Thursday, August 19, 2010

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Posted: 19 Aug 2010 11:01 AM PDT

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Aaron Kwok speaks English

Posted: 13 Aug 2010 10:32 AM PDT

Hong Kong actor Aaron Kwok was in Malaysia to promote his newest film City Under Seige. As far as I could remember this is the first time he's interviewed in English, which he did surprisingly well. Video by Thestaronline@Youtube…

Also in the video are actress Zhang Jingchu (who looks gorgeous and speaks like a pro), actor Wu Jing and director Benny Chan.

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news writing training & personal stuff

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 10:32 AM PDT

read about the news writing training i attended last weekend in KL at my CJ.MY blog.

i went to KL by aeroline bus again and again stay at tune hotel. the aeroline bus from penang to KL has increased and is now RM60 but strange from KL to penang, it is still RM55. both buses i took did not have the personal entertainment! argh! why ah.

strange that the PG-KL bus which leaves at 8.30am gave us rice (nasi lemak or chicken rice), while the KL-PG bus which leaves at 10.30am gave us subway sandwhich. i would have thought it should be the other way round. 10.30am since it is later – we should be given rice as our brunch while 8.30am since early, we should be given sandwhich as breakfast.

i reached KL on friday, 13 aug. wah! this time i was smart. i managed to take the LRT/monorail to tune hotel instead of taking the cab. ahhh… but i realised the walking distance was quite far – tiring especially when in my luggage i have my laptop with me.

this is my third time staying in tune hotel. it's a no frills hotel so cheap. the location is convenient too so i kind of like it.  there are people who had been talking that since tune hotel was build formerly where a hospital stands, the hotel is eerie and haunted. (patients staying and patients dying, see).  well i had slept there so many times and no ghost pay me company. what the heck! why afraid of ghost if you ain't do anything bad or evil to anyone.

well i reached the hotel at 2.00pm and met sharon at 3.00pm and we went to mid valley for shopping. bought a sunglasses and a t-shirt. you can see the picture of the sunglasses here. salsa brand which was at RM98.90 but with 20% discount. sharon persuaded me to buy a brown coloured one instead of black.  later on i realised the sunglasses is a 'polarised filter' one (see picture here) . i wonder what that means so go googling and found that it means something like it can reflect the ray off some surface, say water, so it is good esp. for fisherman and drivers. but then i also suddenly read it says it is not recommended for bike drivers. huh? strange. car drivers ok but not bike drivers? and i only use the bike not the car! oh gee, does this means it is advisable for me not to use it while riding the bike?

actually i had intended to buy the sunglasses as i had lost my sunglasses. at first thought of buying a cheap one but some people advised me to go for the better ones as cheap ones might not be effective against shielding harmful UV lights. so i settled for this in between. surely i can't possibly afford the branded ones like gucci, dior that costs about RM500!!

i bought the t-shirt is because as we chinese put it (translated literally) – 'bad eye'.  i don't intend to buy but what i see, i like, i buy! it was the 'diesel' brand and i think about RM50 after 20% discount. oh you can see picture of the t-shirt at my facebook album (scroll down).

we met up with another 2 friends, then later another friend joined us – and all 5 of us had dinner at spaghetti grill restaurant. food not very nice.  the next morning, again i try my hands on taking the LRT to malaysiakini office (instead of cab) and managed to get there safe and sound (unlike first time i try LRT by myself, instead of heading to PJ, i head to seremban! ).

i had to attend mass on saturday evening and this time, because of lack of time, and not knowing exactly how to get there, i went to the st john's cathedral by cab. hmm… the st john's cathedral doesn't look impressive to me anymore… and the mass service was not that good. i thought i heard so much praised of st john's cathedral but i find it just like that.  again going back to the hotel, i call for a cab. both journey, fare was less than RM10.00.

sunday morning to go back to class, since i have to bring along my luggage, i went by cab. after class met sharon again and together with daevid and jenny we went to see the movie 'salt' starring angelina jolie. wow! interesting non stop action movie. angelina jolie was so cool. in the beginning she was seen with blond hair and she look awful. later on, she dyed her hair black and ahh… that's more like the real angelina jolie.  i like angelina jolie as she is so beautiful (shapely too) and she fight so well and cool! (think lara croft).

3rd night (sunday)  i stayed at sharon's house and left KL on monday morning.

the news training class was good and i enjoyed it, especially being among familiar faces, my own fellow citizen journalists from different states. if you read about it in my CJ.MY blog, you'll notice, i had attended a more or less similiar one before. .. but no matter, still there were plenty of new things i learned (earlier was one day class, this was 2 days class).



MACC NO GUTS?! MACC backs off from alleged RM8bil Tajuddin swindle

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 08:35 AM PDT

PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub has trained his guns on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in his crusade to uncover a purported RM8 billion scandal in national carrier Malaysian Airlines.
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Two MACC officers, the commission's director of investigation Mustafar Ali and the corporate communications chief Ahmad Khusairi Yahaya, met Salahuddin today to get his explanation on his claim that former MAS head honco Tajuddin Ramli's corrupt ways had caused the company to lose billions during his tenure as chairperson from 1994 to 2001.

At a press conference in Parliament this afternoon, Salahuddin (right), said he was disappointed and not convinced by the answer given by MACC that it could not investigate further because "the case has been taken up by Bukit Aman" (the federal police headquarters).

Salahuddin, the MP for Kubang Kerian, who also sits on the parliamentary select committee on corruption, had previously revealed a letter of complaint sent by MAS themselves to the MACC over the lack of action against Tajuddin.


Modus Operandi PDRM : Ahli Pakatan Rakyat Mengadu, Dia Yang Akan Didakwa

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 07:50 AM PDT

Peluru M-16: Polis siasat kemungkinan hantar sendiri

Ahli parlimen Petaling Jaya Utara Tony Pua hari ini hadir ke balai polis Mutiara Damansara sekali lagi untuk siasatan berhubung ugutan dan kiriman peluru yang diterimanya sebelum ini.

Pua yang berada selama kira-kira 45 minit di balai tersebut berkata, siasatan itu bagi memastikan bahawa kiriman itu tidak dihantar oleh dirinya sendiri.

Bercakap kepada pemberita selepas keluar daripada balai polis tersebut, Pua berkata beliau dan pembantunya perlu memberikan sampel DNA kepada polis untuk membantu siasatan.

Polis juga meminta untuk mengambil cap jari pembantunya, yang bertanggungjawab membuka kiriman tersebut, kata Pua.

Katanya, cap jari itu akan diambil di ibu pejabat polis daerah Petaling Jaya, manakala sampel DNA kedua-dua mereka akan diambil di Pusat Kesihatan Universiti Malaya di Petaling Jaya.

Sampel DNA

Pua menjelaskan, polis meminta sampel DNA itu kerana mengesyaki suspek yang bertanggungjawab menghantar kiriman tersebut telah menggunakan air liur untuk melekatkan setem.

Tambahnya, sampel tersebut bagi membolehkan polis mengasingkan DNA beliau dan pembantunya daripada DNA sampel lain yang ditemui pada bungkusan tersebut.

