Monday, August 23, 2010

Did someone bribe Newsweek?...

Did someone bribe Newsweek?...


Did someone bribe Newsweek?...

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 10:35 AM PDT

I'm flabbergasted...

Malaysiakini today reported Malaysia as being the 37th best country out of 100 as ranked by Newsweek (read more here). Wonder how that happened. Wouldn't be surprised if BN paid their way through to get up there for BN to improve it's standings, just like how i suspect they secured a place in the UNHCR council in May this year (read here if you don't know what i'm talking about).
See newsweek's full list of countries here and don't forget to check the details of the ranking especially when you have countries like Estonia, Latvia, Chile, etc scoring better than us. Also take not of the per capita income of USD7,230.00 ( approximately RM22,630 - based on BNM's exchange rate yesterday). That comes up to about RM 1,885.00 per month. How far does RM1,885.00 a month get us with the current high living cost? Do the math.
I'm still wondering how we got ranked 37...


At Ground Zero anti-Islam rally, man harassed for looking vaguely Muslim.

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 06:56 AM PDT

At an anti-Islam rally yesterday at Ground Zero, a person of color wearing a skull cap and wandering through the crowd was targeted with insults and nearly attacked by protesters for the offense of looking vaguely Muslim. The videographer summarized the episode this way:

A man walks through the crowd at the Ground Zero protest and is mistaken as a Muslim. The crowd turns on him and confronts him. The man in the blue hard hat calls him a coward and tries to fight him. The tall man who I think was one of the organizers tried to get between the two men. Later I caught up with the man who's name is Kenny. He is a Union carpenter who works at Ground Zero. We discussed what a scary moment that was for him.

Glenn Greenwald observes that the video "shows some extremely ugly stuff that's been unleashed." Watch it:

Interesting way to "honor" Ground Zero, no?


Demonstrators throw faeces at Malaysian embassy in Jakarta

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 06:26 AM PDT


Kerja menyukat tanah NCR mula pada bulan September tahun ini

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 03:29 AM PDT

Sri Aman – Kementerian Kemajuan Tanah menerusi Jabatan Tanah dan Survei Sarawak akan memulakan kerja menyukat Tanah Hak Adat Bumiputera atau NCR milik penduduk bermula pada bulan September tahun ini.

Menteri Muda Kemajuan Tanah, Datuk Francis Harden anak Hollis berkata demikian kepada pemberita sebaik sahaja selesai mempengerusikan Taklimat Pembangunan Tanah dan Perbincangan Isu-Isu Tanah Kawasan Sri Aman di Bilik Mesyuarat, Jabatan Tanah dan Survei Sri Aman hari ini.

Menerusi peruntukan bernilai RM20 juta yang diterima oleh Kerajaan Negeri daripada pihak Kerajaan Pusat pada 17 Ogos lepas, pihak kementerian menurut beliau akan memulakan projek Fasa I bagi tujuan usaha terbabit pada bulan berkenaan kelak.

"Pihak Jabatan Tanah dan Survei Sarawak menerusi projek Fasa I bermula bulan September ini nanti bakal mengenalpasti sempadan tanah NCR milik penduduk dan tanah milik Kerajaan Negeri.

"Ia juga bakal membabitkan kerja mengenalpasti perimeter tanah NCR milik penduduk. Selepas selesai projek Fasa I ini nanti maka barulah kerajaan akan memulakan kerja menyukat dan membuat surat tanah NCR milik penduduk menerusi projek Fasa II," katanya.

Beliau turut menambah bahawa kerja menyukat Tanah NCR milik penduduk akan bermula dari kawasan yang dikenalpasti tidak mempunyai sebarang masalah perebutan tanah dikalangan pemiliknya yang selepas ini.

"Kawasan Undop, Batu Lintang dan Bukong, Engkilili akan muncul sebagai lokasi pertama di Bahagian Sri Aman bagi tujuan terbabit kelak," katanya yang juga Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Simanggang.

Sementara itu pula, Harden turut mengumumkan bahawa sejumlah RM1.365 juta wang pampasan bakal di bayar kepada penduduk bagi tujuan projek pembinaan jalan sepanjang 22 kilometer yang menghubungkan kawasan Brayun, Basi dan Lubok Tedong selepas ini.

"Manakala itu sejumlah RM1.24 juta wang pampasan sudah dibayar kepada penduduk untuk tujuan pembinaan Jalan Ulu Skrang sepanjang 25 kilometer yang bakal menghubungkan kawasan Murat, Darai dan Pancor.

"Kedua-dua projek pembinaan jalan raya ini nanti iaitu Jalan Ulu Skrang dan Brayun – Basi – Lubuk Tedong bakal diluluskan di bawah Rancangan Malaysia Ke-10 (RMK10) selepas ini nanti," menurut beliau.

Hadir sama ialah Ahli Parlimen Lubok Antu, William Nyalau Badak, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Engkilili, Dr Johnnical Rayong anak Ngipa, ADUN Batang Ai, Malcom Mussen Lamoh dan Penguasa Jabatan Tanah dan Survei Sri Aman, Majuan Jeraie.

Terdahulu, taklimat yang diadakan sekali dalam tiga bulan itu bertujuan untuk membincangkan projek pembangunan, isu di setiap kawasan dalam Bahagian Sri Aman dan projek yang telah dilulus bawah Bidang Keberhasilan Utama Negara (NKRA) di sini.


Malaysia’s invisible blockade

Posted: 22 Aug 2010 09:00 AM PDT

Don't weep for Gaza only; weep also for refugees and migrants in Malaysia, says Angeline Loh.

