Sunday, August 8, 2010

“we’ll be with you through thick and thin, and we will swim and sink with you”

“we’ll be with you through thick and thin, and we will swim and sink with you”


“we’ll be with you through thick and thin, and we will swim and sink with you”

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 10:46 AM PDT

that was what anwar ibrahim, the opposition leader (pic), said in a ceramah (talk), directed at the penang CM, lim guan eng. it was a PKR dinner cum ceramah held on 8 aug. at the pesta site, sg nibong, penang. this was one of the other 2 ceramah – the triple ceramah i had blog about earlier.

when i arrived at the venue, YB sim tze tzin was speaking, followed by penang's DPM 1, dr mansor. he was talking halfway when anwar arrived. all press and photographers rushed forward to take pictures of him! i didn't… but i waited when he went up the stage… only then i took a few pictures of him.

let's see the little of what i can remember anwar said (i did jot down some points). i found it quite difficult to catch what he said since he spoke both in english and bahasa – rojak! should have either speak all in english or all in bahasa, or at least say 10 mins english, 10 mins bahasa (separate).

anwar talked a lot on all the races should work together and the government must take care of all races. throughout his speech now and then, i heard "orang melayu, orang cina, orang india, orang iban…..".  (btw, he just came from another ceramah and after this, will be going for another one).

he brought up the issue of 'defending malay rights' when he mentioned about the issue where DAP's tony pua proposed the 7% discount for bumiputera buying property over RM500K be done with – at that proposal, many umnoputera and malay NGO jumped skyhigh and said that it is the rights of the malay to have this discount, so they lodged police report because they want to 'defend malay rights'.

so anwar said that we should not talk about defending malay rights but we should talk about defending the rights of the poor and marginalised – the poor and marginalised of all races.  and he also said we shouldn't talk about injustice of one race only but injustice of all races.  he also brought up (just in 1 sentence) about the 'pengkhianat' (traitor) from bayan baru. (we all know who he is, don't we),  and he admitted they had not choose their candidates well.

ok for more pictures of the ceramah, please go to my facebook album.  from there you can see the album of another person too (but only if you are on facebook too. if you are not, what's stopping you? go sign up!).



Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-08-08

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 08:59 AM PDT

  • I'm reading some Stephen King when Al knocks on the bathroom door: 'Daddy? You peeing, or pooping, or just hanging out in there?' #
  • Okay, what just flew into my eye? #
  • I've found something better than Leen's kek batik: Leen's kek batik with peanut butter on it. Mmmmmm…. #
  • In case that last update seems a bit naughty to non-Malaysians, I swear it's just about food. #
  • The guards who were 'trying' so hard to shut it off were probably just waiting for the money shot. http://bit.ly/ccC5Wf #
  • The opening sequence of Bert & Ernie's Great Adventures probably isn't doing much to dispel rumours Bert & Ernie are gay. #
  • got the keys to the clinic today. Next step: renovating! #
  • At the clinic measuring walls, windows, etc. Soon this big empty space will look very different! #
  • Two guys who discover they were switched at birth find an awesome solution. http://bit.ly/bAmYbn #
  • You'll find no better proof that book publishers are desperate these days: http://bit.ly/b14yFG #
  • Reading about Omar Khadr always makes me sad. The Canadian govt should be ashamed. Makes me really wish I could still vote. #
  • Aaron's babysitter just called to say she just realized she's been accidentally giving him Al's milk since early July. WHAT. THE. FUCK. #
  • On an Irish fiction kick for some reason. Recently finished Colm Toibin's 'Brooklyn'; just bought Roddy Doyle's 'Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha'. #
  • I have no idea why some of my blog posts appear in a smaller font size, with a strange little icon like a price tag on the left. Odd. #
  • Ah, the price tag icon IS for tags, duh. Maybe the problem is when I add a lot of tags. Dunno. #
  • Ok, nope. Other posts with lots of tags don't get screwed up. Strange. #
  • Turned out to be a problem with the way Wordpress handles a tag called 'links'. Or at least how the Satorii theme handles it. #
  • Hey fellas, check out @GoodMenProject. Pretty impressive from the few articles I've read at their site so far. #
  • In a few years kids in Malacca will be told 'We're divorcing because we married too young. But at least we didn't dump you in a toilet!' #
  • Not surprised Google Wave's being scrapped. It tried to be too many things that users already had. #
  • Just got spammed from someone called 'Mr MLM Dude' because I said I hate Herbalife. I should mention now that I HATE ALL MLM IT'S ALL A SCAM #
  • What a bunch of filthy animals. And I'm not talking about the 'thieves'. http://bit.ly/cdymxF #
  • Meeting more potential contractors today. Can already visualize the clinic's interior. Getting excited. #
  • Hard to believe it's been 10 years since I last drank alcohol. #
  • Wow, this Anis Shivani is quite the bitter literature snob ain't he? http://huff.to/bBYrTl #
  • "Grab life by the crack & lick the crap out of it!" Ah, the wisdom of Barney from How I Met Your Mother. #

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Ed Stafford makes a statement

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 09:06 AM PDT

It's all about the environment, see? If you haven't heard about Ed Stafford, now is the time to know. He is making a big, big statement with a feat of incredible human endurance.


I've been following the blog of this man for some time now. No one has ever attempted what he is attempting which is to walk the whole length of the mighty Amazon River, the longest river in the world.

As I write this, Britton Ed Stafford is just hours away from completing a two-and-a-half year trek from one of the sources of the Amazon River high in the mountains of Peru, hacking through and surviving the virgin jungles of South America, to an anticipated arrival at the river's mouth near to Belem, Brazil, where he'll jump into the sea as a symbol of journey's end.

Do try and read Stafford's blog from start to finish here.
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Dimana Kesesatan ESQ?

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 07:04 AM PDT

ESQ satu 'ideologi' bukan 'metodologi'Aizam Mas'od

Ketika menyampaikan kuliah Maghrib malam tadi (6 Ogos 2010, di Wilayah Persekutuan), kebetulan penulis sampai kepada bab berkenaan "Asma dan Sifat Allah SWT", penulis mengambil kesempatan menjelaskan tentang penyelewengan ESQ dalam mentafsirkan nama-nama Allah SWT yang Maha Baik. Perkara ini bertepatan dengan ayat 74 di dalam surah al-Nahl. Bermaksud: "Maka janganlah kamu menjadikan perumpamaan-perumpamaan bagi Allah".

Ayat ini menjadi hujjah kepada aqidah Ahli Sunnah Wal-Jamaah seperti yang terkandung di dalam Sifat 20 yang mengajarkan kepada kita bahawa Allah SWT itu bersifat "al-mukhalafah lil hawadith" iaitu "bersalahan daripada segala yang baharu".