Pua juga berkata beliau juga telah merujuk peguam Gobind Singh Deo yang memaklumkan bahawa proses untuk mengambil sampel tersebut adalah prosedur biasa siasatan polis.

Katanya lagi, beliau hanya diberitahu untuk ke IPD Petaling Jaya dan ke hospital berkenaan dalam pertemuannya dengan seorang pegawai penyiasat di balai polis tersebut sebelum ini.

"Tempoh itu lama sebab saya terpaksa menunggu," katanya lagi dan menjelaskan tiada apa-apa keterangan lanjut diambil daripadanya.

Mengulas lanjut, Pua juga melahirkan kekesalan kerana sehingga kini tidak ada pemimpin tertinggi negara dan pihak polis yang tampil ke hadapan bagi mengutuk tindakan menghantar kiriman tersebut.

PM, IGP membisu

"Lebih kurang satu minggu saya buat laporan polis atas kes peluru hidup yang saya terima tapi sampai sekarang ketua polis negara dan perdana menteri tidak keluarkan kenyataan untuk kutuk tindakan ini,

"Orang yang buat perkara ini akan rasa lebih bersemangat untuk buat lagi (tindakan sama) dalam masa akan datang," katanya lagi.

Pada 11 Ogos lalu, sebuah bungkusan dialamatkan ke pejabat Pua di Damansara dari Tangkak. Ia dibuka oleh pembantu khas di pejabatnya dan beliau menjumpai sebutir peluru hidup bagi senapang M-16 dan sepucuk surat ugutan.

Surat berkenaan berbunyi: "Lu banyak berani?

"Sekarang lu mau apa?

"Jalan sekarang mau tengok depan, belakang, kiri, kanan bawah dan atas.

"Apa pasal?

"Lu punya keluarga, rumah, pejabat, kereta - WHT ....004, wa sudah tau.

"Sendiri mau ingat. Lu fikirlah sendiri."

Pembantunya itu kemudian membuat laporan polis di Balai Polis Mutiara Damansara kira-kira dua jam selepas itu. -mk

Ulasan GB

Mana-mana aduan dari Pakatan Rakyat, Polis akan bertindak untuk mengenakan semula dakwaan ke atas si pengadunya. Berbeza jika ahli UMNO yang mengadu.

Kes Teoh Beng Hock, kes Kugan dan beberapa kes lain menjelaskan kepada kita PDRM dan SPRM bersama-sama dengan Peguam Negara akan melakukan kerja utuk menterbalikkan setiap aduan dari pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat agar Pakatan Rakyat sendiri yang akan dicari kesalahannya.


Sekolah Tamil yang mana satu?!

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 07:49 AM PDT

The last time I went to Taiping together with a few fellow volunteers to visit some new clients as per my posting here, we couldn't get hold of Rajan. So we only got to meet Selvi who was in the hospital, and then we met Roslan, although it was so difficult to get hold of him, he simply didn't answer his calls and didn't reply the text messages my colleague sent him. It was only after I sent a text message using my hand phone did he finally replied the text message asking who I was.

Anyway, my colleague managed to get hold of Rajan recently. Apparently when we tried to contact him earlier, his phone went kaput and so the calls didn't get through. So today we decided to go again, this time to visit Rajan at his home, and then to get hold of Roslan to get the photocopies of supporting documents. The moment I made the decision to visit Taiping today, I told my colleague to call both Rajan and Roslan to get all the necessary documents ready. But my colleague only managed to get hold of Rajan. As for Roslan, the same thing happened, calls and answered and text messages not replied. So I told my colleague, if Roslan still didn't reply by the time we got to Taiping, let's just forget about him.

This morning I was already at the Buddies Center by 8.15 am. I told my colleague we'd make a move at 8.30 am. But this particular colleague is not known to be a punctual person, he got to the center only at 8.40 am; so we definitely couldn't make a move at 8.30 am! From the center, we first went to Kuala Kangsar, using the old trunk road, to pick up a new volunteer before getting to the highway to proceed to Taiping. We stopped at Taiping Hospital first to pick up another trainee volunteer.

Meanwhile I got my colleague to call up Rajan or his wife (Rajan's speech is a bit slurred) to get directions to their house. Their house is within an estate area in a small town on the outskirts of Taiping. Rajan's wife made it sound so simple… after my colleague mentioned we were at Taman xxx, she told my colleague to just go straight ahead until we reach the small town, and then just go straight again until we find a Tamil school just by the main road. She'd come and meet us at the Tamil school and guide us to her house. I asked my colleague who spoke to her, to ask for the name of the school, but according to him, the lady said that's the only Tamil school there.

Alright! Sounded simple enough, there shouldn't be any problem! Or so we thought…

We followed her instructions, went straight, until we reached the small town, the Tamil school was supposed to be after the town area. We simply couldn't find any Tamil school. So we stopped to ask a guy, and he showed us a junction we had just passed. So we turned back, and although we couldn't find the school, there was a signboard of the school by the main road (without any arrows or anything to indicate that where the school was). We then called Rajan's wife, who kept saying she was on her way. My colleague told her to look out for my Kenari.

After a while, she was still nowhere in sight. We called again, and was told that she was already waiting at the school. I finally decided to speak to her myself. I had asked my Tamil speaking colleague to speak to her earlier to avoid miscommunication but we didn't seem to be on the right track. I asked her which school she was talking about, and she just said, "Bukan itu jauh sekolah, ini dekat punya sekolah saja", making me think that we must have already passed the school earlier. But she did finally told me to just wait there at the school and she'd come fetch us. We still decided to turn back and maybe meet her half way, but nope, to no avail. We stopped to ask one Malay guy asking where the particular kampong was, he just said, "Ada simpang depan tu masuk kiri, lepas tu ada traffic light masuk kiri lagi." Only problem was, he didn't tell us WHICH simpang to masuk kiri, and we were back on the main road again.

I then decided to go back to the school that we went to earlier. Who knows, maybe Rajan's wife may already be there. True enough, just as we were about to enter the junction, we saw a lady on a motorbike who looked as though she was looking out for a Kenari… :-)

Thank goodness, all we had to do then was just to follow her. To our surprise, she didn't head back to town, but instead brought us further in. Quite far from the small town I must say, and from the main road (yang dia kata jalan teruuuuuuss je tu), there was another right junction we were supposed to take before we could find another Tamil school! Duh! Patutlah tak jumpa. When she mentioned "dekat punya sekolah", she meant "dekat" to her house, not "dekat" for us to find!

And following her from behind her motorbike was quite nerve-wrecking I must say. The first time she gave the right signal, she remained on the left side of the road, making me unsure whether to signal right or not. The second time she gave a right signal, she went straight right without even looking to see if there was any vehicle coming from behind! Adoi, I was thinking, ini perempuan ada lesen ka tada??

We finally reached her house, and found out… no wonder la bawa motor macam orang tak ada lesen… MEMANG TAK ADA LESEN!! And in fact that was her first time going out of the kampong to the main road on the motorbike. Oh well, but she didn't seem scared. The 4 volunteers in the Kenari behind her motorbike were the ones who got scared!