 


Lose weight to join SCDF

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 12:06 AM PDT


Malaysia depends on its Chinese, right?

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 09:34 AM PDT

"IT is generally recognized that the Chinese are the merchants that drive the (Malaysian) economy, the Indians are the lawyers that facilitate the economy and the Malays are the politicians that skim the profits off the economy. Most Chinese and Indians that have the financial ability; leave the country. The best and brightest students all head for Singapore where the playing field is more equitable or Australia. In Singapore, their top students each year overall is usually from either Indonesia or Malaysia and these kids half kill themselves studying so they can be offered residency rather than go back to Malaysia/Indonesia."

No! It didnt come from me. If you read some comments about the Malaysian economy in Time.com, you will come across it. Not sure whether the writer is a Malaysian or not, it painted a 'not-so-right' picture about us, dont you readers agree?

Another one reads: "...the most important feature of Malaysian politics/social life is the NEP and NEP is more importantly based on race rather than economic status. The native Malays or Bumiputera or Bumis for short are given for example 7% discount in housing which other minorities like Chinese and Indians who fall in the low income bracket do not get. All companies listed in the KL stock exchange must have 30% Malay ownership... Government projects must be tendered by Bumis..."

We have heard too many of this but an article written by Michael Schuman has 'inspired' such criticism toward Malaysia.

Who should correct this 'perception-cum-impression'? Dont we have sufficient and efficient counter-mechanism for such attacks?


'Vui Kong' petition to be submitted tomorrow: Two days before the gallows!

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 08:56 AM PDT

Campaigners have exceeded their target of 100,000 signatures in their bid to petition Singapore to commute Sabahan Yong Vui Kong's death sentence to life imprisonment. A total of 107,904 signatures had been received as at 4.30pm today, following the launch of the petition last month.
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Yong's Singapore lawyer M Ravi (right) and 'Save Vui Kong' campaign coordinator Ngeow Chow Ying will hand over the petition and signatures tomorrow to Singapore president SR Nathan.
In all, 
Of the total of 107,904 signatures, 31,407 signatures were gathered from the online petition, while 43,466 were from Sabah, 32,719 from peninsular Malaysia, and 312 from Singapore. Among the signatories were 44 members of parliament and 15 senators.

Ngeow  said the signature campaign will not end until the president makes a decision.

His execution is scheduled for Thursday, but Ravi has written to ask the prison authorities to confirm that the sentence will not be carried out until Yong's rights are determined by the Court of Appeal.



A FOUL GAME PLAN

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 08:21 AM PDT

For a change, I thought I'd take a different approach to blog about a familiar issue which should be forgotten but is still being used to fan certain sentiments - a most disconcerting scenario indeed!



The Foul Game Plan

In the wee hours of the morning
While many were softly snoring
Stealthily they tiptoed to their destination
Red paint and bottles thrown in consternation

To irk and raise a hue and cry
But this act the rakyat must decry
A new place of worship thus desecrated
A month ago it had just been consecrated.

Now who would do such a disrespectful and foolish act
Love, harmony and tolerance for each other we cannot detract
Could some be orchestrating a plan unseen?
If so, all must not react to this horrible scene.

An old game plans with a worn-out plot
We have had a surfeit of this ridiculous lot
The less we say about this scene they play
The better for this nation, her peace they cannot sway.

The culprits must be caught and charged
Such morons cannot be at large
Puppets on a string for whom we wonder
The answer is one that lies beyond yonder.

-written by mws 23/8/10-

*Check out THIS POST for the reason why I wrote this poem.


Malaysia Dihina, Polis Malaysia Perlu Bertanggungjawab

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 08:12 AM PDT

Kedutaan M'sia dilempar najis, bendera dipijak

Kedutaan Besar Malaysia ke Indonesia di Jakarta telah dilempar najis manusia oleh penunjuk perasaan daripada kumpulan Benteng Demokrasi Rakyat (BENDERA) pada satu demonstrasi petang ini.

Seorang daripada 37 penunjuk perasaan itu telah melemparkan najis itu ke dalam perkarangan kedutaan itu melepasi pintu pagar hadapan dan di atas kepala barisan anggota polis Indonesia yang sedang mengawal ketat di hadapan bangunan itu.

Mereka turut melepaskan najis itu ke atas bendera Malaysia yang dipijak-pijak di atas jalan tempat mereka berkumpul di hadapan kedutaan itu.

Kumpulan itu sebelumnya telah membawa lima bungkusan najis itu, ada yang diletakkan dalam kertas bungkusan makanan, dalam plastik dan dalam kotak polisterin dan dinyatakan sebagai "hadiah" untuk Duta Besar Malaysia ke Indonesia kerana Malaysia selama ini telah beberapa kali memberi "najis" yang lebih kotor kepada Indonesia.

Dengan tiba-tiba seorang daripada mereka melempar bungkusan kertas berisi najis itu ke dalam pagar kedutaan itu dan pada masa yang sama, najis turut dilepaskan ke atas bendera Malaysia yang mereka sedang pijak itu.

Demonstrasi itu diadakan bagi menandakan kemarahan mereka terhadap Malaysia yang mereka dakwa telah merendahkan maruah Indonesia dalam insiden di perairan Bintan pada 13 Ogos lalu apabila polis Malaysia menahan tiga pegawai penguatkuasa Kementerian Kelautan dan Perikanan Indonesia.

Ia juga untuk menyatakan kekecewaan rakyat terhadap kepemimpinan Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, yang dikatakan sangat lemah menghadapi Malaysia.

