- WHAT IF 'Felda bankrupt' is true? Why no investigation into THE TRUTH?
- Our anniversary
- George Town Festival 2010: Streets come alive
- Dancing soldiers video goes viral in Israel
- Do the Palestinians really want peace?
- Is It NASA’s Job to Make Muslim Nations ‘Feel Good’?
- Egyptian columnist prays - can we have a siege too?
- Tamatkan Suara Keadilan Dan Harakah, Rakyat Akan Tamatkan Riwayat UMNO BN
- COURTESY, WHERE ARE YOU?
- Malaysia Shares End +0.6; 1320 Resistance
- MARINA BAY SANDS - Singapore
- Penang In My Mind
- Lady gaga jatuh tersungkur ngan boots dia.
- Polis Malaysia Cuba Nak Perbodohkan Interpol
- Live: I’mma At Starbucks Coffee, Gurney Plaza
- Jui Meng tipped to take over as Johor PKR chief amid GE talk
- Leaked Luntz Poll: Majority of Americans don’t support Israeli flotilla raid.
- Start Mandarin young
- View China objectively
Posted: 06 Jul 2010 09:39 AM PDT
SHAH ALAM, 6 July (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Tuesday reminded the media not to corrupt the people's minds by publishing concocted stories, lies and defamatory statements.
Najib said personally, he could accept media reports that were true even if they touched on his weaknesses as prime minister.
"I can accept whatever (news) stories as long as they are credible and not creations or lies, such as 'Felda bankrupt'...If the articles criticise my weaknesses, I can accept that," he said in his speech during his visit to the Kumpulan Karangkraf Sdn Bhd complex, here Tuesday.
Najib said news stories or reports that contained such negative elements would not help build a strong society but would be detrimental to it instead.
"If a building or road is damaged, we can repair it, but if it's the people's thinking and values, the consequences will be bad.
"We will never me a strong, awesome society. So, the media should help in developing society's intellect, way of thinking and noble values."
Also present were Karangkraf Group chief executive officer Datuk Hussamuddin Yaacub, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar, Deputy Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Maglin Dennis D'Cruz, and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief commissioner Datuk Abu Kassim Mohammad.
At the same function, Najib also launched the national edition of 'Sinar Harian' and the 'Karangkraf Cares' programme, a community service effort.
Praising Karangkraf's success as a wholly-owned Bumiputera company, he hoped the company which now publishes 28 magazines and one newspaper, could contribute to improving the reading habit of Malaysians and building their intellect, to make Malaysian society a wise and respected society.
The prime minister spent about 45 minutes touring the Karangkraf complex and looking at the writing, editing and printing processes there.
Najib also commended the company for investing in sophisticated, high-performance printing machines, hence reflecting its innovativeness and competitiveness.
Karangkraf began small 33 years ago with only two publications, 'Mingguan Kanak-Kanak' and 'Bacaria'. It now has a readership of five million per month for its many publications.
Posted: 06 Jul 2010 09:01 AM PDT
It's our 25th wedding anniversary today (7 July 2010) and we're glad that the Penang state government has declared a public holiday. Of course, you are not bound to observe today's public holiday in Penang since it wasn't gazetted under the Holidays Act 1951 but if you do, please think of us when you celebrate! :-)
Posted: 06 Jul 2010 07:45 AM PDT
streets in the inner city will come alive with activities to celebrate the second anniversary of George Town's UNESCO world cultural heritage status. I was enjoying the festive air last year and I know that I shall be enjoying it again this time. However, it's with a lot of regret that I have to forego the morning and afternoon programmes. There are other personal matters to attend to, which means that I am only free for the evening programmes.
But never mind, I still intend to have a good time. However, I haven't decided where to go yet but it's quite likely that I shall make my way to Armenian Street and Pitt Street for the showcase of traditional food and craft. And a pop into the Khoo Kongsi is called for too, for maybe if the time is right I can catch the brief Beijing Opera performance. Mustn't forget the lion dance on high poles at the Cheah Kongsi. If it's anything like the performance during the Chinese New Year, I know that this one is going to be equally breath-taking.
