Tuesday, August 3, 2010

confirmed (again!) – MCA is umno’s running dog

confirmed (again!) – MCA is umno’s running dog


confirmed (again!) – MCA is umno’s running dog

Posted: 03 Aug 2010 10:57 AM PDT

MCA is nothing to umno in BN. neither is gerakan or MIC. BN is umno. umno is BN. umno is boss. umno calls all the shot.

the latest incident refers – when MCA joins DAP to request the home ministry to quash the 'allah' word ban. The next day, the DPM came out to give MCA a piece of his mind when he warned them  over its appeal for the government to rescind the ban on non-muslims use of the word  'allah'.  immediately after the warning, the big boss of MCA, chua, suddenly came out to say MCA does not share the same stand with DAP on the call to lift the ban on the use of  'allah' by non-Muslims.

what does this tells you??  you know and i know.  i already said it right in the beginning anyway (oh. even at the heading itself).

oh gee… i had better not waste my time talking about an irrelevant coward party.

let's talk a little about the 'allah' ban.  kerismuddin had said he regret his predecessor who set the ban on 'allah' (which made… well sort of give some courage… MCA to speak up to call for the govt. to rescind the ban).   he then later on flipped flopped and said his regret is his personal feeling and no way the govt. will retract the 'allah' appeal.  methink he got scared… after the DPM warning to MCA and especially after the minister of islamic affairs was so quick to come out to say  that the government should not rescind the ban on non-muslims from using the word  'allah'.

and all of them said the matter is in court now. let the court decide. all those people (meaning all except umno) shouldn't talk/discuss about the 'allah' ban.  oh yeah let the court decide? the court had already decided! that the catholic church is allowed to use the word 'allah' but then the umno govt. wanted to appeal and we all know how the appeal court will work, don't we.

malaysia really has no shame at all!! the only country where the muslim leaders want to copyright the word 'allah'.  no shame… as through this action of theirs, they are telling people their (muslim) faith is so weak. in many muslim majority countries, the christians are allowed to use allah but in malaysia…… *big sigh*

ALLAH BELONGS TO EVERYONE, NOT TO MALAYSIAN MUSLIM ONLY!

ALLAH ITU KASIH! he who say allah belongs to him only, has no KASIH at all!!



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Posted: 03 Aug 2010 10:04 AM PDT

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Proof that MCA is Umno's running dog: MCA makes U-turn over 'Allah' row!!

Posted: 03 Aug 2010 08:50 AM PDT

In barely 24-hours, MCA has backed down on its call for the federal government to rescind its ban on the use of the term 'Allah' by non-Muslims, following a reprimand by acting Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

In a statement today, MCA president Chua Soi Lek said that his party was merely voicing concerns raised during a meeting between the party's presidential council and the Christian Federation of Malaysia last week. Chua said the NGO had wished for the matter to be resolved quickly as it had been more than a year since the issue cropped up.

Chua's "clarification" comes a day after MCA central committee member Loh Seng Kok issued a statement, urging Home Minister Hishamuddin Hussein to rescind the ban since the minister had expressed "regret" over the controversy. Loh said the move to rescind the band would make Hishammuddin a leader who truly looked after the rights and interest of all Malaysians.

Loh noted that besides the Christians in Sabah and Sarawak, the Hindus and Sikhs also use the term Allah in their Veda and Guru Granth Sahib scriptures, respectively. He added by saying that to only allow 'Allah' to be used by Christians only in East Malaysia "reeks of 1 country, 2 systems and negates the fact that about 100,000 native Sarawak and Sabah Christians are based on Peninsular Malaysia. Moreover, Christian Orang Aslis on the peninsula also refer to God as "Allah".
Even though Loh has justified the call to revoke the 'Allah' ban, will or dare Hishammudin do the right thing? I think not. Reason being the Home Minister had made the statement that the decision to ban the word "Allah" would continue to haunt his ministry "for a very long time." Hopeless Hishammudin! 8|


Family Day: Observations on my clients…

Posted: 03 Aug 2010 07:17 AM PDT

Of the 94 total attendees for Sunday's Family Day, 17 were volunteers while rest were the family members of 20 different clients – half of them mine. Out of the 20, 9 of them were single mothers (one of the ladies didn't come though… only her 3 children came with their grandma because the client had to work); 3 were women who got HIV from their first husbands, then remarried and present husband tested negative (so far); 1 woman still married but husband didn't bother to go for testing; 1 single father; 2 married men; 3 single men (one of them came with his sister) and one 14 year old HIV+ child who came with her aunt.

