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Posted: 23 Jul 2010 10:01 AM PDT
I appreciate the things he had planned for today, the trouble he had gone through and the great amount of money spent. Though I didn't say it out, but it kinda bothers me – about the risk he had to take.
hope everything turns out fine after the phone call.
Filed under: Daily Reports
Posted: 23 Jul 2010 09:34 AM PDT
Gaji Pengerusi Syabas RM425,000 Sebulan, Mutu Bekalan Air Selangor Corot
Pengarah Penerangan Negeri Selangor, Dr Badrulamin Bahron membidas ketidak cekapan dan ketelusan pengurusan Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) dan sikap kerajaan pusat yang sengaja melengah-lengahkan penstrukturan semula syarikat pengurusan air di Selangor sebagai punca sebenar disebalik isu bekalan air.
Dr Badrulamin membandingkan pengurusan bekalan yang tidak cekap yang tidak setimpal dengan gaji amat tinggi yang dinikmati oleh pengerusi eksekutif Syabas, Tan Sri Rozali Ismail (gambar).
"Penaikan harga air juga akan meningkat kerana pengurusan Syabas yang tidak telus, antaranya gaji tahunan pengerusi Syabas mencecah RM5.1 juta setahun, RM425,000 sebulan, Puncak Niaga gagal menaiktaraf loji rawatan air yang sudah uzur dan tidak mampu untuk merawat air, pembaziran air yang berterusan akibat air tanpa hasil (NRW) yang tinggi dan penswastaan industri air yang hanya menguntungkan kroni-kroni pimpinan politik," tegas beliau dalam satu kenyataan media semalam.
Justeru itu Dr Badrulamin yang juga Ahli Majlis Pimpinan KEADILAN Pusat mengesa Menteri Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air (KeTTHA) Datuk Sri Peter Chin Fah Kui berhenti daripada mengelirukan rakyat dengan menimbulkan isu krisis air di Selangor.
"Masalah yang bakal didepani rakyat Selangor bukan krisis kekurangan air, tetapi kadar air meningkat disebabkan keengganan kerajaan Pusat menyerahkan pengurusan industri air Selangor kepada kerajaan negeri, sebaliknya meneruskan agenda penswastaan air.
"Dakwaan Selangor menghadapi krisis bekalan air bertujuan memberi alasan untuk menaikkan kadar air adalah satu yang tidak benar dan melihat kepada hujah Peter Chin yang mengulas kenyataan Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim adalah yang tidak bertanggungjawab.
"Pandangan Menteri tersebut jelas sekadar bertujuan untuk mengalihkan tumpuan terhadap isu pengambilalihan pengurusan industri air di Selangor, bukannya melihat pada pokok pangkal masalah sebenar yang berpunca daripada Kerajaan Pusat. Sekiranya kerajaan pusat Barisan Nasional terus menghalang penstrukturan semula industri air di Selangor," jelas beliau lagi.
Beliau juga menambah kadar air akan meningkat disebabkan pembinaan Projek Penyaluran Air Mentah Pahang-Selangor yang berkos RM8 bilion, sementara kerajaan negeri dapat melaksanakan projek tersebut pada kos RM2 bilion.
"Air, tanah, sumber mineral merupakan milikan negeri Selangor, maka adalah menjadi tanggungjawab kerajaan negeri untuk menjaga hak rakyat Selangor.
Antara usaha kerajaan negeri untuk menghalang Syabas yang bertindak sebagai alat kerajaan pusat bagi merampas hak rakyat Selangor ialah mencadangkan pengambilalihan industri air di Selangor, serta memberikan air percuma bagi setiap penggunaan 20 meter padu.
"Rakyat lebih berkeyakinan di bawah kepimpinan Khalid Ibrahim, kerajaan negeri mampu mengurus pentadbiran industri air dengan jauh lebih telus dan bekesan," sambungnya lagi.
Dr Badrulamin juga menyeru agar Kerajaan Pusat pimpinan Barisan Nasional mengaku air sebagai hak asasi manusia dan tidak diperalatkan untuk keuntungan kroni atau kepentingan politik.
Beliau juga rayu kepada seluruh rakyat Selangor bertegas memberi sokongan penuh kepada kerajaan negeri dalam usaha mengambilalih industri air di Selangor dan membantah penswastaan air di Selangor.
Dalam kenyataan yang lain Dr Badrulamin menghargai keputusan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) untuk menutup siasatan kes terhadap Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim yang membabitkan jamuan Aidilfitri rumah terbuka Menteri Besar Selangor di Bandar Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur pada 2008.
"Alasan SPRM bahawa tiada bukti dan saksi setelah menjalankan siasatan selama dua tahun membuktikan tindakan awal mendakwa Menteri Besar Selangor adalah tidak berasas dan bermotif politik untuk memburukkan imej Menteri Besar Selangor. Walau bagaimanapun, SPRM seharusnya menjalankan tugas secara professional dan tidak memilih bulu dalam kes penyelewengan dan rasuah yang membabitkan pimpinan tertinggi kerajaan.
"SPRM wajar menjalankan siasatan dan dakwaan terhadap bekas Menteri Besar Selangor Datuk Seri Dr Khir Toyo dan pimpinan Barisan Nasional lain yang jelas terbabit dalam kes rasuah, agar dapat memulihkan keyakinan orang awam terhadap SPRM," ulasnya.