Yes, it's going to be an interesting evening...
Posted: 06 Jul 2010 07:21 AM PDT
Footage showing Israeli soldiers breaking into a choreographed dance while on duty has gone viral.The soldiers stopped a patrol in the West Bank and started dancing to American electropop singer Kesha's hit "Tick Tock".The video has been removed from YouTube but Israeli television stations picked up the footage and have showed it repeatedly. The YouTube user who posted the footage identified the dancers as Israeli infantrymen in the tense Palestinian city of Hebron. The military have called the video a "stunt" and said the troops' commanders have been informed.
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Posted: 06 Jul 2010 07:11 AM PDT
Trust the Palestinian Authority? They're still saying one thing in English and the opposite in Arabic.
Under Yasser Arafat, the Palestine Liberation Organization notoriously said one thing to Arab/Muslim audiences and the opposite to Israeli/Western ones, speaking venomously to the former and in dulcet tones to the latter. What about Arafat's mild-mannered successor, Mahmoud Abbas? Did he break from this pattern of duplicity or continue it?This question has renewed relevance because reports suggest Abbas is ready to offer Israel various territorial compromises; plus, he took unprecedented steps in granting an interview to Israeli journalists and meeting with American Jewish leaders at the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace.
With unprecedented specificity, the Arabic daily Al-Hayat indicates, Abbas informed the Obama administration about his willingness to reach a deal on the West Bank and even Jerusalem (although the PA immediately denied these terms).In the interview, Abbas presented himself as genuinely intent on reaching a peace agreement and accepting the idea of international troops. An aide to Abbas characterized this effort as his "trying to reach out to the Israeli public. . . . We want an Israeli partner for the end game, a partner that chose peace, not settlement, peace, not occupation." Abbas himself warned Israelis, "Don't let me lose hope."
Finally, a transcript of the Abraham Center meeting reveals Abbas telling his audience precisely what it wanted to hear: that he condemns violence, recognizes historic Jewish connections to the land Israel controls, accepts Israeli security concerns, and promises to remove incitement from Palestinian Authority media and school materials. On the delicate issue of the Holocaust — a subject on which Abbas himself wrote a Ph.D. "dissertation" in the U.S.S.R., in which he accused Zionists of inflating the number of murdered Jews for political purposes — Abbas acknowledged that Jews had suffered and he rejected Holocaust denial.What to make of all this? Abbas claimed that he talked to the American Jewish leaders "in the same language" that he uses to speak to the Palestinian street.
In fact, PA media churned out statements intended for the Palestinian "street" that, to put it mildly, contradicted the sweet words directed at Israelis and Americans. As news of Abbas reaching out to the other side came out, so too did reports from Palestinian Media Watch of precisely the opposite messages being conveyed to Palestinians. Continue to page 2 of Daniel Pipe's article in the National Review
Posted: 06 Jul 2010 07:01 AM PDT
In the spring of 1961, President Kennedy spoke to Congress about his desire to "win the battle that is now going on around the world between freedom and tyranny." He told Congress and the nation that "now it is time to take longer strides — time for a great new American enterprise — time for this nation to take a clearly leading role in space achievement, which in many ways may hold the key to our future on earth."
His inspiring conclusion: "I believe we should go to the moon" — though he noted that this would require additional expenditures of money and intellectual resources, and presidents were more serious about budgets in those days. Kennedy said, "It is a heavy burden, and there is no sense in agreeing or desiring that the United States take an affirmative position in outer space, unless we are prepared to do the work and bear the burdens to make it successful. This decision demands a major national commitment of scientific and technical manpower, materiel, and facilities, and the possibility of their diversion from other important activities where they are already thinly spread. It means a degree of dedication, organization and discipline which have not always characterized our research and development efforts. It means we cannot afford undue work stoppages, inflated costs of material or talent, wasteful interagency rivalries, or a high turnover of key personnel. New objectives and new money cannot solve these problems. They could in fact, aggravate them further — unless every scientist, every engineer, every serviceman, every technician, contractor, and civil servant gives his personal pledge that this nation will move forward, with the full speed of freedom, in the exciting adventure of space."