And while only (huh? ONLY??) 10 of them were my clients, I was happy to note that I recognised and knew the names of 9 of the other 10 clients. There was only one single HIV+ man whom I didn't recognise because I had never met him before. Indeed it helped a lot that I knew them… with such a big group, if I didn't know them, it would be difficult to know who was in our group and who was not. Even with the sign indicating that the hut was reserved for us Buddies, there were still a few outsiders who selamba-ly came, sat and put their things on the tables at the hut. Knowing pretty well they weren't from our group, I just told them that the place was reserved.

But anyway, being an observer, here's my observation of my clients who attended the Family Day on Sunday:

FUZI – A regular for our Family Day outings. Her children always look forward to the annual event. There was no problem for Fuzi to get along with the others. Only problem was her children were overly adventurous. The boys who caused panic when they went missing during the day were Fuzi's 2 younger boys!

LIN – Her second time joining. She missed last year's not because she didn't want to join, but because she couldn't. Lin came with her grown up daughters (in their early twenties) and the 2 younger ones, 15 year old boy and 13 year old girl. And being a close-knit family, they were enjoying the day together as a family. So Lin never worried about not having any other "gang" during the day's events.

MARIA – Not a new client. I was first assigned to be her buddy when she was pregnant. The boy she gave birth to is now already 4 years old. Maria had always been the reserved and quiet type. After all these years, finally this year she indicated her interest to join our Family Day. But she had doubts. She asked who else was coming… to make sure she knew at least one of them. She asked if we'd mention anything about HIV during the day's events. She specifically requested to follow me in my car when I told her that a few volunteers would be waiting at the bus station. Maria came to our Family Day this year together with her daughter. I tried introducing her to a few other female clients, but their conversations just went as far as "Tinggal kat mana?" Most of the time, Maria just went around the park with her daughter. Even when she was at our reserved hut, I didn't see her chatting with anyone else. She just sat there quietly. Aduh… very very difficult for others to break the ice with her. And since I had so many others to attend to, I couldn't be attending to Maria all the time!

ASIAH – Another old client but newcomer to the Family Day. However, unlike Maria, Asiah does talk to the other ladies. Her only problem all the while was that her husband never wanted to join and always told Asiah, "Tak payahlah pergi." I'm not sure what made him change his mind this year, maybe he finally figured out that at least his children deserved to be given the chance to enjoy themselves once in a while. However, Asiah's husband didn't join us at our hut. He sat at a nearby hut until they went back. Oh well, at least it was a good enough start. Asiah finally got to join the event and got to meet and speak to the other HIV+ ladies.

SOFIE – Became my client last year but during last year's Family Day at the National Stud Farm, she was bed-ridden and simply couldn't join us. She just became my client at that time and her children weren't too familiar with me yet, so they didn't join either. Although this year was their first time at our event, they didn't have any problems adjusting. Even Sofie herself joined her children in the pool and the walk around the park. Those who had seen her condition last year would probably never have thought she would be able to enjoy herself at the park this year!

MR & MRS K – They had joined our Family Day once before but due to all sorts of problems, didn't join us for the past 2 years. Last year their youngest had to undergo a heart operation (hole-in-heart). The problem with this family was that they always seem to be in financial trouble. Even this year, Mrs K got her daughter to send me a text message to ask if I'd be sponsoring their bus fares to Ipoh to join the family day! I told them they would have to cough the fares up themselves as we're already paying a significant amount of money per head for their entry into LWOT. Well they made it to Ipoh… and from what I saw, they enjoyed themselves on Sunday. I got to speak to Shah, their eldest son who also joined the family day this year. Shah had earlier this year said he wanted to go down south to work so he could help his family. Although I advised him to attend a 6-months course under Giat Mara, they (Shah & his parents) didn't even bother to give it any second thoughts. But Shah is no longer working and when I asked him on Sunday if he didn't intend to find himself a job, he said, "Entahlah, tanya ibulah. Ibu suruh dok rumah jaga adik." Ah, after all those talk about getting a job down south, now all he does is babysit his younger sister? Why can't Mr and Mrs K at least think of Shah's future? Why can't they think of any other options? What will become of the boy (he's 19 this year) in future if all he does now is stay home to look after his younger sister? Adoi… why can't they THINK?

HANA – Hana's family joined our family day 2 years ago at Taiping Zoo. However they didn't join us last year because Hana had to work on Sunday. This year again, Hana couldn't join us, but I guess she felt guilty that the children would have to miss out all the fun simply because she had to work, this time she decided to send the children to join us, accompanied by their grandmother. At least she wasn't being selfish.

MURNI – Murni started joining our Family Day last year (then she was still a new client) and by the looks of things, I think she may well be a regular to our annual event. This time even her husband came (he didn't join last year but still let his wife join our activities without any restrictions).

