Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sultan will recover, says his personal doctor

Sultan will recover, says his personal doctor

Sultan will recover, says his personal doctor

Posted: 18 Jul 2010 11:34 AM PDT

Sultan Ismail Petra of Kelantan is fast recovering at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore after undergoing series of treatment since he arrived last Thursday, according to Kolonel Dr Amir Ramli (pic), his personal medical officer.

In his response to my earlier posting, he said the Sultan was in his jovial mood and was happy with the treatment and people around him.

Before his departure, there were rumors that a group of officers from Istana Kelantan was planning to install a new sultan for the state, and that there was also another group discussing it at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Come on! The Sultan is still very much alive and kicking!

Read Dr Amir's statement:

Assalamualaikum semua.

Alhamdulillah Tuanku sudah selamat menjalani semua ujian-ujian terhadap baginda yang telah dirancangkan oleh saya dan team perubatan dari Istana Mahkota. Ujian ini termasuklahh ujian darah, x-ray, ECG, Echocardiogram, Rebenium Stress Heart Scan dan Angiogram. Alhamdulillah semuanya baik dan terkawal. Kesihatan Tuanku telah menunjukkan perkembangan yang TERAMAT baik jika di bandingkan dengan semasa baginda jatuh gering dahulu.

Dari tempat saya menulis ini, saya dapat mendengar suara gelak tawa Tuanku bersama-sama tim (team) perubatan yang sedang melakukan fisioterapi. Pada malam ini akan ada sesi terapi pertuturan. Maka akan lagi meriahlah kamar Tuanku ini.

Semua doktor di Singapura amat terkejut dengan keupayaan Tuanku bertitah dan berkomunikasi dengan baik.Kekuatan fizikal Baginda juga semakin baik. Syukur Alhamdullilah kesihatan Tuanku semakin baik yang mungkin tidak pernah saya personelly lihat kepada pesakit-pesakit lain.

Ada yang kata kes Tuanku bertambah baik ini mungkin berlaku dalam 1 nisbah sejuta. Yang mungkin tidak dapat di fahami melalui perubatan moden. Tapi sebagai seorang Islam, kita perlu faham bahawa Allah yang menurunkan penyakit dan dia juga yang menurunkan ubatnya.

Marilah kita berdoa semoga Allah memberikan kekuatan kepada Tuanku untuk menjalani kehidupan Baginda seharian.

Salam dari Singapura.

Kol Dr Amir Ramli

July 18, 2010 7:07 PM

Tweetup with Anwar Ibrahim

Posted: 18 Jul 2010 11:31 AM PDT


Last week, I hosted Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for a tweet up at Las Vacas, Kelana Jaya.


More than twenty people turned up. They took the opportunity to ask various questions and provide their own views on different subjects.


Among the various issues raised included the removal of subsidies, new ways of reaching out to the ground and about Anwar's new media tools.

The good people at Las Vacas, a local butcher shop and steakhouse that recently opened a branch in Mont Kiara, were excited about Anwar's visit as well.


Photos can be seen here.