A half century later, in the age of Obama, that kind of inspirational yet candid communication from Washington is gone. This past week, the current NASA administrator revealed what our current president thinks about space. "When I became the NASA administrator, [Obama] charged me with three things," NASA head Charles Bolden told al-Jazeera. "One, he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math; he wanted me to expand our international relationships; and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering."
This quote is entirely believable. Mr. Bolden was not told that he must advance American interests in space, but instead to become part of the big Obama program of engagement with the "international community." His achievements will be measured by whether he can "reach out" to make people "feel good," and those people aren't even Americans; no, his "perhaps foremost" job is to make Muslims around the world "feel good" about their past.
A more serious task might be to make them feel terrible about the present level of education in Muslim lands, not least for women and girls, in the hope that we could spur them to reform and improvement. The dismal state of science, math, and engineering in Muslim nations is quite clear, but Mr. Bolden isn't assigned to improve their performance (which would presumably be the job of USAID, but whatever). No, he's to be another Dr. Feelgood, a sad assignment for this former astronaut. Mr. Bolden should not be criticized for telling the truth about his job, for the problem is at the top, not at NASA. The space program is being transformed into a tool of Obama foreign policy, which views American national greatness as an anachronism. Elliot Abrams in the National Review
Posted: 06 Jul 2010 06:36 AM PDT
MEMRI translates an article in Egyptian daily Rooz al-Yousuf:
After the [Hamas] movement abandoned the real resistance and turned to resistance online and in the media, one of Hamas's many websites published an important report comparing prices of goods and produce in Egypt and in Gaza. The report states: A kilo of watermelon in Gaza costs less than one Egyptian lira, while in Egypt it costs over two lira; a kilo of tomatoes in Gaza costs less than half a lira, while in Egypt it costs 1.5 lira; a kilo of potatoes in Gaza costs half a lira, while in Egypt it costs two lira; a kilo of onions in Gaza is one lira, while in Egypt a kilo of onions is 1.5 lira; a kilo of garlic in Gaza is 10 lira, while in Egypt it is 15 lira.
A kilo of chicken in Egypt is 20 lira, and in Gaza it goes for only 10 lira. The average price of a kilo of beef in Egypt is 60 lira – while in besieged Gaza it goes for five lira. A tray of eggs in Egypt is 19 lira, while in Gaza it is only 10 lira." This comparison of prices between Egypt and Gaza, which has been under siege for three years, as they say, shows that life under siege is cheaper, more convenient, and easier... So what siege are they talking about? Does the siege cause prices to drop? And how are goods flowing into Gaza despite the siege? ...
These questions are not being raised [here] in expectation of an answer from Hamas, but they are directed at all Hamas supporters in Egypt who see nothing wrong with accusing their own country of betraying the Palestinian cause and of starving the helpless Palestinian people with the oppressive siege on Gaza.
If this is what it's like in Gaza under siege, then the Egyptian people, who have been burned by the fire of prices and who peel off part of their limited income to save the besieged Gaza residents, [should] pray to Allah to smite them with [such a] siege, if the siege will lead to lower prices and make it possible for every common citizen to buy eggs, meat, and poultry like the Gaza residents do. Hat tip:Elder Of Ziyon
Extract:Beef 10 time cheaper in Gaza! Eggs and dairy cheaper, too. These is really great news: 38% of Gazans are clinically obese (defined as BMI >30), compared with 30% Americans! Now the poor Palis are suffering from diabetes, heart attacks, kidney failures, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and scores of other chronic diseases. In any case, sick enemies is good news for the Jews.