Berikutan kejadian lempar najis itu polis Indonesia menangkap tiga orang pelaku berkenaan.

Demonstrasi itu berlangsung selama sejam.

Seorang wakil kumpulan itu kemudian memberitahu wartawan yang meliputi peristiwa itu bahawa mereka telah memberi kata dua kepada polis Indonesia iaitu lepaskan rakan-rakan mereka itu daripada tahanan atau mereka akan melakukan operasi usir rakyat Malaysia petang ini.

Operasi yang dinamakan "Sweeping Rakyat Malaysia" itu dirancang akan dilakukan di hadapan bangunan kumpulan itu di Jalan Diponegoro, Menteng, di Jakarta.

Polis Indonesia telah menugaskan ramai anggota untuk mengawal ketat di hadapan bangunan kedutaan Malaysia, setelah mendapat maklumat bahawa demonstrasi berkenaan akan disertai antara 300 dan 500 penunjuk perasaan.

Dalam insiden di perairan Malaysia-Indonesia itu, bahagian penguatkuasa Kementerian Kelautan dan Perikanan menahan tujuh nelayan Malaysia manakala Polis Marin Malaysia pula menahan tiga pegawai pengkuatkuasa kementerian dari Indonesia itu, masing-masing kerana didakwa menceroboh wilayah masing-masing.

Kedua-dua negara kemudian membebaskan tahanan-tahanan itu pada 17 Ogos lalu. -Bernama


Indonesia Hantar Nota Diplomatik Bantah Insiden Di Bintan

Indonesia Rabu menghantar nota diplomatik kepada Malaysia bagi membantah penahanan tiga pegawai lautnya oleh Polis Marin Malaysia pada Jumaat lepas.

Menteri Luar Dr Marty Natalegawa berkata nota bantahan itu menyatakan pendirian tegas Indonesia bahawa Malaysia telah melakukan pelanggaran terhadap integritinya kerana kejadian itu berlaku dalam wilayah Indonesia.

"Kami sangat prihatin kerana tindakan itu bertentangan dengan undang-undang antarabangsa. Kami tidak dapat menerima perlakuan terhadap pegawai Kementerian Kelautan dan Perikanan Indonesia," katanya pada sidang akhbar di sini hari ini.

Nota diplomatik itu diserahkan kepada Duta Besar Malaysia ke Indonesia Datuk Syed Munshe Afzaruddin Syed Hassan di Kementerian Luar Indonesia di sini pagi ini.

Dalam kejadian Jumaat malam itu, para pegawai penguatkuasa Jabatan Kelautan dan Perikanan Indonesia pada mulanya telah menahan tujuh nelayan Malaysia yang didakwa menceroboh kawasan perairan Indonesia tetapi Polis Marin Malaysia pula dilaporkan menahan tiga pegawai penguatkuasa kementerian itu dengan dakwaan mereka menceroboh perairan Malaysia.

Kejadian dilaporkan berlaku di perbatasan perairan Malaysia dan Indonesia sekitar Pulau Bintan, Kepulauan Riau, Indonesia.

Natalegawa berkata Indonesia telah memastikan bahawa kejadian penahanan tujuh nelayan Malaysia oleh pegawai penguatkuasa Kementerian Kelautan dan Perikanan Indonesia berlaku dalam wilayah Indonesia berdasarkan peta nombor 349 tahun 2009.

Kementerian Luar Indonesia sebelum ini dikritik hebat di sini terutamanya ahli politik dan pemerhati politik kerana tidak memperlihatkan ketegasannya dalam menangani insiden itu, lebih-lebih lagi apabila tiga orang pegawai kerajaan negara itu telah ditahan oleh polis Malaysia.

Natalegawa berkata pihaknya mengambil sedikit masa sebelum menghantar nota diplomatik itu kerana mengambil sikap berhati-hati terutamanya dalam menentukan bahawa insiden itu berlaku dalam wilayah Indonesia.

Sebelum ini, katanya, Kementerian Luar Indonesia telah menyuarakan protes keprihatinan dan pendiriannya berhubung insiden itu kepada Malaysia.

Natalegawa berkata Indonesia berharap perundingan perbatasan perairan negara dapat segera diadakan dengan Malaysia bagi mengelak insiden seumpama di Pulau Bintan itu daripada terus berlaku. -BERNAMA


Quote of the year: "You have to understand. I work for the rights of the dead, not the Selangor government. My objective is to help the dead."

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 07:25 AM PDT

Quote of The Year

2010-08-19 18:45
"You have to understand. I work for the rights of the dead, not the Selangor government. My objective is to help the dead," -- Thai forensic expert Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand
Dr Pornthip, the director of the Central Institute of Forensic Science in the Ministry of Justice in Bangkok, said this on Wednesday 18 August 2010 during the inquest into the mysterious death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock, in an elegant curt reply when lawyers for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) tried to discredit her in court, suggesting that her testimony was biased because she was hired by the Selangor state government to examine Beng Hock's corpse.
MySinchew 2010-08-19



Malaysian Women’s weekly advertisement

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 07:17 AM PDT



SAMM sedia gotong royong baiki kerosakan surau

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 06:19 AM PDT

Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) baru selesai satu mesyuarat tergempar sebentar tadi berikutan kejadian merosakkan Surau Taman Pulai Impian, Siamat, Seremban. SAMM merlihat perkara ini ialah gerakan terancang untuk menaikkan sentimen perkauman/agama di tengah masyarakat.