Tetapi ESQ mengajar sebaliknya apabila cuba mengiyaskan semua sifat-sifat makhluk dengan nama-nama Allah. Kesannya, ada di kalangan alumni ESQ yang memahami bahawa gunung itu tinggi kerana Allah itu Maha Tinggi, alam itu luas kerana Allah itu Maha Luas, bunga itu cantik kerana Allah itu Maha Cantik dan pelbagai lagi.

Ini adalah hasil daripada ajaran ESQ yang mengatakan bahawa "seluruh alam mewakili sifat Allah". Lihatlah betapa dangkalnya ajaran ini kerana ia tidak berpijak kepada kaedah mantiq yang betul, bagaimana mungkin gunung dan alam yang mempunyai isi padu, had dan mengambil ruang boleh dikatakan menyamai sifat Allah SWT yang qadim?

Malah gunung dan alam itu akan hancur apabila tiba masanya manakala bunga pula akan layu. Ini menunjukkan bahawa sifat alam ini "hadith" (baharu) dan tidak kekal (fana") sedangkan Allah SWT itu bersifat baqa" (kekal) dan tidak binasa. Juga menjadi persoalan, bagaimana pula dengan makhluq-makhluq seperti iblis, syaitan, haiwan liar, segala jenis penyakit yang kesemuanya adalah perkara-perkara buruk (pada zahirnya)... adakah ia juga mewakili sifat-sifat Allah yang Maha Baik itu?

Apakah bentuk akidah yang diajarkan oleh ESQ ini sebenarnya?

ESQ juga mengajarkan bahawa manusia itu mewakili sifat-sifat Allah SWT hasil daripada suara hati yang sedia wujud di dalam fungsi ketiga otak manusia yang dinamakan God Spot. Suara hati ini menurut ESQ adalah fitrah yang telah ditiupkan dengan 99 nama Allah SWT ketika Allah SWT meniupkan roh-Nya ke dalam diri manusia.

Menurut ESQ suara hati ini universal dan terdapat pada seluruh manusia tanpa mengira agama mahupun kepercayaan termasuk atheis sekalipun. Oleh kerana itu, ESQ mengatakan manusia itu berkasih sayang kerana sifat Allah itu yang Maha Pengasih, manusia itu adil kerana Allah itu Maha Adil, manusia itu berwawasan kerana nama Allah itu al-Aakhir dan pelbagai lagi. Bermaksud kesemua sifat manusia yang benar-benar mengikuti suara hatinya yang fitrah itu adalah merujuk kepada 99 nama Allah SWT yang sedia wujud di dalam God Spot tersebut.

Akibatnya kesemua nama-nama Allah SWT termasuk yang mempunyai makna-makna khusus bagi-Nya seperti al-Jabbar, al-Mutakabbir, al-Khaliq, al-Muhyi, al-Mumit diterjemahkan sesuai dengan sifat-sifat manusia. Alasannya kerana manusia itu mewakili sifat-sifat Allah SWT.

Kaedah ESQ ini juga amat jelas menyalahi kaedah mantik yang betul, jika benarlah manusia yang mengikuti suara hati itu dikatakan mengikuti fitrah sifat-sifat Allah SWT, bagaimana pula dengan sifat-sifat manusia seperti makan dan minum, berkahwin, tidur, bernafsu dan lain-lain.

Adakah sifat-sifat ini juga mewakili sifat-sifat Allah SWT kerana ia juga fitrah yang sedia wujud dalam diri manusia? Ia bukan hasil daripada emosi atau fikiran. Malah kaedah literal ESQ yang mengatakan kerana manusia itu berasal daripada Allah SWT maka sifat manusia itu menyamai sifat Allah SWT adalah dangkal kerana ia menyalahi nas dan akal yang sejahtera.

ESQ sebenarnya terperangkap dengan jerangkap "spiritual quotient" yang digagaskan oleh Danah Zohar dan Ian Marshall. Ia didokong oleh hipotesis yang dibuat oleh VS Ramachandran kononnya terdapat fungsi "pencarian Tuhan" di dalam otak manusia.

Padahal al-Quran sendiri telah mengatakan bahawa "otak manusia yang sejahtera" jika berfikir secara rasional sememangnya akan menemui siapakah penciptanya.

Oleh itu, di dalam al-Quran manusia disuruh berfikir dan bertafakur tanpa perlu menunggu penemuan Barat ini. Hakikatnya, teori ESQ lahir dalam keadaan "worldview" Barat yang tidak percayakan Tuhan dan berselirat dengan falsafah materialisme.

Epistemologinya juga jelas hanya berasaskan kepada falsafah Barat dan hipotesis sains. Logiknya bagaimana mungkin ia boleh menjadi tafsiran kepada Islam?

Penulis tidak fikir ESQ akan berjaya diislamkan. Ini kerana ia adalah satu "ideologi" bukan "metodologi". Ia sama dengan usaha sesetengah orang yang cuba untuk mengislamkan sekularisme, liberalisme, kapitalisme, komunisme dan lain-lain.

Jika ada juga yang cuba untuk mengislamkannya maka akan lahirlah Muslim sekular, Muslim liberal, Muslim kapitalis dan lain-lain. Islam adalah Islam.

Epistemologinya adalah bersumberkan wahyu bukan akal, falsafah atau dapatan sains. Hal ini berlaku kepada Ary Ginanjar. Dia tidak pernah berjaya mengislamkan ESQ, sebaliknya Islam pula yang terpaksa disesuaikan dengan ESQ.

Sebagai contoh, kita tidak pernah mendengar bahawa ihsan itu God Spot atau suara hati atau 99 nama Allah atau tiupan roh Allah. Apa yang kita tahu "ihsan" itu adalah satu martabat tertinggi dalam beribadah. Sama ada seseorang itu mencapai maqam musyahadah atau muraqabah. Syarat ibadah tentulah seseorang itu beriman dan menganut Islam. Ia adalah maqam yang amat eksklusif dan bukan inklusif.

Tetapi ESQ telah membaratkan pengertian "ihsan" dengan mendakwa ia adalah "spiritual quotient" yang berlaku kepada semua manusia tanpa mengira apa jua anutan agama.


Ia dianggap sesuatu yang universal dan inklusif hatta kepada mereka yang tidak beragama. Apa yang berbeza hanyalah pada metodologi bagaimana untuk mereka mencapai "spiritual quotient" itu.

Ia mungkin dicapai dengan solat, yoga, meditasi, pertapaan atau mendengar muzik kerana ia adalah sesuatu yang "built-in" dalam diri manusia dan tidak terikat kepada ritual keagamaan untuk memperolehinya.

