Saturday, August 7, 2010

You say yes, I say no

You say yes, I say no

You say yes, I say no

Posted: 07 Aug 2010 09:59 AM PDT

What a farce. While the DAP is holding on to its view that the rights and privileges of the Malays/Bumiputeras should be abolished, its sparing partner in Pakatan Rakyat thinks otherwise. Pas says such rights and privileges should be retained as the Malays make the major bulk of the poors.

Its president Hadi Awang said what DAP Member of Parliament for Petaling Jaya Utara, Tony Pua was absurd and cannot be accepted (read here).

In his proposal to the Selangor PKR government, Tony said it is time to abolish the Bumiputera discounts for purchase of houses costing more than RM500,000 and commercial properties costing more than RM2 million.

Looks like the political pact is having some loosen screws. While one says yes, the other says no.

That reminds me much of a Beatles song 'Hello, Goodbye'. A few lines which I remember are 'You say yes, I say no... you say high, and I say low, low low... You say goodbye, and I say hello..... hello hello, I dont know why you say goodbye I say hello...'

Nice song... and I think Kit Siang, Guan Eng, Nik Aziz, Anwar, Tony, Hadi and others should find a fine day for a karaoke session. Hope they like this song...

Zahra and I!

Posted: 07 Aug 2010 07:35 AM PDT

Zahra and her Atok!

I never thought I would be a grandfather and let alone a very happy ones until I saw Zahra my grandaughter, and she is a bundle of joy we spent a lot of time together this summer!

Caliph Umar lauded at integrity conference

Posted: 07 Aug 2010 07:03 AM PDT

The model of governance espoused by Caliph Umar Abdul Aziz was a "paragon of virtue" as a ruler.
Caliph Umar governed the vast domains of Islam from his seat in Medina in the 8th century, a period when the religion was in full flower and, under administrators like Umar, a model of justice and equity, to non-Muslims even.

The model of governance practiced and espoused by Caliph Umar in which justice for all, including non-Muslims, was the ideal and was upheld as exemplary of the faith.

Umar Caliph did not insist on the payment of the tax (jizyah), obligatory of non-Muslims residing under Muslim rule.

Caliph Umar's discounting this tax must have been due to his perception that its imposition, in some instances, would detract from the overriding imperative of justice.
Justice was the overriding imperative in any model of Muslim governance.
the 29th century Muslim thinker Mohamed Iqbal's call in his magnum opus, 'The Reconstruction of Muslim Thought', for fresh interpretations of the higher ideals of the syariah.

Traditional interpretations that remained mired in a bygone age gave Islam the look of an obsolete faith rather than one that was dynamic and alert to the need to reflect the religion's ideals in modern times.

A ruler Caliph Umar was always consciousness of what the people were saying and accordingly subjected his methods to the tests modern democrats set great store by – the maxims of justice and equity.

Extracts from the Source_Mkini's Caliph Umar lauded at integrity conference by Terence Netto

Kes Liwat 2 Adalah Konspirasi Politik Adalah Benar

Posted: 07 Aug 2010 06:39 AM PDT

Pihak Pembelaan Ada Asas Pertikai Keterangan Saiful Dalam Mahkamah

Pihak pembelaan kes Fitnah II terhadap Ketua Pembangkang mempunyai asas kukuh untuk memohon bagi mempertikai atau 'impeach' terhadap segala keterangan yang diberikan pengadu, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan di dalam mahkamah selama ini atas dakwaan beliau telah bersekongkol atau melakukan 'complicity' dengan pihak pendakwaan.

Menurut pakar Perlembagaan, Dr Samarudin Rejab justeru itu permohonan pihak pembelaan untuk menggugurkan pertuduhan terhadap Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sewajarnya diberi perhatian dengan serius oleh Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah memandangkan kes tersebut kini menimbulkan lebih banyak keraguan dan persoalan.

Kata beliau pihak pembelaan sebelum ini sentiasa menyatakan bahawa tuduhan yang dibuat oleh saksi utama, Saiful merupakan satu konspirasi politik di peringkat tertinggi dan dakwaan hubungan sulit antara timbalan pendakwa raya, Farah Azlina Latif dan Saiful kini menguatkan lagi persepsi tersebut.

"Apa yang menimbulkan persoalan, kes hubungan intim antara pengadu, Saiful dan ahli pasukan pendakwa raya, Farah Azlina dengan jelas menunjukkan bahawa konspirasi politik itu juga melibatkan pihak pendakwaan.