1.SAMM kutuk tindakan rosakan surau di Sikamat, Seremban

2.Di seremban Gereja pernah dirosakan dan kini Suraupula, polis harus segera bertindak jangan hipokrit bila bab kutbah (PP) sanggup tubuh jkuasa khas tetapi apabila berdepan dengan persoalan yang serius hanya diam membisu.

3. SAMM melihat ini gerakan terancang bagi membakar sentimen agama/kaum, SAMM menuduh sesiapa tetapi pihak yang bertanggungjawab sudah tentu ada kaitan dengan pihak yang mendapat keuntungan apabila suhu perkauman/sentimen agama meningkat. Tahun 1969 dan 1987 contohnya dua peristiwa terancang membakar sentimen memencah belah rakyat apabila gabungan parti-parti perkauman melemah, dan apabila terjadi pergeseran kaum/agama sudah tentu yang untung ialah parti-parti perkauman dan lebih malang lagi usaha terancang ini juga berdasarkan pengalaman akhirnay memangsakan pemimpin progresif rakyat.

4.SAMM dengan segera, esok akan menemui jawatankuasa surau menyatakan kesediaan SAMM untuk membaiki semua kerosakan. SAMM telah merancang untuk bawa aktivis dari perbagai latar kaum/agama utk gotong royong baiki kerosakan. Ini secara tidak lansung hancurkan hasrat pelaku utk lihat pergaduhan.

4. SAMM yakin rakyat akan terus tenang dan matang dalam mendepani provokasi ini.

sekian

che'GuBard
Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia


kenape mulut orang puase bau taik?

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 03:52 AM PDT


ha nak kata ape..puase dah cakap yang bukan2....

kita puase x makan ape2 mesti mulut kita bau puaka kan..dan akak paham semua tu...yer la..kita x makan x minum..mulut kita terperap je kan..macam kita bangun tido..mesti lah bau mulut jahanam kan..perut kosong...

ustaz dalam tv tu cakap bau mulut orang berpuase ibarat bau kasturi syurga...di ibaratkan..kalau bau cam kasturi syurga..ko pi kat depan kawan ko...


ko suruh dia buat "hah" sikit kat muka ko...amacam syurga ke tidak....

dan kadang2 tu kita juga paham kalau kita puase kita makruh kumur2 kan...tp kalau kerja kita melibatkan banyak bercakap ngan orang ko juga kena jaga hal hal ni semua...kena lak kumur2 bagi bau mulut hilang...

ini tidak..dah le mulut ko bau puaka....then ko ade hati nak rekemen2 produk kat giant td...muka ko ensem..tp bau mulut ya rabbbi.....bau kaki...akak pandang je muka dia sambit kerut2 muka...(mamat ni jual bedak ape thah..senkuang ke ape that..macam bedak sejuk tu)...

then dia leh kata...ha yang kerut2 ni pun leh hilang pakai produk ni....

ko x tau ke sebenarnya..aku tengah separuh mati tahan napas sebab bau mulut ko....dalam hati berkata..ya tuhan ko tabahkan lah diri ku ini..dengan dugaan bau2 yang azab ini...

akak nak berambus dia tarik tangan....akak x nak lah maki dia sebab bulan pose..lagi pun akak pose..kang x pasal2 xde pahala plak...

then bila akak x nak beli dia ajuk2 akak ngan nada2 lembut pondan cam tu...siap gaya liang liuk bagai..sakit x ati ko...


akak buat bodo je...maklum puase...jadi baik ni...then di buat lagi...siap cakap murah bang..murah bang...

then dengan selamba akak cakap" i x nak beli bukan sebab i ni xde duit..tp i x tahan mulut u tu bau taik..orang lain puase gak..tp xde lah bau mulut cam taik".....

amacam..gembira ngan jawapan itew....then akak trus catwalk keluar......

..