Dialog bersama Penduduk Taman Desaria Fasa 1

Posted: 17 Jul 2010 11:19 AM PDT

18 Julai 2010
5.00 petang
Padang Taman Desaria Fasa 1 bersama MBPJ, Polis dan Alam Flora

Dialog bersama Penduduk SS 7/17 Kelana Jaya

Posted: 17 Jul 2010 11:17 AM PDT

18 Julai 2010
2.00 petang
Dewan, Jalan SS 7/17J Kelana Jaya

Merasmikan Acara Penutup Sukan PASTI Kelana Jaya 2010

Posted: 17 Jul 2010 11:13 AM PDT

18 Julai 2010
11.30 pagi
Padang Blok 2, Desa Mentari

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-07-18

Posted: 18 Jul 2010 08:59 AM PDT

  • Mmmm Shakira #
  • So this coffee was staring at me & I was like WHAT & it wouldn't stop so I worked it over. Yeah someone's not sleeping tonight. #
  • I see one of the refs is the guy who almost accidentally pulled out a red card instead of yellow recently. That was funny. #
  • Carlos Puyol looks like such a caveman. But that big head can score goals, oh yes it can. #
  • Puyol looks like a mashup of Mel Gibson, Eddie Vedder & Captain Caveman. #
  • Blink & you'll miss the turnovers. #
  • This #WC2010 or UFC117? #
  • Dear Spanish goalie: You're WEARING green. You're not ROBERT Green. Remember that! #
  • Pedro's got this habit of trying to go it alone…and failing to score. #
  • Puyol's hair is like Dumbo's ears. I swear he was flying there. #
  • Man this ref's gonna run out of yellow cards soon. He'll have to start writing YELLOW on his red ones. #WC2010 #
  • That was the best fluke save of the night. Casillas has a horseshoe up his ass I tell ya. #
  • It's like they know it'll go to a penalty shootout & are saving Torres & Fabregas just for that. #
  • Bit of judo there by Iniesta. #
  • Haha Robben done been robbed. #
  • I hate shootouts. Someone please score now. #
  • Damn glad I had coffee. #
  • Yay! #
  • I wonder if the folks at Johor FC know someone's hacked their website. #
  • Dear bloggers: You don't make money from a blog simply by pumping it full of banners & links. You need content that keeps ppl coming back. #
  • Every time I ask Al which country's football kit he likes, he chooses England. I'm horrified. #
  • Exactly one minute after I've finished hanging out the clothes, the wind whips up, the sky blackens & rain pummels my balcony. Ah, well. #
  • Leen & I snuck out for a movie date yesterday. Saw The Backup Plan. Not bad. Could have been worse: the other choice was Twilight. #
  • just got enumerated for the census. Kudos to the govt for trying, but will the data collected be anywhere remotely near accurate? Doubt it. #
  • Just me & the baby today. Babysitter's kid is sick. So today is simultaneously a gift (bonding etc) & a big pain in the arse. Ah parenthood. #
  • Me too! For obvious reasons haha RT @kzamri I want to go to Jordan! RT @QueenRania: #TwisitJordan 2×2=?… #
  • On (& with) the one hand, the baby sleeping in my arms makes typing tough. On the other hand…awww, bliss. #
  • Babies just love playing puke-a-boo. #
  • In 2013 the UK City of Culture will be London–wait for it–DERRY. #

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Posted: 18 Jul 2010 08:43 AM PDT

UPDATED : Sibu Police shoot armed teenager

Posted: 18 Jul 2010 01:52 AM PDT

Ungat showing reporters where Zul was found

Sibu police chief claimed that his men was forced to shoot a mechanic in the chest in self defense though the boy uncle, insisted that the shot should never have been fired in the first place.

Zulfikar, 16 is now in stable condition in the Sibu General Hospital under heavy police guard. He has been arrested for investigation.

According to Sibu OCPD, ACP Shafie Ismail, the suspect was seen running out of a coffee shop in Sibu town with a knife at 11.20 pm.

Two policemen, a corporal and a lance corporal from D7 were looking for the suspect and found him at the Gateway. They went to check him and they saw him threw a chopper away.

However, when the police checked him, one of them slipped and fell.

Shafie said it was then that the suspect grabbed the chopper and went to attack the policemen. Even though his men warned him and fired a shot in the air, he still rushed forward.

"That was when shot was fired at the suspect in self defense," said Shafie.

He said the boy ran away after that and police failed to find the boy.

At about 1 am, his man received a call from a security guard and told them a boy was shot.

He said they alerted the ambulance and the suspect was sent to the Sibu General hospital. The suspect, he added, had been arrested for further investigation.

Meanwhile, an uncle of Zulkifar (Zul), Ungat Balawan and his wife said the police should not shoot his nephew. They went to lodge a police report against the officer.

The uncle said Zul was young when his mother died and they had taken care of him. Ungat wife is Zul's mother sister.

Last night he said Zul went out with friends to attend a merriment and he heard that police checked them and they all ran off.

The aunty who worked as a security guard said a colleague told her that at about midnight, a car dumped Zul and his friend to the side of the church.

Zul fell into the drain and his friend helped him to St Rita school where the aunty worked.

She brought Zul to a room and saw he was covered with blood and alerted the police.

Meanwhile, in Kuching, Deputy Commissioner of Sarawak police, Dato' Hamza Taib and Head of CID SAC 11, Huzir Mohd hold a press conference over the case.

The two detectives were drinking in a restaurant. They heard shouting and the three youths ran out of the shop, one with a chopper at 11.20pm.

The police searched the youths, found them at the Gateway. Identified themselves and the youth ran off.
The police managed to get the suspect, who threw his chopper at them. Then he bite the police on the shoulder.

After that he picked up the chopper and want to attack the police. Even though police warned him and fired a shot in the air, he still rushed forward.

The boy ran away after that and police failed to find the boy.

Police later received a call and went to the crime scene. The youth was sent to the hospital.

The youth was shot on the left side of the chest, bullet went through.

The boy would be charged under Section 307 of the Penal code for attempted murder.

Hamza called to the public to co-operate with the police when they were being checked. He said not to fear if they have done nothing wrong.

Hesaid police have to safeguard the people and security.

