Friday, July 16, 2010




Posted: 16 Jul 2010 11:30 AM PDT

CERAMAH khas beberapa orang Majlis Pimpinan Pusat daripada Kuala Lumpur akan diadakan pada 17 Julai ini bertempat di Kuala Tomani, Tenom; diketuai oleh Chegubard (Badrul Hisham Shaharin) yang akan diiringi oleh Pengerusi Pimpinan PKR Negeri Sabah, Ahmad Tamrin Haji Jaini.

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Anwar Ibrahim and the Bush Neocons

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 10:41 AM PDT

The Asia Sentinel carries a 'valid and true' story about Anwar's controversial Foundation For the Future, with some awkward questions for him. Headlined Anwar Ibrahim and the Bush Neocons, it highlighted a 42-page report by a Washington-based whistle-blower organisation, which caused a major embarrassment for the Opposition leader.

It alleged that the Foundation, which Anwar headed for a time in the middle of the last decade, was actually established and funded by the US Department of State at the behest of Elizabeth Cheney, the daughter of then-Vice President Dick Cheney, and the Bush administration's neoconservatives.

So, Member of Parliament for Rembau, Khairy Jamaluddin must have done his research well enough before establishing the story at the Dewan Rakyat. However, his sources were not revealed.

The Government Accountability Project report, titled The Foundation for the Future: What FOIA Documents Reveal, and released July 8, is based on hundreds of documents delivered to the organization under the US Freedom of Information Act.

It says the Foundation for the Future was established and operated in a "highly irregular manner" by Bush administration officials and employees including Shaha Riza, the girlfriend of Paul Wolfowitz, who was forced to leave the World Bank after it became known that he had promoted Riza to triple the World Bank's salary guidelines. Read its full reports here.

The report characterizes the Foundation for the Future as part of a vast and tragic misconception among the Bush administration neoconservatives, particularly Wolfowitz, that a slight push – the elimination of Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein from power – would result in a dramatic change in the Middle East.

That of course has resulted in the deaths of more than 4,000 US soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians and a realignment in the Middle East that nobody in the west wanted – the growing power of Iran in the region and particularly in Iran's influence over the Iraqi government itself.

Yes, Anwar got to explain!

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Hamas upset over West Bank booze

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 09:28 AM PDT

Clubs and bars that serve liquor has become the latest bone of contention between Hamas and Fatah. Palestine Today quotes Hamas West Bank leader Hamad el-Batawi as saying that new bars and nightclubs that allow mixed dancing and liquor is a "heinous and reprehensible innovation", especially in the towns of Ramallah and Bethlehem.He notes that the PA has licensed them, and the PA is dominated by Fatah, so Fatah is responsible for this shameful behavior.

Betawi said: "I condemn these shameful moves which are bad innovations, and are inconsistent with the teachings of our Islamic religion with its good morals and values, and they are contrary to our national interest."

He added: "The Palestinian people are the finest examples of resistance, steadfastness, Jihad and patience, with many martyrs and prisoners; a faithful people proud of our religion and morals and values, but for the PA to open such acts cause this great people to relapse in the mud of vice and corruption, killing the spirit of steadfastness and resistance in their sons."

I seem to remember that once upon a time there were a lot of Palestinian Christians as well, whose religion allows them to drink alcohol. I guess that their rights are nonexistent according to Hamas. Hat tip: Elder of Ziyon

Harga barang naik disebabkan oleh “pelarasan harga” berikutan “rasionalisasi subsidi”

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 09:09 AM PDT

Ungkapan 'harga barang naik' memang menepati situasi sebenar walaupan Pejabat Perdana Menteri berkali-kali mengingatkan semua media yang dikawal oleh kerajan agar perkataan "barang naik" itu perlu dielakkan. Bacalah berita selanjutnya di Malaysiakini: Editor diarah elakkan perkataan 'barang naik'

Bukti Kerajaan Najib Melembukan Wartawan Media Arus Perdana

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 09:00 AM PDT

Editor diarah elakkan perkataan 'barang naik'

Dalam usaha mengelakkan kecaman rakyat terhadap pengumuman kenaikan 5-dalam-1 oleh Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak semalam, semua media yang dikawal kerajaan diingatkan supaya tidak menggunakan perkatan 'barang naik' dalam laporan mereka.