Posted: 06 Jul 2010 05:53 AM PDT
Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein menegaskan akhbar Suara Keadilan terbitan PKR kemungkinan boleh ditutup jika ia terus diterbitkan meskipun permitnya belum diperbaharui.
Sehubungan itu kata Menteri Dalam Negeri, pihaknya bukannya bertindak tanpa munasabah dengan menahan daripada memperbaharui permit akhbar mingguan itu.
Sebaliknya Hishammuddin mendakwa Suara Keadilan "angkuh" dengan mahu terus mengeluarkan terbitannya walaupun menyedari statusnya buat masa sekarang.
"Kami akan memutuskan status permit jika isu yang sedang diteliti sekarang diselesaikan. Ia adalah satu keputusan yang adil," kata Naib Presiden Umno ini.
Ketika ditanya sama ada akhbar itu boleh ditutup sama sekali jika terus diterbitkan esok, Hishammuddin berkata:
"Sudah tentu mereka boleh. Kami akan mengkaji tindakan mereka dan keupayaan kementerian mengambil tindakan-tindakan yang sewajarnya terhadap mereka."
"Jika tidak apa gunanya mempunyai bahagian penguatkuasaan?"
Hishammuddin menyifatkan kenyataan untuk meneruskan penerbitan akhbar Suara Keadilan sebagai angkuh dan bercanggah dengan peraturan.
Kata beliau, tidak timbul isu menarik semula permit penerbitan kerana yang menjadi isu pada masa ini adalah permit akhbar itu telah tamat tempoh dan permohonan untuk menyambung semula permit belum diluluskan.
Hishammuddin berkata demikian ketika diminta mengulas kenyataan Pengarah Strategi PKR Tian Chua semalam bahawa penerbitan akhbar itu akan diteruskan.
Dalam pada itu, Hishammuddin turut menjelaskan bahawa kementerian tidak mendiskriminasi mana-mana pihak mengenai isu penerbitan.
"Tidak kira Suara Keadilan, Suara Perkasa atau mana-mana media lain mesti mengikut syarat-syarat, peraturan sedia ada. Dalam konteks dasar, semua liputan termasuk majalah dan akhbar tabloid akan dipantau dengan lebih dekat," katanya.
Semalam, Setiausaha Bahagian Kawalan Penerbitan dan Teks Al-Quran Kementerian Dalam Negeri Datuk Zaitun Ab Samad berkata, PKR perlu menanggung implikasi undang-undang sekiranya parti itu bertindak menerbitkan akhbar Suara Keadilan yang permit penerbitannya sudah tamat.
"Kalau beroperasi tanpa lesen, mereka perlu menanggung risiko dikenakan tindakan," katanya.
Akhbar itu telah menerbitkan sebuah artikel muka depan bertajuk "Felda Bankrap".
Pada 28 Jun, KDN memberi tempoh seminggu kepada sidang redaksi akhbar untuk memberi penjelasan mengenai artikel itu.
Zaitun sebelum ini mengeluarkan kenyataan bahawa permit penerbitan Suara Keadilan yang dikeluarkan pada Julai tahun lepas tamat pada 30 Jun tahun ini dan dengan itu tidak lagi boleh dicetak atau diterbitkan mengikut Seksyen 5(1) Akta Mesin Cetak dan Penerbitan 1984.
Yang angkuh ialah KDN. Yang bebal ialah KDN!
Di dalam era digital dan serba maklumat ini, sebarang tindakan untuk menekan suara-suara rakyat akan mendapat tentangan dan tindak-balas dari rakyat.
Kerajaan UMNO BN adalah sebuah kerajaan yang tidak bertoleransi kepada berita-berita yang tidak memihak kepadanya. Mereka masih tinggal dan mengamalkan peradaban zaman batu - mengamalkan sistem diktator untuk menekan suara-suara rakyat.
Kita persilakan KDN untuk menamatkan permit Suara Keadilan Harakah, dan kemudian kita sama-sama perhatikan rakyat akan segera menamatkan pemerintahan kerajaan UMNO BN!