Posted: 23 Jul 2010 08:52 AM PDT
When Penang opposition leader Azhar Ibrahim spoke up for Malay villages being demolished in Kg Jalan Pokok Asam, little did he realise it would open a can of worms revealing similar eviction crisis, brought about by the federal authorities, in his own state constituency, Penaga. Besides Penanga, several other constituencies held by Umno assemblypersons are also suffering similar woes, such as Bayan Lepas and Tasek Gelugor, but the issue has had little coverage in the media.
Parit Buntar MP Mujahid Yusuf Rawa demanded that Azhar, who is state Umno secretary, refrain from interfering in the affairs of Jelutong "when his own home is not in order". Mujahid also said several villages in Azhar's constituency had been issued with eviction notices from the federal authorities, and he had done nothing to help the villagers.
Pejuang rakyat Pakatan Rakyat
Parit Buntar MP Mujahid Yusuf Rawa
Posted: 23 Jul 2010 07:37 AM PDT
That France is moving toward banning the burqa is a positive development on several fronts. Arguments against the burqa are many — it is anachronistic, misogynistic, etc. — but not least important is the fact that there have been many instances worldwide of criminals and Islamic terrorists facilitating their activities by concealing their identities via the burqa (which, of course, was originally designed for female "modesty"). Incidentally, what if the shoe were on the other foot? Would the Muslim world, which has problems with something as inoffensive as churches being built, permit a distinctly Western custom on its soil, especially one that poses a security threat?
Moreover, according to former Islamists, a direct correlation exists between radical Islam and burqas — that is, wherever there is an increase in the former, there follows an increase in the latter, which is seen as a physical manifestation of radicalism. However, where the Western infidel bans the burqa, the Islamists' options become limited: stay in places like France and be forced to conform; insist on the burqa and, as a matter of priorities, return to accommodating Muslim countries; or forego the burqa, in compliance with secular laws, but continue to harbor Islamist beliefs in a state of taqiyya.
Ultimately, the burqa ban is a reminder that those religions that do not "render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto God what is God's" will always be at odds with secular societies. The burqa is but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to sharia mandates that conflict directly with secularism.— Raymond Ibrahim is editor of The Al Qaeda Reader.
JUDITH APTER KLINGHOFFER
France is not banning the burqa; it is in the midst of a process to ban "face covering" in public. Of course, everybody knows that the real target is the growing tendency of Muslim women to wear a face covering, also known as the niqab. Still, the reference to "face covering" not only demonstrates a wish to avoid singling out Muslims but also points to the essential objection the state has to the niqab. France has always been an open communal society; to become French, one has to share basic French values. That was Napoleon's message to Jewish leaders in 1806. It is Nicolas Sarkozy's message to Muslims in 2010.
Prejudice, you'd say. A fear of a significant erosion of French social cohesion, I would answer. It is difficult, if not impossible, to trust someone whose face is covered, and, as Francis Fukuyama so well argues, a high level of trust is a necessary component of the social cohesiveness modern states need to function well in the global market economy. Of course, there is nothing Islamists would like better than to undermine modern states and replace them with a Muslim ummah, and they know that such a transformation will take time. The niqab is one way Islamists seek to prevent the Muslim diaspora from becoming part of a non-Islamist circle of trust. Banning the face veil is one way the French state seeks to defend itself.
Other states are doing the same, and many more are bound to join. These face-covering laws mean that modern states have started to take the Islamist challenge seriously.— Judith Apter Klinghoffer is an affiliate professor at Haifa University and co-author of International Citizens' Tribunals: Mobilizing Public Opinion to Advance Human Rights. Continued here to page 2 and 3 in the National Review
Posted: 23 Jul 2010 07:13 AM PDT
In my previous posting, I mentioned about having to go to the hospital the next morning (that's yesterday morning) to see the doctor to arrange for the PLHIV's referral letters to enable him to change his appointments to another state. His friends were willing to send him in their car so I didn't have to worry about arranging for transportation.
There was no problem for me to get a place for him at a shelter home up north, but we couldn't simply transfer him just like that. We'd need to get all the referral letters so that the caretaker at the shelter home can continue to bring him for his hospital appointments.
I made plans to meet up with his friends (who came all the way from up north) at 8 am yesterday so we could make the necessary arrangements with the doctor. But at 3.45 am while I was fast asleep, a call came in from my cousin saying that my aunt had just passed away.
Between voluntary work and family, of course family comes first. So I had to cancel my earlier plan. At about 6.30 am, I sent a text message to the PLHIV's friend, telling him about my emergency and that I could not go to the hospital to meet them. However I told them to try meet the doctor, explain the situation and try to arrange and get their friend discharged and appointments transferred.
But when I texted them last night asking if they managed to settle the problem, I was told they hadn't done a thing as they weren't sure how to go about. They had gone back to their place up north. So I told them I'd try to settle things today.
I had already made arrangements to send my car for servicing this morning, so I called a fellow volunteer to ask if he could help. Coincidentally he was planning to go to the hospital this morning, so he promised to get things done.
So yes, this morning while I was waiting for my car to be serviced, my colleague made arrangements at the hospital while I made a few calls here and there, particularly to the lady in charge of the shelter home where we intend to send this guy. By about 12 noon or so, the friends of the PLHIV called, telling me they were already on their way to Ipoh to fetch this guy and send him to the shelter home. They called to ask if things could be settled today.
I immediately called my colleague and was told that the people at the ward were already planning to send this guy to a district hospital which could accommodate cases like this one. However the place is rather far and it will be difficult for his friends to visit him. The doctor told my colleague that if we need to make any other arrangements we'd need to do so at the district hospital where this guy was supposed to be sent.