Sebab itulah, Ary telah menyenaraikan peneraju syarikat-syarikat besar seperti Walt-Disney, Starbucks, Body Shop, Visa International, Nokia, Matsushita dan lain-lain sebagai tokoh-tokoh sufi korporat yang telah berjaya mencapai "spiritual quotient" sehingga menepati nama-nama Allah SWT yang telah menjadi fitrah dalam diri mereka.

Jenis sufi dan tasawwuf apakah yang diajar oleh Ary Ginanjar ini?

Terus terang penulis katakan, ESQ adalah satu trend halus untuk menerapkan faham "perennial philosophy" ke dalam penganut agama seluruh dunia. Faham ini masuk dengan pelbagai kaedah seperti melalui "Global Theology", "Global Ethic" dan lain-lain.

Kesemua faham ini pada zahirnya cuba mencari persamaan nilai yang universal antara semua manusia. Asas kepada ideologi ini adalah manusia bersatu pada titik spiritualnya yang disebut sebagai "metaphysical unity" atau kesatuan metafizik (esoteric). Inilah sebenarnya inti pluralisme agama.

Amat silap jika sesetengah pihak beranggapan bahawa pluralisme agama itu hanyalah apabila seseorang mengatakan "agama itu semuanya sama".


Malah sememangnya "perennial philosophy" itu mengiktiraf agama-agama itu berbeza tetapi hanya pada "level" eksoteriknya (zahirnya) tetapi kesemuanya menuju atau bertawaf kepada paksi yang sama pada level "eksoteriknya" (batinnya). Lebih daripada itu, "perennial philosophy" juga tidak pernah menyekat penganut mana-mana agama mengamalkan agamanya, apa yang penting penganut agama-agama itu menerima bahawa mereka semua bertemu akhirnya pada titik yang sama. Itulah "spiritual quotient" yang dimaksudkan.

Kesimpulannya, inilah rupa paras ESQ yang sebenar... lihatlah worldview kelahirannya dan epistemologi yang mencetuskannya... anda akan kenal apa ESQ yang sebenar!




What can we do to reverse the falling FDIs?

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 06:29 AM PDT

Extracts from the Star's, "Reviving the golden goose" By DR FONG CHAN ONN
My Comments: Stop the anti-foreigner statements and reverse the ant-foreigner laws. Like various visas including skilled and unskilled labour passes. Student visas, PR, citizenship laws etc.

Rafida Aziz's BLUNT AND RUDE statement when she was a minister like, telling the foreign investors that if anyone is not happy with 30% status, not to come to Malaysia, will be seen by all foreigners that they are not welcome.

Malaysia has to go the extra mile to offer investors better terms than our competitors. The country must keep its ears to the ground and be open to the needs of new-wave entrepreneurs.

THE uproar over the dramatic decline in Malaysian FDI for 2009 over the last few days has prompted me to pen this article. It seeks to explain a major reason behind the fall in our 2009 FDI and then discuss what we can do to reposition ourselves for rapid recovery.

Interviews with many electronics firms operating in Malaysia indicate that they are also experiencing significant improvements in their export orders for 2010.

Many are planning to open new operating lines, and urgently seeking approvals from the relevant agencies to bring in thousands of required skilled workers and hundreds of skilled engineers. Their applications have so far been met with slow response from the Immigration Department.

The government should intervene urgently and allow these firms to bring in the necessary workers (skilled and unskilled) for a limited time frame so that we can immediately ride on the new upturn in the electronics cycle. This will help to improve our investment environment and generate new FDIs.

We should also quickly steer our policies and incentives towards attracting more electronics investment in the new growth areas of solar energy, tablet computers, smart-phones, iPads, as well as solid state lighting (LEDs) and medical bio-technologies.

Malaysia Investment Develop­ment Authority (Mida) should engage the major players in this area (especially the Cupertino-based Apple) and convince them that what China can offer, we can do better.

In a nutshell, we have to recapture the spirit of our pioneering hungry days of the early 1970s. We have to go the extra mile to offer investors terms better than our competitors so that they can set up bases here.

SunPower of San Jose is already building a US$700mil solar panel manufacturing plant in Malacca in my constituency of Alor Gajah, and B. Braun Melsungen from Germany is planning a US$600mil medical manufacturing plant in Penang.

But these are only small catches in the wide spectrum of new wave electronics investment.

The iPhone global market will expand from 33.8 million units in 2010 to 80 million units by 2012, a more than two-fold increase over the next two years. Similarly, the global tablet computer market will grow from 12.9 million units in 2010 to 50.4 million units by 2012, an almost four-fold increase over the next two years (see Diagram 4)!

We have to offer incentives (in the form of grants and venture capital, as well as allowing the unlimited inflow of skilled workers, engineers, and scientists) so that we can integrate Malaysia into the supply-chain of Apple, Google, Microsoft, as well as the major solar energy (SunPower and Pasadena's eSolar) and bio-technology (such as San Diego's Scripps Research Institute and the Salk Institute) manufacturers; just like in the early 1990s when Motorola was the world's dominant hand-phone supplier and their phones were designed and manufactured in Malaysia.

Going forward, Mida will have to remain alert to the next waves of emerging industries in electronics, bio and nano-technology.

While we try to diversify away from electronics to other areas such as oil and gas, petro-chemicals and new materials, we must not forget that our industrial root is in electronics.

We have spent the last 40 years building up a large electronics base, with many local semi­conductor manufacturers, as well as numerous SMEs which have achieved world recognition.

The sector has become our golden goose. The goose is now breathing slowing. We have to resuscitate it so that Malaysia can continue to progress rapidly.

We should send special teams of Malaysian scientists and engineers out to the South California Oakland-San Diego axis along Route 101, as well as to the Boston and Seattle areas to act as our early informants on the new emerging electronics trends.

Nano, electronics, solar and bio-tech products that will come out in the market three years from now are already being tested and discussed in the R&D centres in these areas. By being familiar with them, we can design incentives to attract these relevant manufacturers to Malaysia.

By keeping our ears to the ground, by being open and liberal to the needs of the new-wave entrepreneurs, and by not forgetting our electronics roots (but instead foster and encourage the growth of these roots), we would be able to reconnect ourselves to the new trends in the electronics industry and ride the new upturn of the coming wave.

Then, we could see a new revival in our FDI figures, hopefully in the not too distant future.

> Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn was Prof of Applied Economics and Dean of Faculty of Economics and Administration, Universiti Malaya. He served in the Government as Deputy Minister of Education (1990-1999) and as Minister of Human Resources (1999-2008). Currently, he is the MP for Alor Gajah.



Ramadan or Ramzan

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 05:48 AM PDT

From Wiki:Ramadan

In the Qur'an,the fasting is mentioned:

يَا أَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
  • O those who believe, the fasts have been enjoined upon you as were enjoined upon those before so that you be God-fearing.[Qur'an 2:183]

Ramadan (Arabic: رمضان) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and the month in which the Qur'an was revealed. Ramadan is the holiest of months in the Islamic calendar.

Fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. The month is spent by Muslims fasting during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset. Fasting during this month is often thought figuratively to burn away all sins. Muslims believe that the Qur'an was sent down to the lowest heaven during this month thus being prepared for gradual revelation by angel Gibril (Gabriel) to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Furthermore, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) told his followers that the gates of Heaven would be open all the month and the gates of Hell would be closed.

Many Muslims insist on the local physical sighting of the moon to mark the beginning of Ramadan, but others use the calculated time of the new moon or the Saudi Arabian declaration to determine the start of the month. Since the new moon is not in the same state at the same time globally, the beginning and ending dates of Ramadan depend on what lunar sightings are received in each respective location. As a result, Ramadan dates vary in different countries. Each year, Ramadan begins circa eleven days earlier than in the previous year.

Laylat al-Qadr is observed during one of the last five odd numbered days of the month. Muslims believe that this night which is also known as The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. This is often interpreted as praying throughout this night is rewarded equally with praying for a thousand months (just over 83 years i.e. a lifetime). Many Muslims spend the entire night in prayer.

According to Sunni belief this night is either the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th night, with the 27th night being most probable, though it is accepted that it could have been any of these nights and the actual specific night was intentionally withheld.

Wikipedia:Sawm or fasting or Roza or Puasa

Sawm (Arabic: صوم‎) is an Arabic word for fasting regulated by Islamic jurisprudence. In the terminology of Islamic law, Sawm means "to abstain from eating, drinking or seeing what is against Islam, the saying of rude language". The observance of sawm during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, but is not confined to that month.

Etymology

  1. Ṣawm is derived from Syriac: ܨܘܡܐ ṣawmā. Literally, it means "to abstain", cognates to Hebrew tsom.
  2. For example, the Muslims of Afghanistan, India, Iran, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Pakistan use the word rozah/roza/roja which comes from the Indo-Iranian language of Dari.
  3. In Turkey, Sawm is called oruç (compare Kyrgyz öröz),
  4. while the Malay community in Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore call it puasa, which is derived from Sanskrit, upvaasa. Puasa is also used in Indonesia, Southern Thailand and Southern Philippines.
  5. Interestingly, the word is also found in the Maltese language.

Muslims are prohibited from_

  1. eating,
  2. drinking,
  3. smoking,
  4. and engaging in sexual intercourse
  5. Also one must try to avoid cursing and thinking evil thoughts.
  6. Fasting is also viewed as a means of controlling one's desires (of hunger, thirst, sexuality, anger) and focusing more on devoting oneself to God.

from dawn (fajr) to sunset (maghrib).

  • Fasting is essentially an attempt to seek nearness to Allah and increase one's piety.
  • One of the remote aims of fasting is to sympathize with those less fortunate ones who do not always have food and drink readily available.
  • Sawm also carries a significant spiritual meaning. It teaches one the principle of love: because when one observes Fasting, it is done out of deep love for God.

Benefits of fasting

  1. Fasting inculcates a sense of fraternity and solidarity,
  2. as Muslims can feel and experience that which needy and hungry humans feel.
  3. However, even the poor, needy, and hungry participate in the fast.
  4. Moreover, Ramadan is a month of giving charity and sharing meals to break the fast together, the latter offering more reward than if eating alone.
  5. Most importantly, the fast is also seen as a great sign of obedience by the believer to Allah.
  6. Faithful observance of the Sawm is believed to atone for personal faults and misdeeds and to help earn a place in paradise.

Sawm is intended to teach believers_

  1. patience and self-control in their personal conduct,
  2. to help control passions and temper,
  3. to provide time for meditation and to strengthen one's faith.
  4. Fasting also serves the purpose of cleansing the inner soul and freeing it of harm.
  5. The objectives of the fast is to inculcate taqwa (God-consciousness) in a believer.


Wonder Girls’ Sohee Dazed & Confused

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 05:28 AM PDT

Sohee from Korean pop group Wonder Girls is featured on August issue of Dazed & Confused magazine [Kr]. Love the first pic, the others are so so…

Wonder Girls Sohee on Dazed & Confused magazine

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Wonder Girls' Sohee Dazed & Confused from YeinJee's Asian Blog


Analyzing GDP growth of Singapore

Posted: 07 Aug 2010 09:26 PM PDT

By Mong Palatino

Furry Brown Dog analyzes the GDP numbers of Singapore and proposes a more accurate indicator to measure the country's economic growth


Bukan nak jaga Melayu, tapi jaga Umno

Posted: 07 Aug 2010 05:56 PM PDT


1001 Misteri Semasa Najib Jadi PM

Posted: 07 Aug 2010 10:36 PM PDT

Rakyat diseru menolak Umno-Barisan Nasional pada Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 nanti apabila kerajaan pimpinan Datuk Seri Najib Razak dilihat kian lemas dengan pelbagai isu yang ditakrif sebagai misteri dan tidak terjawab selepas tsunami politik 2008.

Ketua Angkatan Muda KEADILAN Pusat, Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin berkata banyak persoalan yang melanda negara yang sehingga kini menjadi tanda tanya dan dianggap misteri disebabkan prinsip ketelusan dan kebertanggungjawaban tidak diamalkan oleh Umno-BN.

"Terbaru, kita dikejutkan dengan kematian dua orang pemimpin Umno yang dianggap misteri oleh media tapi sebenarnya banyak lagi perkara yang berlaku tetapi dibiarkan begitu sahaja tanpa jawapan yang sahih.

"Kita lihat apabila Najib pergi bercuti, secara tiba-tiba bekas Menteri Pengangkutan, Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik didakwa berhubung skandal Pelabuhan Bebas Pelabuhan Kelang (PKFZ), pada yang sama juga Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin pula mengkritik gagasan 1Malaysia, ini juga satu misteri," kata Shamsul kepada Suara Keadilan.

Menurut beliau, Umno-BN seolah-olah tidak boleh menyelesaikan banyak isu yang membabitkan negara menyebabkan pentadbiran Najib dianggap 'kerajaan penuh misteri'.

Kata Shamsul keadaan ini telah memberi kesan buruk kepada ekonomi negara dan negatif terhadap imej negara di peringkat antarabangsa.

"Banyak lagi perkara yang menjadi misteri seperti pembunuhan wanita Mongolia, Altantuya Shaariibuu apabila rekod kemasukkannya ke negara ini didapati hilang, malah motif pembunuhan yang sebenar juga masih tidak diketahui.

"Sama juga seperti kes terhadap Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim juga misteri kerana laporan perubatan serta keterangan saksi utama, Saiful Bukhari Mohd Azlan tidak diberi. Lebih misteri apabila Saiful menjalinkan hubungan intim dengan ahli pasukan pendakwa raya, Farah Azlina yang menyebabkan saksi hilang kredibiliti sekaligus kes tersebut sebenarnya boleh dibuang," tegas beliau lagi.