"Oleh yang demikian, permohonan pihak pembelaan supaya segala tuduhan terhadap Anwar sewajarnya digugurkan," kata Dr Samarudin.

Tambah beliau, agak aneh semua permohonan pihak pembelaan untuk mendapatkan maklumat dan keterangan daripada pihak pendakwaan terpaksa dipohon dan dirayu sehingga ke Mahkamah Persekutuan tetapi sebaliknya hubungan romantis antara saksi utama dan pihak pendakwa raya berkemungkinan besar telah mendedahkan segala dokumen kertas siasatan dan keterangan pihak pendakwaan kepada pihak ketiga.

"Di manakah letak keadilan dari sudut perundangan di dalam kes ini?," soal beliau. -SK

Ulasan GB

UMNO BN bakal hancur lebur dengan konspirasi ini. Ini telah dibuktikan dimana di dalam pilihanraya 1999 iaitu selepas konspirasi liwat 1, pembangkang (semasa itu Barisan Alternatif) berjaya merampas banyak kerusi parlimen dan dua negeri jatuh kepada pembangkang.

Hancurlah kamu UMNO BN selepas ini.

‘Separate Act needed for migrant worker smuggling’

Posted: 07 Aug 2010 06:36 AM PDT

walk for CRCMigrant rights NGO Tenaganita is still dissatisfied with the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act 2007 in tackling the smuggling of migrant workers, and wants separate legislation for better enforcement.

"There should be a separate Act for the offence of smuggling migrant workers because the thin line between the definitions of trafficking victims and smuggled migrant workers is confusing," said Aegile Fernandez (left), Tenaganita's consultant manager for the anti-trafficking of humans unit.

"We've talked to our lawyers, who agree that it would be difficult for the various enforcement agencies to differentiate between the two," she said.

Fernandez was responding to Deputy Home Minister Abu Seman Yusop's statements at a press conference after officiating a march in Kuala Lumpur today to raise awareness of child sex trafficking.

A member of the Bar Council had, during the press conference, quizzed the minister about Human Rights Watch Asia division deputy director Philip Robertson's remark that Malaysia was committing a "cardinal sin" for failing to differentiate between the trafficking and smuggling of people in the amendments to the Act.

Wira was adamant that the current Act was clear enough.

"I beg to differ. They are different elements that constitute two different offences. Both offences are clearly defined in the Act, so one must read it to understand clearly," he said.

He added that the country need not worry about being downgraded in the US State Department's Trafficking in Persons Report because in this year's report, Malaysia had ascended to the second tier watch list from the third.

Ready to ratify

Meanwhile, the deputy minister also announced that the government was finally ready to ratify the UN protocol complementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), saying they were not prepared to do so earlier.

"We were not ready because the infrastructure was not there. However, now we are more than ready to do so," he said to loud applause from the crowd.

Abu Seman (right) shared with those present statistics of trafficking victims rescued in Malaysia and placed into protection shelters.

"1,656 victims from 19 countries were rescued and given an interim protection order. Only 484 of them were found to be genuine human trafficking victims, after investigations were conducted."

"From this 484,291 of them are sex trafficking victims where 8.6 percent of them are under-age females."

"Earlier this year, we launched a nine-point national action plan against trafficking in persons to focus on the efforts towards achieving the national goal to suppress the problem and outline the strategic directions for the next five years," he added.

Speeding up prosecution


Abu Seman, who is the Tanah Masjid MP, also said that the attorney-general will work on speeding up the prosecution process for those charged with trafficking, by improving the training of prosecutors.

The march (left) today was part of the 'Petition Campaign to Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People' organised by The Body Shop with several NGOS such as Tenaganita, PS Save the Children and Nursalam.

A crowd of about 250 marched from the main entrance of the Pavilion shopping centre to Berjaya Times Square and back.

Their objective was to pressure the Malaysian government to sign the optional protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography which complements the CRC.

The CRC aims to enhance the protection of children from sexual exploitation. Malaysia is the remaining of three countries in Southeast Asia that has not yet ratified the document.

'Separate Act needed for migrant worker smuggling' by Richard Loo Wai Hoong

Stop negative portrayal of Muslim nations

Posted: 07 Aug 2010 06:27 AM PDT

Present MCA chief had portrayed Muslim countries as "poor, backward and corrupt".