Working hard to ease Segambut's woes

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 04:27 AM PDT

Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com (By Stephanie Sta Maria, 23/8/2010)
SPECIAL REPORT ON KL Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng has been issued an ultimatum by his constituents -- either relieve Jalan Segambut of its snarling rush-hour traffic or prepare to be relieved of his seat during the next general election. It's a tall order for the first-term MP and he knows it. The perpetually congested Jalan Segambut is traversed by about 50,000 residents not just from within the constituency but also from neighbouring ones, who use it a shortcut to the city and Petaling Jaya. The already nightmarish traffic flow is further worsened by multiple roads converging into a single lane and traffic lights that confuse motorists. "I've witnessed it myself and it's terrible!" Lim nodded. "Some residents have to leave their houses as early as 6am to avoid the chaos and if they're late, the consequences include a one-hour crawl to cover a mere 100 metres."
The solution lies in the form of a RM95 million road expansion project by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) that spans 4km and is split into two phases. The first 1.4km phase involves transforming the current single-lane road into a dual carriageway and building a flyover intersection at Jalan Segambut and the SPPK junction. It is a light at the end of the tunnel but one that irate residents have been waiting to glimpse for a decade now. Patience has been wearing thin and reached breaking point when the project appeared to face yet another delay early this year. Kuala Lumpur mayor Ahmad Fuad Ismail has asked residents not to lose faith just yet and gave his assurance that the project would start as soon as DBKL receives funding approval from the Economic Planning Unit. But this has done little to pacify Lim.
"The delay in itself is unacceptable." he asserted. "And I blame it on the former KL mayor Abdul Hakim Borhan and former Federal Territories minister Zulhasnan Rafique. They completely messed it up." Since taking office, Lim has been deluged with complaints from his constituents who "don't care which side you're on or how you do it but you better solve this issue fast". Taking heed, he asked DBKL for a temporary solution, to widen the 100-m stretch from the Jalan Segambut-Jalan Jambu Mawar junction to ease the traffic bottleneck there. That request, along with three letters to the current Minister of Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin on the issue, has been met with stony silence. But Lim refrained from blaming Ahmad Fuad. "I have to give credit where it is due," he said. "Ahmad Fuad is a good guy and is trying his best to work with us but there are hidden hands holding him back." And here, he made no attempt to hide exactly to whom those hidden hands belonged. "Raja Nong Chik is an Umno stooge and he's ignoring Segambut because it's not under the Umno banner. Since taking office, he hasn't attended any of the quarterly meetings among the KL MPs. Instead, he said that he's had discussions with Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim, which should suffice. But what does Khalid have to do with KL?" "Instead of spending time with KL MPs to understand and help fix the city's issues, he is busy bullying the Lembah Pantai MP (Nurul Izzah Anwar). It's very clear that he is only interested in snatching back Lembah Pantai for his party."
Lim is also frustrated over the limited communication channels which, he said, had prevented him from properly explaining the situation to his constituents. Being an opposition member, he said, meant less access to the mainstream media, which has led him to turned to social media instead. "Unfortunately, this has only reached 20% of my constituents," he noted ruefully. "The rest are still very upset with me over what they see as non-action. As far as they are concerned, they gave an opposition member a chance in a BN stronghold and nothing has changed." And then he unexpectedly delivered a sharp rebuke to the latter group, calling them "selfish" and "insular". "They don't care about the crime rate or flash floods in the city, they just want their issue solved," he said. "It's understandable but there is a bigger picture here. There are innocent people dying in police custody. And squatters who have been waiting for a new home for 20 years. So don't come down hard on me over a road."
A squatter dilemma
Traffic congestion is only the tip of the Segambut's woes. The other two issues trailing it are the squatter situation and the rising crime rate. While Lim is counting his lucky stars that the squatter issue in Segambut is nowhere near as serious as that in Lembah Pantai or Titiwangsa, he is also scratching his head over an unusual quandary. "The squatters in Segambut are confined to two areas – Kampung Sungai Penchala and Kampung Segambut Dalam," he said. "Almost all are illegal immigrants who have set up longhouses in the hillside and back lanes." The irony, he explained, is that the local residents are happy to live alongside them and have even asked Lim to leave the squatters alone because they are "good people". Lim expressed admiration for their benevolence, but added that he could not turn a blind eye towards what he considers a potentially serious issue. Already, the squatters have integrated themselves into the community by setting up their own sundry shops and eateries by the road. "It almost seems like KL is an outlaw country!" said Lim. "I don't want Segambut to be a small-scale Sabah where half the population are foreigners. So every quarter of the year, I file a complaint with immigration, the police and DBKL. And here's where it gets interesting."
"The police will conduct a raid in the morning, detain the squatters and release them by evening. It has become a routine. These days I feel reluctant to lodge a report because I'm merely creating an opportunity for the authorities to... you know what I mean."
Not less crime, just fewer reports
As for the crime rate, not a day passes without a break-in, snatch theft or robbery sullying his constituency. Lim pours scorn on KL chief of police Muhammad Sabtu Osman's report of a 30% drop in the KL crime rate during the first two months of this year. "It's not the crime rate that has fallen but the number of police reports made because people have lost confidence in the police," Lim opined. "And the crime rate in Segambut is solely the government's doing." According to Lim, certain plots of land in Segambut which belong to the ministry and DBKL were once earmarked as sites for police stations. One plot is in Sri Hartamas and the other in Sri Sinar. The former now functions as a hawker centre while a badminton court and hypermarket sit on the latter.
"I confronted the former minister about this and he admitted that the sites were meant for police stations," Lim said. "He told me that neither the police nor the government had funds to build one so rather than leave the land vacant, they decided to sublet it to generate income. This is the nonsense that's going on." "I've also repeatedly asked Bukit Aman and the Home Ministry to set up mobile police stations or even pondok polis in the area but nothing has been done. The only development has been in Taman Sri Sinar where a police officer begged me to ask Bukit Aman to send more personnel to his station." "Apparently, he is the only officer on duty during the day and is obviously unable to be at two crime scenes at one time. I put in the complaint and two officers have since been sent over. But the rest of the police stations in my constituency are severely understaffed."
Forging ahead
Aside from putting pressure on the authorities, Lim also has two ideas which he believes would reduce the crime rate in Segambut. The first involves the installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at 1km intervals. He has already submitted this proposal to the government only to have it shot down due to the projected high cost.