Tambahnya, apa yang berlaku jelas menunjukkan konspirasi politik apabila skrip yang sama pada 1998 diulang.

Pengadu, Azizan Abu Bakar, bekas pemandu Anwar yang menjadi saksi utama dalam perbicaraan Fitnah I ketika itu telah ditangkap khalwat bersama pasangannya pada 15 September 1999 menyebabkan kes tersebut menjadi pincang.

Ini kata Shamsul sekali gus membuktikan apa yang didakwa sebagai konspirasi untuk menamatkan karier politik Anwar adalah benar.

"Sebab itulah, orang luar memberikan pandangan mereka secara sindiran dan sinikal kerana mendapati perbicaraan terhadap Ketua Pembangkang itu tidak mengikut saluran dan lunas undang-undang yang betul seperti yang diamalkan oleh negara yang bertamadun," ujar Shamsul yang merujuk kepada kenyataan Al Gore dan Paul Wolfowitz dalam akhbar ekonomi berpengaruh di Amerika Syarikat, The Wall Street Journal yang meminta kes terhadap Anwar digugurkan segera.

Dalam artikel bertajuk "Malaysia's Opposition On Trial", Al Gore dan Wolfowitz mendesak kerajaan Malaysia meletakkan kepentingan hukum sebagai landasan dalam proses politik di mana elemen keadilan dan kebebasan saling bergantungan antara satu sama lain.

Menurut mereka lagi, ia adalah peluang terbaik bagi Malaysia membuktikan bahawa sistem keadilan negara ini mempunyai kapasiti untuk berbuat sesuatu yang betul bukan sahaja untuk Anwar tetapi juga bagi jutaan rakyat Malaysia yang melihat Anwar sebagai jurucakap kepada segala aspirasi mereka. -SK


MCA President Chua Suffers From Inconsistency & Delusion

Posted: 07 Aug 2010 09:22 PM PDT

MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek criticized both Umno and PAS for using religion to strengthen their influence over the Malays and to garner support from the community.

When the two dominant Malay-Muslim dominant parties compete, Chua said, the consequence would be the implementation of non-progressive policies, resulting in the country being 'trapped' in the middle-income category for more than 10 years.

He noted that Umno has become more conservative to compete with PAS in getting Malay support.

For the first part, Chua is not wrong in his observation that Umno is trying to become more Islamic than PAS albeit superficially. Ironically, he was flayed by DAP leaders who had said the same prior to the 2008 general election.

Political contestation between Umno and PAS has now taken a larger form. The fight is no longer confined to the two political parties but included parties in both coalitions. It is obvious that DAP needs to defend PAS in order to retain both Malay and non-Malay support for the coalition. It is a fact that PAS has never backed down from their intent to establish an Islamic nation.

Both parties are still hoping to convince the other on the merits of constitutional secularism or Islamic nation. PAS Youth still protest at every concert featuring Western artistes especially female. Yet, many of us are wondering why many international artistes prefer to go to Singapore or Thailand and not here.

MCA president Chua, despite his stinging criticism of PAS and muslim-majority countries, was quick to point out that Malaysia is 'lucky' and different under the leadership of Umno-BN. How lucky or different are we compared to the others? Corruption, cronism, nepotism, racism and abuse of power are rampant in Malaysia. His party just did a flip-flop on the 'Allah' ban issue.

Chua is a very lucky man. He was successful in a party leadership coup despite being caught in an affair recorded on video and shown to the world. In a true Islamic state, he would have been stoned to death as a punishment for infidelity. Perhaps this is his reason for stating that Malaysia is different. Not Malaysia, only those in BN are different.

The problem with Chua is a lack of consistency. He would have been applauded if he had chosen to stick to his position on politicizing religion. He should have put it in clearest terms that his party will not have anything to do with both Umno or PAS should the practice persists.

Referring to Syed Akbar Ali's book 'Malaysia and the Club of Doom', Chua points out the weaknesses of muslim-majority countries e.g. less democracy because of the emphasis on religion; they have elections but also have councils of Muslim elders enjoying absolute power; practise of absolute monarchy; and formulating policies not on par with global development.

Malaysia under the BN regime is faring no better. The quality of education is taking a dip and most non-Malay parents are shunning the national schools which have been pursuing policies which are detrimental to multiracialism. The ban of non-Muslim extra curricular activities e.g. Christian and Buddhist clubs is a prime example of overzealous Islamisation.

Yet, political parties and individuals cannot speak up on the issue due to threats by Umno politicians. MCA was made to retract its own statement on the 'Allah' ban issue. The subjugation of civil courts is another contentious issue which the party has failed to provide any leadership in the BN.

Malaysia, as a muslim-majority country, could have been a beacon of light and a great model for other muslim-majority countries to follow. We could have shown to the muslim world that it is possible to flourish and develop through brain power and by adopting real democracy and not just oil money.

Chua should admit and recognise that Malaysia has failed as a knowledge economy. We are more dependent on oil revenue compared to 2-3 decades ago. More than 1 million brains had left the country and more will follow soon if Malaysia remained the same way.

Undeniably, MCA is already in its twilight zone. The space for minority race based political parties is limited and narrowing. Most Chinese voters have moved beyond the 'new village' politics of the 60's and 70's.

Chua's statement against muslim-majority countries is bold but not wise. MCA may end up angering the Umno support base which is its lifeline in the next general election. It is hard to imagine MCA winning more than 30% support from the Chinese community. MCA has not caught up and it was left behind by the community.


Thailand: “Yellow protest” despite emergency rule

Posted: 07 Aug 2010 09:16 PM PDT

By Mong Palatino

Despite the ban on mass assemblies, more than two thousand "Yellow Shirts" in Thailand gathered in a stadium to assert the country's ownership of the Preah Vihear temple which is also being claimed by Cambodia. The Prime Minister attended the gathering.


At home in Viva: Get ready for the one-stop centre for all your home needs found in just one mall

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 05:02 AM PDT

At home in Viva
Get ready for the one-stop centre for all your home needs found in just one mall
Anansa Jacob


IF YOU ARE thinking of buying new furniture, renovating a room or fixing a plumbing problem in the near future, then just head on down to Viva Home for all your requirements.
Viva Home is planned to be Malaysia's first integrated lifestyle, home and entertainment mall.
This innovative one-stop centre is the latest project by the Kha Seng Group of Companies and is part of its plan to focus on niche retail malls in the Klang Valley, such as Central Market and the upcoming fashion wholesale mall, Kenanga Wholesale City.
Located just 10 minutes from the city centre in Jalan Loke Yew at the former Plaza Uncang Emas (Ue3), the building is currently under extensive renovation to provide a more comfortable shopping experience with more access points to allow for easier traffic flow.
Viva Home is set to open at the end of 2010, offering everything from furniture and fittings to fixtures and home decor as well as home services inside a 660,000sq ft space occupying five levels of retail space.
At Viva Home, shoppers can fulfil all their house renovation and home improvement needs without the hassle of having to go from place to place for different things.