Anyway, Rajan only found out about his HIV after he met with an accident last year, causing fatal injury, forcing him to quit his job as a lorry driver. It had been a tough year for them since then, but they are already beginning to get monthly payments from Socso and the Welfare Department. So things aren't as too bad anymore… but with 4 schooling children and house rental to pay, it's not enough. Rajan is unable to walk on his own without being aided by his wife, and going to Taiping Hospital for his appointments, taxis usually charge them about RM30 one way.

Thank goodness Rajan's wife was tested negative for HIV, so at least she can take care of him.

After taking down all the necessary details, and getting Rajan to sign the form to enable us to submit his application for the Pediatric Aids Funds, we left. By then it was already almost 12.30 pm. Roslan had still not replied my colleague's SMS, so we left it as it is. If the clients want help but they themselves are making it difficult for us to reach them, so be it. Why should we go out of our way when they themselves don't want to answer our calls?

So I just sent the Taiping volunteer back to the hospital, then headed back to Kuala Kangsar to send off the other volunteer, before heading back to Ipoh. It was already 2.30 pm by the time we reached Ipoh. And after all the pusing-pusing and waiting, the mileage for the day… 245 km.


SWOOSHING AND SWISHING.....

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 06:55 AM PDT

The following post was written by Nick, a regular reader and commenter. He shared it as a comment in my post on How To Live Stresslessly.

The NEP is like the actual and real "goose that lays the golden egg" for a few elite UMNOputeras (and associates) and just like the mythical creature, the Malays are falsely told of its existence that will never ever become real no matter how much faith they may have in its existence!

Talking about NEP creates such a lively debate from many quarters. To some, NEP is a MUST for a race to escape poverty (just like the ever popular "upacara tarik duit" or Skim Pak Man Telo,) and to some NEP is nothing more than a discriminatory policy that not only divides the country but manages to enrich a few chosen (an elite group) ones at the expense of the poor and down trodden Malaysian (every race included).

To me personally, NEP reminds me of THE JOKE that Quentin Tarantino unleashed on the unsuspecting bartender and the bar patron. Here how it goes:

This guy comes into a bar, walks up to the bartender. Says, "Bartender, I got me a bet for you. I'm gonna bet you $300 that I can piss into that glass over there and not spill a single, solitary drop." The bartender looks. I mean, we're talking, like, this glass is like a good ten feet away.

He says, "Now wait, let me get this straight. You're tryin' to tell me you'll bet me $300 that you can piss, standing over here, way over there into that glass, and not spill a single drop?"

Customer looks up and says, "That's right." Bartender says, "Young man, you got a bet." The guy goes, "Okay, here we go. Here we go."

Pulls out his thing. He's lookin' at the glass, man. He's thinkin' about the glass.

He's thinkin' about the glass. Glass. He's thinkin' about the glass, glass. Thinkin' about his thingy. Thingy, glass, thingy, glass, thingy, glass, thingy, glass, thingy, glass, thingy, glass, thingy, glass. And then, *foosh*, he lets it rip.

And he pisses all over the place, man. He's pissin' on the bar. He pissin' on the stools, on the floor, on the phone, on the bartender! He's pissing everywhere *except* the ******* glass! Right?

Okay. So, bartender, he's laughing his ******' *** off. He's $300 richer. He's like, "Ha, ha, ha, ha!" Piss dripping off his face. "Ha, ha, ha, ha!" He says, "You ******* idiot, man! You got it in everything except the glass! You owe me $300 punta (ok, in the Malaysian context it's Macha!"

Guy goes, "Excuse me just one-one little second." Goes in the back of the bar. In back, there's a couple of guys playing pool. He walks over to them. Comes back to the bar. Goes, "Here you go, Mr. Bartender, $300." And the bartender's like, "What the **** are you so happy about? You just lost $300, idiot!"

The guy says, "Well, see those guys over there? I just bet them $500 apiece that I could piss on your bar, piss on your floor, piss on your phone, and piss on YOU, and not only would you not be mad about it, you'd be happy!:)"

Well, that's what NEP reminds me of and I leave it up to all Malaysian to draw their own conclusion on those people who fits the bill as " The pissing Guy"," the bartender", "the other bar patrons and those pool playing losers" in the Malaysian context!


Pengetua Rasis: Muhyiddin Yassin Perlu Dipertanggungjawabkan

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 04:56 AM PDT

Pengetua 'rasis': Pemuda BN senada dengan DAP

Pemuda BN turut menyeru kerajaan tidak memandang remeh isu seorang pengetua yang didakwa menghamburkan kenyataan perkauman supaya ia menjadi isyarat tegas terhadap tindakan bertentangan dengan gagasan 1Malaysia.

Sehubungan itu, gabungan 14 sayap Pemuda dalam parti itu sepakat berpendapat insiden yang didakwa berlaku di Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kulai, haruslah disiasat sepenuhnya dan sekiranya benar hendaklah dihukum dengan keras.

Menurut satu kenyataan bersama hari ini, Pemuda BN mencadangkan hukuman yang berat dikenakan menurut peruntukan bawah Seksyen 504 Kanun Keseksaan.

Sekyen tersebut - berhubung "kecenderungan menghina bagi tujuan mencetuskan provokasi bagi mengganggu keharmonian" - memperuntukkan hukuman penjara sehingga dua tahun, denda atau kedua-duanya.

Kerajaan didesak bertindak ke atas seorang pengetua sekolah yang didakwa menghamburkan kata-kata perkauman yang menghina pelajar Cina dan India pada satu majlis anjuran sekolah tersebut di Kulai, Johor.

Senada dengan DAP?

Penasihat DAP Lim Kit Siang dalam satu kenyataanya berkata, tindakan disiplin yang paling keras perlu dikenakan terhadap pengetua SMK Tunku Abdul Rahman, Siti Inshah Mansor yang didakwa mengeluarkan kata-kata itu.

Lim berkata tindakan perlu diambil terhadap Siti Inshah memandangkan tindakannya itu bertentangan dengan konsep 1Malaysia yang dipelopori perdana menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Katanya, Siti Inshah sanggup mengeluarkan kata-kata yang begitu menghina, menyinggung dan rasis itu dalam satu majlis untuk melancarkan sambutan Hari Kebangsaan sekolah tersebut.

Ironinya, tema sambutan Hari Kebangsaan tahun ini ialah '1Malaysia Menjana Transformasi,' kata Lim lagi.

Menurut beberapa laporan polis yang disebarkan di dalam talian, Siti Inshah didawak mengeluarkan kata-kata berkenaan pada 12 Ogos lalu ketika mengulas mengenai masalah disiplin pelajar.

Didakwa, beliau menyatakan bahawa pelajar Cina "tidak diperlukan" dan perlu "pulang" ke China manakala pelajar India patut membuang ikatan tali di pergelangan tangan mereka.

Beliau juga didakwa berkata hanya anjing yang memakai tali seperti itu.