But Lim is undeterred; he is pressing forward with his second proposal: setting up an official Neighbourhood Watch. This would be different from the Rukun Tetangga, which he called a "failed project". Even so, there was a hint of pride in his voice when he said that Malaysia's first Rukun Tetangga (RT) was set up in Segambut. But then his tone changed as he added that the centre is now locked up. "The RT people in Segambut are all from BN," he said. "And since the government allocates RM600 a month to maintain and run an active RT centre, they hold a function there once a month and then lock it up again." On his Neighbourhood Watch idea, Lim explained that it would require residents to contribute a certain sum to the Residents' Association for the hiring of guards to be stationed at each entry point into the residential area. This initiative is already in full swing in his residential area. "Some 90% of the residents are in favour but the 10% – who are senior citizens – can overturn the whole project," he said. "In Taman Tun Dr Ismail, the senior citizens hated the guards monitoring the comings and goings of their guests, so they complained to DBKL and Bukit Aman and that was the end of it."
Segambut isn't the ideal initiation constituency for a first-term MP and two years is long enough to decide whether you're in or out of the game. Lim doesn't have to think twice. He's in it for the long haul. "Maybe it's my youth," he laughed, then turned serious. "I genuinely enjoy the challenge. But because I'm not part of the ruling government, I can't promise much on the infrastructure. What I will guarantee is to fight corruption and push for fairness and transparency in government agencies."
While on the subject of government agencies, he was quick to commend DBKL and Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) for their services. "Not many MPs say this but I am actually happy with DBKL," he said. "I can honestly say that out of 10 complaints, it has resolved eight. The two unresolved ones could be due to political intervention or a genuine lack of resources." "As for Syabas, it is the best government agency I have worked with. I would even call it superb! It responds to every single complaint with a report of its investigations and the action it will take and resolves the problem within 12 hours. If all government agencies followed suit, there would be many very happy MPs and constituents."
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MACC “commits suicide”! By Martin Jalleh

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 04:05 AM PDT

18 Aug. 2010 – The Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), very tragically, "committed suicide" today. It killed the very little that was left of its own integrity and credibility.Its public image plunged to the very depths with the help of its advocate Abdul Razak Musa. He had at first advocated self-strangulation. He even demonstrated how it could be done. When that failed, the very experienced lawyer of 24 years assisted the Commission to take a wild leap out of the window of logic, common sense and civility.

Depressed

Many have observed that the MACC has been very depressed of late. It has gone through bouts of disappointment, doubts, dejection and denial, all contributing to its sudden self-destruction. The last (first) MACC chief even jumped ship a few months before his due retirement date. It seems he could no longer handle the daunting (more appropriately read as "haunting") task.

It appears that the MACC has left behind a suicide note which was supposedly written by its eight-month old new chief Abu Kassim Mohammed. The contents need to be verified of course. It reads: "Things have been bad for us – bad public perception, bad press, bad publicity, and as though these were not bad enough, we have done badly in the courts with most of the big fish being acquitted! "I have asked for a year to convince the rakyat of our commitment to combat and curb corruption but the public is still so very critical, cynical and condemning of the MACC.

"The public misunderstands us, press mistreats us, alternative media highlights only our mistakes, Opposition mocks us and Government makes use of us but we are very independent. "I even told the Cabinet that its members should declare their assets publicly. But they asked me to take my proposal and shelve and shove it…in one of my many cabinets.

"On Teoh Beng Hock's death anniversary I said we will act without fear, favour and farce. But it has been a flop and many flip-flops. We have lost face even after launching our Facebook page. It is very frustrating! "It has been a long, lonely and losing battle. And now our learned legal department head has determinedly driven the last nail into our coffin and we have very dutifully dug our own grave!" It seems that the MACC, due to its synergy with Umno, sent a "Solidarity in Suicide" invitation to the party. They declined, for they have received a similar earlier invitation from Perkasa.

Discredit

The events that led to MACC's "suicide" began during the cross-examination of the world-renowed Thai forensic pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand by Abdul Razak in the Teoh Beng Hock's Inquest. He first attacked Pornthip on her qualifications and claimed that the MACC's expert witness, Peter Vanezis, was "far more qualified" than her...as he had "graduated from Bristol University".

He added that Mahidol University, where she had graduated from, was not recognised in Malaysia. Understandably, he was rather silent on where he graduated from, its ranking and whether it was recognised anywhere on the face of the earth. Pornthip advised the antagonistic lawyer not to look down on Asians and retorted that Mahidol is ranked the 220th best university in the world and is Thailand's top-ranked university.

Abdul Razak also accused her of being biased, and as an expert witness engaged by the Selangor State Government, she had come to Bolehland "to attack the MACC". She stopped him dead in his tracks: "You have to understand. I work for the rights of the dead, not the Selangor government. My objective is to help the dead!" It is hoped that the "dead clients" of Pornthip (who has offered her services on a pro bono basis in Teoh's case) will not take offence and haunt the MACC lawyer who after all appears brain-dead!

It was perhaps the first time in her 25 years as a pathologist that Pornthip was meeting such a pathetic lawyer. She therefore could not resist asking Abdul Razak: "Are you really a lawyer?" Abdul Razak charged that Pornthip kept changing her position and "the goalpost". He forgot or got pretty mixed up that such a privileged role and position belonged solely to the Attorney-General with the ball always in his court(s).

He absurdly insisted that her expert opinion was based on her imagination. He would later prove that he was even much more imaginative than her by demonstrating the art of self-strangulation.

Demonstration

When Pornthip maintained that Teoh did not commit suicide – a view which would definitely not sit well with the MACC, Abdul Razak became a spontaneous stand-up comedian! He suggested that Teoh 'strangled himself' and was 'depressive'. It was a line which he desperately copied from Dr M who had said that Anwar gave himself a black eye when in prison!

The MACC lawyer decided to give a practical demonstration on himself, after being challenged by Gobind Singh Deo, the lawyer for Teoh's family, to show how one can strangle himself. Everyone in court was highly entertained, though some may have wished Abdul Razak had succeeded in his demonstration! Pornthip's "clients" must have surely laughed out loud in their graves!

But the MACC's prosecutor's court antics were not over yet. He would provide more ammunition to the MACC to shoot itself. He asked Pornthip if she has any experience jumping off a building!