Duh! Why make matters complicated? They needed him out of the ward anyway, why not transfer him direct to the shelter home instead of having to be transferred to the district hospital first?
I'm not sure what he mentioned to the doctor earlier, but this time I told my colleague to see the doctor and explain that we already have a shelter home for him and that a few friends are already on the way to send him there. We just needed them to give us the official discharge letter and the referral letters to enable his appointments to be transferred to the hospital nearer to the shelter home.
And yes, finally we managed to get what we needed. Of course the friends had to wait for while for all the documents to be ready, but they did manage to make that trip back north today without having to wait for tomorrow.
In fact the friend called me up at 8 pm to ask for directions to the shelter home (hmmm… wrong person to ask, I've never been there either!) as they had already reached the town but couldn't find the place. They tried calling the number I gave them (the hand phone number of the lady in charge) but there was no answer. So I gave them the shelter home's office number.
After a while I texted them to ask if they managed to find the place.
The reply came… "Trim kcih dah jumpe dah,,, kmi ada kt cnie".
Alhamdulillah. Problem settled.
Posted: 23 Jul 2010 06:48 AM PDT
Seoul-Ho Chi Mink City-Kuala Lumpur
This was the final night we are spending in Seoul, Korea. The hotel Stay 7 where we are putting up is located on an island which bears many similarities with Manhattan Island in USA. One similarity is it being the business district of Seoul and thus it is also known as Manhattan and there is even Manhattan hotel beside our Stay 7 Hotel.
Since we checked in at almost 9 PM at the hotel and we will be checking out very early the next day, I didn't really have much time to explore the area around the hotel and thus couldn't write much about the area.
The next day we checked out at 7 AM without any breakfast at the hotel as we usually do. Breakfast was arranged at another restaurant en route to the airport. This quite convenient it seems.
Early morning pose infront of the hotel.
Then we rode the bus to the place breakfast. Since we have collected some money among us to tip the helper Mr. Jeung, Tuan haji Shafie was elected to present the gift. I doubt anyone knows how much was collected as we just passed the plastic bag around.
It was a Korean breakfast for us mainly comprising of kimchi and seaweed which I managed to down them all. A half boiled egg and some bread brought by Lucy the tourist guide helped those who can't take the Korean original dish.
On the shelves inside the restaurants are some souvenir samples that can be bought at the shop below. Now I know why we were made to stop at this restaurant. It was the last stop where we could finish our Korean Won or US dollars that we had on us. For those who still need a few more souvenirs to take home, this is the last chance though the price marked were definitely highly marked up. This is a good tactic and Malaysia should emulate it to extract the last bit of money from travellers before they depart for their next destination.
I found this beautiful kitchen knife which was priced at a hefty USD 35.00 an amount I could easily pay for a Victorinox. Well since we have quite a bit of unspent budget, we bought it. The knife is beautiful to look at as well as very sharp.
We bought a 24 carat plated plate with the Korean symbol.
It has found a place among our collection of plates.
We landed at Ho Chi Minh City airport.
A local tourist guide took us in a bus to our hotel.
A beautiful Pagoda along the way.
Poster of what is showing at the movies. This shows the film industry in Vietnam is still thriving.
Instead of taking us direct to the hotel, we were taken to a shop selling all sort of food. The main item was coffee. I recalled reading somewhere that not all Vietnam coffee is halal because some people roasted the bean in lard. I told my other half about it but she seemed to pooh pooh what I said. I abstained from drinking the coffee and had tea instead. She loves coffee and tasted her Vietnam coffee and fortunately she did not buy any to take home seeing that I wasn't drinking it despite my love for coffee.
Later somebody told her that Vietnam coffee are like the 'kopi musang' in Indonesia where the best coffee comes through the backside of the musang. That I concurred and made her angry that i did not tell her earlier. Hey didn't I try to caution her?
There were all sort of things they tried to sell to our group but not many of us were interested as many of us had already decided on what things to buy at Ben Than market.
We checked in into our hotel.
Tan hai Long Hotel is quite close to Ben Than Market and all we need is to walk to it.
The hotel room is cosy and the internet connection is good and free.
Some of the ladies wanted to buy 'telekong' (prayer robefor ladies). For that we were taken on a very short unnecessary bus ride. I guess the tour guide wanted to mislead into thinking that the place was far from the hotel and thus we would not be able to go on our own. Going on our own will mean cutting off his commission, a real necessity for him in this business.
While waiting for the wife to buy the 'telekung', there was a sudden electrical outage in the area. Then suddenly we saw some outlets bringing out standby generators. Such power failures seems to be a normal thing in Vietnam or at leat in Ho Chi Minh City.
A 14 year old girl was accosting me to buy some beautiful fans. She was selling them at USD10 for 10. Though I didn't want to buy them, she was persistent and hang around me like a lost cat. I tried to get her to go by taking a picture of her which she avoided by opening the fan across her face.
Sensing that she could make me buy her items by letting me take her picture, she brought the fan down. Ain't she pretty?
We walked back to the hotel. on the way we stopped at Ben Than market. There are lots of things you can buy in the market. make sure you stop there when you are in Saigon. This is how the market look from afar.
Dinner that night was again at the 4 Season restaurant, a restaurant operated by the Champa Malays. Told you the food there was so so.
That night it was another round of shopping at the street market around the Ben Than market close to the hotel. Some of the stalls were at the doorsteps of the hotel at the back entrance.
Here the other half is buying some T shirts for the male family members. price are cheap and the quality acceptable though the brands are obviously fake.