Lim berkata, insiden tersebut membangkitkan semula ingatannya kepada kenyataan menghina yang dibuat oleh bekas ketua bahagian Umno Bukit Bendera Datuk Ahmad Ismail dan juga oleh bekas pegawai khas perdana menteri Datuk Nasir Safar. -mk


Punish 'racist' principal, not cover up, parents demand

Denying that it was a "misunderstanding", parents want the Education Ministry to take stern disciplinary action against the Johor school head accused of spouting racist slurs, claiming that it was not the first incident.

One parent even alleged the ministry was trying to "cover up" the case at SMK Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra in Kulai.

"Parents are very unhappy that the authorities are citing misinformation and misunderstanding that the headmistress had made the remarks.

"It wasn't a misunderstanding. Even the teachers have given their statement to the police. The teachers confirmed what has been reported by the students," a parent told The Malaysian Insider, refuting Education director-general Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom's response yesterday that the case was just a misunderstanding and had been resolved.

"If it was, then why did the state Education Department tell her to make an open apology to the non-Malay students and teachers?" he asked, and related that principal Siti Inshah Mansor had been loudly booed by the student population in the attempt.

"The government is trying to cover it up," claimed the 46-year-old business consultant, who asked not to be named, fearing repercussions to his job.

The father of two said parents were mulling setting up a formal parent action group to pressure Putrajaya into action.

"Some disciplinary action must be taken. Even if not dismissal, at least demote her. If just transfer her out, it won't solve the problem.

"She has done in before. In her previous school, she called Indians Nigerians," he said, claiming Siti Inshah, who was formerly the principal of SMK Kelapa Sawit — another school in the same Kulai district — had been transferred out following similar complaints.

The police are currently investigating the case under section 504 of the Penal Code for provocation which carries a maximum imprisonment of two years, a fine or both.

A total of 17 complaints have been lodged with the police against the principal so far.

A copy of one report made last week and recently put up on the Malaysia-Today website listed several racist and derogatory remarks allegedly made by Siti Inshah, including likening Indian students wearing prayer threads on their person to dogs and ordering dissatisfied ethnic Chinese and Indian students to "return to China or India".

Part of the lengthy police report lodged by a 16-year-old student alleged: "She gave the example of owning a Proton Saga with two passengers who are Munusamy and Chong. Munusamy and Chong were only passengers. They cannot claim any right to the car. This is the same as Malaysia in which the non-Malay students are passengers."

Similar "racist" allegations have been reported made by senior civil servants, most notably by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's then-political aide Datuk Nasir Safar in January this year at a 1 Malaysia event, and signal a rise in racial tensions among Malaysia's multicultural society. -TMI


Ulasan GB

Ke mana perginya Muhyiddin Yassin, Timbalan Perdana Menteri merangkap Menteri Pelajaran yang juga rasis orangnya?

Apakah beliau cuba untuk melindungi pengetua yang bersikap rasis tersebut?

1Malaysia hanya satu slogan kosong... memang benar!


The Secret Garden of 1 Utama On A Rainy Day

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 04:47 AM PDT

Lily magnolia bud at the Secret Garden of 1 Utama
Lily magnolia bud at the Secret Garden of 1 Utama

Last weekend, we got into the Secret Garden of 1 Utama just after it stopped raining. The plants and everything else were dripping wet. As we squeezed through narrow pathways, any light brush against the leaves would send a cascade of water droplets onto us. It was not that good an idea to be poking around the garden after all.

It has been seven months since we were there last. Nothing much has changed. Not many plants were in full bloom. Nevertheless, we were pleased to discover that one of the lily magnolia trees was flowering. A number of buds were about to unfurl their petals, too. The water droplets hugging on to the satiny deep red buds and the leaves made such an interesting subject for our cameras.

That must have been our briefest visit to the Secret Garden. We only spent about 40 minutes wandering among the greenery. I guess we will not be going there again any time soon, not at least until the weather turns hot and dry. That is the time when the flowers will start to bloom again.

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SAY NO TO 'RACISM'

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 03:35 AM PDT

The very mention of the word 'racism' can stir up emotions quickly! One look at news portals such as Malaysia Today and The Malaysian Insider can show us how many readers have such strong views on this subject.

THIS LINK says that racism could be caused by:

  • Xenophobia, the fear of of people who are different. An element of xenophobia is present in racism. Deep fear can express itself in racially motivated violence.
  • A need to feel OK, to feel worthwhile. This can result in people wanting to feel superior to others.
  • Allows one group to socially, politically, and economically dominate other groups. An American Psychological Association article states racism serves to "rationalize the hierarchical domination of one racial or ethnic group over other group(s), and maintain psychological, social, and material advantages for the dominant group."
  • Racism is used by governments to excuse systemic and systematic oppression and human rights abuses.
  • Promotion of the idea that attempts to end discrimination and inequality are reverse discrimination and reverse racism.
  • Feeling protection of basic human rights for minority groups are "special rights."
  • Historic patterns of prejudice, discrimination, and racism. Colonialism, historic hostilities, and the slave trade contribute to modern racism.
  • Ignorance of other cultures, religions, and values.
  • Fear of sharing power with other groups of people.
  • Isolationist and protectionist foreign policies.
  • Laws and government policies aimed at preventing immigration of people of different cultures and religions.
Historically, racism is the belief that race is the primary determinant of human capacities. One race could be refarded as superior or inferior to others, and/or that individuals should be treated differently according to their racial designation (wikipdia.com).

When we were born, we had no predetermined hate of others. Therefore, children learn hatred, racism, and stereotyping. Many people may stereotype others consciously or otherwise. A large of our attitudes is due to our socialization process and the programming we go thtough with our agents of socialization including our family, peers, school, media and religion.

If we can be programmed to think less of ourselves, doesn't it stand to reason we can be programmed to think less of others? I believe that's all racism really is, being programmed to believe that "different means worse".

Of late, there have been sooooooooooooo many reports, counter statements and articles on raicsm including those written by Thomas Lee Seng Hock and Kee Thuan Chye. I am not going to repeat what they have so eloquently discussed but I just want to say that it is largely up to us whether we want to adopt or reject racist perspectives and to be fair, kind and considerate to others. Regardless of whatever physical differences, these don't matter as we are but sojourners on this earth and we should do our part to make the world a better place and not the reverse.

If you have time, please read this excellent article by Brandon Keim called Researchers Try to Cure Racism found in Wired Science.

Seriously, I believe they should try to do their experiments on I.A. , A.I, R. T. and others who are in dire need of fine tuning their perspective of fellow men in this nation. I have to take my son to violin rehearsal now and will do my next post later. Do leave a comment to share your thoughts. Thanks! Enjoy your dinner and the evening that follows.


Some Hard Landscape For The House

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 02:20 AM PDT













THE ADDICT IN ME

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 01:24 AM PDT

I love to sing, don't you? The only time I get to go for a karaoke session is when my old friends are back from overseas. Last night, I had a grand time with my buddies because we sang and laughed so much till I had stomach cramps and my girlfriend kept wiping away her tears from laughing too much.

The last time I went with them a few months ago, I was blogging on my pda. Last night, they brought along their netbook which they had just purchased from New Zealand and kiasu me brought along my netbook and pda (just in case either one could not work properly). Yup! I cannot be more addicted to my blog than that. I can live without shopping, coffee and chocolates but I definitely cannot live without the internet!!!