He should learn more about the history of Islamic civilisation, whose global empires had not only contributed breathtaking art and architecture, but also the introduction of numbers, algebra and astronomy.

"Muslim countries are suffering from the same problem suffered by India and China previously.

"Only when India and China were free, independent and not dominated by imperialist powers, that they were able to realise their potential and take their place in the world stage as economic powers," he said at International Integrity Conference 2010 today in Penang.

"I believe that Muslim nations can also recapture their past glories if they were allowed to be similarly unshackled like India and China," he added.

Chua's comment yesterday at MCA's Annual Convention in Alor Star, Kedah (below) that both Umno and PAS used religion to strengthen their influence and win Malay support.

He said many in the Chinese community should do away with their belief that once the Islamic party is in government, the country will be free from corruption.

"Some of the most corrupt countries are Muslim majority," he told 300 participants at MCA's 33rd annual convention in Kedah.

Chua should not to 'miss the woods for the trees' and suggested that the MCA chief was deflecting attention from the real root of the problem.

Extracts from_SOURCE:MKini's DAP chides Chua's negative portrayal of Muslim nations by Susan Loone

Don’t poison children’s minds - R. Nadeswaran's reporting exposed the little Napoleons in state education department

Posted: 07 Aug 2010 05:34 AM PDT

REGULARS of this column would have remembered the number of times this writer has reiterated that he would not write on race, religion or politics. The reason for this was simple – I have always believed in one race – the Malaysian race long before 1Malaysia, and that religion is a personal thing and that none has the right to advocate one is better than the other. As for politics and the dirt it brings out, the least said, the better. Yes, I mix with politicians from both sides of the divide (some of them have become good friends) but except for the general elections when all hands are on deck for a small crew like ours, the intra and inter-party bickering, the name calling, accusations and the lies that are perpetrated become unpalatable.

I am making an exception, nearly eight years after my self-imposed gag-order. I am doing it reluctantly after seeing how children at the age of 12, are being compelled to see themselves being segregated by race and religion. It sad that almost every issue is seen through the eyes of race or religion. Even scholarships for good students who excel academically are transformed by certain parties into "you got more than me" games. What is more pathetic is the one-upmanship practised by a few and the many who wait on the sidelines to score cheap political points. And yet, we go around talking about integration, unity and the like, and not practising what we are preaching.

There's religious education and there's the learning of one's mother tongue or what they called "pupil's own language" in our days in school. On Friday, I took a trip to my alma mater after more than 40 years (I used to go for its sports day or play cricket but these were limited to the school field). While waiting to meet the principal of the Klang High School, I couldn't help but read the notices on the board. One involved the enrolment in what has now become a co-educational school. It gave the breakdown of the enrolment of each class by gender and race. The statistics made interesting reading and we will save it for another day.

The visit was prompted by complaints from parents that the "headmistress has dissolved all non-Muslim religious societies" in the school, which I later found out, was not true. The decision was not made by the headmistress – it was made by the Selangor Education Department.

Since the headmistress was not around, she asked one Mrs Chen, the teacher in charge of co-curriculum, to address the issue. She had a chat with me. "I am new. I only came in February. When I took over the guru besar asked me to check if all the clubs and societies in the school have been approved by the department. I went through the files and there were no approvals. So, I was asked to write to check if they had been approved."

She wrote in March and last week, a note came from the department – the Kelab Agama Hindu, Kelab Agama Buddha and the Christian Union have to be dissolved immediately. An announcement to this effect was made at the school assembly last week.

But hadn't these societies existed in the school for years? No one raised an issue; no one objected to their existence and as usual, students were allowed to take part in them. Were they previously in existence illegally and students who had participated in them could be considered past members of "secret societies"? It is merely an administrative decision to legalise (for the lack of a better word) these clubs. Couldn't the school be told to make a fresh application for approval pending which activities can continue? How come they have to be dissolved while similar clubs in other schools can continue to exist?

As many students are members of these societies and as co-curricular activities form part of the grading for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examinations, it is causing concern. With three months to go before their exams, why are students put under such pressure? Do they now have to scramble to be members of other societies?

My umbrage is on two issues – don't mess with our children's education and don't inculcate differentiation or classification to children based on religion. They will start viewing things from a racial and religious perspective. Once these are ingrained in their minds, no amount of program muhibbah or kursus toleransi is going to help. For the sake of the future of this nation, stop messing around with our children – the leaders of the future.