PUB asked to explain floods

Posted: 18 Jul 2010 04:02 AM PDT

'Hunted' Air Force man goes into hiding: Military personnel after a civilian?!

Posted: 18 Jul 2010 08:56 AM PDT

The Air Force sargeant who faces charges of being involved in the 2007 theft of two jet engines has gone into hiding amidst claims that his former colleagues are trying to get a hold on him before his trial commences on Monday.
NONETharmendran's lawyer N Surendran said several Air Force personnel - three men and one woman - turned up at the home of Tharmendran's parents in Seremban yesterday asking for Tharmendran (left) to "report to base".

Surendran told Malaysiakini that the parents, however, said they did not know where their son was after he left their house recently to stay elsewhere.

Surendran said the Air Force must be "seriously disturbed and upset" about the revelations Tharmendran made regarding the ordeal he had gone through after his allegations that he was tortured by military officials during his three-week detention to force him into confessing.

Energy-saving tips — the unplugged version

Posted: 18 Jul 2010 06:56 AM PDT

The next time you are not watching the television, switch it off and you will contribute towards efforts in saving energy.

In fact, you can contribute more by completely switching off all electrical appliances, including unplugging DVD or VCR players and radio sets to cut off the devices' standby mode.

All electrical appliances draw a small amount of electricity even when they are switched off, and in standby mode they consume about 20% of the energy they use when the appliance is switched on, according to the Water and Energy Consumer Association of Malaysia (Wecam).

It said the energy saved from such practices might be negligible but it was still a worthwhile long-term effort.

"There are millions of television sets, radios, DVD and VCR players in the country that, most of the time, are left on standby mode. Imagine the energy that is wasted.

"If Malaysians can start unplugging their appliances and make that a practice, a huge amount of energy can be saved and it can also lower electricity bills," said Wecam secretary-general S. Piarapakaran.

He noted, however, that the practice, though simple and effective, might not be well accepted among Malaysians who were fast becoming pampered with "everything on standby mode".

"It seems like all we care about is to just sit down and press the 'On' button on the remote control.

"That attitude must change if we seriously want to walk the talk and conserve the earth for future generations," he said in an interview.

Piarapakaran said there were a host of energy saving tips besides switching off and unplugging electrical appliances that Ma­­laysians should practise.

He said a regularly cleaned and serviced electrical appliance would function more efficiently, but placing warm or hot food in a fridge would mean the appliance working harder to keep things cold.

He added that laptop computers should be given priority over desktop PCs because the former use up to 30% less energy than the latter.

"And if you are a heavy user of washing machines, consider front-loading ones as they are 15% more energy efficient and use 40% less water than top-loading machines.

"Yes, they cost more, but think of the long-term savings in electricity and water bills," he said.

Piarapakaran said more energy-saving tips were available at

Source: Energy-saving tips — the unplugged version By ZUHRIN AZAM AHMAD

MACC fighting its own shadow! Totally weak and incompetent! MA Sissies!

Posted: 18 Jul 2010 07:44 AM PDT

Bernama reported:

Abu Kassim, please go through the 27 items in the list below. Hopefully, you will act and not the normal NFA.

I just LOVE BN, I worship BN & I'm gonna VOTE BN

By Wan bin Abdullah
Dear Fellow Malaysians,
YES I LOVE  BN ... cos BN is soooo smart in duping the Rakyat for over 50+ years and yet the Rakyat are still in a drunken stupor and continue voting for them. Hail BN ...Long Live BN. Kaput Yilak PR. Death to PKR, DAP, PAS.   Long Live BN  
1) PKFZ White Elephant 14 Billion
2) 7.6 Billion Scorpene tin can
3) 500 Million halal commission on Scorpene
4) 810 Million palace balloning to some 1.2 Billion
5) Maltrade II land grab by Naza, costing taxpayers some 2.2 Billion
6) Limbang off shore blocks L and M giveaway to Brunei of 320 Billion
7) Maminco ... cornering the tin market 2.2 Billion
8) Bank Negara Forex fiasco costing ? Billion
9) Perwaja Steel 15 Billion
10) Naval support ships to cost 2.5 Billion so we can do humanitarian service to Indo or Philipines as if earthquakes or volcanoes erupt every month
11) 60,000 APs worth 2.4 Billion given to a few umNOputras
12) 810 Million New Parliment ... Westminster and the White House still standing even after 100s of years
13) BMF scandal 4 Billion ... Carrian group ... BMF manager was murdered
14) 6.75 billion to PSC Bhd for locally made naval vessels which were never delivered
15) 12.5 billion for economically senseless double tracking railway from Ipoh to the Thai border
16) Altantuya, picked up a stone while walking in KL which turned out to be C4
17) Teoh Beng Hock, room too hot, opened window and accidentally fell out!
18) A. Kugan
19) Aminurasyid
20) Nasir Safar's "Chinese prostitutes & Indian beggars"
21) Toyol 24 Million Palace
22) Missing jet engines ... what a joke. Ain't you ashamed to be a Malaysian?
23) Bala's flip flop
24) Perak coup de tat unlawful grab
25) Sodomy I & II
26) MAS shares - Govt bought at $8 ringgit when market price was $3.5 ringgit
27) School classrooms and computer labs - 10 billion, direct nego. How much did the Government actually get?
28) Halal Hub - 2 billion spent, nothing done, only 200 million left
29) Armoured carriers - 8 billion going to be spent. By industry standards, a good armoured car will only cost half a million. Mindef will spend 30 million for each armoured carrier!
Long but not exhaustive list of scandals.