ROSNAH – She once told me that she didn't want to join activities involving other PLHIVs as she was afraid others may know of her status. As a matter of fact, she knew Shila (not my client) who stays in the same town. But when I extended her the invitation this year, she was one of the earlier ones to reply, asking me to book 2 places – for her and her daughter. And she didn't seem to have any problems getting along with the others during the day, and even asked me to take pics of her at the various attractions at the park. I did notice however, that even though she came in her car with just her daughter, she didn't offer to take Shila home despite them staying not far from each other.

RIN – My newest client and definitely a first timer to our Family Day. She came by car but since she didn't know the way to LWOT, asked to join the group from the bus station to follow my car from behind. Since she only had 2 young children as passengers in her car, she even offered to take a few passengers from the other families. She got along well with the other clients and didn't have any problems blending in with the rest.

Today, the following text message came in from Rin:

"Salam kak, apa khabar? Kesempitan ini saya nak ucapkan berbanyak terima kasih dan saya rasa terharu dengan sokongan Buddies. Di samping itu saya dapat kenalan baru. Harap dapat teruskan lagi di masa akan datang!"

For the first time, one of my clients actually sent me a text message to thank us. Not to say the others never thank us, but usually they'd just say terima kasih at the end of the day when they were about to go home. That, and the fact that these families always look forward to the next family day, are good enough for us, really. But getting an additional thank you message 2 days after the event? That's certainly an extra boost!


Perak Akan Kembali Ke Pakatan Rakyat Semula

Posted: 03 Aug 2010 06:34 AM PDT

Bekas menteri besar Perak Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin digantung daripada menghadiri sidang Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) selama sehari ekoran kekecohan yang timbul ketika perbahasan ke atas rang undang-udang perbekalan tambahan.

Kekecohan timbul apabila Nizar (PAS-Pasir Panjang) enggan duduk selepas tempoh 15 minit untuk beliau berbahas berakhir.

Datuk Ramly Zahari (BN-Manong) bangun meminta Nizar dikeluarkan dari DUN sambil mendakwa bekas menteri besar itu mahu mencetuskan kekecohan di DUN.

Speaker Datuk R. Ganesan yang Nizar enggan merujuknya sebagai Speaker DUN membenarkan Ramly membawa usul di bawah Peraturan Mesyuarat lalu mengarahkan Nizar keluar dewan.

"YB Datuk Seri Nizar, sila tinggalkan dewan," kata beliau berulang kali hampir setengah jam.

Nizar yang bertegas enggan keluar DUN, ditemani rakan-rakannya dalam PR yang turut bangun dan berhujah secara serentak.

"YB Nizar, anda digantung dari Dewan selama sehari, sehinggan sidang berakhir hari ini," kata Ganesan.

Ganesan kemudian mengarahkan bentara DUN membawa Nizar keluar tetapi Nizar enggan mematuhi perintah itu.

Selepas kekecohan yang berterusan beberapa minit, kesemua 27 wakil rakyat PR memulaukan sidang dan meninggalkan DUN serentak bersama Nizar. -TMI

Ulasan GB

Sungguh anih, setelah negeri Perak dirampas secara biadab oleh UMNO BN, hari ini Speaker yang tak bertanding di dalam pilihanraya dengan muka tak tahu malu boleh menggantung seorang wakil rakyat yang sah, yang telah dipilih oleh rakyat.

GB berpandangan bahawa rakyat Perak PASTI akan mengajar UMNO BN dengan teruk selepas ini. Bahawa sistem pilihanraya yang diamalkan oleh Malaysia meletakkan kuasa rakyat mengatasi segala-galanya, bukan Najib, bukan UMNO BN, malah bukan Sultan, bukan hakim mahkamah, bukan polis dan bukan SPR atau SPRM yang akan menentukan siapa perintah Perak. Tetapi, "of the people, by the people, for the people".


"精彩之夜“ - Publicity On Full Swing

Posted: 03 Aug 2010 05:48 AM PDT

"精彩之夜" literally means "Night of Excellence". This district fellowship night of MAF of Sibu East District is set to gather the adult fellowshippers together for an evening of joy and praise!

Part of the publicity is to print posters for putting up in the 16 churches in Sibu East District. These freshly oven-baked posters are sponsored by brother Thomas Thien. Many thanks, Thomas!

Brother Leng Kieh volunteered to get the posters printed and send them out to the 16 churches.

If you have not made up your mind yet, I challenge you to set the evening aside for "Night of Excellence".

The committee met last night to finalise the details of "精彩之夜"。


Little Napoleons are ruling the little kingdoms

Posted: 03 Aug 2010 04:44 AM PDT

The Malaysia civil service system originated from the British colonial era, but we have more complaints and criticisms compared to the British colonial administration.