Ketika taklimat di Pejabat Perdana Menteri di Putrajaya, petang semalam, pengarang berkali-kali diingatkan agar perkataan "barang naik" itu perlu dielakkan.

Sebaliknya, mereka diberitahu supaya menggunakan "pelarasan harga" atau "rasionalisasi subsidi".

Taklimat berkenaan dikendalikan oleh penasihat media perdana menteri dan editor berkenaan memberitahu Malaysiakini ia dijalankan dalam suasana yang mesra.

"Mereka secara hormat memohon kita supaya bekerjasama tetapi permintaan seperti itu sukar jika tidak dilayan," kata seorang daripada editor itu.

Media juga digalakkan oleh penasihat berkenaan supaya menjelaskan "rasional pengurangan subsidi" dalam laporan berita mereka dan juga menekankan bahawa harga gula dan bahanapi di Malaysia masih yang terendah di rantau ini.

Jangan buat tinjauan rambang

Mereka juga diingatkan supaya tidak membuat tinjauan rambang di kalangan rakyat berhubung kenaikkan harga itu dan beberapa media 'diminta' mendapatkan pandangan daripada NGO dan persatuan pengguna yang mesra dengan kerajaan.

Yang menarik, penasihat media perdana menteri juga mengarahkan akhbar supaya tidak menganggap pengurangan subsidi itu sebagai "penjimatan kerajaan" dalam laporan mereka.

"Menurut pegawai berkenaan, perkataan seumpama itu akan menimbulkan tanda tanya di kalangan rakyat - ke mana penjimatan dibelanjakan. Tumpuan adalah memberikan penekanan kepada pengurangan perbelanjaan dan bukannya penjimatan," kata sumber itu.

Pada 2005, pentadbiran Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi mendakwa pengurangan subsidi untuk air, tenaga dan bahanapi membantu kerajaan berjimat RM4.6 bilion.

Abdullah berjanji "penjimatan" akan dibelanjakan bagi memperbaiki pengangkutan awam tetapi pengkritik mendakwa tiada bukti wang berkenaan dibelanjakan untuk tujuan tersebut.

Puji 'keberanian' Najib

Seorang penasihat media itu juga mencadangkan supaya akhbar juga memuji 'keberanian' Najib dalam mengurangkan subsidi.

Tidak seperti tahun-tahun sebelum ini, kenaikkan harga barangan kali ini dirancang dengan teliti agar rakyat tidak berang apabila harga bahanapi, gula dan gas dinaikkan serentak.

Alasan yang diberikan juga dirancang dengan teliti - menurut Najib tindakan itu perlu bagi menangani defisit kerajaan, membanteras penyeludupan dan menggalakan rakyat hidup sihat dengan mengurangkan pengambilan gula.

Katanya, wang berkenaan akan dibelanjakan bagi memastikan rakyat mendapat perkhidmatan kesihatan dan pendidikan yang lebih baik.

Walaupun pengarang diberi taklimat pada jam 4 petang, mereka diarahkan supaya mematuhi embargo, termasuk edisi online - sehingga kerajaan mengeluarkan kenyataan rasmi pada jam 8 malam.

Tinjauan mendapati akhbar-akhbar dan juga stesyen televisyen semuanya mematuhi arahan kerajaan itu.

Media patuhi arahan

Semua stesen televisyen umpamanya tidak memaparkan berita itu sebagai berita pertama mereka.

Akhbar-akhbar arus perdana juga patuh pada garis panduan berkenaan dan tidak memperbesarkan isu berkenaan.

Berita Harian memilih "harga baru" manakala Utusan Malaysia pula dengan tajuknya "subsidi diselaras"

Sinar Harian yang baru-baru ini dirasmikan oleh Najib pula memilih menyiarkan laporan itu hanya di muka surat 4 akhbar itu.

Akhbar Cina yang lazimnya dilihat lebih berkecuali juga patuh dengan arahan itu.

Hanya satu sahaja yang menggunakan perkataan "harga naik' di muka depan manakala lima akhbar Cina yang berpangkalan di Semenanjung melaporkan kenaikkan itu sebagai "harga baru".

Harian NST juga tidak menyiarkan berita itu di halaman utamanya tetapi memilih tajuk kecil "antara yang terendah di rantau ini".

Harian milik MCA, The Star memaparkan tajuk "Gov't bold move will have minimal impact on people, says PM".