I just LOVE BN sooooo much that I just cant wait to vote BN in GE13 for another 50+ years of WhoREsale CORRUPTION, mismanagement & whatnot.

Yours faithfully,
Wan bin Abdullah (Wan means servant of God)
PS: Will you be kind enough with just a click to forward to ALL your friends and keep forwarding it, i.e chain email on "Why we must ALWAYZ vote for BN ". TQ

 BN .  BN.  BN . BN .  BN .  BN.   BN .  BN.  BN . BN .  BN .  BN.   BN .  BN.  BN . BN .  BN .  BN. BN .  BN.  BN 

VOTER - GET - VOTERS  campaign
It's  NOW or NEVER 
Vote for a BETTER & a FREE Malaysia

Be an active political activist.
Vote 4 a Goverment bent on eradicating Corruption, Racism, Abuse of Human Rights, ISA, OSA
A Goverment of the People, by the People & for the People.

To cast ur vote alone is NEVER enough, start a 'Voter-get-Voters' campaign & keep them well informed

George Town's Beach Street: Then and now

Posted: 18 Jul 2010 06:36 AM PDT

I wasn't satisfied with the picture I had used in my blog post last Tuesday, so I purposely went out to George Town again to snap a second shot. As much as possible, I really want to recreate the same view as shown in the old print.Not very successful but still close enough for comparison. More than a hundred years separate the two images. There are changes upon changes but many things still remain the same.


Our Visit To Rumah Suri Kenangan

Posted: 18 Jul 2010 06:21 AM PDT

We posed for a group photo before the gathering kicked off. Showing off were the posters for the sharing.
The folks lent their ears to the the speaker.
The gifts of love were well received.
Matthew 25:40 : I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.
Yuk Ming shared in BM and Chinese.

The social concern project of MAF of Sibu East District took us this afternoon to Rumah Suri Kenangan for a visit. I sought the permission of Pengetua of the old folks' home for us to come for a gathering with the folks residing there a few days earlier.

The purpose of the visit was to share with them our love and care, and bring to them the gospel message.

The gathering started at about 2:15 pm. We led a short sing-along session. Sing Kiew came in handy with her keyboard to make the singing lively. Then Yuk Ming took over to share with the folks the message of God.

After the gathering, we went round to hand out gifts to the folks. The expressed thankfulness for the love that we shared with them.
We thanked God for blessing the visit.

Rakyat Sokong Tindakan PROTES Bantah Kenaikan Harga

Posted: 18 Jul 2010 06:10 AM PDT

PROTES Lancar Gerakan Bantah Kenaikan Harga Barangan

Gabungan Memprotes Kenaikan Harga Minyak (Protes) bercadang untuk mengadakan beberapa siri demonstrasi dan program penerangan sebagai sebahagian daripada kempen bantahan terhadap tindakan terbaru kerajaan menaikkan harga petrol, diesel, gula dan gas petroleum cecair (LPG).

Menurut penyelaras Protes, Dr Hatta Ramli satu perjumpaan akan diadakan di Dewan Perhimpunan Cina Selangor dan Kuala Lumpur pada 28 Julai ini sebagai langkah permulaan kempen bantahan yang dirancang.

"Pada hari tersebut, kita akan susun beberapa siri aktiviti seperti edaran risalah dan menetapkan tarikh 'road show' di seluruh negara. Dalam mesyuarat hari ini, kita bercadang untuk mengadakan demonstrasi bagi membantah tindakan kerajaan itu. Ia merupakan acara kemuncak dan dilihat sangat berkesan," kata Dr Hatta yang juga Ahli Parlimen Kuala Krai.