R. NADESWARAN'S "homecoming" was somewhat sombre seeing and hearing the deterioration of standards at the Klang High School which gave him a foundation in education, sports and leadership. Comments:

Updated: 10:06AM Mon, 12 Jul 2010

The above article triggered a series of responses and reactions. Finally, after almost two weeks, Muhyiddin, the Education Minister announced, saying, 'School societies and clubs related to non-Muslim activities that have been in operation "for decades" need not fold up.'
R. Nadeswaran, the columnist for Citizen Nades, deserves the credit for his effort in exposing the Little Napoleons. Looks like politicians cannot do their job properly to ensure ministerial orders are adhered to. Too bad, in this case, Muhyiddin should have been on top of things but he's not. Maybe, he's just too busy with politics. No time for his education portfolio. If that's the case, it should be  taken away from him and given to someone else.


Posted: 07 Aug 2010 03:40 AM PDT

This is a very good joke that Freddie just sent me. I am quite sure it must have happened in real life. :-) Hope you enjoy the humor. Do leave a comment to share your thoughts. Thanks! Have a lovely evening.


The pastor asked if anyone in the congregation would like to express Praise for answered prayers. A lady stood and walked to the podium.

She said, "I have a Praise. Two months ago, my husband, Tom, had a terrible golf cart wreck and his scrotum was completely crushed. The pain was excruciating and the doctors didn't know if they could help him."

You could hear a muffled gasp from the men in the congregation as they imagined the pain that poor Tom must have experienced..

"Tom was unable to hold me or the children," she went on, "and every move caused him terrible pain. We prayed as the doctors performed a delicate operation, and it turned out they were able to piece together the crushed remnants of Tom's scrotum, and wrap wire around it to hold it in place ."

Again, the men in the congregation were unnerved and squirmed uncomfortably as they imagined the horrible surgery performed on Tom.

"Now," she announced in a quavering voice, thank the Lord, Tom is out of the hospital and the doctors say that with time, his scrotum should recover completely."

All the men sighed with relief.

The pastor rose and tentatively asked if anyone else had something to say.

A man stood up and walked slowly to the podium. He said, "I'm Tom."

The entire congregation held its breath.

"I just want to tell my wife that the word is 'sternum'."

Keep smiling and have a great evening!!

Support Petpositive At UPM On Sunday Morning

Posted: 07 Aug 2010 03:23 AM PDT

DATELINE: UPM, Serdang, Selangor

More than 1000 dogs and three times that number of dog lovers! 

These are the numbers (and perhaps even more!) that will make up the people and canines that will converge on the soil of Bukit Ekspo at University Putra Malaysia's (UPM) annual Dogathon event on Sunday morning.  

PETPOSITIVE will be there, of course. 

We'll be manning our special booth - the

My dear grandchild should be proud to be a hybrid person with good genetic pools

Posted: 07 Aug 2010 02:40 AM PDT

To my dear grandchild Daryn,

Daryn, my dear grandchild, you should be proud that as the Ka Pyar or mixed blooded persons, MashaAllah, you may have got the best combinations of genes.

But I always remember the "words of Einstein" allegedly telling off Marilyn Monroe that instead of getting a beautiful features from her and brilliant brain from him, it may be a disaster if the child got the ugly beast physical features from him and "bodoh" (stupid) brain from her.

But I hope and pray that the general rule of genetics is true and correct which stated bad genes are usually recessive (if not they would be destroyed earlier in this survival of the fittest evolution). And the good genes are usually dominant genes.

Daryn, my dear grandchild, you must know that Malaysia's all six PMs were mixed blooded people like you. My dear grandchild, you should be proud to be a hybrid person with, InsyaAllah, good genetic pools like them.

There is a saying in Burmese looking down on Ka Pyar or mixed blooded persons by, "Lu Ka Pyar – Myet Oke Kyar", equating the value of the hybrid people with the wild grass growing between bricks.

Since prehistoric time, great powerful nations and majority races have an illusion of superiority and used to falsely claim that they are the pure blooded persons and the original owner of the land, e.g. Third Reich Hitler's Aryan claim.