Here's my dear friend Elizabeth from New Zealand. We were both facebooking away on our netbooks.


Even at the restaurant, I was checking my blog :-) to publish comments and reading the latest news. Pic above shows my old buddies Philip, Marcel and his wife, Elizabeth.

Here's a pic taken with my netbook webcam:


We are really ageing ....Gone are the days when we could be singing till 3 a.m. Yesterday, we were singing from 6pm till 9pm and after that supper till 10pm and by 10.30pm, I was home like an old lady.

I will be putting up a sopo post later in the evening. In the mean time, enjoy this joke that my friend Freddie just sent me. The guy reminds me of myself :-).

Take care and have a pleasant evening. Do swing by later for the next post. So much is happening and I am really trying to decide on a blog topic.

A rather conservative engineer finally splurged on a luxury cruise to the
Caribbean. It was the "craziest" thing he had ever done in his life.

Just as he was beginning to enjoy himself, a hurricane roared upon the huge ship, capsizing it like a child's toy. Somehow the engineer, desperately hanging on to a life preserver, managed to wash ashore on a secluded island.

Outside of beautiful scenery, a spring-fed pool, bananas and coconuts, there was little else. He lost all hope and day after day, sat under the same palm tree. One day, after several months had passed, a gorgeous woman in a small rowboat appeared.

"I'm from the other side of the island," she said. "Were you on the cruise
ship, too?"

"Yes, I was, " he answered. "But where did you get that rowboat?"

"Well, I carved the oars from gum tree branches, wove the reinforced gunnel from palm branches, and made the keel and stern from a Eucalyptus tree."

"But, what did you use for tools?" asked the man.

"There was a very unusual strata of alluvial rock exposed on the south side of the island. I discovered that if I fired it to a certain temperature in my kiln, it melted into ductile iron. Anyhow, that's how I got the tools. But, enough of that," she said. "Where have you been living all this time? I don't see any shelter."

"To be honest, I've just been sleeping on the beach," he said.

"Would you like to come to my place?" the woman asked. The engineer nodded
dumbly.

She expertly rowed them around to her side of the island, and tied up the boat with a handsome strand of hand woven hemp topped with a neat back splice. They walked up a winding stone walk she had laid and around a Palm tree. There stood an exquisite bungalow painted in blue and white.

"It's not much, but I call it home." Inside, she said, "Sit down please; would you like to have a drink?"

"No, thanks," said the man. "One more coconut juice and I'll throw up!"

"It wont be coconut juice," the woman replied. "I have a crude still out back, so we can have authentic Pina Coladas."

Trying to hide his amazement, the man accepted the drink, and they sat down on her couch to talk. After they had exchanged stories, the woman asked, "Tell me, have you always had a beard?"

"No," the man replied, "I was clean shaven all of my life until I ended up on this island."

"Well if you'd like to shave, there's a razor upstairs in the bathroom cabinet."

The man, no longer questioning anything, went upstairs to the bathroom and shaved with an intricate bone-and-shell device honed razor sharp. Next he showered. He didn't even attempt to guess how she got warm water into the bathroom. Going back downstairs, he had to admire the masterfully carved banister as he walked.

"You look great," said the woman. "I think I'll go up and slip into something more comfortable."

As she did, the man drank his Pina Colada. After a short time, the woman, smelling faintly of gardenias, returned wearing a revealing gown made of pounded palm fronds.

"Tell me," she asked, "we've both been out here for a very long time with no companionship. You know what I mean. Haven't you been lonely....isn't there something that you really, really miss? Something that all men and woman need? Something that would be really nice to have right now!"

"Yes there is!" the man replied, no longer shy. "There is something I've wanted to do for some time, but on this island all alone, it was just...well, it was impossible."

"Well, it's not impossible, any more," the woman said.

Practically breathless with excitement, the engineer shouted: "You mean...you actually figured out some way we can CHECK OUR E-MAIL HERE!!??!!"

Keep smiling! Have a restful evening!


BN too is in deep shit...

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 01:22 AM PDT

'Ban PERKASA - This group is only good at making police reports'. Interesting piece written by a Star reader under its Citizen's Blog column. The comment was meant for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak.

Image from Free Malaysia Today


Among others, it reads: "...Imagine this, UMNO has PERKASA, and then MCA has another "WARRIOR" group, and MIC has "SAMMI CHEN" group. All parties fighthing among each other within BN. All parties making police report against each other. How do you expect Malaysian will support BN in our next general election?"

So, the 'war' rages on. Adding fuel to the fire is Utusan Malaysia which posted a stinging article against MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and MCA. MCA is, of course Chinese.

I am not sure whether it is wise to ban Perkasa or 'Sammi Chen' or other one-race organisations but I am sure of one thing - that Barisan Nasional is heading into the ravine should all this frictions are not resolved by the next general election.

During Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's era, any dispute within the BN was discussed at special meetings. There was always a way out to every problem. The cooperation spirit among component parties remained high.

What happens after his era is really beyond comprehension. Cross-accusation and back biting becomes so rampant since BN 'losses' in the last general election. Nobody wanted to take full responsibility for the poor results that saw Pakatan Rakyat cutting BN's traditionally two-third majority at the Dewan Rakyat.

It went on and on until former premier Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said non-Malays too can become a prime minister of Malaysia, which opened up the 'floodgate' to social-beatings among the three dominant race in the country. To some extent, the Malays accused the Chinese as getting 'big-headed' with such a statement, and as such are working closely with the DAP to realise that dream.

On the other hand, the Chinese were accusing the Malays of wanting to 'rob' what they have achieved thus far, and when Perkasa came into the picture with its 'fight-for-the-Malays' slogan, the friendship gap was widened. With more Umno leaders and members joining Perkasa, the Chinese and Indians felt that they, too must establish their own Perkasa-like organisation.

And when Chua made such a statement during the Chinese Economic Congress last Saturday, touching on the Malay equity and quotas, plus a soft warning about the possibility of MCA 'agreeing' with DAP in terms of the Chinese interests, Umno leaders jumped from their seats. Even Najib's deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin reminded Chua not to loose his footing over the sensivities of the Malays.

Adding salt to the wound was the mainstream media, especially Utusan which blasted Chua and the Chinese, forgetting that if BN goes down the drain in the next general election, they would be among the first to face the music. Then came Perkasa, lodging a police report against Chua.

So, where are we heading to? What is there to offer the voters if no simple calculation can mend the rift before the Parliament is dissolved? If more and more people want to become heroes of their respective race and sect, may as well we surrender the government to Anwar Ibrahim now! At least, he knows where and how to screw you people!

I do not wish to add anything. If our leaders read this, I dont think they realise and want to admit their mistakes. Sesungguhnya aku sedang berpuasa...



Tubuh Suruhanjaya Diraja Siasat Kes Beng Hock - Majlis Peguam

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 12:32 AM PDT

Majlis Peguam Malaysia tuntut Suruhanjaya Siasatan Diraja

Majlis Peguam Malaysia menuntut penubuhan Suruhanjaya Siasatan Diraja bagi menyiasat kes kematian Teoh Beng Hock ekoran kegagalan Peguam Negara mendedahkan wujudnya bukti baru berbentuk nota yang boleh mengganggu keputusan inkues.