Harian Tamil Makkal Osai dan Tamil Nesan (yang dimiliki MIC) langsung tidak menyiarkan berita kenaikkan harga itu. -mk

One year ago...we remember.

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 07:43 AM PDT

I do not know him. I have not personally met him.  Yet, I feel grief on this day - for it was one year ago that his life ended tragically. Circumstances surrounding Teoh Beng Hock's death is still a mystery.  As I read the news on the blogs and online media - I still find it hard to believe that such a thing happened.

What's more shocking is that during ministerial reply in Parliament recently it was reported that between 2003 and July 16, 2009 there were a total of 1805 deaths in custody! This translates into 3 deaths in every 4 days! Shocking, appalling and sad! People accountable should have resigned and take responsibility. Yet, we cannot run away from this fact.

I feel that I need to do better - much, much better than this! We must strive to make this fact known and that we cannot accept such things happening in our country.  Spread the word! REMEMBER.

Teoh Beng Hock (Source)

 This evening I cannot be at the Bar Council as I so much liked to go or at be at KLSCAH, I offer my prayers to the departed that their souls and spirit be free. To their friends and family members, may you all be strong and remain strong.

May all beings be well and happy!

May justice and truth prevail!

Namo Buddhaya!

UFO sightings in Hangzhou, China

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 07:16 AM PDT

China UFO sightingAn unidentified flying object (UFO) was spotted last week near Xiaoshan Airport in Hangzhou, China.

I thought it was a prank at first, but it's later confirmed by the airport reps that 18 flights were interrupted due to the sighting on July 7. An official investigation has been launched, but with no conclusion yet.

There are many speculations about the UFO, but the foreign media seem to favour the idea that it's a secret military experiment by the Chinese… a hypothesis which the Chinese government hasn't publicly denied (or admitted whatsoever).

Below are the few photos that are widely spread online. To be frank these are among the most unreal UFO pics I've seen; who would have guessed that these sightings could very likely be authentic instead…

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UFO sightings in Hangzhou, China from YeinJee's Asian Blog

Rapid weight loss better than slow, studies show

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 07:19 AM PDT

Researchers claimed it was harder to stay motivated by gradual declines in weight. — Picture by Valua Vitaly/AFP

STOCKHOLM, July 16 — Losing a lot of weight at once is the best way to permanently slim down, studies presented at Stockholm's International Congress on Obesity showed, going against accepted wisdom even among doctors.

Katrina Purcell of the University of Melbourne in Australia, presented a study in which she compared a rapid diet to lose around 1.5kg a week over 12 weeks, to a gradual 36-week diet to lose 0.5kg per week.

"Surprisingly, and against current beliefs, this study shows rapid weight loss appears to be superior to gradual weight loss in achieving target weight," she said of the study conducted on subjects weighing around 100kg.

Her results showed that 78 per cent of those on the rapid diet achieved the target of losing 15 per cent of their body weight within the determined period, while only 48 per cent of those on the gradual diet met the target.

One of the reasons, she said, is psychological and has to do with motivation.

On the rapid diet, "subjects lose 1.5kg a week and that keeps them going. On the gradual diet, when you lose 0.5kg now and then" motivation is harder to keep, she said.

In fact, four of the participants following the gradual diet gave up before the end of the experiment, against only one in the rapid diet group.

Purcell is however quick to warn against so-called crash diets, in which weight is lost very quickly by drastically slashing calories.

"Don't do it by yourself, do it with a dietician," she cautioned.

But her study carried a heavy handicap: it does not say what happened to participants after the initial weight loss, with many doctors and dieticians believing that more weight loss is related to more weight gain thereafter, and therefore less weight maintenance.

That is why the researcher is currently following the two groups to see who of the rapid or gradual dieters best keeps the weight off for good. Those results are expected in about three years.

But already, the Netherlands' National Institute for Public Health and the Environment has studied the link between the amount of weight lost during a weight loss programme and the maintenance of the weight loss afterwards.

According to the institute's study, also presented at the conference in Stockholm, 54 per cent of those who went down in size during a weight loss programme kept the kilos off, regardless of the amount initially lost.

Furthermore, the study found that net weight loss one year after the intervention was higher for those with a higher initial weight loss.