Initially we bought the yellow wooden container. Later when it was almost closing time, your truly was made to rush down to buy the more colorful one to make a pair.
This is how the city look at night near the hotel.
Pretty paintings on hotel walls. How I wish I could explore the city for such art work. Saigon is city with many talented artists, only one must know where to go.
We were up quite early the next day. We were checking out after having breakfast at the hotel. While waiting for our bus to coma, we spent sometime at the free internet station available at the hotel lobby. Below Aizat and his mum were using the internet too. They almost missed the flight home as his father Mohamad Yusoff had ofted to use the safety deposit box provided in our room to keep their passport. The box refused to open up and the hotel could not assist them despite calling for an expert. They had to wait for the supplier in Bangkok to come into office to give further instruction. Later a master password was received from Bangkok and they managed to open the box. They had to take a taxi to the airport as the bus could not wait for them. Luckily they were still in time to catch the flight home.
As usual the roads in saigon is teeming with motorbikes.
The wearing of safety helmets is now mandatory in Vietnam. hence you can see them being sold by the roadside.
Coffee corners are available around the city for breakfast. locals have their breakfast there before going to work.
The parks are used for recreation and exercise by the locals.
Finally our Tour Leader Norma representing POTO Travel and Tours Sdn Bhd, thanked the group for travelling wiith the company.
Pak Zawi slouching on a bench while waiting for the flight home. Though tiring, we did enjoy this trip to Korea which included stop overs in Saigon.
Posted: 23 Jul 2010 06:12 AM PDT
Inkues Teoh: 'You dari China kah?'
Ahli Majlis Perbandaran Kajang (MPKj), Tan Boon Wah hari ini pada inkues kematian Teoh Beng Hock mendakwa pegawai Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) yang menyoal-siasatnya memaksa beliau berdiri selama empat jam.
Beliau yang tampil sebagai saksi juga menolak dakwaan peguam SPRM, Datuk Abdul Razak Musa, yang menuduh Tan mempunyai dendam dengan suruhanjaya itu selepas samannya berhubung soal siasat selepas waktu pejabat oleh SPRM ditolak oleh mahkamah.
Pada inkues pagi ini, Abdul Razak meminta Tan mengesahkan sama ada pengakuannya ke atas SPRM adalah palsu dan ia bertujuan mencemarkan nama baik suruhanjaya itu. Tan menafikannya.
Tan juga mendakwa disoal secara kasar termasuk dihambur perkataan kesat dan berbaur perkauman, selain menyentuh ahli keluarganya.
"Ada pegawai yang cucuk muka saya (bahagian dahi dengan jari) dan cakap 'you tak faham bahasa ka?','you dari China ka', 'macam ni ka ahli majlis'. Mereka juga tanya pasal bini (isteri) saya, tetapi mereka tidak percaya dan kata nak bawa anak bini saya ke situ," katanya.
Beliau berkata demikian apabila disoal peguam kepada keluarga Beng Hock iaitu Gobind Singh Deo.
Teoh Beng Hock, 30, ditemui mati pada 16 Julai, 2009 di Plaza Masalam, Shah Aam selepas memberi keterangan dalam satu siasatan kes yang dijalankan SPRM Selangor.
Beliau diminta membantu siasatan berhubung beberapa dakwaan terdapat salah-guna dana kerajaan negeri oleh exco Selangor, Ean Yong Hian Wah yang juga merupakan majikannya.
Bagaimanapun pada keesokan hari, mayat Teoh dijumpai di verandah tingkat lima bangunan itu.
Mundar mandir di pantri
Tan Boon Wah pada keterangan hari ini memberitahu bahawa tiada sebarang bunyi jeritan kedengaran dan tiada sesiapa dipukul sepanjang beliau ditahan di pejabat SPRM.
Katanya, beliau mula ditahan jam 8 malam pada 15 Julai tahun lalu di rumahnya dan dibebaskan keesokannya pada jam 3 petang.
Menceritakan bagaimana beliau terserempak dengan Teoh, Tan yang juga ahli perniagaan berkata beliau melihat pembantu politik kepada exco kerajaan negeri Selangor itu pada jam 5 pagi ketika beliau dalam perjalanan ke tandas.
"Saya nampak dia (Teoh) berjalan mundar mandir di pantri dengan muka mengadap ke lantai. Saya tanya dia 'Teoh, kamu masih di sini?', dia tengok saya dan tak balas, saya kemudian ke bilik air terus," katanya ketika disoal Timbalan Pendakwa Raya, Mohd Abazafree Mohd Abas, yang membantu Koroner Azmil Muntapha Abas dalam prosiding itu.
Tan juga memberitahu bahawa beliau mendapati ketika itu Teoh tidak mengalami sebarang kecederaan serta tidak mengadu apa-apa.
Ketika disoal Abdul Razak adakah pada malam itu (ketika bertemu Teoh) beliau telah memarahi Teoh kerana Teoh menyebabkannya dipanggil oleh SPRM, Tan berkata: "Tidak."
Beliau juga menafikan memarahi Teoh kerana membabitkannya dalam isu tuntutan pembelian bendera sempena hari kemerdekaan serta menafikan marah dengan SRPM kerana beliau terpaksa membayar RM20,000 selepas kalah dalam kes samannya terhadap SPRM.
Suara agak kasar
Tan, ketika disoal Abdul Razak, kelihatan beremosi terutama apabila Abdul Razak memintanya menjawab soalan dengan serius dan tepat.
Tan juga menafikan beliau ada menjerit "ini semua lu punya pasal" kepada Teoh di dalam tandas sepertimana didakwa oleh penolong penguasa SPRM Putrajaya, Bulkani Paharuddin, dalam perbicaraan lalu.