However, there are certain good things in the civil service system and laws handed down by the colonial government, especially the check-and-balance process involving three independent divisions, viz the executive, legislative and judiciary, under the separation of powers model. They have played an important role in promoting progress and democracy in the country.

However, all systems and laws have their limitations. The world is progressing, the country is changing, and new things continue to emerge, and thus, systems and laws must also be amended and changed. Otherwise, they may become an obstacle to national progress and a burden for the people to seek for a better life.

It is worth thinking about whether our huge civil service system and some of our laws have been caught in such a situation.

Lately, "little Napoleons" seem to be found everywhere. Otherwise, the prime minister would not have warned that "We cannot have little Napoleon who does not understand innovation." Also, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng would not have involved in a war of words with a low-ranking official.

I am afraid that the problem cannot be solved only by taking disciplinary actions against those who are involved as after a little Napoleon is dismissed, there will still be many other little Napoleons waiting in the wings. What can we do to them?

The problem lies in mindset. As long as the overall environment that grows rigid and narrow thinking is not eliminated, there will be space for the survival and development of little Napoleons, who are everywhere to destroy our civil service system and the spirit of the Separation of Powers, something that we used to be proud of!

Little Napoleons everywhere, Sin Chew Daily, By LIM MUN FAH. Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE

The government needs to show that it is fair and just to all Malaysians, irrespective of colour, creed, culture, or class, by ensuring that those civil servants that thwart, frustrate, and sabotage the multi-racial, multi-religious, multi-cultural, and multi-lingual nation-building process should be brought to book and disciplined.

Gist taken from MKini's Not only little Napoleons but little kingdoms too by George Lee

If you tried to Google the words, you will find that besides the historical wartime General Pierre G. Beauregard and the movies, the next few pieces of information about 'Little Napoleons' actually come from Malaysia media and there is even a YouTube video entitled 'Little Napoleons' rampages uploaded by a political party.

Ever wonder when you go to a government agency, be it Tenaga Nasional, state Waterworks, Immigration Department, National Registration, Education Department or the Malaysia Airport office just to name a few, you find that the offices protocols are almost very similar in nature where most of the staff are audaciously impolite and non-communicable?

Well, one should not be startled. The 'Little Napoleons' have built 'Little Kingdoms' in these government agencies which not only is self regulated but their staff through generations have built a sense of solidarity that is resilient to outside forces. Like many ancient kingdoms, there are staff who do not hold on to the Napoleon's cultures and are on self-exile.

My acquaintance with these 'Little Kingdoms', sometimes staying on for one or two years, allowed me to comprehend the people within their mentalities, behaviours and fears.

Like others, there were customs and values within these sovereignties that the people had to adhere to. The 'Little Napoleons' used racial, religion and family values to ensnare the people into the circle of trust. Gradually over the decades, the followers had become overwhelmingly big and powerful that if one remained as an outsider, there is no chance of survival except to be transferred out of the 'Little Kingdoms'. Even expert like us who gained entry into the 'Little Kingdoms' to work had to acclimatise to the food, the praying time, the working time and decision-making process within the 'Little Kingdoms' else we would not get the collaboration.

Thinking back, it was really hard in that surroundings and my heart goes to those who still living and breathing in the 'Little Kingdoms'. The profundity of the beliefs engendered by these Kingdoms was so sweeping and detrimental that one will not survive another day outside the Kingdom. The people were so dependent of the 'Little Kingdoms' for their survival in their bodies as well as in their minds.

Back to reality, to save people inside, outside the 'Little Kingdoms' as well as the whole motherland, the monarchies or the 'Little Napoleons' must be deracinated and destroyed. However, the good people in the rest of the motherland will stumble upon the 'Big Napoleons' in the ruling Kingdom.

The good people need to gather strength, belief and intelligence to take on the 'Little Kingdoms' and 'Big Kingdom'. We need to work with those within the Kingdoms to liberate these people from their incarceration. Not to forget we must call upon our brothers and sisters across all the six continents to return. Let's utilise the people power to bring these 'Napoleons' to their knees and dismantle the Kingdoms.

By TAY TIAN YAN
Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE

There is always a big Napoleon behind the little Napoleons.

Perhaps, it is how the little Napoleons think. And such kind of information is provided by a big Napoleon.

Today, everyone, including both the ruling and opposition parties, is blaming the little Napoleons, saying that they are making troubles.

However, everyone seems to tolerate the big Napoleons, and blame only the little Napoleons whenever there are problems.

The British were afraid of Napoleon Bonaparte 200 years ago and thus, they exiled him to the St Helena Island, which was located in the Atlantic Ocean, about 2,000km to the west of Angola.

Napoleon had no choice but to spend the last six years of his life on the island doing nothing, except watching seabirds.