That means "weight loss of 10 per cent or more should be encouraged and favoured above lower weight losses," researcher Jeroen Barte said, adding that his team's findings "dispel a myth."

The researcher however warned "more research is need to determine optimal weight loss targets, and to establish best practices for optimal maintenance of weight losses."

And despite her findings, Katrina Purcell continues to advocate long-term diets because they imply a life-long change in eating habits.

In fact, researchers agree that eating and lifestyle habits are among the main culprits contributing to obesity.

At the congress, experts advocated controlling portion sizes, fighting against aggressive marketing from the food industry, product reformulation to lower salt and sugar contents, different fiscal measures and labelling menus for calorie content.

"We need a cultural change," summed up Bruce Silverglade of the International Association of Consumer food organisations (IACFO), an association of non-governmental organisations. — AFP/Relaxnews

Rapid weight loss better than slow, studies show

Malaysian Government may classify illegals as foreign workers, says minister

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 06:49 AM PDT

CYBERJAYA, July 16 — The government will consider the possibility of employing illegal immigrants as foreign workers to meet the high demand from employers.

Human Resource Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said these were among 51 suggestions discussed by a special laboratory set up by the ministry to deal with the issue of foreign workers.

He said the ministry also discussed ways to address problems on abuse of foreign workers, especially domestic maids.

"The ministry is faced with two major problems in dealing with illegal immigrants in the country, namely the existence of illegal workers and the high demand for workers by employers.

"Because of the high demand, illegal immigrants continue to enter the country. We are looking for a suitable mechanism to deal with this effectively," he told a media conference at the launch of Lim Kok Wing University of Creative Technology's Academy of Creativity and Innovation here today.

Subramaniam said the number of illegal workers in the country was still high and attributed this to the high demand from employers.

In a related development, Subramaniam said the payment structure imposed by maid agencies in Indonesia and Malaysia still varies and this posed problems for the people in the country to get maids from Indonesia.

Until the payment structure is resolved, there will be problems getting maids from Indonesia, he added.

On efforts made to obtain maids from other countries, he said Cambodia had been identified as a new source, besides South Thailand, the Philippines and Myanmar. — Bernama. SOURCE: Government may classify illegals as foreign workers, says minister

4minute – I My Me Mine music video

Posted: 11 Jul 2010 04:34 AM PDT

Korean MV for I My Me Mine by female pop group 4minute from their Hit Your Heart mini-album. Not bad, but a bit too heavy with the auto tuning…

It's probably a catchier song than their first promotional track Huh, which isn't doing well on various music charts. We shall see if this one is any better.

4minute – I My Me Mine music video from YeinJee's Asian Blog

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Egypt stops aid convoy to Gaza. Did you hear about it?

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 04:19 AM PDT

Here's a story that was put out by AFP yesterday:

Jordanian activists and trade unionists slammed Egypt on Thursday for denying them entry to the Gaza Strip for the second time in less than a month to deliver aid to the blockaded Palestinians."We are shocked that Egypt prevents us from delivering aid and medical supplies to Gaza," Ahmad Armuti, president of the Islamist-dominated unions' council, said in a statement emailed to AFP. "We regret, reject and condemn Egypt's unacceptable position, not only towards our brave people of Gaza, but also towards all Jordanians."

Armuti called on the Jordanian government to demand clarification from Egypt, which "should be pressed to change its position.This will not stop the Jordanian trade unions from working hard to break the unjust blockade and resisting any form of normalisation with the Zionist entity," he said. The group of 150 people, including unionists, journalists and academics, left for Gaza on Tuesday, with 25 vehicles carrying supplies and medical aid as well as equipment to establish a hospital for children, the unions said.

Late last month, Egypt banned several Jordanian trade unionists from Gaza through Rafah, Gaza's only crossing to bypass Israel, saying they had failed to give prior notice of their arrival. It was covered in the Jordan Times and another Jordanian newspaper. It was mentioned in passing by Al Jazeera within a story about the Amalthea. And that's about it. Even though AFP is a major wire service, I couldn't find a single newspaper that bothered to mention Egypt's ban on aid from this group. Hat tip: Elder of Ziyon

In the 1930s, the mufti of Jerusalem was Haj Amin el-Husseini. He, too, despised Jews - there was not yet a state of Israel to despise

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 03:49 AM PDT

Last month, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, the mufti of Jerusalem, called on Palestinians to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which he said was "threatened by the plans of the enemies of God," by which he meant Israelis. It should go without saying that this is a lie. Israel poses no threat to Al-Aqsa, now or ever. On the contrary, Israelis have always recognized and respected Islamic sovereignty over Islamic religious sites within Israel — despite the fact that Jewish holy places have been desecrated by Palestinians, Jordanians, and others. The notion that the Israelis would raze Al-Aqsa to build a temple on its ruins — as the mufti has also claimed — is a ludicrous slander.