Now, they can get everything under one roof from the mall's eclectic mix of speciality home retailers and brands. Finding products and comparing prices will be a breeze as every kind of home products can be found here.
Different zones of the mall are dedicated to a theme for the convenience of shoppers. One of the zones will house lifestyle furniture and deco essentials as well as professional services needed to create their dream home.
At another zone, homeowners will find all the basic necessities to spruce up their home. These include landscaping and gardening items such as plants, tools, patio furniture and even barbecue grills and other outdoor accessories.
There will also be a zone that will feature furniture for every room in the house. For those who want Asian-themed decorations and furniture, the Oriental Treasures zone offers all these and more. There will also be a wide variety of curtains, throws and rugs to choose from.
This zone will also house the Home Clinic, a place for shoppers to see to all their fix-it needs. Here, they can get the services of plumbers, renovators, interior designers, electrical repair specialists, swimming pool specialists and other professionals who can help put their house in perfect order.
The final zone is a place where shoppers can find add-ons to make their home complete. These include interior decorating materials, grilles, doors, floorings, lighting fixtures, children's furniture and many more.

There is also an Expo Hall for holding any home fairs and related events.
The topmost floor is dedicated to all things fun with a cinema and an extensive ICT zone where enthusiasts will find themselves in tech heaven.
Aside from all these, Viva Home also offers other facilities and amenities such as banking, F&B outlets as well as a supermarket for the convenience of neighbourhood residents and shoppers.
The mall is also equipped with trolleys and cargo lifts, as well as a loading area for shoppers with bulky purchases, and has over 2,000 parking bays.
Kha Seng founder and Viva Mall Sdn Bhd managing director Bernard Bong said the idea behind the mall was timely as most people would prefer to get everything done in one location.
As the first one-stop mall of its kind in the country, he hopes that Viva Home will be able to draw in customers who want a new retail experience.
Viva Mall CEO Yee Ia Howe said that so far, Viva Home has managed to reach 70% occupancy, with more expected as the opening day draws near. There are also plans to open a second phase, a boutique hotel, sometime in 2012.
The mall is expected to cater to residents of the surrounding suburbs, as well as the rest of the Klang Valley, thanks to nearby highways and easy access via the nearby Miharja LRT station.
A showroom is currently open daily at the entrance of Viva Home for those who are interested to find out more about this exciting new home haven.



GETTING  there
GOING to Viva Home will be easier thanks to efforts to improve accessibility. The building, on Jalan Loke Yew, is directly linked through Jalan Tun Razak and Jalan Cheras.
An underpass is available for people travelling from the Cheras area, and for people returning to the city centre.
The nearby Miharja LRT station will also be linked to Viva Home through a new pedestrian sky bridge.
Access to Viva Home from other parts of the Klang Valley like Petaling Jaya, Subang and Bukit Jalil is made possible via the SMART Highway and KL-Putrajaya highway.
Updated: 10:12AM Fri, 30 Jul 2010



ပါေမာကၡ ေဒါက္တာေဒၚျမင့္ျမင့္ခင္

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 04:29 AM PDT

ေမး     အသက္ ၈၆ ႏွစ္အရြယ္မွာ လူမႈေရး၊ ပရဟိတလုပ္ငန္းေတြကို မနားမေနလုပ္ေဆာင္ျဖစ္တဲ့ ခံယူခ်က္ကုိ သိပါရေစ။

ေျဖ     အသက္အရြယ္ႀကီးေပမယ့္ အလုပ္ေတြကို မလုပ္ဘဲ မေနႏိုင္လို႔ လုပ္ေနတာပါ။ ဒီလိုေဆာင္ရြက္တာကလည္း အေၾကာင္းအမ်ဳိးမ်ဳိး ရွိပါတယ္။ ကိုယ္ရည္ကိုယ္ေသြးနဲ႔လည္း ဆိုင္တယ္။ စိတ္၀င္စားမႈ အတိုင္းအတာ၊ သိခ်င္စိတ္မ်ားတယ္။

အရပ္ထဲကစကားနဲ႔ ေျပာရင္ေတာ့ စပ္စုတယ္ေပါ့။ သိခ်င္တဲ့စိတ္က ေစ့ေဆာ္ေပးလို႔ လုပ္ျဖစ္တာပါ။ သုေတသနကုိလည္း အားကိုးတယ္။ အသက္အရြယ္ႀကီးတယ္ ဆုိတာက လူခ်င္းမတူပါဘူး။ အသက္က ဂဏန္းစဥ္အသက္ ၆၀၊ ၇၀၊ ၈၀၊ ၈၅ ဒါမ်ဳိးနဲ႔ လူ႔ရဲ႕လုပ္ငန္းေဆာင္တာ ေဆာင္ရြက္ႏိုင္တာ မတူပါဘူး။

ေမး     လက္ရွိ ေဆာင္ရြက္ေနတဲ့ လုပ္ငန္းေတြကိုလည္း သိပါရေစ။

ေျဖ     အဓိကကေတာ့ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံဆရာ၀န္အသင္း သက္ႀကီးဆရာ၀န္မ်ားအဖြဲ႔မွာ အခ်ိန္ေပးလုပ္ျဖစ္တယ္။ ေရးသင့္ေရးထိုက္တဲ့စာေတြ ေရးတယ္။ သက္ႀကီးရြယ္အိုနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္တဲ့ စာေတြလည္း ေရးခ်င္ပါေသးတယ္။ က်န္းမာေရးမေကာင္းတဲ့ သက္ႀကီးဆရာ၀န္ေတြကို ေတြ႔ဆံုစကားေျပာျဖစ္တယ္။ လုိအပ္တာေတြ အေထာက္အပံ့ ေပးျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

ေမး    ေန႔စဥ္အခ်ိန္ေတြကို ဘယ္လို ကုန္ဆံုးေစပါသလဲ။

ေျဖ     လက္ရွိမွာ စာအုပ္ႏွစ္အုပ္ကို တစ္ၿပိဳင္တည္း ေရးသားေနပါတယ္။ အစည္းအေ၀းေတြ တက္တယ္။ အစည္းအေ၀းတက္တဲ့အခါ ကိုယ္တုိင္ ဦးစီးဦးေဆာင္ ေျပာႏိုင္ဆိုႏိုင္တယ္။ လူမူေရး၊ ဘာသာေရးအလုပ္ ေတြ လုပ္တယ္။ ေနာက္ဆံုး ဟင္းခ်က္တာကအစ ကိုယ္တိုင္၀င္ခ်က္တာလည္း ရွိပါတယ္။