It seems that our big Napoleons should also be isolated or exiled. Of course, we do not have any small island like St Helena. However, it is also good to leave them in an air-conditioned office room so that they can live a leisure life.

Sin Chew Daily



Toddler recites Al-Fatihah

Posted: 03 Aug 2010 03:14 AM PDT

I love these two Chikadees to bits!  If you think Miki is talkative, you should speak to his cousin, my niece, Sarah Khadeeja.

Sarah is 4 years old with extreme cuteness. Her voice is just like Upin&Ipin and she talks non stop. She has memorized many doa's and surah including Al-Fatihah. Here in the video she recites it with the cutest baby talk.

Miki, 2 years old however is yet to memorize Al-Fatihah and I seriously hope this video will encourage him to be as good as Sarah. Love you lil kiddos very much! Muaxx


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ADUN Permatang Bersama Pembantu Peribadi Ditembak Mati

Posted: 03 Aug 2010 03:15 AM PDT

Bekas ADUN Permatang Dan Pembantu Wanita Mati Ditembak

Bekas Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Permatang, Datuk Abdul Aziz Mohd Noh, 64 dan pembantunya, Siti Norazah, 43, mati ditembak ketika sedang memandu.

Kereta yang dinaiki mereka merempuh pembahagi jalan. Polis turut menemui sepucuk pistol berisi peluru di dalam kereta mangsa.

Kejadian berlaku di KM476 Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan pagi tadi.

Sementara itu, Ketua Polis Selangor, Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar berkata, siasatan awal polis mendapati terdapat kesan tembakan di kepala kedua-dua mangsa.

"Siasatan juga mendapati tembakan dilepaskan dari bahagian dalam kenderaan yg dinaiki mangsa, siasatan lanjut masih dijalankan," katanya yang dipetik melalui status Facebook yang dikemaskini kira-kira pukul 1.30 petang, pada Selasa.

Mayat kedua-dua mereka dihantar ke Hospital Sungai Buloh.

Tambah Khalid, kes berkenaan disiasat bawah Seksyen 302 Kanun Keseksaan.

Beliau juga menasihatkan orang ramai supaya tidak membuat sebarang spekulasi berhubung kejadian berkenaan.

"Kita tidak menolak kemungkinan ini adalah satu kes pembunuhan dan bunuh diri, lain-lain butiran kita tak boleh beri setakat ini... biarlah polis siasat dahulu," katanya.

Katanya lagi, hasil maklumat saksi mengesahkan tiada individu lain dalam kereta mangsa ketika kejadian.

Abdul Aziz mewakili Barisan Nasional (BN) bagi kerusi DUN Permatang selama sepenggal sehingga 2008 sebelum digugurkan pada pilihan raya umum ke-12 yang lalu dan digantikan dengan muka baru, Sulaiman Abdul Razak.

Allahyarham juga, merupakan bekas Setiausaha Politik kepada bekas Menteri Besar Selangor, Datuk Seri Abu Hassan Omar.

Sementara itu, anaknya Anis Abdul Aziz adalah Exco Pergerakan Pemuda Umno Malaysia. -mstar foto : BH

Ulasan GB

Seorang bekas YB bersama seorang pembantu peribadi ditembak ketika sedang memandu. Itu tajuk yang menggemparkan hari ini.

Jarang sekali seorang "bekas" YB mempunyai pembantu peribadi, tetapi YB-YB UMNO biasanya masih mengekalkan PA masing-masing sekalipun sudah bersara menjadi YB. Ramai juga YB-YB dan bekas YB yang kadangkala terpaksa berdepan dengan isu rumahtangga kerana kehadiran PA.

Sepucuk pistol ditemui, kata polis. Tapi kali ini tiada parang yang biasanya disebutkan bersama apabila terdapat kes-kes sedemikian. Belum dipastikan siapa pemilik pistol berkenaan. Milik YB, mungkin, kerana tidak mungkin pula penembak meninggalkan pistolnya di situ.

Siasatan sedang dilakukan oleh polis, oleh itu GB tidak mahu mengganggu proses siasatan berkenaan.



Let the Thrill-Ling Show Begin!

Posted: 03 Aug 2010 02:10 AM PDT

by Martin Jalleh

Bolehland's economy is buckling
FDIs are drastically a-tumbling.

The impact of corruption is crippling
The brain drain numbers are appalling.

Many ordinary people are struggling
The elite, nation's wealth are gobbling.

Umno's "internal security" is crumbling
Confidence of its members is wobbling.

MCA, its members quietly squabbling
MIC a sad story of continued shackling.

Other BN partners are loudly grumbling
Against Umno's bullying ways so galling.

Race and religious harmony sorely failing
In human rights the country is sadly trailing.

For 15 months the PM has been babbling
Slogan after slogan he has been dangling.