Bagaimanapun, beliau tidak menafikan bahawa Teoh ada memintanya untuk membekalkan bendera melalui syarikat milik isterinya (Tan) dan SPRM menahannya untuk menyoal siasat berhubung perkara itu.
Tan yang berusia 40 tahun sekali lagi menegaskan kenyataannya itu bukan rekaan apabila disoal Ketua Pendakwa SPRM Datuk Abdul Razak Musa.
Tan juga menolak andaian Razak yang menyatakan beliau mahu mencemar nama baik dan berdendam terhadap SPRM melalui pendedahannya pada inkues berkenaan.
Tan berkata, selepas disoal selama empat jam, beliau dibenarkan minum air di pantri dan selepas itu dibenarkan tidur kira-kira jam 2.45 pagi. Beliau ke bilik air untuk kali pertama pada jam 5 pagi (bertembung dengan Teoh) dan kali kedua pada kira-kira jam 7 pagi.
Abdul Razak yang menyoal Tan kemudiannya mencadangkan bahawa keterangannya yang dirinya disoal dalam keadaan berdiri adalah rekaan semata-mata, Tan dengan tegas berkata: "Tidak."
Terdahulu, di awal prosiding, Koroner Azmil menolak permohonan Abdul Razak untuk memanggil saksi yang mempunyai kaitan dengan invois yang dicetak dari komputer riba Teoh.
Azmil menetapkan 9 Ogos untuk sambung bicara. -mk
Posted: 23 Jul 2010 05:59 AM PDT
The world may face intense pressure on resources, a big shift in global power and a completely different way of doing global business in 2030, says the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
In its report, 'Where next for the global economy? A view of the world in 2030′, ACCA said the world in 2030 would be a startlingly different place with a flattening of the economic landscape and a more genuinely global marketplace.
The report, which is a collaboration with a research and consulting group, Lighthouse Global, collated predictions from 15 global experts in business, economics and accountancy.
ACCA's chief executive, Helen Brand, said distracted by the powerful effects of the global financial crisis, commentators, politicians and economists had recently been focusing on the short term.
"It's important that the longer term isn't forgotten," she said.
The report said some of the current big companies were likely to de-conglomerate by 2010, outsourcing almost all central functions to achieve efficiency.
It said federations of businesses would be the corporations of tomorrow.
"Strong virtual ties will connect increasingly specialist and remote businesses, located in increasingly specialised regions and cities.
"Small businesses will act like shoals of fish, becoming a strong global force in the global environment," it said.
The report said as a result of globalisation, the world would become flatter.
The companies from the East and emerging markets would likely be powerful due to shift in influence and globalisation, it said.
Posted: 23 Jul 2010 04:04 AM PDT
My dear friend Angela sent me this exceptional video clip of William So dueting with Corrina Chamberlain, a Caucasian girl who sings in Cantonese with perfect intonation. I wish I could sing like she does. When I go for karaoke sessions, I have to bring along my own handwritten romanized lyrics and if I forget, the best I can do is sing whatever I can remember. Even then, I know my intonation is still a tad Anglicized.
Here's one of my favorite Malay songs Mulanya Di Sini by Freedom:
Believe it or not, during my teenage years, I enjoyed watching Tamil and Hindi movies so much. If I recall correctly, Tamil movies were screened on Friday afternoons and Hindi movies were on Saturday evenings. In those days, I could converse a little bit in Tamil as my best friend in secondary school was an Indian girl, a dear classmate and former neighbour (in fact, I had blogged about her a few months ago in a post on Deepavali). One of my favorite Hindi Movies is definitely Haathi mere Saathi which I have watched more than ten times, no kidding. Enjoy the following clip of my favorite song from that movie:
And here's one dedicated to all my Sarawakian friends and readers, one of my favorite Iban love songs. Don't forget to tell your loved ones "Aku rindu nuan...":
This is as 1Malaysia as I can get :-). Hope you all like this selection of clips I put up solely for your listening pleasure on a Friday evening. Do leave a comment to share your thoughts/responses. Take care and have a lovely weekend!
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Posted: 23 Jul 2010 03:52 AM PDT
I don't have any personal news to report on the PR front, because I haven't applied yet. We're planning to dive into that process after Leen opens her dental clinic, which will be in the next couple of months. So maybe we'll start the application process around the end of the year.
Meanwhile, here's a quick look at some of the things other people are saying about PR and other matters relevant to foreign spouses in Malaysia:
On 15 July the following announcement appeared on the Immigration Department's website:
I know I'm not the only person who finds that announcement to be rather vague. Is everything in that announcement dependent on a salary of at least 8k? Or is it only automatic approval that depends on the 8k, with everything else applied more generally? If the latter is the case, that's good news for foreign spouses. Especially those who have the non-working pass but (ahem) do engage in some form of paid work. And there's that whole five-year pass thing again, something the government announced before, a few years ago, only to dash people's hopes by making a five-year pass dependent on a five-year employment contract—and who the heck gets those? It's hard to tell whether the same condition applies here, because this announcement is a bit jumbled up. Looks like I'll have to call Immigration soon.