FYI, one of the great great grandpa migrated from Arabia to Turkey, Iraq and then from Afghanistan came to Burma as a mercenary soldier to work under Kongbaung  dynasty. He married to a pure Burmese and their descendents sometimes married to other Burmese or fellow mixed blooded Burmese Muslims or Burmese Indian Muslims. We still have Burmese Buddhist relatives at the present time.

My mother in law's father is a descendent of Yunan Chinese Muslims. Her mother is a Shan-Myanmar Buddhist from the very famous Payadaga U Pho Yan(doner of the pagoda) in Mogoke. My father in law's father was a Burmese Indian Muslim and his mother was a Burmese Buddhist converted to Islam.

My wife has a lot of relatives from other races and religions; Bama, Shan, Karen, Rakhine, Anglo Burmans, Gurkah, Indian Muslims, Chinese Buddhists, Chinese Christians, Chinese Muslims e.t.c.

And both of us have relatives who are monks.

Then, my son in law has ¼ Chinese bloods and may have some Indonesian blood in his ancestors. He is a Bumiputra Malay. So look at my grand child…

I am writing about the multiple mixed blooded status of my granddaughter and thank God, because of the possible assimilation, now her official status is Bumiputra (according to Malaysia Constitution). Now the glass ceiling above is removed and who knows, if God agree, she could even become the first Lady PM of Malaysia.

Gerai Minuman Merapu Malaysia

Posted: 07 Aug 2010 12:03 AM PDT

Halal ke tidak ni? Ada ke boleh main lebih kurang, selepas itu diharapkan halal. Entah di mana gerai minuman ini berada. Kalau yang tahu boleh maklumkan.

Kat Malaysia macam-macam ada tau! Nak tanya orang Umno ni, halal ke tak ni? Macam kamu je ek, halal-haram boleh main lebih kurang....

Nuclear sites in Russia threatened by wildfire

Posted: 06 Aug 2010 10:00 PM PDT

Authorities in Russia are reportedly racing against time to protect its nuclear sites from the spread of wildfire, which have killed 52 people. In 1986, explosions happened at a nuclear reactor in Chernobyl in the then Soviet Union, leading to a massive leak of radioactive elements.

More perspectives on Malaysia's nuclear plan

PKR elections set to curb abuses, money politics

Posted: 06 Aug 2010 08:34 PM PDT

'Wounded feelings' of Muslims

Posted: 06 Aug 2010 03:00 PM PDT

DBS giving out F1 tickets

Posted: 06 Aug 2010 03:00 PM PDT

full moon wo sagashite – eternal snow (piano swing

Posted: 05 Aug 2010 11:59 PM PDT

full moon wo sagashite – eternal snow (piano swing instrumental)

Bulan Tua Di Kaki Langit Salju

Gugur salju

memintas cahaya

membungkus cerah langit

menghadang khusuk zikir pungguk

yang kaku di dahan rapuh.

Bulan tua di kaki langit

meminggir rasa

sayu tumpah ke langit salju

membungkus getir hati

cahayanya mati di hamparan salji.

Membeku khayal insan

di rendah horizon langit salju

menuntut penyaksian jernih hati

berbunga redha dan syukur

di manis cair secangkir madu

yang mengalir di celah hamparan hempedu.

Biar berdebu wajah bulan

di dingin langit salju

memanjang mimpi insan

di garis-garis harapan

menebar senyuman

melayari laut malam

ke taman Firdausi

fana dalam limpah hidayah Tuhan

di khusyuk sujud dan tafakkur.



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Profile of a long life @ The Sun: Article by Steve Yap @

Posted: 07 Aug 2010 04:02 AM PDT

Profile of a long life
> There is a need for a change in mindset and lifestyle if we want to prolong our life and stay healthy to a ripe old age
Steve Yap
THE Galapagos giant turtles are known to live up to 190 years, but our life expectancy only
matches that of the carp fish which lives for 75 years.
Based on published studies, centenarians have low mental impairment and more lean body mass. They eat lightly, get up early, but have around seven hours of sleep per night.
They have few or no serious chronic health disorders, and are mostly raised in large families. They consume very little meat and have virtually no deep-fried, barbecued, grilled or microwaved food.
They work on one task or project at a time and rarely impose deadlines on themselves nor do they compete with others for wealth and fame. They have a strong sense of humour and laugh easily.
Hippocrates, father of western medicine, said around 450BC that "it's the wise man who knows that health is his greatest asset".