Presidennya, Regunath Kesavan berkata, tindakan Peguam Negara yang menyekat bukti khususnya dalam kes-kes berprofil tinggi seperti ini adalah sesuatu yang membimbangkan.

Menurutnya, melalui suruhanjaya itu kesemua kekurangan dalam sistem kehakiman jenayah negara ini dapat disiasat.

"Suruhanjaya itu juga dapat memperkenalkan protokol-protokol yang dapat menjamin sistem kehakiman jenayah negara ini dipatuhi," katanya dalam kenyataan kepada Sinar Harian, baru-baru ini.

Regunath mendakwa kegagalan Peguam Negara mendedahkan penemuan nota yang ditulis Teoh sebelum dia ditemui mati pada 16 Julai tahun lalu menunjukkan kelemahan serius dalam penghakiman dan memperlekehkan prosiding inkues.

Menurutnya, menjadi tugas mahkamah untuk menentukan kesahihan atau keterkaitan setiap bukti malah Peguam Negara mempunyai hak untuk mendedahkan semua maklumat bagi membantu mahkamah mengetahui bagaimana Teoh mati.

"Peguam Negara gagal untuk mengemukakan nota tersebut dalam waktu yang terdekat, sebaliknya hanya berbuat demikian selepas 10 bulan sehingga boleh mengganggu hasil inkues.

"Ini akan menimbulkan keraguan tentang kredibiliti dan keadilan pendakwaan dan kelemahan penghakiman ekoran kurangnya ketelusan," katanya.

Beliau menekankan bahawa tindakan institusi kerajaan merahsiakan dokumen itu membuktikan bahawa kredibiliti sistem kehakiman jenayah Malaysia masih boleh diragui selepas inkues mengambil masa lebih setahun. -SH

Ulasan GB

Apakah Perdana Menteri bernama Najib akan mendengar desakan ini?

Najib kini memekakkan telinganya terhadap apa jua isu yang melanda negara. Beliau cuba "play safe" untuk mengelak dari mengeluarkan kenyataan yang boleh menikam dirinya semula.

Najib tidk hairan dengan nasib masyarakat marhain. Beliau tidak pernah mengenal erti susah. Beliau tidak tahu erti sengsara. Beliau bukan PM untuk rakyat, tetapi PM untuk UMNOputra.

Beliau adalah pemimpin yang lemah - boleh dipermainkan oleh Peguam Negara dan Ketua Polis Negara.

Jika Peguam Negara kata inkues, maka inkueslah kata Najib, sebab Najib bebal undang-undang, terpaksa bergantung kepada Peguam Negara.

Dan di situlah bermulanya perkosaan terhadap institusi kehakiman negara oleh Peguam Negara bernama Gani Patail.


Oldest Malay alphabets are similar to Burmese

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 12:13 AM PDT

The history of written Malay dates back at least 1,500 years ago. The oldest known text, dates back to 682 is the Kedukan Bukit Inscription found in the area of the former Kingdom of Melayu, located on the Jambi river, approximately 40 kilometres north of modern Palembang, (in Sumatra, Indonesia. Several other inscriptions dating from the 7th to 9th centuries have been found in Sumatra, western Java and other islands in the modern-day Indonesian archipelago. These texts are considered examples of Old Malay or Early Malay language. All these inscriptions were in the Kawi form of Javanese script.

Picture of doorframe of Yunnan 2006 and ancient Malay text found at Palembang's Kedukan Bukit 682CE.

Read more in Wikipedia

Picture of Malay Kawi inscriptions

The Kedukan Bukit Inscription was discovered by the Dutchman M. Batenburg on 29 November 1920 at Kedukan Bukit, South Sumatra, on the banks of the River Tatang, a tributary of the River Musi. It is a small stone of 45 by 80 cm. This inscription is dated the year 605 Saka (683 AD).

English Translation for Malay Language version of the Inscription

All hail and prosperity! In the year 605 of the Saka calendar, on the eleventh
day on the full moon of Waisaka, His Majesty took
a boat to make a profit. On the seventh day
on the full moon of Jyesta, His Majesty
brings 2000 troops and
312 people in boats from firth of Tamvan, With 1312 foot soldiers
and came to Matajap
happily. On the fifth day on the bright moon of …,
they docked and open a country …
Great, prosperous and peaceful Srivijaya!

English Translation

"Om swasti astu! All hail and prosperity. In the year 605 of the [Indian] Saka calendar, on the eleventh day at half-moon of Waisaka, Sri Baginda took dugouts in order to obtain siddhayatra.[2] On Day 7, on the 15th day at half-moon of Jyestha, Sri Baginda extricated himself from minānga tāmvan[3]. He took 2,000 troops with him … as many as 200 in dugouts, with 1,312 foot soldiers. They arrived at … Truly merry on the fifteenth day of the half-moon…, agile, happy, and they made a trip to the country … Great Sriwijaya! Prosperity and riches …"

Source:Kedukan Bukit Inscription From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Oldest Malay text (from Wikipedia)

The Kedukan Bukit Inscription of 682 CE found at Palembang and the modern Yunnan Dai minority's traditional writings belong to the same script family, Pallava, also known as Pallava Grantha. Dai ethnic (or Dai minority) of Yunnan is one of the aboriginal inhabitants of modern Yunnan province of China. (Picture) is taken from Jinghong city of Yunnan, a modern doorframe with Dai minority texts & Chinese, at right is the ancient Kedukan Bukit inscription.

My FB friends' comments in other place_

Nyi Win : While reading about Malaysia in Wikipedia, I read that an old Malay script is very similar to the Shan/Dai writings in present day Yunnan and they are similar to Burmese, not the Thai style.

Nyi Win : the photo of modern Shan/Dai women in Batik in the Wikipedia Malaysia prehistory article looks very eerie they look more like Myanmar than Chinese (their nationality) actually they are Shans and are much closer to Bamars
  
Maung Nyo : The demarcation of a race territory is indefinite. There is overlap on international boundaries especially for the Shan/Tai/Dai in South East Asia.We should forma United States of SEA that Aung San envisioned.
Kyaw : I wish this noble dream become true one day.So far, Shan, and Karens whom I have discussed about this issues seemed reluctant due to bitter experience of past. Here in Malaysia,they recognized almost all Pashu people from Burma as Bumiputra.

K K G : TQ. Can I share something I know?
What about Mandailing Malays?
I was quiet amuse and satisfied, although it was factually wrong, when an article in News Straits Times claimed wrongly that Mandailing Malays from Negri Sembalan's origin was Yunan and "Stayed in Mandalay" for a long time and then migrated to Indonesia. At last they settled in Malaysia. When we knew that Malays migrated from Yunan through Thai/Burma in 2500 BC and 500 BC, which was long before Mandalay established.
But according to the Mandalay hill history, Lord Buddha came to the hill and pointed the finger to the Mandalay area and told his subjects that in the future that place would be inhibited by his subjects.
Human's nature is like this. Although Mandailing report was wrong, I wish to close my eyes and believe this.