The cool, calm and composed counsel for the Selangor Government, Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, countered with classic sarcasm: "With questions like these, we would all want to jump off a building!" Pornthip sensed she had so far seen only the tip of the lawyer's incompetence. He eventually became so confused that even the Bar Council representatives and coroner had to help clarify and correct him.

Despair

Abdul Razak was in court not to help the coroner determine the real cause of Teoh's death but to denigrate Pornthip and to distract and divert everyone from the truth. He ended up destroying his own client's integrity and credibility! In trying to discredit "the most trusted individual in all of Thailand" (according to a Readers' Digest Trust survey last year) he has driven the MACC into utter despair in its desperate attempts to restore public confidence!

The law, we are often told. is an ass. But it would be more accurate to say in this context that the lawyer (for the MACC) is an ass and being holed up in the commission, he has turned asinine, arrogant, absurd and abusive. But why should we be surprised. He is after all the very same lawyer who told wheechair-bound Karpal Singh, the lead lawyer for the Teoh family in the Inquest: "I can sit but you cannot stand"!

But Abdul Razak has the making of a judge in the appellate courts, where, in the words of the very respected retired judge N H Chan, sit a bunch of "ignorant", "inane", "incompetent" and "idiotic" judges.

As the hearing ended, Gobind Singh Deo was overheard whispering to himself: "Deo Gratias!" ("Thanks be to God!"). He was indeed grateful to God for Abdul Razak Musa and his sterling role in assisting the MACC "commit suicide"!

(23 August 2010)


Alexander McCall Smith

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 03:17 AM PDT

I hate Alexander McCall Smith.

Yes, you heard me right. I hate him. From the moment I read the opening lines of The Careful Use of Compliments, he had me hooked. I couldn't put the book down. And I had to go  out and find another book, or two or three - preferably, another Isabel Dalhousie novel, please.

I am simply in love.

Every line, every idea, every thought put into words is exiting and intoxicating; and together, they transport me. If I didn't have a life, if I didn't need to eat, or walk the dogs, or do my French homework, I'd have just sat there - hands frozen around the book, only mobile when they needed to turn the page.

There are so many lines I'd like to quote, but that's not possible, because I'd end up quoting the whole book.

The second book I picked up was Friends, Lovers, Chocolate. It is set before Compliments but that is so ok. Because with him, it is not about what-happens-in-the-end. I could live without knowing. And I won't say that about too many other books. With McCall Smith, I want to walk along with him - or Isabel - as they take me to the end, or wherever they will lead me. As always, with me, it is about the journey, never the getting-there.

I am told that The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency is the series to get my hands on. But I don't see it on any shelf anywhere. I only got Compliments because it was a hardcover with a red tartan jacket, going for about 10 bucks! So, I carelessly picked it up and added it to my stack. I didn't know that it would 'bite'! Sigh.

SO: Husband and children, if you are reading this, I've solved all your problems for my next birthday, this Christmas, New Year, Mother's day, and any-other-day presents you want to get me: Just get me all his other titles. I will never tire of reading this man!

About Isabel: She is the editor of a Philosophy review, and she thinks too much. Hmm... I wonder who she reminds me off?! Hahahah!!! And I love the way her mind flitters (my spell-checker tells me this is not a word; but this is the word I want to use here!!!) from one idea to another; how she will look at something and wonder at the right-and-wrong of it. I love the way she is so at-peace with her world and feels that her only problem is that she thinks too much. But it isn't really a 'problem' for her - it's what keeps me turning the pages, so it isn't a bad thing at all.

Both these books are earmarked for re-reading. There is just no way one reading is ever going to be enough for me. So if you're wondering if you can borrow my books, the answer is 'no'. I'm sorry, but I can't gamble on the fact that you might just not want to return them.

And if you have copies of his books that you want to lend me - the answer is 'no' again. He is a keeper: I need to hold his pages in my hands, and I will only feel happy with them sitting on my shelves. Read, and waiting to be read again. And again.

Lovely.

I am a happy girl :)


Isu Khutbah : Bagaimana Kalau Doakan KM/MB Bukan PR?

Posted: 23 Aug 2010 03:02 AM PDT

Sejak seminggu yang lalu isu doa khutbah Jumaat telah menjadi satu perkara hangat yang diperkatakan setelah Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan UMNO Negeri Pulau Pinang, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi menzahirkan kekecewaan beliau selepas mempegerusikan mesyuarat Badan Perhubungan UMNO Negeri Pulau Pinang di Tasek Gelugor pada 19 Ogos.

Pendedahan beliau yang menyatakan terdapat khatib di dalam kawasan Parlimen Tasek Gelugor, Permatang Pauh dan Jelutong telah mendoakan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng menggantikan doa yang sepatutnya dibacakan kepada Yang di-Pertuan Agong dan Tuan Yang Terutama,Yang di-Pertua Negeri Pulau Pinang.

Namun begitu isu ini dengan spontan mendapat reaksi positif dari UMNO dan Barisan Nasional setelah Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang membuat penafian atas apa yang didakwa berlaku dalam bacaan doa khutbah tersebut.

Exco Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Pulau Pinang, Abdul Malik Abul Kassim dalam kenyataan beliau pada 20 Ogos di pejabatnya telah menafikan dakwaan yang dibuat berdasarkan kepada teks khutbah yang dikeluarkan oleh Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Negeri Pulau Pinang (JHEAIPP) memang tidak meletakkan nama Ketua Menteri sebagai doa dalam khutbah tersebut.