What should not go without saying is how serious it is that such an allegation has been leveled by Jerusalem's senior Islamic religious authority. Under sharia, Islamic law, to be an "enemy of God" is to be the worst sort of criminal. Just a few weeks ago in Iran, five people were declared mohareb (enemies of God) — and then hanged. Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, must know all this. Yet he says nothing about it. Nor do most Western diplomats, politicians, and journalists.

Also overlooked is the historical context. In the 1930s, the mufti of Jerusalem was Haj Amin el-Husseini. He, too, despised Jews — there was not yet a state of Israel to despise. After participating in a pro-Nazi coup in Iraq in 1941, Husseini moved to Berlin. There he became Hitler's ally, the "most important public face and voice of Nazi Germany's Arabic-language propaganda," in the words of historian Jeffrey Herf, who adds: "Husseini was a key figure in finding common ideological ground between National Socialism, on the one hand, and the doctrines of Arab nationalism and militant Islam, on the other."

Herf's groundbreaking study, Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World, draws on archival resources not previously mined to explore the extent and significance of this collaboration. His nuanced conclusion: "Nazi Germany's Arabic-language propaganda was neither an imposition of a set of hatreds previously unknown to the traditions of Islam nor a matter of simply lighting the match to long-standing but suppressed anti-Jewish hatreds." Rather, the Nazis and their Arab partners drew on and emphasized "the most despicable and hate-filled aspects of the cultures of Europe and of Islam."

They also added this audacious twist: They claimed they were the ones under attack. Their purpose, they insisted, was merely to protect themselves from a malevolent conspiracy. Over and over again, Nazi diplomats and their allies drove the message that Churchill had started the war against Germany "to expand British power," and that Roosevelt was behind Churchill "as the exponent of world Jewry."

Herf elaborates: "In Europe, the Nazis presented their policy of 'extermination' and 'annihilating' the Jews as a desperate and justified act of self-defense. In their propaganda directed at the Middle East, they urged Arabs and Muslims to take matters into their own hands and 'kill the Jews' before the Jews were able to kill them. In both its European and Middle Eastern dimensions, the propaganda rested on the identical logic of paranoia and projection."

And here we are, more than a half century later, with the current mufti of Jerusalem fabricating crimes against Muslims for which Jews deserve to be put to death. Meanwhile, Hamas leaders openly declare their intention to annihilate Israel and exterminate Jews — claiming they, too, are acting in self-defense, and calling themselves a "resistance" movement. The number of people who appear to be buying these fictions is not insignificant. Few scholars have examined the links between Nazi and Islamist ideas in the 20th century. Few journalists are examining their venomous legacy in the present era.

Herf, obviously, is an exception — as is author and social critic Paul Berman, who recently observed that a taboo has developed: Most intellectuals determinedly ignore the fact that "Nazi inspirations have visibly taken root among present-day Islamists, notably in regard to the demonic nature of Jewish conspiracies and the virtues of genocide."This means, Berman added, that "the Islamist preachers and ideologues have succeeded in imposing on the rest of us their own categories of analysis." That amounts to a victory for them and, of course, a defeat for us. Clifford May in the National Review

See that dish..!

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 03:38 AM PDT

if you're wondering how come I gain weight.... look at what I've been eating during my recent business trip.... no kidding! the size of that fish is like a size of a mermaid! hurmm.. and i've already forgotten the name of that fish..

Kenaikan Harga Tidak Membebankan... Ungkapan Bangsat Yang Basi

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 03:28 AM PDT

Kabinet akan pantau reaksi rakyat, pasaran berikutan pengurangan subsidi

Kabinet akan memantau reaksi rakyat dan keadaan pasaran berkaitan penyelarasan subsidi membabitkan bahan api dan gula yang diumumkan semalam, kata Menteri Pengangkutan, Datuk Kong Cho Ha di sini.