Beberapa pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat dijangka hadir pada perjumpaan itu termasuk Pengarah Strategi KEADILAN Tian Chua, Setiausaha Agung PSM S Arutchelvan, wakil Dewan Muslimat PAS Aiman Athirah, wakil Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) dan Gerakan Demokratik Pelajar dan Belia Malaysia (Dema).

Dr Hatta juga memberitahu Protes akan menyegerakan tindakan dan kempen sebelum pertengahan bulan Ogos menjelang bulan Ramadhan.

Beliau menjangkakan program tersebut akan disertai oleh banyak pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO), kesatuan sekerja dan mahasiswa.

Ketika ditanya mengenai tindakan Perdana Menteri yang menaikkan harga minyak dan keperluan asas, sebaik sahaja sidang Parlimen tamat, Dr Hatta menegaskan terlalu jelas ketakutan yang diperlihatkan oleh Barisan Nasional.

"Sebaik sahaja persidangan tamat, kita mendapat maklumat mengenai perkara tersebut. Memang dia tidak berani untuk berhadapan dengan wakil rakyat dari Pakatan Rakyat," kata beliau.

Dr Hatta turut menyelar tindakan kerajaan Umno-Barisan Nasional yang memanipulasikan istilah dalam kenyataan media bagi mengelirukan rakyat seperti 'rasionalisasi' dan 'penyelarasan' harga bahan bakar dan keperluan asas.

"Itu semua alasan 'karut-marut' Barisan Nasional. Kalau nak mengurangkan penggunaan gula, bukannya dengan cara menaikkan harganya. Kita sepatutnya mendidik masyarakat berkenaan kesan daripada pengambilan gula berlebihan melalui program kesihatan," tambahnya.

Beliau menjangkakan kesan berantai akibat dari kenaikan harga gula akan menyebabkan kenaikan harga dalam makanan, terutamanya kepada umat Islam dan rakyat Malaysia, sama ada pengguna mahu pun peniaga yang bakal menghadapi bulan Ramadhan dan Syawal akan datang.

"Kenaikan bahan makanan pun telah meningkat, ditambah pula dengan kenaikan harga bahan bakar. Ini membebankan, terutamanya kepada kakitangan dan swasta yang berpendapatan kecil, serta peniaga kecil-kecilan," tambahnya.

Dr Hatta menyelar tindakan kerajaan yang boros dalam pengurusan. Dalam pada masa yang sama memangsakan rakyat dengan memotong subsidi.

Baginya penjimatan perbelanjaan kepada kerajaan berjumlah sebanyak RM750 juta itu sebenarnya boleh diperolehi dengan cara lain antaranya mengurangkan pemberian subsidi kepada Pengeluar Tenaga Bebas (IPP), mengurangkan perbelanjaan kepada projek mega dan mengelakkan ketirisan.

"Kesan kepada rakyat akan berganda. Tindakan (kenaikan) ini menambah kesengsaraan. Kelihatan kerajaan seolah-olah berdendam dengan rakyat," katanya. -SK

PAS tidak pergi ke jalanan untuk protes

KUALA LUMPUR: Setiausaha Agung PAS Mustafa Ali berkata parti itu tidak akan menganjurkan protes jalanan mengenai kenaikan harga petrol dan gula yang berkuasa mulai semalam.

Beliau kelihatan bersetuju dengan tindakan para pemimpin pusat mengenai keperluan untuk memotong subsidi memandangkan hutang negara semakin meluas dan berkata terdapat "beberapa isu lain" yang perlu diberi perhatian.

"Tidak, saya tidak fikir kita perlu menganjurkan demonstrasi jalanan. Terdapat baik buruknya perkara ini dan kita mesti memikirkan nasib rakyat secara keseluruhannya," katanya dalam satu sidang media di ibu pejabat PAS di sini semalam.

PAS biasanya menganjur protes di jalan-jalan raya sebagai menunjukkan bantahan terhadap kenaikan harga minyak terutama ketika pentadbiran Abdullah Ahmad Badawi apabila harga bahan itu dinaikkan lima kali sejak bekas perdana menteri itu mengambil alih pentadbiran pada Oktober 2003.

Di bawah pentadbiran Perdana Menteri Najib Tun Razak, harga petrol telah dinaikkan sebanyak dua kali untuk RON97 dan sekali untuk RON95, yang baru diperkenalkan di pasaran Malaysia tahun lalu.

Kesan selepas kenaikan harga petrol

Lewat petang semalam, kerajaan pusat mengejutkan rakyat apabila secara tiba-tiba mengumumkan pengurangan subsidi ke atas beberapa barang keperluan. Harga baru berkuatkuasa mulai tengah malam.

Gula naik 25 sen sekilo (harga baru RM1.90 sen sekilo) sementara minyak jenis RON95 dan diesel naik lima sen sekilo (harga baru untuk RON95 ialah RM1.85 seliter dan diesel RM1.75 seliter.)