Manakala dalam sidang media pada 21 Ogos pula, sekali lagi Abdul Malik bersama-sama dengan Timbalan Ketua Menteri 1, Mansor Othman dan Timbalan Pesuruhjaya 1 PAS Pulau Pinang, Mujahid Yusof Rawa telah memberi amaran kepada UMNO supaya tidak menjadikan isu agama sebagai meraih sokongan masyarakat Melayu di Pulau Pinang.

Mujahid: Masalahnya istilah "ganti"

Mujahid dalam kenyataannya juga meminta UMNO supaya mengenal pasti dengan bukti ada khutbah yang menggantikan nama Yang di-Pertuan Agong kepada Ketua Menteri, Lim Guan Eng.

Dalam kenyataan media tersebut beliau juga berkata, jika doa untuk meminta kesejahteraan adalah "standard" dan tidak boleh diubah kepada nama-nama lain.

"Namun jika doa yang dibaca secara umum untuk diberikah hidayah, saya rasa itu tidak ada masalah kerana ia suatu perkara yang biasa apabila rakyat berdoa untuk diberi petunjuk kepada sesiapa sahaja termasuk Ketua Menteri."

"Apa yang menjadi isu iaitu satu fitnah UMNO terhadap Kerajaan Negeri ialah perkataan 'ganti' yang digunakan dan ia satu pembohongan besar yang sengaja diperbesarkan UMNO untuk menimbulkan kemarahan rakyat di Pulau Pinang," katanya lagi.

MAZA: Tidak salah untuk doakan sesiapa, tapi...

Sementara itu bekas Mufti Perlis, Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin dalam kenyataan beliau turut menyatakan pada zaman Rasulullah s.a.w. Baginda turut mendoakan supaya Allah s.w.t.menurunkan hidayah kepada Sayyidina Umar Al Khattab supaya menerima agama Islam.

"Sebenarnya tidak salah untuk mendoakan kepada sesiapa, tetapi kita perlu melihat konteks doa itu sendiri, apakah tujuan dan matlamat doa ini. Pada asalnya di dalam mana-mana khutbah, tidak semestinya perlu menyebut nama sesiapa kerana ia bukan menjadi rukun bagi khutbah."

Beliau menyambung, "Bagaimana pun sekiranya ingin menyebut nama seseorang di dalam khutbah tidak menjadi satu kesalahan."

Masjid Jamek Padang Menora, Tasek Gelugor dan Masjid Jamek Kubang Buaya, Butterworth adalah antara masjid yang telah dikenal pasti berlakunya bacaan doa khutbah oleh ustaz Zakaria Ahmad selaku khatib jemputan.

Turut didakwa berlakunya bacaan doa khutbah yang melibatkan nama Ketua Menteri ialah masjid dalam kawasan Jelutong dan Permatang Pauh. Namun begitu sehingga ini belum ada nama masjid yang tepat dinyatakan.

Rentetan daripada itu dalam sidang media semalam yang dihadiri oleh Timbalan Ketua Menteri 1, Mansor Othman, Exco Kerajaan Negeri Abdul Malik Abul Kassim, Speaker Dewan Undangan Negeri, Abdul Halim Hussain, Exco Kerajaan Negeri merangkap Pengerusi DAP Pulau Pinang, Chow Kon Yeow dan Timbalan Pesuruhjaya II PAS Pulau Pinang, Rosidi Hussain kesepakatan yang dicapai ialah menyarankan supaya tindakan diambil terhadap khatib yang terlibat sekiranya terbukti kebenarannya.

Mansor juga mendakwa tuduhan yang dibuat oleh UMNO terhadap Kerajaan Negeri dalam isu doa khutbah Jumaat ini adalah fitnah jahat seolah-olah arahan dari Kerajaan Negeri untuk menggunakan nama Lim Guan Eng.

Beliau juga berkata, Lim tidak pernah menerima atau mengarahkan mana-mana pihak untuk menggunakan nama beliau dalam teks khutbah Jumaat seperti yang didakwa oleh UMNO.

Bagaimana kalau KM/MB bukan dari PR?

Dalam pada itu sepatutnya semua pihak tidak menjadikan isu agama sebegini sebagai satu modal politik walaupun mempunyai ideologi yang berbeza.

Ulama dan para ilmuan agama harus bangun dan menyatakan hakikat kebenaran isu doa dalam khutbah kedua solat Jumaat ini. Apakah ianya menggugat khutbah Jumaat tersebut dari segi sah atau sebaliknya?

Sudah pasti masyarakat yang kurang mahir dalam ilmu agama dan syarat sah serta rukun khutbah yang tidak mewajibkan doa untuk dibaca kepada mana-mana pemimpin ini akan tertanya-tanya kedudukan sebenarnya.

Apa yang pasti lima rukun khutbah wajib ada. Pertamanya ialah dimulai dengan pujian bagi Allah seperti Alhamdulillah. Keduanya diikuti dengan salawat kepada junjungan besar Nabi Muhammad s.a.w. Yang ketiganya ialah mengandungi pesanan kepada jemaah agar bertaqwa kepada Allah. Yang keempatnya pula ialah membaca satu ayat Al-Quran samada pada khutbah pertama atau kedua. Yang akhirnya ialah mendoakan setiap muslim pada khutbah kedua.

Apabila polemik ini timbul maka kemungkinan besar masyarakat akan bertanya bagaimana pula sekiranya doa dibacakan untuk pemimpin seperti Menteri Besar atau Ketua Menteri yang datangnya dari parti lain selain dari Pakatan Rakyat? Persoalan juga kemungkinan timbul apakah akan wujud juga bantahan sedemikian terhadap khatib tersebut sepertimana yang berlaku kini? -Nazar hashim (MR)


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