And another fascinating fact is that one of the Orang Asli group is using the Mon-Khmar language, similar to present Mons of Myanmar.
During the migration period from Yunan, one group, instead of settling down in Burma and Thai continue the… journey downwards to Malay Peninsula.
And in the Sejarah Malayu or Malay history books, Pegu men (Bago) were recorded as one of the founders of Melaka. Pegu was the place of Mon/ Talaings, some of them were migrated from Talingana state of India were famous for the sea surfing.
 
The theory of Proto Malay originating from Yunnan is supported by R.H Geldern, J.H.C Kern, J.R Foster, J.R Logen, Slametmuljana and Asmah Haji Omar. The Proto Malay (Melayu asli) who first arrived possessed agricultural skills while the second wave Deutero Malay (mixed blood) who joined in around 1500 BC and dwelled along the coastlines have advanced fishery skills. During the migration, both groups intermarried with peoples of the southern islands, such as those from Java (Indonesian), and also with aboriginal peoples of Australoid, Negrito and Melanesoid origin.

Other evidences that support this theory include:

  • Stone tools found at Malay archipelago are analogous to Central Asian tools.
  • Similarity of Malay customs and Assam customs.
  • Malay language & Cambodian language are kindred languages because the ancestral home of Cambodians originated from the source of Mekong River.

Kedah and Melaka

According to Kedah Annals, Kadaram (Kedah Kingdom 630-1136) was founded by Maharaja Derbar Raja of Gemeron, Persia around 630 CE, and also alleged that the bloodline of Kedah royalties coming from Alexander The Great. The other Malay literature, Sejarah Melayu too alleged that they were the descendants of Alexander The Great.

Deutero Malays

Combination of the colonial Kambujas of Hindu-Buddhism faith, the Indo-Persian royalties and traders as well as traders from southern China and elsewhere along the ancient trade routes, these peoples together with the aborigine Negrito Orang Asli and native seafarers and Proto Malays intermarried each others and thus a new group of peoples was formed and became to be known as the Deutero Malays, today they are commonly known as the Malays.

Source: Wikipedia



Sodomy circus turns into a sex opera! By Martin Jalleh

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 12:08 AM PDT

It seems that for the past few days the Attorney General (AG)'s Chambers have become somewhat like a boiler room after being hit by one steamy story after another. The AG, Gani Patail, has been going bonkers, berserk and ballistic, as a result of an unexpected hard blow below the belt by Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK).

The famous whistleblower, lid-blower and blogger had dropped a bombshell by alleging that the AG has been bonking the head of one of his divisions.Such news blew many away but RPK said their sexploits were nothing new. Many in the AG's Chambers have chosen to turn a blind eye to their boss' bonking.

The AG and partner have allegedly saved the nation's taxpayers money, as they would blissfully bunk, bonk and bond in the same hotel room during their frequent trips abroad.

We should not be bogged down by who is bonking whom, but when such basic or base instincts are allegedly displayed by the nation's top legal officer it becomes the rakyat's business! This is especially so when the AG has been bonking from high moral ground of his Office whilst trying hard to banish Anwar Ibrahim into political oblivion with a bull-loaded sodomy charge.

Bonking Binge

The sex opera began with RPK alleging that the prosecution's star witness in Anwar's Sodomy II trial, Mohd Saiful Bukhar, was bonking Farah Azlina Latif, a deputy public prosecutor (DPP) involved in the case.

Was RPK bluffing? The AG begged not to comment but instead bundled Farah off to another division. Saiful and Farah bound themselves in silence, though Saiful could not stop babbling about the truth finally prevailing (and it really did!)

Anwar lodged a police report alleging that the "bonkers" had breached the law, especially the OSA. Karpal Singh, Anwar's lead lawyer, said the couple, if innocent, should be bold enough to verify what they have been accused of. The Court was duty bound to allow him to question them in Court.

Karpal also blasted the AG's Chambers: "Never before in the history of the country or in the Commonwealth has a DPP had an affair with the star witness". The brave legal tiger forgot for a moment that he was in Bolehland, where everything is beyond human comprehension!

The AG betrayed himself when he passed the baby on to Solicitor-General (SG) II Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden, who told the court that the prosecution was totally blur on the bonking. He accused Anwar of making "bare allegations" and insisted there was no miscarriage of justice!

Karpal countered that Anwar had "bare facts" and "hard evidence" that the two had bared and bonked. He urged the Court not to go soft on the prosecution. The naked truth they could stand no more -- is that their absolute lack of integrity has been exposed and credibility stripped to the very core!

The SG who was in the best position to respond to Anwar's affidavit seeking the dismissal of the case, or require Saiful and Farah to file an affidavit, bewildered everyone by passing the buck to his subordinate DPP Hanafiah Zakaria and Investigating Officer (IO) Supt Jude Pereira.

As expected, the Court, which has been perceived by the general public as subserviently doing the bidding of the political masters, bowed and bent backwards, much to the pleasure of those in the AG's Chambers.

Judge Zaibidin Diah found Anwar's allegations of the Saiful-Farah's sexual affair to be true but he ruled that the relationship did not compromise the case. He based this solely on the affidavits of the DPP and the IO. He rejected Anwar's application to strike out the sodomy charge.

We are asked by the Court to believe that Farah, a qualified lawyer, chosen to be on the high-powered prosecution team, to assist in such a high-profile case, was merely a note-taker and beyond reasonable doubt was not privy to crucial information on the case!

Further, surely the learned judge knows that great empires have fallen when forbidden secrets were released by a lover during pulsating and passionate bonking moments and pillow talk. From the charge sheet and on to the bed sheet surely much could have been spilled!

As for DPP Hanafiah, Karpal told the Court that the DPP's very own credibility was in question, alleging that the latter had had a second marriage in Thailand, and had tried to "legalise his marriage in Kota Bahru" and is therefore "guilty of committing an offence under the Syariah law"!

The IO had said that all investigation papers were strictly under his control. But who can trust the police nowadays? Even the Kota Kinabalu Sessions Court had described Jude Pereira's boss, IGP Musa Hassan, "an incredible witness whose evidence is not to be believed"!

Monsters & Masterminds

The rakyat's heart goes out to Janna Syariza, the fiancée of Saiful. Once when referring to the sodomy case, she had very bravely declared that she will stand by her man through the "monstrous battle that is looming ahead", not realising that a "monster" was standing next to her.

RPK has also alleged in a blog posting "Just when you thought it is safe to go into the water", that Saiful is also bonking Khairil Annas Jusoh, an aide of Najib. The man had proudly posed with the sodomy accuser outside the PM's office when the latter went there "to apply for a scholarship"!

RPK revealed that after a one-month marriage, an on learning about the affair, Khairil's wife left him and "divorce is certainly on the cards". Will Janna Syariza, the fiancée of Saiful, be able to stomach and survive this third "storm"? She can be assured of the sympathies of many Malaysians.

One cannot but feel also for the fiancé of Farah who according to the Malaysian Chronicle is the assistant head of the prosecution unit in a northern state. They were engaged last year. Their marriage was due to take place on July 9.