"Pada peringkat ini, secara keseluruhannya orang ramai boleh menerima penyelarasan subsidi itu," katanya kepada media sebelum berlepas dengan penerbangan sulung Penerbangan Malaysia (MAS) ke Bandung, iaitu destinasi ke-enam MAS ke Indonesia, hari ini.

Kong yakin kenaikan harga bahan api dan salah satu barang kawalan itu tidak akan membebankan rakyat.

Namun, beliau berharap peniaga tidak harus mengambil kesempatan untuk menaikkan harga barang-barang yang berkaitan.

"Pengurangan subsidi bukan saja mengurangkan beban kerajaan tetapi turut mengelakkan penyeludupan."

"Walau pun harga gula dinaikkan tetapi di Thailand gula berharga RM2.60, harga kita RM1.90 dan ia masih ada perbezaan. Singapura pula RM3.70... masih ada jarak yang besar antara dua negara ini."

Beliau berharap rakyat melihat penyelarasan ini dalam sudut yang positif.

"Pengurangan subsidi adalah sebahagian daripada pengurusan perbendaharaan negara," katanya.

Ketika mengulas status permohonan AirAsia untuk mendapatkan laluan ke Sydney, Kong berkata "kementeriannya akan memberikan pertimbangan penuh terhadap syarikat penerbangan itu."

AirAsia dilaporkan masih berusaha untuk mendapatkan laluan itu selepas gagal pada percubaan pertama Jun lalu. - Bernama

Ulasan GB

Masyarakat marhaen terus tertindas dan dizalimi oleh kerajaan UMNO BN dengan kenaikan harga barang keperluan yang diumumkan semalam.

Ungkapan "kenaikan harga tidak membebankan rakyat" dan "peniaga tidak harus mengambil kesempatan untuk menaikkan harga barang-barang" adalah kenyataan-kenyataan bangsat dan basi pada setiap kali kenaikan harga diumumkan kerana adalah mustahil kenaikan harga berkenaan tidak membebankan rakyat dan adalah mustahil juga para peniaga lain tidak menaikkan harga barangan berkaitan kerana kos pengeluaran telah meningkat.

Ramadhan semakin hampir, bererti juadah berbuka puasa akan bertambah mahal. Kueh yang dahulunya 3 keping seringit akan menjadi 2 keping seringgit.

Begitulah yang lain-lain apabila kos gas dan kos pengangkutan turut naik.

Kesan tidak dirasai oleh mereka yang berpendapatan tinggi, tetapi akan mencerut leher mereka yang berpendapatan rendah.


Posted: 16 Jul 2010 02:40 AM PDT

Born in 1979, Teoh Beng Hock was the third child of Teoh Leong Hwee and Teng Shuw Hor. He was the political aide to Ean Yong Hian Wah, a member of the Selangor state legislative assembly and State Executive Council.

On 15 July 2009, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) took Teoh into custody for questioning about allegations of corruption. Exactly a year ago, Teoh was found dead the next morning on the rooftop of a building adjacent to the MACC offices.

He was engaged to 28-year-old teacher Soh Cher Wei after a two-year courtship and was supposed to register his marriage with her the day following his death. They had also planned a photo shoot on the same day, followed by a honeymoon and wedding reception in October.

A young man's life, cruelly plucked off the face of this earth, all because of what? That question remains unanswered because of many reasons.

Malaysiakini reports HERE that on the eve of Teoh Beng Hock's first-year death anniversary, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in an unusual move expressed its condolence to the grieving family in a three-paragraph statement (available only in Mandarin and I wonder why) sent by email. The report said:

"I represent myself and all members of MACC. We share the same sadness and disappointment with Teoh's family over what happened on July 16, 2009," MACC commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed (right) said in the statement.

"Although a year has passed since the unfortunate incident, we still feel the pain and sadness. As a father and an elder in the family, I can deeply feel the unbearable pain of losing a family member," he added.

Abu Kassim hoped that Teoh's inquest could come to a decision in the shortest possible time.

"As the commissioner of MACC, I stress that we will abide by the decision of the inquest. MACC will not compromise or shield anyone who is involved in the case."

In another report HERE, Teoh's younger sister Lee Lan said said MACC's chief Abu Kassim Mohamed's statement yesterday, in which he said the commission felt the family's pain, was pure hypocrisy. She said:

"He has been MACC chief for six months. His lawyer had several times tried to stop Thai pathologist Dr Porntip Rojanasunand from testifying through video conferencing.