Gas Cecair Asli (LPG) juga naik 10 sen. Harga baru ialah RM1.85 sekilo. Harga RON97 akan ditentukan oleh kuasa pasaran.

Mustafa lebih bimbang mengenai kesan kenaikan harga barang apabila para peniaga akan mengekploitasikan harga baru dan para pengguna menjadi mangsa.

Oleh sebab penguatkuasaan yang lemah, ahli-ahli perniagaan telah melonjakkan harga barang-barang keperluan ketika mengekalkan harga baru walaupun harga minyak turun.

Mustafa berkata jika kerajaan mahu mengurangkan bil subsidi yang membebankan, ia boleh membuat pilihan lain seperti mengkaji semula perjanjian kontrak dengan para pengeluar tenaga elektrik bebas, yang menikmati harga tinggi untuk kegunaan rakyat tetapi masih menerima subsidi. -FMT

Ulasan GB

Rakyat secara umumnya bersetuju dengan tindakan PROTES. Kena manifestasikan bantahan kepada kerajaan pimpinan Najib terhadap keputusan kerajaan yang menaikkan harga barangan secara mengejut.

Yang hairannya GB ialah kenyataan Mustafa Ali, Setiausaha Agong PAS yang nampaknya tidak bersetuju dengan langkah tersebut.

Mustafa bertindak seperti seorang sahabat karib UMNO yang cuba untuk menghalang rakyat dari melakukan demo di jalanan. Mungkin beliau sudah ada perancangan lain - diplomasi - tetapi bagi GB dengan kerajaan UMNO BN yang kini, diplomasi bukan jalannya kerana mereka sepanjang masa adalah perompak dan penipu.

Dan GB tidak nampak juga Mustafa Ali sebagai seorang yang bijak. GB telah mengikuti perkembangan politik beliau semenjak beliau di dalam BN lagi, iaitu semasa di era Dato Asri di mana Mustafa dilantik menjadi Timbalan Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Alam Sekitar.

Sementelah lagi, jika beliau bijak sangat berstrategi seperti mana yang disebutkan oleh beberapa orang, sudah pasti beliau menang di dalam PRU 2008 yang lalu.

Lagipun jawatan Setiuasaha Agong yang dipegangnya adalah lantikan Presiden, bukan pilihan ahli-ahli PAS.

Setiausaha Agong, malah Presiden dan mana-mana AJK Tertinggi PAS yang merasa telah kaya raya boleh tidur dirumah, biar ahli PAS yang miskin-miskin berdemo di jalanan.

Maaf Setiausaha Agong, kami tidak sehaluan dengan kamu di dalam bab ini.

Health financing scheme ought not to be delayed further

Posted: 18 Jul 2010 04:28 AM PDT

While lauding the move to set up a National Health Financing Scheme similar to those in developed countries, industry observers feel some pertinent considerations should not be overlooked to ensure its effectiveness.

At the same time, many agreed that the Government should not delay the implementation of the scheme to show its serious stance on the issue of healthcare.

The Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association (Fomca) secretary-general Muhammad Sha'ani Abdullah said such a scheme was essential as the current insurance-based model did not provide affordable coverage for those in need of healthcare protection.

Speaking to StarBiz recently, he said a form of financing like Socso that cross-subsidised the lower income group was essential for universal access.

Sha'ani, who is also chief executive of the National Consumer Complaints Centre, said: "Those wanting luxury services may use insurance but everyone should participate in the scheme which provide treatment, rehabilitation and post-treatment therapy or training for full recovery.

"The scheme should cover all forms of medical conditions including serious illnesses like heart conditions, long-term dialysis treatments and nursing homecare to avoid the need for public donations to afford treatments,'' he said.

The Government had said it expected all wage earners to make scheduled monthly payments to the proposed scheme, adding that for it to be meaningful, the benefits derived by the public must commensurate with their monetary contributions.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, in a recent report, said the scheme would not work on a flat-rate basis but instead be scaled according to income.

The proposals for the scheme were still being studied. "The rich may pay more; the poor may pay less or do not pay at all," he said, adding that the ministry was seeking feedback from the public on the matter.

A CEO of a foreign insurer, who declined to be named, agreed with Sha'ani that the Government should not delay the implementation of the scheme, adding that there was no such thing as a fool-proof scheme.

"In every scheme, there will be someone trying to beat the system but the Government should not delay the implementation to show its commitment to the public," he said.

Besides looking at the contributor's income, the CEO said the amount a person was required to pay should also be based on an individual's lifestyle, health records (family history) and residential location.