Men who are physically unfit double their risk of dying prematurely compared to those who are fit (Brill et al, 1992). Regular exercise or physical activities prevent or slow down the development of osteoporosis.
Aerobic exercise improves insulin resistance and lowers risk of developing diabetes type II, which accelerates ageing.
The good news is that moderate physical activity has been shown to be as good as vigorous activities (Wannamethee et al, 1998).
Our rate of ageing is strongly linked to our dietary and lifestyle habits. The more calories we consume, the faster we tend to age. High blood sugar depresses the immune system in addition to producing free radicals.
The principle of longevity involves consuming less calories than the body is accustomed to getting. Foods with empty calories such as refined starch and sugar-laden beverages/snacks should be replaced with nutritious food.
Calorie restriction activates our longevity gene SIR2. It naturally lowers both systemic inflammation and body fat, which is strongly linked to heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension.
Diabetics who restrict calorie intake can see some reversal of conditions since it lowers their blood sugar and insulin needs.

Each cell in our body is being attacked daily by at least 10,000 age-accelerating free radicals. The Free Radical Theory of ageing popularises antioxidant supplements.
Free radicals can come from our diets, toxic environment, mental stress, excessive physical activities, X-ray, CT scan, sunlight, heavy metals, drugs and toxins already in our bodies. Different free radicals are neutralised in our bodies by different antioxidants.
Our body converts all carbohydrates into glucose before it can be used or stored. While our brains are powered by glucose, our hearts prefer energy derived from fats.
Glycation happens when sugar molecules attach themselves to proteins causing them to change structures that lead to them malfunctioning. Glycation-linked ageing disorders include diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease and cataract formation.
People who enjoy higher levels of social ties have longer lifespans and lower rates of serious illness than do those who have lower levels of social support (House et al, 1982).
Women with few social networks suffer a mortality rate nearly double those having wider social ties. Being wealthy and isolated can shorten one's lifespan, too.
A recent Finnish study showed that men with fewer social connections had 150% increased risk of death from heart attack and from all other causes than those who enjoyed more social networks (Kaplan et al, 1988).

Hostility is an attitudinal disorder where anger is provoked by the way(s) in which a person views his/her environment. Many studies have confirmed hostility as a predictor of heart disease and the cause of early death.
Hostile people view others with mistrust, jealousy, and cynicism. It's not about asserting one's rights or defending one's status quo but having poor attitudes can significantly shorten one's life.
Even for healthy adults, anger doubles the risk of a cardiac event. For those already having heart disease, anger can lead to a shocking 700% increase in cardiac events (Koskenvuo et al, 1998).

Generally, people with higher SEP – education, income, job position and self-esteem – tend to live longer (Davey-Smith et al, 1992). Their SEP health implications are independent of other risk factors.
Centenarians living in urban areas tend to belong to a higher SEP.
For those already suffering from chronic health disorders such as heart disease, SEP is a predictor of their survival rates.
Health is really the personal responsibility of each adult. The amount of time and expense invested on rebuilding health depends on one's perceived self-worth.

Views expressed are those of the author, who's president of the Federation of Complementary & Natural Medical Associations, and not necessarily those of the professional bodies and government committees of which he's a member. Dato' Steve Yap can be contacted at:

Updated: 10:57AM Mon, 19 Jul 2010


Posted: 06 Aug 2010 11:24 PM PDT

RTM2 has not renewed producer Tan Ean Nee's contract. This development has been perceived as part of a plan to phase out all the senior producers of 'Galeri Mandarin Nasional' documentary programme. The programme 'Galeri Mandarin Nasional' is broadcast on weekdays from 12.20p.m. to 12.30p.m.

With the departure of both Chou and Tan, only one person is left in the production team after the departure of Chou and Tan. Incidentally, both their documentaries were also axed.

According to Malaysiakini HERE,

She added that she was informed of the decision by the broadcaster's human resource department through a letter without any reason being provided.

"Since my colleague's contract had been renewed, I asked my superior Yap Shy Chuan about the status of my contract. Only then, I received the letter," she said.

Tan said at that point, she just packed and left RTM without bothering asking the human resources department for an explanation.

She also refused to speculate on the reason behind the move, saying that Yap should be asked for the non-renewal of her contract.

Yap, however, refused to comment when contacted by Malaysiakini.

Yap, alleged to be a MCA member, was appointed in May by RTM to oversee Chinese-language programmes.