ေမး     သက္ႀကီးပိုင္း တစ္ဦးနဲ႔တစ္ဦး မတူႏိုင္တဲ့ လုပ္ေဆာင္ခ်က္ေတြကို ဘယ္လိုျမင္ပါသလဲ။

ေျဖ     အသက္ကိုခြဲရင္ ဂဏန္းစဥ္နဲ႔ ခြဲသလို ကိုယ့္ရဲ႕ ဇီ၀ကမၼကဖန္တီးတဲ့ အသက္၊ မ်က္စိမႈန္၊ နားမၾကားတာက ဇီ၀ကမၼ သေဘာတရားအရ ခ်ဳိ႕ယြင္းပ်က္စီးတာပါ။  ဒါနဲ႔မဆိုင္တာက လုပ္ငန္းေဆာင္တာ အစစကို စြမ္းေဆာင္ႏိုင္တဲ့စြမ္းရည္၊ အသက္ ၆၂ ႏွစ္မွာ က်န္းမာေရးေၾကာင့္ ဘာမွမလုပ္ႏိုင္ဘဲ သူ႔ရဲ႕ေ၀ယ်ာ၀စၥေတာင္ မလုပ္ႏိုင္ေတာ့တဲ့သူနဲ႔ အသက္ ၇၀ ေရာက္ေနေပမယ့္ ပရဟိတလုပ္ငန္း လုပ္သူေတြ၊ ေရႊတိဂံုဘုရားမွာ တံျမက္စည္းလွည္းသူေတြ ဒါမ်ဳိးေတြရွိပါတယ္။ အသက္ခ်င္းတူသည့္တိုင္ေအာင္ လုပ္ေဆာင္ႏိုင္တဲ့ လုပ္ငန္းေတြ မတူေတာ့ပါဘူး။ ဒါက လူေတြရဲ႕ ထူးျခားခ်က္ပါပဲ။ Functional age က အသက္ႀကီးပိုင္းမွာ ကြဲျပားျခားနားတယ္။  ကိုယ့္ရဲ႕ ကုသိုလ္ကံေကာင္းတာ၊ ပါရမီနဲ႔ ဓေလ့စ႐ိုက္ေတြေၾကာင့္ တစ္ဦးနဲ႔တစ္ဦး ကြာျခားသြားတာပါ။ 

 

ေမြးသကၠရာဇ္ ၁၅ .၁၂ .၁၉၂၄
အသက္ ၈၆ ႏွစ္
ေမြးဖြားရာဇာတိ ပုသိမ္ၿမိဳ႕၊ ဧရာ၀တီတုိင္း။
ပညာေရး ၁၉၃၈ ၌ ရန္ကုန္တကၠသိုလ္ေရာက္ရွိ။ စစ္တြင္းကာလ ဂ်ပန္ေခတ္ေဆးေက်ာင္းတက္။  ၁၉၄၆ B.A. ဘြဲ႔၊ ၁၉၅၀ M.B.B.S ဘြဲ႔ရရွိခဲ့။    ယူအက္စ္ေအႏွင့္ ယူေကတုိ႔တြင္ ဘြဲ႔လြန္ပညာဆည္းပူး။
ရရွိသည့္ဘြဲ႔မ်ား   B.A. (Rgn), M.B.B.S (Rgn.) F.R.C.P (Edin.)
အလုပ္တာ၀န္ထမ္းေဆာင္မႈ က်န္းမာေရးဌာနတြင္ ၀င္ေရာက္အမႈထမ္းၿပီး ေဆးတကၠသိုလ္ မႏၱေလးတြင္ ေဆးပညာပါေမာကၡ ၊ ဌာနမွဴးအျဖစ္ အႏွစ္ ၂၀ မွ်ေဆာင္ရြက္ခဲ့။
အၿငိမ္းစားယူသည့္ႏွစ္ ၁၉၈၅ ခုႏွစ္
အၿငိမ္းစားယူၿပီးလုပ္ေဆာင္ခဲ့မႈ မေလးရွား UKM ေဆးတကၠသိုလ္တြင္ အၾကံေပးပုဂၢိဳလ္၊ ကမၻာ့က်န္းမာေရးအဖြဲ႔ အေရွ႕ေတာင္အာရွ (နယူးေဒလီ)တြင္ အၾကံေပး။
လက္ရွိလုပ္ကိုင္သည့္ဌာန ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံဆရာ၀န္အသင္း၊ သက္ႀကီးဆရာ၀န္မ်ား ေထာက္ကူအဖြဲ႔၏ ဥကၠ႒။

Source:ပါေမာကၡ ေဒါက္တာေဒၚျမင့္ျမင့္ခင္



ONE DEED THAT WENT VERY FAR...

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 03:30 AM PDT

A GOOD DEED

His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.

There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.

"I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's life." "No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer.

At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel. "Is that your son?" the nobleman asked.

"Yes," the farmer replied proudly.

"I'll make you a deal", the nobleman said. "Let me provide him with the level of education my son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of." The farmer consented.

Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, he graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.

Years afterward, the son of that same nobleman who had saved young Fleming from the bog was stricken with pneumonia. What saved his life this time?

Penicillin.

The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill. His son's name? Sir Winston Churchill.

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Tweet below the law

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 03:05 AM PDT

Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have allowed people to easily let others know what is on their minds. But users should be careful with what they post because the laws of the land apply to cyberspace as well.

THE Internet is increasingly becoming a virtual soapbox for people to vent their thoughts – and sometimes frustrations and dissatisfaction. The proliferation of blogs, discussion groups, and more recently, social networking, have emboldened many – with the assumption that making comments from behind a screen shields them from any legal repercussion.

However, the long arm of the law extends beyond solid ground, and reaches into the virtual realm as well.

According to H.R. Dipendra, from the Malaysian Bar Council's human rights committee, there is no distinction between comments posted on the Internet and traditional print media.

"Internet posts are subject to similar laws as that of print media, aside from the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (MCMC Act) and Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.

Read more_Tweet below the law By JOSEPH LOH



Tweeting falsehood can cost you your job

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 03:03 AM PDT

Be careful what you tweet or post about your boss or colleagues on social networking sites – it can cost you your job!

Both the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) and Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) have warned employees they could face disciplinary action or even dismissal if their tweets or postings are found to be untrue or damaging to their companies.

According to MEF executive director Shamsuddin Bardan, while social networking is relatively new, the repercussions are no different from cases involving the use of e-mail.