Posted: 06 Jul 2010 04:52 AM PDT
One of the things that I hate most in life is to be stood up. I was stood up four times in the last four days by four different persons. Today, I really could not write anything because I cannot believe that our society has morphed to this stage whereby friends cannot accord the courtesy of notifying another when one is late. Worse still, is when it is the same person doing it many times and declaring that the victim should be understanding and not make a big issue of it. As friends, should we not be kind and considerate to one another?
Last Friday, my friend made arrangements to have dinner with my family at 6.00pm after which we would drop my boy at his BM tuition before we proceeded to E-Gate where I had arranged to introduce my friend to him at 8p.m. By 7.15p.m.,there was no sign of him and no phone call so my better half and boy went to the nearby shops to eat. Following that, the girl called up and asked if I would like to have dinner with her or better still, invite my friend too. I said I would call him to find out the situation.
Imagine - I was quite horrified that he was on the other end of the island as he had agreed to give a colleague a lift. I could not believe it when he said "Oh - I am not late cos the appointment is at 8p.m." He had brushed aside our dinner appointment to for a colleague without according us the courtesy of notification! And he had the audacity to say I was over-reacting etc etc and being a drama queen. Ya right. I had waited over an hour and did not kick up a fuss and that was my 'reward'. Sighs.
So, I told the girl who advised me not to be upset as she would take me anywhere I wanted to go for dinner. Shortly after she picked me, he arrived and my friend kindly turned back to pick him up and she proceeded to a newly opened Japanese restaurant. He was not truly apologetic and made a big joke about it without showing sensitivity to my feelings or even the inconvenience caused to my husband and son who had to rush to tuition after a quick dinner. And he said I was making a mountain out of a mole-hill because I hate people who are late for appointments. For the record, I am very flexible as long as people give me ample notice. At the same time, if I know I will be late for an appointment, I will call up the person and apologise and then give an estimated time of arrival.
By the time the waitress came to take the order, I really could not sit through the dinner and watch his nonchalant attitude about punctuality or the common courtesy of sending a simple text message or a phone call to say "Go ahead for dinner on your own" or "I'll be late so don't wait for me" or something to that effect. I was patient enough to wait for over an hour. Hubby and son did not complain and were seasoned by his tardiness.
And that's because he had done it to us MANY times over the years . Because we are old friends, I cherish the friendship and overlooked his habit. But this time, it was exacerbated by his indignant claim that it was MY fault for being sticky about time. Sighs. It hurts.
Then the next day, someone made an appointment with me for a discussion and did not turn up and did not send word as well. No apology as well. The day after that, another friend did not turn up as arranged three days earlier because she was quarrelling with her spouse and only called up 3 hours later to apologize. Yesterday, two old friends from Alor Star who arranged to see me yesterday also did not show up or call.
In the past, I would call up to ask what happened but these days, older and wiser, I don't bother but still get deeply disappointed and have been unable to write anything today except for this post.
I cannot believe that courtesy is such a rare trait. With the advances in telecommunication, sending a sms is a piece of cake and even making a telephone call via hands free or bluetooth is no problem.
It is the same for drivers on the road. Yesterday, there was this lady in a gold Altis (yes I know the number plate) who was honking at me along Burmah Road where I was waiting to turn into Codrington Avenue. So I turned back and waved my arm at her and signalled to the front to show her that I could not move! She came by and scolded me and gesticulated all kinds of obscene signs. Urrgh!!
And then there are those who don't bother to reply emails until MONTHS later or NEVER while there are some don't pick up calls and don't call back even if I leave messages. Oh - the list is endless. That is why I lead a very quiet life - saner this way and less complicated. However, I must say that through blogging, I have met very nice friends!!! Thank you for showing common courtesies to me.
Till this day, I cannot understand why some have no qualms about not keeping appointments or promises and cannot have the decency to show some courtesy of an apology. Well, it hurts to be treated without respect or consideration. I truly hope that such people are the rarity and not the norm in today's society.