"Those living a high-risk lifestyle like consuming alcohol and smoking and those with chronic family health history should pay more as they have higher probabilities of seeking medical treatments.

"Urban and rural folks should pay different amounts because the costs of healthcare in major towns are much higher than those in smaller cities.

"We should look at any drawbacks from the scheme from a bigger perspective and learn from experience and improve on it during the early implementation," he said.

Besides making the public pay for quality healthcare, the Government should also ensure all hospitals, especially private ones, and the relevant medical authorities set a proper and reasonable medical charges for every treatment available.

Although private hospitals are profit-making organisations, they should not make excessive profits at the expense of the public, the CEO added.

SOURCE:Health financing scheme ought not to be delayed further By DALJIT DHESI


Posted: 18 Jul 2010 04:25 AM PDT

I posted the following poem in both my blogs ages ago and am reposting it to challenge us to think about the poem in the context of our country's political landscape. Change is not easy but change we must and it has to begin with each one of us. We may be free but are we really free? Please leave a comment to share your thoughts. Thanks! Have a lovely evening.



To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk being called sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk showing your true self.
To place your ideas and your dreams before a crowd
is to risk being called naive.

To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair, and to try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken, because
the greatest risk in life
is to risk nothing.

The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing,
is nothing, and becomes nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot
learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.
Chained by things that are certain, he is a slave.
He has forfeited his freedom.

Only the person who risks is truly free.

Author Unknown

So, are we really free? Are we enjoying true freedom? Do share your comments...I would love to hear from you. Thanks :-).

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Are beef importers and sellers guilty of cheating Malaysians with buffalo meat?

Posted: 18 Jul 2010 04:23 AM PDT

The Government has never concealed from the public that the beef imported from India is buffalo meat, Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Noh Omar said. He said this was why the beef was cheap.

"We have always advised consumers to choose wisely when buying beef so that they are not cheated," he told newsmen after attending the ministry's monthly assembly at the Muda Agriculture Development Authority (Mada) headquarters here Sunday.

Noh was commenting on a news report that claimed 80% of the country's imported beef was buffalo meat from India, and that Malaysians were not informed of this and were being served "third-class meat".

Noh said the country imported some 80,000 tonnes of Indian buffalo meat annually, which was sold at between RM10 and RM12 per kg.

"India never exports beef from cows as there is a law in the country preventing the slaughtering of the animal," he said.

SOURCE: The Star, "Govt has never concealed from public that imported Indian beef is buffalo meat" By EMBUN MAJID

Penubuhan Friends Of Pakatan - Selangkah Lagi Ke Putrajaya

Posted: 18 Jul 2010 02:38 AM PDT

Friends Of Pakatan Petanda Rakyat Malaysia Mahu Kerajaan Pusat Baru

Sokongan memberangsang kepada penubuhan 'Friends of Pakatan' (FPR) di kotaraya London 4 Julai lalu membuktikan usaha melebarkan jaringan sokongan Pakatan Rakyat di terima baik rakyat Malaysia dan juga masyarakat antarabangsa terhadap perjuangan menumbangkan Umno-Barisan Nasional pada pilihan raya umum ke-13 kelak.

Majlis pelancaran yang diadakan Conway Hall di Holborn 4 Julai lalu telah menarik minat lebih 200 rakyat Malaysia dan warga tempatan yang melahirkan impian untuk mewujudkan kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat yang adil, demokratik dan telus.

Turut hadir pada majlis pelancaran tersebut beberapa pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai, Nurul Izzah Anwar, Pengerusi Majlis Pimpinan KEADILAN Wilyah Persekutuan, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, Ahli Parlimen Kepong, Dr Tan Seng Giaw, Ahli Parlimen Kuala Krai, Dr Hatta Ramli dan Ketua Penerangan PAS Pusat, Idris Ahmad.

Pengerusi Protem FPR, Brian Morais dalam ucapan aluan beliau berkata pembentukan Pakatan Rakyat menandakan permulaan satu era baru di mana rakyat mengambil kembali kuasa daripada golongan ahli politik Umno-BN yang gagal berkhidmat untuk rakyat.

Sambil merujuk kepada kenyataan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Idris Jala bahawa Malaysia kemungkinan menjadi muflis pada tahun 2019 akibat hutang negara yang kini mencecah 54 peratus daripada Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK), Morais menyeru rakyat Malaysia agar kembali ke tanahair dan mengundi kerajaan baru yang bertanggungjawab sebelum terlambat.