There have also been some grumblings and rumblings by and about foreign spouses in local media. A letter published in Malaysiakini on 21 July urges the government to adopt a clear policy on the granting of PR to foreign spouses. Whoever wrote the letter seems unaware of the government's recent announcements on the matter (mentioned in my previous posts). But hey, even I don't know what the government's doing with regard to PR half the time, and I've been observing the issue quite closely for quite some time now. Here's what 'Frustrated Spouse' had to say:
It's hard to read that and remain optimistic. The Malaysian government tends to be more willing to give PR to foreign wives than to foreign husbands, so if she's been here 18 years without getting PR (fellow blogger Sharon Bakar was here for well over 20 before finally getting hers), how long will I have to wait? Here's hoping the government is going to stick to its most recent announcements (see my other posts below).
Meanwhile, a 23 July article over at The Nut Graph (a great site that will sadly be scaled back soon because of funding issues) talks about how the Malaysian government's stubborn stance on foreign spouses is contributing to the brain drain that is now affecting Malaysia more than ever. Here's an excerpt:
There's at least one factual error in the article, where the writer claims that children of Malaysian mothers and foreign fathers don't automatically get Malaysian citizenship — she seems to be referring only to such children who are born abroad, but doesn't make this clear enough — but like the Malaysiakini letter this piece really drives home the frustrations of foreign spouses and the fact that it's time to make it easier for them — for us — to officially become permanent residents.
I'm tempted to take issue with the article's focus on highly-skilled foreigners. The writer makes a good point and the article is about the brain drain after all, but one gets the sense from the wording that foreign spouses without in-demand skills or qualifications (I'm including myself in that group, since I don't have a degree) are not part of the equation and are merely in "marriages of convenience". What about the foreign spouses who choose to be stay-at-home parents? Anyway, I'm probably being too picky here; all in all the article is a good one.
That's it for now. I'll keep looking out for more news on the matter. In the meantime, for some perspective, here are my most recent posts (from earliest to latest) regarding immigration and the quest for Permanent Resident status in Malaysia:
Like a (Visa) Virgin, Approved for the Very First (or 17th) Time
Posted: 23 Jul 2010 02:08 AM PDT
FDI Malaysia pada paras terendah
Laporan Pelaburan Dunia 2010 yang dikeluarkan oleh Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu menunjukkan jumlah pelaburan langsung asing (FDI) ke Malaysia terus mencatatkan penurunan mendadak pada tahun lalu.
Jumlah itu berkurangan RM19.04 bilion berbanding RM23.47 bilion* yang diterima pada tahun 2008.
Perangkaan tahun lalu yang hanya bernilai RM4.43 bilion juga tidak mencerminkan separuh daripada apa yang lazimnya diterima oleh Malaysia pada 1995 hingga 2005.
Prestasi Malaysia juga dianggap memalukan jika dibandingkan dengan ekonomi Thailand dan Indonesia yang tidak mengecut dengan teruk di sebalik menerima tempiasan krisis kewangan dunia itu.
Thailand kehilangan RM14.24 bilion manakala Indonesia pula hanya berkurangan RM8.32 billion dalam FDI mereka, tahun lalu.
Kejatuhan mendadak itu yang dikatakan paling buruk dalam 15 tahun menyaksikan jumlah terkumpul FDI yang mengalir keluar melebihi jumlah pelaburan yang diterima sebanyak RM3.21 bilion.
Bercakap di ibupejabat PBB di Kuala Lumpur hari ini, pensyarah ekonomi Universiti Malaya Raja Rasiah berkata prestasi buruk Malaysia menimbulkan kebimbangan sama ada hasrat negara menjadi negara penduduk berpendapatan tinggi boleh dicapai.
"Malaysia bertuah kerana terletak di rantau kejiranan yang baik di kalangan negara-negara yang membangun. Tiga negara terbesar yang menerima FDI terbanyak terletak di Asia tetapi Malaysia gagal menduduki senarai 10 negara teratas," katanya.
Adalah pelik bagi keadaan seumpama itu sedangkan Malaysia mempunyai dasar FDI yang khusus berbanding Taiwan yang tidak mempunyai polisi yang jelas mampu menduduki tangga kesepuluh.
Sebaliknya, Malaysia menyaksikan pencatatan pengeluaran FDI dan berada di senarai kelima di kalangan negara-negara di selatan, timur dan tenggara Asia.
"Bercakap kepada pengurus dana, saya mendapat tanggapan bahawa kita mempunyai sumber untuk melabur di dalam negara tetapi kekurangan pilihan yang bernas bagi berbuat demikian. Malah, pelabur tempatan mendapati pelaburan di Malaysia tidak menarik.
Halangan utama katanya, adalah kekurangan sumber tenaga manusia berkebolehan yang menyebabkan tahap pengeluaran di takuk yang rendah. -mk
* Perangkaan diambil kira berdasarkan nilai 1 USD = 3.20650 MYR
Posted: 23 Jul 2010 01:41 AM PDT
Thank you Google for giving me back my blog LAISI.
The admin at Google believed me after I have made several more reports. They allowed me to reset my password and now I have my blog again to carry on posting new stories.
I have yet to check my Gmail and I am sure it is accessible again.
I had given up all hope and told them to just cancell both the email and the Blog. Lucky thing they are also people who feels for people like us.
You are really wonderful people at Google.
In the meantime I have already set up another blogsite also by the same name of LAISI but with a different URL. I am in the process of copying all the posts from this site to the new site. I guess i will be maintaining both sites and making posts at both sites just to be sure that should one go down again, there is the other one to be used. So dear readers, you can use either one and you will still be able to read my posts.
Now I am feeling rejuvenated and will be making new posts with much gusto.
Again I want to thank you people at Google.