It hurts to be taken for granted and to know that others don't really bother how they have hurt old friends. Anyway, writing this post has been quite therapeutic and I do feel much better now. I hope to put up a post later this evening. I need some chocolate therapy now to seal the route to recovery :-).
May you bless those around you with acts of kindness and love. Have a lovely evening!
Posted: 06 Jul 2010 02:33 AM PDT
DJ MARKET TALK: Malaysia Shares End +0.6; 1320 Resistance - MIBB
0916 GMT [Dow Jones] Malaysia shares end higher with benchmark KLCI +0.6% at 1307.08, rebounds from 1294.37 intraday low, tracking gains in regional markets. "Investors are taking the opportunity to bargain-hunt after a few days of losses... but concerns over the global economy remain," says dealer. Volume thin at 568 million shares. Maybank analyst Lee Cheng Hooi recommends "sell on rallies" strategy for KLCI, tips next resistance at 1320, support at 1297. Market breadth positive with 403 advancers vs 195 decliners. Tanjong (2267.KU) +2.1% at MYR17.50, MISC (3816.KU) +1.7% at MYR8.61, UMW (4588.KU) +1.6% at MYR6.34; Sime Darby (4197.KU) down 1.1% at MYR7.50, Sunway City (6289.KU) down 1.6% at MYR3.70.
Posted: 06 Jul 2010 03:36 AM PDT
Posted: 06 Jul 2010 03:32 AM PDT
They say, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder." How true that is. I have not been back to Penang since Chinese New Year. That is about four and a half months only. I thought I could just leave like that when I decided to uproot and settle down in the Klang Valley. I thought I could let time dilute my fondness for this island where I was born and grew up in. That is not to be. I miss Penang so much today.
I guess Penang will always draw me back, no matter where I go to. Never mind the mad traffic jams, never mind the lack of accessibility, Penang still has that pull on me. The people, the conversations, the food, the sights, the sounds – there is nothing quite like it anywhere else. I may not call it home anymore but it is irrefutably my hometown, my kampung, wo de jia xiang.
Posted: 06 Jul 2010 03:33 AM PDT
Posted: 06 Jul 2010 02:50 AM PDT
Interpol tolak notis keluarkan 'amaran merah'
KUALA LUMPUR 5 Julai - Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) pernah memohon bantuan polis antarabangsa (Interpol) mengeluarkan notis 'amaran merah' terhadap pengendali laman portal 'Malaysia Today', Raja Petra Kamaruddin namun ditolak, Januari lalu.
Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Musa Hassan menjelaskan, tindakan ini menyukarkan PDRM untuk memburu dan menahan Raja Petra yang kini dipercayai berada di United Kingdom (UK).
"Kita tidak boleh sewenang-wenangnya pergi ke negara orang untuk buat tangkapan, undang-undang sesuatu negara itu perlu dihormati.
"Justeru, kita meminta bantuan Interpol untuk berbuat demikian dengan mengeluarkan notis 'amaran merah' terhadap Raja Petra namun ia ditolak," katanya ketika dihubungi Utusan Malaysia di sini hari ini.
Musa mengulas kenyataan Ketua Pemuda UMNO, Khairy Jamaluddin yang hari ini secara terbuka mempersoalkan tindakan dan keupayaan risikan pasukan polis dalam usaha memburu Raja Petra.
Dalam pada itu, jelas Musa, adalah tidak benar jika ada pihak yang beranggapan bahawa polis mengambil remeh dalam isu ini.
"Meskipun gagal mendapat bantuan Interpol, PDRM tidak akan lepas tangan sebaliknya akan tetap mencari ikhtiar dan alternatif lain," ujar beliau.
Ditanya mengenai perintah ekstradisi terhadap Raja Petra, katanya, perkara itu perlu dirujuk kepada pejabat Peguam Negara kerana ia merupakan bidang kuasa pihak berkenaan.
