.
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