On May 13th this year, Malaysiakini reported HERE that producer Chou Z Lam "has been terminated from the TV station, following his damning allegations of political interference over popular current affairs programme 'Galeri Mandarin Nasional'."

Chou Z Lam produced a nine-part documentary highlighting the negative impact of the Bakun Dam on Sarawak's indigenous people, who had been displaced from their land to make way for the project. The 'Bakun Dam' series was axed after its first two episodes were broadcast on April 26 and 27. The last was scheduled for May 7. At that time, Chou had alleged that the remaining episodes of the program were withdrawn for fear of the repucussions on the ruling government's chances in Sarawak's May 16 Sibu by-election. RTM denied the allegations. Joseph Salang, Deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister, had also also in Parliament denied political interference in the TV2's current affairs programmes.

You can watch Part 3 of that series HERE, Part 4 AT THIS LINK and Part 5 OVER HERE. I cannot find Part 1 and 2 and would appreciate if someone could alert me. Please watch these three very informative video clips.

Tan's documentary had focused on the Rawang New Village residents' long-drawn protest against the construction of high-tension cable towers in their village by Tenaga Nasional Berhad.

These developments show that RTM is serious about being a mouthpiece of the government.

With advances in technology, we do not have to rely on traditional broadcast media to enjoy video clips. Thank goodness we have social networking media and also a host of video sharing programs.

Such developments only tell us one thing - they are tightening their iron grip on the media and we can expect more to happen in the days to come.

Meanwhile, I wish Tan Ean Nee every success and may she find another position soon.

Around the Esplanade

Posted: 06 Aug 2010 11:19 PM PDT

I find that I've been spending too much time around the Esplanade lately. Not that I was there purposely but there were a few things that I had to do in the Beach Street and Pitt Street areas. Parking around Beach Street was out of the question. No point driving around and around just trying to find a parking lot. So, the next best solution was to park the car further away at the Esplanade and then go exercise the legs. Or as my son would tell me, take the Bus Number 11. These are just a few of my impressions:

If you need some free entertainment, do drop by Penang's Speaker's Corner on Wednesday and Sunday evenings. It's like a mini-state assembly meeting. A "no holds barred" type of kopi tiam session. And it's beneath a tree too, so Perak cannot claim to have the sole democracy tree in the country.

Very surprised to see that there's this spot of clean sand at the Esplanade. From young, I had always believed that there are just big rocks down there irrespective of the tide. This is a fresh perspective of the Esplanade waterfront.

And looking the other way, I saw the amateur anglers all out in full force. I had once asked them whether there is anything to catch at all over here. One of them just grinned and showed me a plastic bag filled with fishes, small fishes.

Quite unexpectedly, I came across these trees beside the old fort. My opinion is that this is the best spot along the Esplanade. The greenery is a surprise.

The Penang government makes it very clear that it doesn't support the ISA (Internal Security Act) and would like to have it repealed. I would like to see it repealed too because the Federal government shouldn't take the easy way out and detain people without charging them in court. Then of course, we have the nameless twits who go about in darkness to deface things that belong to the establishment. Okay, they may have made their point but it shows them up as cowards, big cowards.

Problem with Umno, not Islam - Chua deflecting from the real root problem!!

Posted: 07 Aug 2010 01:00 AM PDT

Meanwhile, Lim challenged Chua to pose serious questions on two major controversies to MCA's political ally, Umno - the 'Allah' row and sports betting.

While the using of the term 'Allah' is not an issue with other Muslim countries, it is somehow an issue here. As for sports betting, it is not allowed by some Islamic countries but it is allowed by Umno. Thus, Lim urged Chua (right) not to 'miss the woods for the trees' and suggested that the MCA chief was deflecting attention from the real root of the problem - Umno.

Umno 'rotten to the core' @ Malaysian Mirror
Tuesday, 01 December 2009 12:19
KUALA LUMPUR - "Umno is rotten to the core." These words were allegedly uttered to Dr Mahathir Mohamad by a former senior leader who is disillusioned with the party and plans to jump ship to PAS.

The former prime minister wrote in his blog that according to the veteran politician Umno is rotten "from its lowest level to the highest." ("Umno kini busuk sehingga ke ususnya")

The politician further told Mahathir: "What's left are remnants of people with self-interest who still hope of being rewarded for supporting Umno. They are not nationalists and cannot be trusted."

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