Rakyat fed-up of his 1Malaysia rambling
APCO's gimmicks fall flat and fumbling.

The country needs something very startling
To kick-start PM's image so troubling.

So they call the AG to get the circus rolling
Put in the dock a very big fish called Ling.

First Tun ever charged in court, of star billing
No handcuffs, but it must be very humbling.

From the government he has been stealing
In a case where they have been long stalling.

RM12.5 billion, a scandal very mind-boggling
After three long years, they are still hobbling!

Ling is commanding and confidently smiling
Some people, even in Umno, will be trembling!

He needs only to begin with a bit of "spilling"
And some big guns will be slipping and falling.

More will be arrested to give a serious feeling
Ling could even recommend some for grilling.

The AG's case seems so strange and puzzling
Will there be brokering, wheeling and dealing?

MACC in big cases has so far been bungling
Will they succeed in making this revealing?

Pre-election circus has got officials scrambling
PM's image must be made to look real sparkling!

Past big fish arrested in charades most telling
All were acquitted, came out of court giggling.

The citizens of Bolehland are riotously chuckling
Such a circus and charade is no longer appealing!

Will we be spared of more deceit and swindling?
In the next general elections, God-willing!

(3 Aug. 2010)



Notice From Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia

Posted: 03 Aug 2010 01:16 AM PDT

Notice from Immigration Department of Malaysia
Notice from Immigration Department of Malaysia.

There was a notice for me from the Immigration Department of Malaysia. My first thought was, "Die! A letter to inform me I have been barred from travelling overseas." I currently have an outstanding matter with a government agency that has not been resolved yet. One of the penalties was disallowing me from going out of the country. I was half expecting something like that coming in the mail for me.

However, I was pleasantly surprised that it was a notice informing me that my passport is expiring in December. Those intending to travel overseas must have passports with a validity of more than six months. The notice advised me to have the passport renewed for this purpose. This reminder is a nice touch from the Immigration Department, especially for people who do not use their passports often and are not aware of the six month validity condition.

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In defence of our Chinese dialects, again

Posted: 03 Aug 2010 01:18 AM PDT

Two months ago, I happened to write something in defence of the usage of our Chinese dialects at home. Here is an excerpt:
Mandarin may be the unifying tongue for the Chinese people in China and of course, it is important too that the Chinese Malaysians know the unifying language of their ancestors but for heaven's sake, learning this language should not be made at the expense of our own heritage here in Malaysia.

Our forefathers came to Malaya to make better lives for themselves. They toiled hard and while they assimilated well into this land, they never forgot or shed their own local dialects.

The dialects still have an important part in play in our Chinese Malaysian culture and is an integral part of our heritage. That's what makes it so rich and fascinating. That's what makes it so unique here too, a melting pot of dialects within such a small country. We should be proud of our ability to understand the dialects and never give them up.

Who would have known that the very essence of the use of dialect is creating turmoil in China itself? I have just learnt that hundreds of people, possibly thousands, have been protesting in Guangzhou for about two weeks already. In Hong Kong, about 200 demonstrators marched to the city's government headquarters.

Reason for these protests? A political advisory body in Beijing proposed that local television stations in Guangdong province switch from Cantonese to Mandarin for prime-time shows before Guangzhou hosts the Asian Games in November. This led to rumours that the Chinese government was planning to weaken or even abolish the Cantonese dialect.

With Cantonese being the mother tongue for an estimated 70 million people across Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong province in China and widely spoken by overseas Chinese communities, this had raised grave concerns and suspicion, and forced the people there to protest over the need to protect their mother tongues.

I can only hope that the Chinese here in Malaysia can take the cue from what's happening in China to ensure that their own dialects are protected as well.

It is a big mistake if we think that Mandarin alone can unify the Chinese ethnicity here. Of course, we don't need to do like those people did by protesting or attending rallies. A simple act to propagate our cultural heritage and identity by using dialect at home and within our communities will be enough.

It will be an irreversible error to let the Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew, Hainanese, Hockchiew and other local dialects disappear from common usage. For the sake of our children, let's save our dialects. It will be a far richer experience for them.
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LAPORAN DARI DEWAN NEGARA

Posted: 02 Aug 2010 10:14 PM PDT


5 Sen Yang Kau Rampas Dari Kami

Posted: 23 Jul 2010 05:33 AM PDT

celine dion- my heart will go on (instrumental)

5 Sen Yang Kau Rampas Dari Kami

5 sen yang kau rampas dari kami
tak apa-apa tuan
sedia kami berkorban
jadikan kami batu dan pasir
untuk kau adun menjadi mahligai
dan kau ketawa hilai
menukar gundek setiap malam
tak apa-apa tuan
asal dapat kau lampias nafsumu.