Shamsuddin advised employees to use the appropriate channels if they had grievances to raise and not resort to airing them over Twitter, Facebook, Friendster or blogs.

"The postings of an employee can be considered as bringing disrepute to the company and action can be taken. In the case of inappropriate e-mails, companies have taken action, including dismissing them from their jobs," he said.

Read more here_Tweeting falsehood can cost you your job By JOSEPH LOH



TIRAM Dilancarkan Bantu Pakatan Rakyat Tawan Putrajaya

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 02:55 AM PDT

Tiram Secara Rasmi Dilancar, Bantu PR Tawan Putrajaya

Pakatan Rakyat melancarkan Tabung Impian Rakyat Malaysia atau singkatannya TIRAM bertujuan bagi mengumpul dana menghadapi Pilihanraya Umum ke-13 dan menawan Putrajaya.

Exco Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan dan juga Penasihat TIRAM Husam Musa berkata tabung tersebut dilancarkan sebagai kesinambungan kepada perjuangan rakyat menuntut perubahan politik di negara ini.

Menurut Husam, langkah pertama TIRAM ialah menanam kesedaran mengenai sistem pilihan raya, pemerintahan dan perlembagaan negara serta berusaha menyedarkan pengundi tentang tanggungjawab mereka sebagai rakyat di sebuah negara demokrasi.

"Permulaan yang baik, dan kita akan turun ke negeri-negeri tertentu dan akan edarkan lagi kupon-kupon derma sehingga kita memenuhi jumlah yang mencukupi bagi membantu persiapan," kata Husam.

Mengulas lanjut mengenai TIRAM ini, Pengarah Majlis Makan Malan Mega TIRAM, Ir Izham Hashim berkata pelbagai program akan diadakan selepas ini untuk memberi kesedaran kepada rakyat terutama kepada golongan muda.

"Ada pelbagai program yang akan dilakukan untuk beri kesedaran demokrasi, antaranya kita rancang untuk adakan kongres impian orang-orang Melayu. Kita juga akan buat kajian mendalam mengenai kecenderungan dan kehendak pengundi muda," kata Izham.

Lembaga pemegang amanah TIRAM terdiri daripada Ahli Parlimen Tumpat Datuk Kamaruddin Jaffar, Izham sendiri dan tiga yang lain iaitu Ahmad Shabrimi Mohamed Sidek, Alex Ong Kiang Yen dan Asmawi Mohamad.

Tabung Impian Rakyat Malaysia (TIRAM) ditubuhkan atas kesedaran betapa perlunya suatu wadah atau platform yang membiayai usaha-usaha pemerkasaan dan memurnikan sistem demokrasi di Malaysia.

Sebahagian daripada usaha ini melibatkan gerakan kesedaran dan mendidik masyarakat tentang tanggungjawab mereka sebagai rakyat di sebuah negara yang demokratik samada dari aspek perlembangaan sistem pilihanraya dan pemerintahan negara.

Tumpuan juga akan diberikan kepada kerja-kerja penyelidikan dan mempromosikan sistem demokrasi yang sihat kepada seluruh rakyat bagi menyumbang ke arah negara yang lebih demokratik dan adil.

Sementara itu, Majlis Makan Malam Mega TIRAM yang diadakan di Stadium Malawati Shah Alam, yang turut dihadiri oleh orang ramai.

Menteri Besar Kelantan Datu Nik Aziz Nik Mat yang dijadualkan hadir ke majlis itu diwakili Naib Presiden PAS Mahfuz Omar kerana mengalami masalah kesihatan.

Manakala bagi pihak Presiden Parti Keadilan rakyat, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim diwakili Timbalan Presiden PKR Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali dan DAP Lim Kit Siang pula diwakili Ahli Parlimen Beruas. -TVS


"Adopt code of ethics" - Che Det, author of Blogging to Unblock, chedet.co.cc

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 04:17 AM PDT

By: by Karen Aruskesamy (Wed, 28 Jul 2010)




Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, flanked by Group Chief Executive
Officer of AirAsia Datuk Seri Tony Fernandez (L) and Chairman and chief executive
officer of Malaysia's Berjaya Corporation Berhad Tan Sri Vincent Tan, arrives for the
Asian Bloggers and Social Media Conference.
KUALA LUMPUR (July 28,2010): Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad urged bloggers to voluntarily adopt a code of ethics so that they blog responsibly and factually to ensure that the blogosphere becomes a respected medium. "I would like to emphasise the need for bloggers to be responsible for if we are responsible we can contribute to the community," he said when delivering his keynote address at the Asian Bloggers Social Media Conference 2010 yesterday.
The two-day conference, themed "Reflections of the Social Media Revolution", is organised by My Events International and is attended by about 400 people across Asia.
"Bloggers have the ability to shape the thinking and opinions of communities in the whole world if we want to. This is an opportunity to help for the betterment of the society," said Mahathir, who also has his own blog.
He stressed that bloggers, although free to express themselves, should only express something that is substantiated with truth and facts and not abuse the medium.
"Don't abuse but make full use of the internet. It is a powerful instrument put into our hands," he said.
The former prime minister said he had been accused of censoring the media during his tenure, but he pointed out that the press has never been free.
"There is always someone to control them – the government through licensing, the owners, editors or even the advertisers," he said, adding that whatever one reads and hears from the media is what is permitted by the people who are in charge of them.
Now, the advent of the internet has released us from the controls, so we are free to say anything we want within reason, he said.
Mahathir however cautioned that this freedom comes with some responsibility.
"Be careful in the use of the freedom; careful in the sense that we will be able to back what we say with truth and facts," he said, adding that only would blogs have a good reputation and be respected.
Mahathir also reiterated his opinion that, notwithstanding the Multimedia Super Corridor Malaysia Bill of Guarantees, the government should censor access to pornography on the internet.
"When we first had the Internet and MSC, we promised that we will not censor the Internet but I am now having second thoughts about.
"I think we should censor access to pornography on the Internet because it is causing the children and the young to be exposed to all kinds of filth... but otherwise don't censor the bloggers and what they want to say," he said. -- theSun

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Face Book based serial heartbreaker nabbed

Posted: 08 Aug 2010 02:44 AM PDT

First, she stole their hearts. Then she stole their money.

The long arm of the law, however, finally caught up with the female Casanova who promised to marry six men she befriended through Facebook but then left them poorer and without a bride.

The 25-year-old serial heartbreaker has been detained by police following a report lodged by the family of her latest victim.

According to the victim's sister, the woman collected RM300,000 from her family members, purportedly for an investment, after going through a Chinese wedding ceremony in May at their hometown in Sabah.

The woman had refused to legally register the marriage, claiming she would only do so on Aug 8 as it was an auspicious day.

"My brother met the woman via Facebook in March and she moved in with him.

Read all at the source:Serial heartbreaker nabbed



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