Posted: 23 Jul 2010 01:30 AM PDT
In 2003, the Perdana Leadership Foundation was set up with the aim of preserving, developing and disseminating materials by and on Malaysia's past Prime Ministers. The Foundation's objective is to increase awareness and appreciation of Malaysia's intellectual heritage with the firm belief that past leadership can yield valuable insights for future development.
Perdana Leadership Foundation was set up:
* To research, document, disseminate and publicise the intellectual legacies of Malaysia's past prime ministers.
One of my former students, Alvin Goh (YTL Organization) had the opportunity to speak at Perdana Leadership Foundation's eighth edition of the Perdana Discourse Series on 12th November 2008. As such, I usually visit the site HERE to enjoy the various sources of information available there.
Today, I came across TDM's speech on Breaking The Siege Of Gaza: We must end the Apartheid and establish an Independent Palestine State in his usual numbered point style. The speech was delivered at the International Conference on Gaza on July 11th this year @ PWTC.
Without any prejudice, I must say I enjoyed reading this speech because it is obvious he had done a lot of background reading and research to give such an informative background account of the Gaza problem. I am not saying I agree or disagree to his views but for a person of his age, it is highly commendable that TDM put in so much effort in preparing and delivering this speech.
However, I stopped in my tracks when I read the following section taken from Point No. 39 of his speech where he refers to Israel as (which you can access AT THIS LINK):
It all sounds so soo sooo soooooooooooooo familiar...
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the wickedest of us all????
Posted: 23 Jul 2010 12:49 AM PDT
Posted: 23 Jul 2010 12:40 AM PDT
This is a classic song not for what you don't have but for what you have and how you can use it for those who have nothing to create the community with a humane aspect.
These are the lyrics:
Ain't got no home, ain't got no shoes
Ain't got no father, ain't got no mother
Ain't got no wine, no cigarettes
Ain't got no earth, no water
But what have I got
I've got my hair on my head
I got my arms, my hands, my fingers,
I got life, I've got laughs, I've got headaches,
I got my hair on my head
I got my arms, my hands, my fingers,
I got life, I've got my feet up
Nothing changes for the deprived while the well-oiled machinations of politics dictates their destiny. Without struggling for these hapless souls who have no options, what are we blessed with?
We, collectively, can only be the change if choose to be so.
SOURCE:'I ain't got no father, ain't got no mother' by R Shan's letter in the Malaysiakini
Posted: 23 Jul 2010 12:11 AM PDT
A new non-governmental organisation with a focus on the defence of the media and the promotion of freedom of expression in Southeast Asia was launched today.
As the first of its kind, the Southeast Asia Media Legal Defence Network (SEAMLDN) aims to provide legal assistance to journalists and media organisations, support training, and promote the exchange of information and strategies among lawyers working on media freedom cases.
Project coordinator for Malaysia H R Dipendra told Malaysiakini that the organisation had existed "unofficially" for the past two years.
"We had sent some observers for Raja Petra Kamaruddin's sedition trial. With our launch today, we will conduct more watching briefs for future cases," he said.
The organisation now has nine lawyers working for it on a pro-bono basis.
Training to empower journalists
"We will provide assistance in areas of funding, research, sharing of information and litigation tools and also provide training to empower journalists," he said.
The idea for SEAMLDNwas conceived in Hong Kong in 2007and the network is now represented in Thailand, Indonesia, the Phillippines, Cambodia and Singapore as well.
"The idea of a network of lawyers, journalists and media activists under one common umbrella was first mooted at a conference in Hong Kong," Dipendra (right) said.
SEAMLDN is committed to provide:
* Payment of legal fees;
Bloggers also part of target group
Dipendra said that individual bloggers were also part of their target group.
"Our definition of 'journalist' is very broad. Therefore a blogger is definitely under that category," he said.
He added that SEAMLDN was also focused on the online media, since the mainstream media had more funding for litigation.
Earlier, a session on the media situation in Malaysia and Singapore was held, moderated by Dipendra.
Speakers included Malaysiakini CEO Premesh Chandran, former Bar Council chairperson and Bersih 2.0 chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan, Singapore lawyers Peter Low and Alfred Dodwell and the legal director of the Media Legal Defence Initiative Peter Noorlander.
Popular cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, who is better known as Zunar, gave a presentation on his banned artwork, showing the audience what is "a threat to national security" as claimed by the government.
True to his trademark defiance, Zunar said, "I will not stop as long as the ink in my pen flows."
The launch was attended by lawyers, media activists and members of the press, as well as delegates from Singapore.
SOURCE:Launched: new NGO for journalists and bloggers in Malaysiakini
Posted: 23 Jul 2010 12:05 AM PDT
NEW DELHI, July 23 — India has come up with the world's cheapest "laptop," a touch-screen computing device that costs US$35 (RM112).
India's Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal this week unveiled the low-cost computing device that is designed for students, saying his department had started talks with global manufacturers to start mass production.
"We have reached a (developmental) stage that today, the motherboard, its chip, the processing, connectivity, all of them cumulatively cost around US$35, including memory, display, everything," he told a news conference.
He said the touchscreen gadget was packed with Internet browsers, PDF reader and video conferencing facilities but its hardware was created with sufficient flexibility to incorporate new components according to user requirement.
Sibal said the Linux based computing device was expected to be introduced to higher education institutions from 2011 but the aim was to drop the price further to US$20 and ultimately to US$10.
The device was developed by research teams at India's premier technological institutes, the Indian Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science.