5 sen yang kau rampas dari kami
tak apa-apa tuan
kami sedia berkorban
jadikan kami kepingan-kepingan logam
untuk kau bina jet peribadi
dan kau ketawa hilai
terbang keliling dunia
mengumpul coli dan seluar dalam
tak apa-apa tuan
asal isterimu gembira
dan kau tak perlu memujuk rayu untuk disuapkan.

5 sen yang kau rampas dari kami
tak apa-apa tuan
kami sedia berkorban
jadikan kami batang-batang pisang
untuk kau susun menjadi benteng
dan kau ketawa hilai
menjadi Dracula
tak jemu-jemu menghisap darah
tak apa-apa tuan
asal tuan tak kekurangan darah.

5 sen yang kau rampas dari kami
tak apa-apa tuan
kami sedia berkorban
masih kami bernyawa
khabarkan jika tuan perlu lebih banyak
tak apa-apa tuan
akan kami ubah gaya hidup kami
sedia kami mengikat perut
asal perut tuan terus gendut.

5 sen yang kau rampas dari kami
tak apa-apa tuan
ini negara koloni
apa hak kami untuk membantah
sedia kami berkorban dan terkorban
budi baikmu tuan
kami tidak mudah lupa
pilihanraya nanti tentu kami jelaskan.

Yajuk
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Kita Hamparkan Iktibar

Posted: 02 Aug 2010 08:48 PM PDT

Mari kita hamparkan iktibar
di atas sepotong negara
bernama Palestina
yang terbelah menjadi dua
Gaza dan Tebing Barat.

Palestina adalah kita
yang masih mencari-cari
sepotong kata keramat
yang tersembunyi
antara debu dan tanah
di balik batu dan pohon
yang sengaja kita biarkan
berserak-serakan
berpencar-pencaran.

Palestina adalah kita
yang masih berjerih perih
mencantum kata azimat
yang terpisah, terasing
persis sejalur Gaza
dan secarik Tebing Barat
di atas sepotong negara
bernama Palestina.

Palestina adalah kita
yang sering terlupa
betapa kita adalah
satu darah dari luka
yang sama
satu syahadah dari kata
yang sama
satu mimpi dari kamar
yang sama.

Mari kita hamparkan iktibar
di atas sepotong negara
bernama Palestina
meski terbelah menjadi dua
Gaza dan Tebing Barat
kita cantumkan dua luka
dengan darah putih yang sama
kita gandingkan dua kata
dengan syahadah tauhid yang sama
untuk kita penuhi mimpi agung
yang sama-sama kita jalin di kamar ini.

Pada sepotong negara
kita hamparkan iktibar
kerana Palestina adalah kita
masa lalu, kini dan akan datang.

Bangi, Julai 2010

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Puisi ini dideklamasikan oleh Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin di Malam Puisi Riong anjuran Berita Harian dan Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) bertemakan 'Gaza: Deritamu Palestin Derita Kami' di Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM), Gombak, 2 Ogos 2010


DARI ARKIB SEJARAH

Posted: 02 Aug 2010 07:14 PM PDT


Tahanan lari: Hishammuddin wajar dipecat

Posted: 02 Aug 2010 07:18 PM PDT


Negeri Patut Segerakan Bekalan Air Berkualiti -TPM

Posted: 02 Aug 2010 03:07 AM PDT

PUTRAJAYA, 2 Ogos – Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin berharap pihak berkuasa bekalan air negeri memuktamadkan segera rundingan penstrukturan semula bekalan air di negeri masing-masing seperti yang disarankan oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan.

Menurut Timbalan Perdana Menteri, segala inisiatif yang diambil Kerajaan Persekutuan dalam penstrukturan industri bekalan air bertujuan meningkatkan mutu perkhidmatan bekalan air demi kepentingan pengguna di seluruh negara.

"Bukti yang paling jelas dapat dilihat di negeri-negeri yang terlebih dahulu telah berhijrah ke rejim pelesenan baru iaitu Melaka, Negeri Sembilan dan Johor dan terbaru Perlis," katanya ketika berucap pada majlis menandatangani Perjanjian Penstrukturan Semula Perkhidmatan Bekalan Air Negeri Perlis.

Dengan termeterainya perjanjian itu, Perlis merupakan negeri keempat yang telah memuktamadkan penstrukturan semula perkhidmatan bekalan airnya.

Surat perjanjian tersebut ditandatangani oleh Ketua Setiausaha Perbendaharaan, Tan Sri Dr. Wan Abdul Aziz Wan Abdullah; Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Perlis, Datuk Azizan Hamid dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Pengurusan Aset Air Bhd. (PAAB), Datuk Ahmad Faizal Abdul Rahman.