Sementara itu, di lobi Parlimen, Khairy berkata, pihak berkuasa sepatutnya berupaya menjejaki Raja Petra kerana individu itu sering menghadiri program-program di sekitar UK terutama di London dan jadual mengenainya ada disiarkan di Internet.
Khairy mengutarakan perkara itu kerana mendapati Raja Petra telah berucap pada satu majlis dikenali sebagai "Friends of Pakatan Rakyat" di London semalam.
Katanya, jadual mengenai ucapan Raja Petra pada majlis tersebut telah pun diuar-uarkan di laman web Malaysia Today sejak Jumaat lalu.
"Risikan yang saya dapat ini diperolehi di Internet, bukan daripada Scotlandyard atau polis antarabangsa (Interpol) jadi kenapa tiada tindakan?" katanya.
Interpol pun cuba hendak diperdayakan oleh PDRM. Inilah taraf polis di Malaysia, sesuka hati nak tangkap dan nak heret orang, hanya semata-mata kerana nak mengampu UMNO BN, hanya semata-mata nak kejar pangkat.
Raja Petra bukannya pengganas, bukannya pembunuh, bukannya penyamun....Sekadar seorang blogger, itupun UMNO dan PDRM tak senang duduk....
Saya rasa Musa Hassan, Hishamuddin Tun Hussein dan Najib sendiri nanti yang akan dicari Interpol...sebab banyak songelnya suruh tahan sianu dan sianu.
Polis yang membunuh di dalam beberapa kes selama ini masih terlepas....
Posted: 06 Jul 2010 01:49 AM PDT
My friend Tee Jin bought a Mac, and now he is a proud Apple user. =D He needed some help on installing file and guide so I come here and help. Joining us here is Merritt, who is also an experienced Mac user too. We love Mac. =D
What's your favourite Starbucks Coffee? It's getting expensive! Venti Java Chips Frappucino is now RM16. OMG.
Posted: 04 Jul 2010 07:07 PM PDT
For those who have been wondering why Umno-BN would want to push the Johor Sultan into revoking the two datuk titles of PKR leader Chua Jui Meng, now they know.
The former Health Minister is widely tipped to be appointed chairman of Johor PKR, in a move to strengthen the party's machinery in the state ahead of national polls widely speculated to take place soon.
Jui Meng left the BN to join PKR in 2009. A top leader in the Chinese community, Jui Meng was among the five most powerful men in the MCA during his heyday, respected for his suave and refined oratory.
Although, the MCA did not select him to contest in the 2004 general election, the former Bakri MP still wields considerable influence, a factor that may have prompted his ex-BN colleagues to try and discredit him as much as possible before PKR formally announces the appointment.
MCA president Chua Soi Lek, whose son Tee Yong is the MP for Labis, is believed to have been among those who urged the Sultan to withdraw the datukships. The Umno-BN plot was allegedly to disgrace Jui Meng, but it backfired and instead helped the PKR leader to gain nationwide publicity and sympathy.
"This is a Johor power play. But it is not just Soi Lek. Frankly, he doesn't have the guts to move alone without the backing of top Johor Umno leaders. Muhyiddin's name has also been mentioned," an MCA watcher had told Malaysia Chronicle.
He was referring to Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
Chua Jui Meng mangsa Umno?
Of Jui Meng and Karpal: Another blot on the Sultan...
Jui Meng a victim of Johor power play by Soi Lek, Umno...
Posted: 05 Jul 2010 06:41 AM PDT
Via Didi Remez (whose Coteret blog has become an indispensable resource for progressives on Israel-Palestine issues), Israel's Channel Ten TV News was leaked a memo on a Frank Luntz poll commissioned by the right-wing propaganda outfit The Israel Project analyzing the effectiveness of the Israeli government's public diplomacy efforts around the Gaza flotilla raid.