A day before the marriage was due to be solemnized she asked for a cancellation, leaving her fiancé who had already sent out all the invitation cards stunned and heartbroken. Farah must have realized that she had gone too far!

Before we could even recover from the revelations of the shocking sex scandals of those who allow themselves to be used by the masterminds to destroy Anwar politically, RPK serves yet another sex sizzler and it involves the Attorney General himself!

Gani Patail must not remain silent. He must speak up and reveal whether it is just a spin (just like when almost everyone first thought that the Saiful-Farah sex liaison was one?). Not only his credibility and integrity is at stake, but also that of the Office of the Attorney General...and even the government!

Strangely enough the country's self-appointed moralists and religious authorities have also been very silent on the sex fest that has taken place. There have been no screams or shouts of zina or khalwat or interviews and investigations to be conducted. Perhaps they have all grown up?

If such secret sex trysts are really going on amongst those in the Chambers of the AG what would be left of the public's trust! Source : Via e-mail


US armies vs North Korean propaganda

Posted: 18 Aug 2010 10:47 PM PDT

Some paintings from the Sinchon-Ri Museum in North Korea, depicting US war atrocities in the Korean War from North Korean point of view.

US army in North Korean museum

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US armies vs North Korean propaganda from YeinJee's Asian Blog


Achtung! Perkasa, MCA-UMNO racial spats are prelude to ISA crackdown!

Posted: 18 Aug 2010 10:50 PM PDT

By Neville Spykerman
August 18, 2010

Khalid: They (Perkasa)have demonstrated once again that they are incapable of uniting the nation, behaving maturely and responsibly.
SHAH ALAM, Aug 18 — Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad has warned that Perkasa is deliberately trying to whip up religious and racial tension to give Barisan Nasional (BN) an excuse to use the Internal Security Act (ISA) against the opposition.
The Malay rights group has been at the forefront of warning off those who question affirmative action policies for Bumiputeras and recently a Shah Alam church that wanted to hold a Christian play during the Ramadan fasting month. The church had called off the play before Perkasa lodged a report two days ago.
"I fear it's an overall strategy that BN is implementing now in the run up to the next general elections and it will culminate in another Operasi Lalang," the PAS lawmaker told The Malaysian Insider.

By Clara Chooi
August 18, 2010
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18 – DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today warned his party leaders against joining the Umno-MCA spat, claiming the government was planning another Internal Security Act (ISA) crackdown on the opposition, similar to the 1987 Operasi Lalang.
Lim described the ongoing "sandiwara" quarrel between Barisan Nasional allies Umno and MCA as a "chilling reprise" of the events during 1987 when the then MCA deputy president Datuk Lee Kim Sai sparred with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who was then the Umno Youth chief, over an issue involving Chinese vernacular schools.
"This verbal media war between MCA and Umno was then used as a pretext by the BN to initiate Operasi Lallang.
"However, instead of detaining both Umno and MCA leaders involved, DAP, PAS and PSM leaders were detained. Lee was only asked to go on a holiday to Australia," Lim (picture) claimed in a statement here today.


World Humanitarian Day

Posted: 18 Aug 2010 10:24 PM PDT

The General Assembly designates 19th August as « World Humanitarian Day »

The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted in its Plenary Session on 11th December 2008, the Swedish sponsored Omnibus Resolution on "Strengthening of the Coordination of Emergency Humanitarian Assistance of the United Nations", that carried the historic decision by the world body, to designate the 19th August as World Humanitarian Day to honor all humanitarian and the United Nations and associated personnel who have lost their lives in the cause of duty and those who have worked in the promotion of the humanitarian cause.

The Resolution invites all Member States, the United Nation system, within existing resources, as well as other international organizations and non-governmental organizations to observe the day annually in an appropriate manner. This is a major historic landmark for the Humanitarian Sphere and a great gain for all victims of armed conflict.

As a background to this landmark resolution, the family of Sergio Vieira de Mello, the late Special Representative of the Secretary General in Iraq, deeply moved by the tragic bombing of the Headquarters of United Nations in Baghdad on 19th August 2003 that killed Sergio and 21 of his humanitarian colleagues, resolved to work towards having the day recognized as a befitting tribute to all humanitarian personnel. In 2004 Madame Annie Vieira de Mello the widow of Sergio initiated discussions with key personalities in the United Nations and a number of governments to designate the day as the World Humanitarian Day. Based on this concept, in early April 2008 the Board of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation prepared a draft Resolution to be sponsored and adopted by the General Assembly designating 19th August as World Humanitarian Day. France, Switzerland, Japan and Brazil, contacted with the draft Resolution, agreed to co-sponsor it. They led its long and extensive debate and revision in the General Assembly. The family of Sergio and the Board of the Foundation remained engaged with following up the process. Eventually the draft Resolution was folded by the co-sponsors into the omnibus Swedish draft Resolution that was adopted by the General Assembly on 11th December.

The family of Sergio Vieira Mello supported by the Board of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation is deeply grateful to all the Member States for adopting the historic Resolution and to the Governments of France, Switzerland, Japan, Brazil and Sweden for co-sponsoring the Resolution. The Board is committed to working closely with all governments, the United Nations, International Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations to give the day a meaningful observance every year.

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Congestion nightmare over Ramadan bazaar at TTDI

Posted: 18 Aug 2010 10:04 PM PDT

Not right: Traders ignoring the white markers of DBKL's designated lots and occupying the parking bays instead

Source: http://thestar.com.my/metro By Priya Menon, 19/8/2010)
Traffic congestion has become a nightmare for people in Taman Tun Dr Ismail due to the relocated Ramadan bazaar of Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 3. Shop owners who face the brunt of the problem every day are perplexed that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall has allowed the traders to set up their stalls along a main road. The bazaar has been operating every year along Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 3 and 1 whereas most of the night market stalls, opened only on Sundays, are along Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 4 and 2. Although they are sympathetic towards the bazaar traders, many feel the planning was not done wisely.

"The food is great, but maybe the bazaar should have been placed on a road with one exit point," said a trader who wished to be known as J.C. Traders have also resorted to putting stalls on designated parking areas although DBKL has drawn white markers on the sidewalks for them to trade. There is also a carpark along the same road used by those working around the area and many sometimes cannot move their cars until the bazaar closes around 8pm.

Down the road, another shop owner, W.C said the non-TTDI residents were also caught off guard by the bazaar. "They park and come back several hours later only to find their cars blocked by the traders. I have seen this problem so many times. Some of the considerate traders move their stalls so the car owners can take their cars out," he added. He suggested placing banners and notices around the area to inform others of the bazaar.

Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng urged residents to bear with the bazaar since it would only be there for a month but also emphasised the traders' role in ensuring they did not obstruct traffic. "Traders also have to be reasonable, the last resort would be for DBKL officers to issue summons and take action against errant hawkers," he added.

DBKL corporate communication manager Anuar Mohd Zain said the local authority would send enforcement officers to ensure the temporary hawkers adhered to the rules in operating the food stalls during Ramadan. "We will look into the requests by the residents to place banners to inform the public about the Ramadan bazaar operation hours," he added.


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