Hadir sama Menteri Kewangan II, Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah; Menteri Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air, Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui; Menteri Besar Perlis, Datuk Seri Dr. Md. Isa Sabu dan Pengerusi PAAB, Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali.

Penstrukturan semula itu melibatkan pengambilalihan aset air kerajaan Perlis bernilai RM203 juta oleh syarikat milik penuh kerajaan iaitu PAAB dan sebagai balasan PAAB akan mengambil alih liabiliti air kerajaan negeri Perlis.

PAAB seterusnya akan menyewa pajak aset air itu kepada Syarikat Air Perlis Sdn. Bhd. (SAP) pada kadar sewa aset tahunan yang dipersetujui adalah tiga peratus bagi aset sedia ada dan empat peratus bagi aset baru.

Kadar aset baru itu akan disemak setiap tiga tahun.

SAP yang dimiliki 100 peratus oleh kerajaan negeri merupakan entiti baru berikutan pengkorporatan Bahagian Bekalan Air, Jabatan Kerja Raya Perlis dan akan diberikan lesen di bawah Akta Industri Perkhidmatan Air (Akta IPA) untuk meneruskan tanggungjawab menyediakan perkhidmatan bekalan air seluruh Perlis.

Di bawah perjanjian itu juga, kerajaan negeri Perlis akan memindah milik sebanyak tiga loji rawatan air, 12 kolam takungan air, 10 tangki air, satu stesen booster dan paip air bersih sepanjang 1,794 kilometer kepada PAAB.

Muhyiddin menjelaskan, tindakan Perlis menandatangani perjanjian itu tepat pada waktunya kerana PAAB telah menyediakan bajet perbelanjaan modal pada tahun ini berjumlah RM24 juta bagi menampung pertambahan permintaan air dan juga pelaksanaan program bagi mengurangkan kadar air tidak terhasil (NRW).

"Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Air Negara (SPAN) yang mengawal selia secara seragam syarikat-syarikat pemegang konsesi air di seluruh negara akan memantau kualiti air, keperluan sosial bekalan air kepada rakyat miskin, jangkaan kenaikan tarif, pelindungan alam sekitar dan keperluan infrastruktur yang menepati kualiti teknikal," katanya.

Peranan utama PAAB dalam penstrukturan semula ini adalah memudahkan penjanaan modal bagi membiayai pengambilalihan, pembaikan dan perkembangan aset-aset air negara.

Justeru katanya, sejajar dengan fokus Kerajaan Pusat untuk menyediakan perkhidmatan yang berkualiti, PAAB bersama-sama syarikat air negeri kini sentiasa memastikan keperluan air negeri yang terbabit akan dijaga dengan terperinci.

"Contohnya di Melaka, projek seperti Penyaliran Sumber Air ke Estet Rembia dan Loji Rawatan Air Bertam Baru sedang giat dilaksanakan oleh PAAB bagi memenuhi permintaan yang semakin meningkat.

"Begitu juga kerja-kerja peningkatan kapasiti Loji air Kuala Jelai dan Talang yang sedang dijalankan di Negeri Sembilan dan di Johor pula, PAAB sedang menjalankan proses pembesaran Loji Air Semangar dan kerja-kerja memperbaiki pengagihan air di Endau, Mersing," katanya.


Viet woman hanged herself

Posted: 02 Aug 2010 03:00 PM PDT


5 sebab mengapa anda perlu datang ke Maskara Shorties

Posted: 02 Aug 2010 05:48 PM PDT

1. Ada 30 buah filem pendek yang akan ditayangkan secara random. Kalau pergi ke panggong biasa - kita dah tahu dah The Sorcerer's Apprentice main pukul 1:45, 2:15, bla bla bla... Jadi, di Maskara Shorties, kita tak tahu Sepi Seorang Abdillah main pukul berapa, makanya ini akan menambahkan lagi keterujaan dan nilai indienya. Bak kata semua orang, "Indie tengah naik la ni, wo!"

2. Kami telah mengeluarkan wang yang banyak untuk membeli ais ketul. Makanya, air sirap yang Zan Zaini selalu bancuh itu akan ada refill-nya pada Maskara Shorties kali ini. Air sirap dan ais ketul adalah percuma. Anda tak perlu bayar apa-apa. Hah.

3. Anda berpeluang untuk menikmati kopi Tongkat Ali yang dibancuh oleh pasangan bercinta, Haan dan Luca De Ketiak. Orang tua-tua bilang, orang sedang hangat bercinta kalau bancuh air - kalau pahit pun akan terasa manis.

4. CERKAS, buku baharu terbitan Sindiket Sol-Jah akan mula di jual di sana nanti. Kira World Premiere juga tu. *Ahaks!*

5. [Anda sendiri tulis mengapa anda perlu datang ke Maskara Shorties].


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