"If he wants the truth, he should allow Dr Porntip to testify through video conferencing. He was conflicting himself in his statement yesterday. If he is sincere, he will not repeatedly do things that go against what he has said."

Lee Lan reiterated that the family members "will not be cheated by the MACC chief".

According to LKS's blog, there are three memorial services for Teoh Beng Hock.

  • Ceramah in Selangor-KL Chinese Assembly Hall. KL 16 July, 8pm (tonight) (map)
  • Candle light vigil at Speakers' Square in Penang, 8.30pm tonight.
  • On 17/7/2010 (Sat) 9am – Public Memorial Service in front of Beng Hock's resting place at the Nirvana Memorial Park, Semenyih, Selangor. (map N3 01.970 E101 52.002)

One young man died leaving behind his widow, his fatherless child and his beloved family members and friends who are still trying to come to terms with the loss. They and the rest of concerned Malaysians are still seeking justice for Teoh Beng Hock and also the others who died under mysterious circumstances.

If you are in Penang, please make your way to the Speakers' Square at Esplanade for the Candle light vigil tonight at 8.30p.m. to remember this unfortunate victim of circumstances whose life ended prematurely, tragically and mysteriously. I'll be there and I hope as many Penangites will be there too. Come, light a candle and let's remember this young man who tragically lost his life...and let us pray for justice.

AT THIS LINK, you can watch the video of the ceremony at Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam this morning where family members of Teoh Beng Hock, Selangor state exco members and politicians gathered to commemorate the first anniversary of the political aide's mysterious death.

I am sure many of you can imagine the volume and magnitude of the pain and sadness of his loved ones. Malaysians will not forget TBH and I pray there will be justice for Teoh Beng Hock! May he rest in peace but how can he if there is no justice and if his murderers are not arrested, charged and punished? May those responsible not rest in peace and may they be convicted to confess their crimes just so to come to terms with their conscience and their Maker. May the Almighty bless his family members and heal their hearts, souls and spirits.

T-ara’s Ji-yeon and new member Hwa-young

Posted: 16 Jul 2010 02:04 AM PDT

Korean girl group T-ara is welcoming another new member, high school student Ryu Hwa-young. The entertainment agency has released some (overly enhanced) photos of the newbie (L) alongside one of the original members Ji-yeon (R)…

T-ara Jiyeon and new member Hwayoung

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T-ara's Ji-yeon and new member Hwa-young from YeinJee's Asian Blog - PENYAIR

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 05:58 PM PDT


Posted: 15 Jul 2010 12:46 PM PDT

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BERSIH 2.0: Persecution of Opposition hurts political stability & economy

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 05:41 PM PDT

Mengapa Islam Tidak Akan Bangkit Semula Dari Sini?

Posted: 15 Jul 2010 01:25 PM PDT

Balik-balik UMNO dan PAS main isu siapa lagi handal perjuangkan Islam. Balik-balik nak bersatu perjuangkan Islam, tapi tak juga bersatu-satu. Asal-usul keduanya adalah 'Islam-Istana' maka ia berpusing dalam lingkaran yang sama.

Remaja Kita. Nilai Sendiri.

Kehidupan Remaja di Jeddah, Arab Saudi.

Tapi, yang ini lain:

Yang ini siapa?

Mereka adalah Basij (Baseej-e Mostaz'afin atau "Gerakan Mereka yang Tertindas"). Mereka adalah sukarelawan yang digerakkan oleh Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini pada November 1979. Foto atas adalah sekumpulan Basij tidak jauh dari Tehran. Kebanyakan mereka anak muda. Tetapi ada juga yang sudah 'pencen' tetapi bersemangat untuk berjihad. Tugas mereka sebagai paramilitari, termasuk ketika darurat dan kecemasan. Mereka juga berperanan untuk kerja-kerja kebajikan, dan menguruskan perayaan agama. Mereka hanya patuh kepada Imam Ali Khamenei. Mereka inilah yang Israel, Amerika dan Arab Saudi takuti.

'Islam-Istana' tertegak atas retorik. 'Islam-Aktual' adalah sebaliknya.

* Memang akan ada yang 'berbulu' dengan entri ini. Wallahua'alam.

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