"Antara agenda FPR ialah penubuhan tabung kempen pilihan raya Pakatan Rakyat, mengadakan penyelidikan mengenai perubahan dalam polisi bantuan, menggalakkan debat berkenaan penswastaan agensi kesihatan dan mewujudkan kaedah pengundian luar negara bagi rakyat Malaysia," tambah Morais lagi.

Penulis blog terkenal, Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK) menyindir dengan menyatakan Malaysia sebenarnya idea dan moral.

"Malaysia telah bertukar kepada sebuah masyarakat yang mementingkan kebendaan, menara tertinggi, jambatan terpanjang dan hutang terbesar!" kata beliau.

RPK juga mencabar Umno-BN menaikkan gaji anggota polis sabagai satu cara membanteras rasuah yang telah menjadi budaya kehidupan di Malaysia.

"Kerajaan Umno-BN telah cuba untuk mencetuskan kembali peristiwa hitam 13 Mei 1969 di Kampung Baru dengan menembak penyokong Hindraf yang berarak dalam keadaan aman dengan gas pemedih mata pada tahun 2007.

"Masyarakat Melayu yang sebaliknya telah memberikan perlindungan kepada peserta Hindraf yang cedera dan ini membuktikan rakyat Malaysia telah bersatu sebagai bangsa Malaysia yang sebenar dan menunjukkan politik berkaum 'aparthied' ini perlu dihentikan," tegas beliau lagi.

Dr Tan pula menyentuh mengenai kewajipan menghapuskan politik wang dan menjanjikan ketelusan di dalam kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat.

"Kualiti pendidikan juga perlu ditingkatkan dengan mengambil lebih tenaga pekerja yang berkelayakan, dan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia perlu dibebaskan daripada belenggu politik Umno-BN," kata beliau.

Dalam ucapannya, Zaid berkata rakyat Malaysia perlu berkorban atas nama kebebasan jika mahu melepaskan diri dari belenggu rejim seperti kerajaan fasis Umno-BN yang kini berbuat sesuka hati tanpa menghiraukan kesannya kepada rakyat dan negara.

"Walaupun Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak telah menyatakan akan bersikap telus dan membuat perubahan kepada kerajaan, tetapi BN tak akan berbuat begitu kerana terdapat banyak isu yang mereka sembunyikan.

"Pilihan raya akan datang akan memberikan kemenangan besar kepada Pakatan Rakyat kerana, suara hati rakyat bersama kita," kata Zaid.

Dr Hatta berkata, dalam perjalanan beliau London dan semasa transit selama lima jam di Dubai, beliau sempat bertemu dengan 20 warga Malaysia dan berpeluang berbincang kemungkinan menubuhkan cabang FPR di Ghana.

"Walaupun PAS san DAP mempunyai beberapa percanggahan pendapat dan ideologi, tetapi kami sanggup mengorbankan perkara kecil bagi kebajikan dan perjuangan rakyat yang pada pendapat kami bersama, lebih penting. Maka ini hanya pengorbanan kecil untuk menjadi sebahagian daripada Pakatan Rakyat," tegas beliau.

Nurul Izzah menyatakan beliau gembira melihat semangat rakyat Malaysia di luar negara menuntut perubahan kerajaan pada PRU akan datang.

"Walaupun saya pada mulanya tidak disokong untuk melawat London kerana khuatir hanya akan merugikan sumber, tetapi saya bertekad atas kepercayaan warga Malaysia, tak kira di Malaysia mahupun yang berada di negeri orang, berhak mengetahui apa yang berlaku di megara sendiri dan dengan ini mampu membuat keputusan yang bijak.

"Selepas mendengar komen hadirin, saya percaya usaha saya hari ini tidak sia-sia. Saya juga ingin memohon, jika boleh kembali ke Malaysia dan buang undi anda pada pilihan raya akan datang," jelas Nurul Izzah.

Majlis diakhiri dengan sesi soaljawab yang penuh semangat berhubung isu dan politik semasa tanahair. -SK

Boy Prophet, Efim Gerasemovitch Klubniken, foretold Armenian Genocide!

Posted: 18 Jul 2010 12:45 AM PDT

Today, I learnt that there was a 'Boy Prophet' that God used to foretell a massacre that is widely acknowledged to have been one of the first modern genocides, called the Armenian Genocide.

The 'Boy Prophet' whose real name was Efim Gerasemovitch Klubniken had a remarkable history. He was of Russian origin, his family being among the first Pentecostals to come across the border, settling permanently in Kara Kala. From earliest childhood Efim had shown a gift for prayer, frequently going on long fasts, praying around the clock. (Click here to  read Massacres of Christians foretold and fulfilled)

Then, read all about the Armenian Genocide.

To know more, just do a google search using these keywords - 'efim armenia' or 'turk armenian march of death'.

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