Consider these numbers against the fact that 84 Senators and 298 Representatives — 71% of the U.S. Congress — signed an AIPAC-backed letter supporting the flotilla raid. The Israel Project has worked with Luntz before, and gotten in trouble for it. Last year, columnist Doug Bloomfield obtained a copy of the group's "Global Language Dictionary," developed in conjunction with Luntz, which advocated equating an end to illegal Israeli settlement building with "ethnic cleansing" against Jews. Last December, journalist Spencer Ackerman also discovered that The Israel Project was shopping around an anti-Iran petition loaded up with false signatures.
Posted: 05 Jul 2010 10:35 PM PDT
1. Akhirnya sampai juga saya ke Tatarstan, negeri orang Tartar yang pada satu masa dahulu hampir tawan Moscow. Sekarang Tatarstan adalah sebuah negeri autonomi dalam Persekutuan Rusia. Seperti juga dengan negeri-negeri Melayu yang dilindungi oleh British dahulu, Rusia menguasai perkara-perkara hubungan luar dah pertahanan. Bezanya Tatarstan telah ditawan oleh Rusia semasa Czar Ivan the Terrible dalam abad ke-16.
2. Orang Tartar telah terima Islam pada abad ke-9 Masehi, iaitu 200 tahun selepas Nabi wafat.
3. Ivan the Terrible, Czar Rusia telah musnahkan semua masjid dan cuba mengembang agama Kristian Orthodox. Tetapi Catherine the Great telah benarkan Islam dianuti oleh rakyat Rusia yang Islam. Kemudian di zaman Komunis agama tidak dibenarkan sama sekali dan selama 70 tahun orang Tatarstan dilahirkan tanpa agama, dan tidak Islam.
4. Kemudian pada tahun 1990-an orang Russia dibenar beragama semula. Kata bekas Presiden Tatarstan semasa saya makan tengahari bersama beliau, Tatarstan yang hanya tinggal tiga bangunan masjid, tiba-tiba memperlihatkan 1,200 masjid dibangunkan. Seperkara yang menarik ialah masjid-masjid baru ini didirikan dengan duit rakyat, tanpa bantuan pemerintah.
5. Ibukota Tatarstan ialah Kazan, sebuah bandar dengan penduduk seramai lebih satu juta. Bandar ini cantik dengan bangunan-bangunan lama yang berbentuk arkitek Eropah kurun ke-19 hingga ke-20. Ia terletak di tebing Sungai Volga yang ditempat-tempat tertentu lebarnya 42-kilometer.
6. Saya melawat limbungan kapal yang hampir siap membina dua buah frigat untuk Vietnam. Limbungan juga boleh keluarkan bot feri dengan kelajuan 70km sejam.
7. Helikopter seperti yang dibeli oleh Malaysia juga dikeluarkan oleh "Kazan Helicopters". Berpuluh-puluh sedang dikeluarkan kerana jualan masih laris walaupun ekonomi dunia merosot. Bahagian dalam helikopter VVIP amatlah cantik, dihias dengan panel kayu dan siap dengan bilik air.
8. Walaupun Kazan Helicopters gagal memenangi tender Malaysia baru-baru ini, saya berpendapat jenis MI-17 yang telah di naik taraf amat sesuai untuk Bomba dan pengangkutan. Ia boleh memuat 36 askar berpakaian lengkap dan bersenjata. Dalam beberapa pertandingan antarabangsa MI-17 telah menang aabila semua askar dapat keluar dalam 14 saat.
9. Saya percaya kita boleh kuasai teknologi helikopter melalui Kazan Helicopters. Ini lebih bermakna daripada hanya menjadi pengguna.
10. Tatarstan boleh memberi banyak peluang bagi peniaga, pengusaha serta para akademik Malaysia. Sesuatu yang menarik ialah Lee Kwan Yew telah tiga kali ke Tatarstan sedangkan pemimpin Kerajaan Malaysia termasuk saya sendiri tidak pernah ke Tatarstan.
Posted: 05 Jul 2010 08:50 PM PDT
Posted: 05 Jul 2010 09:31 PM PDT
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