India spends about three percent of its annual budget on school education and has improved its literacy rates to over 64 per cent of its 1.2 billion population but studies have shown many students can barely read or write and most state-run schools have inadequate facilities. — Reuters
Posted: 22 Jul 2010 11:40 PM PDT
Saya akan bangkit isu Umno-PAS Ahad ini'
Ahli parlimen Shah Alam, Khalid Samad menjangka isu pertemuan pemimpin PAS dengan mufti Perak Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria berhubung soal kerjasama dan perpaduan dengan Umno, akan dibangkitkan dalam majlis munaqasah PAS Selangor Ahad ini.
Majlis munaqasah atau perbincangan itu, diadakan oleh semua PAS negeri untuk membincangkan ucapan dasar Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang dalam muktamar lalu.
"Kalau tak ada orang bangkit, saya akan bangkitkan," kata Khalid ketika ditanya mengenai isu tersebut dalam satu sidang akhbar di pejabatnya pagi.
Semalam, ketika menulis dalam blognya, Khalid menggesa PAS bertindak tegas terhadap pemimpinnya yang mengadakan pertemuan dengan mufti Perak itu.
Sebelum ini, Harussani mendedahkan terdapat pemimpin Umno dan PAS yang menemuinya berhubung usaha mewujudkan kerjasama antara kedua-dua parti Melayu itu.
Setakat ini, isu pertemuan yang didedahkan Harussani itu masih menjadi misteri apabila mufti veteran itu memilih tutup mulut berhubung perkara itu.
Bagaimanapun tersebar di laman-laman blog dan menjadi buah mulut di kalangan pemimpin akar umbinya bahawa pemimpin yang dimaksudkan ialah pesuruhjaya PAS Selangor Datuk Dr Hasan Ali.
Dr Hasan yang juga exco kerajaan negeri sendiri setakat ini belum tampil mengesah atau menafikan dakwaan itu.
Khalid yang selesai penggantungannya sebagai anggota biro politik PAS hujung bulan ini berkata, perkara itu juga akan dibangkitkan dalam mesyuarat biro berkenaan selepas ini.
'Lebih baik dia bersatu sekarang'
"Kalau benar, saya akan buat aduan kepada jawatankuasa pusat PAS kerana ini dikira melanggar keputusan muktamar," katanya yang juga yang dipertua (YDP) PAS Shah Alam.
"Bagi saya lebih baik orang seperti ini bersatu dengan Umno sekarang daripada bersatu tiga hari sebelum hari mengundi (dalam pilihan raya)."
Diminta mengulas berhubung dakwaan di blog bahawa pemimpin yang dimaksudkan itu ialah pesuruhjaya PAS negeri Datuk Dr Hasan Ali sendiri, Khalid enggan membuat sebarang spekulasi.
"Tanya dialah. Saya tidak boleh hendak mengesahkannnya," katanya sambil menegaskan penyatuan dengan Umno tidak boleh berlaku kerana kedua parti tersebut mempunyai dasar yang berbeza.
"Ahli PAS Melayu dan Islam. Ahli Umno Melayu dan Islam. Tetapi kedua-duanya mempunya dasar yang berbeza," katanya.
Sementara itu, Khalid juga menjelaskan dalam munaqashah parti itu yang bakal dihadiri oleh kesemua wakil PAS kawasan di Shah Alam hujung minggu ini, beliau menjangkakan isu persediaan menghadapi pilihan raya mungkin dibangkitkan sekali lagi.
"Kalau ikut 'bahasa badan' Umno, nampak macam pilihan raya tak lama dah," kata pemimpin PAS yagn terkenal dengan kelantangann itu.
Menurutnya, dalam membincangkan persediaan bagi tujuan itu, kemungkinan idea supaya pembubaran DUN Selangor tidak dilakukan serentak dengan parlimen akan dibincangkan.
"Kalau berjaya (jadi kenyataan), kita mungkin lihat trend baru, ikut (pilihan raya DUN) Sarawak," katanya. -mk
GB pun hairan kenapa pimpinan PAS Pusat dulu begitu tegas mengambil tindakan ke atas Khalid Samad, tetapi lemah gemalai terhadap Hassan Ali yang telah berkali-kali melanggar ketetapan Muktamar.
Apabila ditinjau barisan pimpinan yang ada, empat jawatan tertinggi parti dikuasai oleh mereka yang mempelupori gagasan Kerajaan Perpaduan PAS-UMNO iaitu Presiden, Timbalan Presiden, Setiausaha Agung dan seorang Naib Presiden.
Maka tidak hairan mengapa terdapat semacam konspirasi di dalam parti. Di depan hetam UMNO komain lagi, seolah mereka pejuang PAS sebenar, sedangkan hakikatnya mereka masih atur pertemuan dalam gelap.
Memang jahat bangat kumpulan tersebut.
Posted: 22 Jul 2010 10:55 PM PDT
Miss Universe Japan 2010 Maiko Itai shows the costume that she will wear at the finals in Las Vegas next month. Intriguing stuff…
The costume was designed by Yumi Katsura and styled by Ryoko Kishimoto; hair by Sunao for Toni & Guy Harajuku; make-up by Tomofumi Itokawa; and photo by Matsuki Kohei [via Japantoday].
Posted: 22 Jul 2010 10:43 PM PDT
I really didn't think I was that poor until I read the article featured in The Malaysian Insider since yesterday. It was the top 'Most Read' yesterday. Today, at the time of writing, it is still in the 'Most Read'.
Read it and you will know if you are poor. Well, you don't have to believe what the Umno-led BN governemt says, you know.
Just had my lunch - 1 plate of mee goren plus 1 glass of Milo O cost me RM5.00 after 10 sen discount. ;)
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